Friday's Football Practice Update

The Florida State Seminoles (8-4) returned to practice Friday afternoon after completing final exams and worked out for 12 periods without pads for their Orange Bowl match-up with Penn State (10-1). Several Seminoles got some good off the field news as noseguard Brodrick Bunkley and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley were named first team Pro Football Weekly All-Americans.

The team was selected by PFW after consulting with NFL evaluators. Also of note, tailback Leon Washington and tight end Matt Henshaw were two of the initial selections for the East-West Shrine Game, which will be held on January 21st in San Antonio, Texas. Former FSU wide receiver Javon Walker, who is now with the Green Bay Packers, was on hand for Friday's practice. FSU will practice again on Saturday from 10:00-11:45 a.m. and then take Sunday off. The team will be dismissed for the holiday following a Thursday morning session.

PLAYER QUOTES

Running Back Lorenzo Booker

(on getting a chance to play in the Orange Bowl)

"We were really irritated with what people were saying about us. We were this close to playing in the potato bowl. If we can win this bowl game, it would be the third top 10 team that we have knocked off this year and it will make everything that happened this season better."

(on practice today)

"It would definitely be a lot harder to get motivated if we were playing in a lesser bowl. We work so hard in the off-season and really it starts in February. That is a long time before we play our first game. That is the hardest training that we do all year and that is mat drills. You think back to all the work that you put into it and you really feel that you deserve more than we have gotten. That is when you do a reality check. It would have been a lot harder if we would have gone to a bowl where people went home for Christmas and stayed home for Christmas as opposed to getting ready to leave and going to a bowl game."

Defensive End Kamerion Wimbley

(on how his knee feels)

"There is no doubt that I will come back for this game. I practiced a little bit during the ACC Championship week, but when the game got close I wasn't ready yet. I talked to Coach Bowden about it and we decided to go ahead and rest it up some more and definitely be back for the Penn State game."

(on playing in a BCS game)

"First of all I am proud of the boys and the way that they stepped it up in the ACC Championship game. A lot of people doubted us against Virginia Tech. The boys went out there and proved that we can play with the best of them. We have had some down games before that. To be able to come back to this game and play against Coach Paterno and that wonderful ball club up there, it is a great opportunity for me to go out and show what I can do and that I am healthy."


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