Monday's Practice Notebook

Check out the latest from Monday's football practice, including a Q & A with running back Lorenzo Booker and an injury report.


On the progression of the running game this spring:

"It's come along better than in any spring that I have been a part of. Obviously, we have run the ball a lot more but the offensive line is getting a lot of push. We are having to make moves six, seven, eight yards down instead of moves at the line of scrimmage and obviously, for us, that makes our confidence higher. We hit the hole a lot harder because we have something to run through."

On the number of carries that the tailbacks are getting:

"This is the most that we have ever run in any spring that I have been a part of. It's encouraging to know that they are relying us to get the job done and they are commited to giving us the ball because they know that with enough at bats we can make something happen.

On the tailbacks being utilized in the passing game this coming year:

"We are some of the main playmakers on the team so just aside of that, we are supposed to get the ball anyway. Obviously, the talent that we have in the backfield we will utilize it the best we can not just running the ball but catching it too. If the coaches can use us in both of those ways we shouldn't lose very often."

On the difference of having a well-balanced offense as opposed to last year when the team was one-dimensional:

"Obviously we have a lot of talent at receiver with Greg Carr and Chris Davis and De'Cody Fagg, I mean I could keep going. Now we've got Joe Surratt is also going to be used in the passing game ? he's a little more athletic than James (Coleman) and B.J. (Dean). If you look at all the (successful) Florida State teams, they were able to do both. Even when Chris Weinke passed for all those yards and won the Heisman, we still had a lot of 100-yard rushers. Travis (Minor) did it a lot and a lot of times him and Jeff (Cheney) almost did it in the same game. Never could you look back at the Florida State teams and say that one just completely outweighed the other like last season."


By: Mallory Schneider

After a sub par year in the kicking and punting game, this spring session marks the chance for some players to give the Tribe a boost in their respective positions.

Last season ended in a painful reminder to the Garnet and Gold's lack of strength at the kicking position. This year, Seminole kicker Gary Cismesia returns in hopes to not relinquish his starting position to rising sophomore Graham Gano.

"I am happy with how I am doing," Cismesia said. "I can always be better, but I am pretty happy with how I am doing so far."

During the 2006 spring session the 'Noles have completed two full scrimmages. After these two bouts neither kicker has done anything to distance himself from the other, but Cismesia is still working with the first team.

In total from the two full-scrimmages, the Bradenton native is 7-10 in kicks, notching 3-6 in yardage over 40. Gano is 6-8 so far, registering 4-6 in over 40 yards.

"He (Cismesia) has an advantage over me with starting for two years but, I think I am pretty confident," Gano said. "We are pretty even on field goals this spring. I am hoping to work on getting more consistent."

The possibility for the FSU coaching staff to move Gano to the starting position still remains an option.

"When I was getting recruited they told me that I had the opportunity to start in kicking and punting if I do well in both," Gano said. "It's a lot more kicking. It takes a toll on my leg and I have to watch how many kicks I do every practice."

Another position that Gano is vying for is the starting punter. With Chris Hall's graduation, the position on the roster lies open. This is Gano's second battle ? this time against Brent Moody, the University of Louisville transfer who has already notched the starting holder position.

As of right now it may look as though Moody has the upper 'leg' in the competition.

"Brent Moody had a couple 50 yarders and was more consistent and the rush bothers Gano," FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden said. "That is why I think we need to keep putting both of them under pressure like we are doing so that they learn not to look at that rush and just punt it."

After transferring from Louisville following the 2004 season, the Tallahassee native spent a year observing from the sidelines, buying time until it was his turn to give it a shot.

"It feels good to get out here and punt. I feel like I am getting my groove back," Moody said.


By: Brandon Mellor

Having battled with injuries from the start of spring practice to season's end last year, the Seminole football team was in need of a little luck.

As the spring practice nears its end, the injury bug has yet (knock on wood) to truly bite the boys in garnet and gold. But that doesn't mean that coach Bobby Bowden is fielding a roster full of totally healthy athletes.

Fortunately for the Seminoles, those aren't healthy are doing what is necessary to be physically prepared to go once two-a-days start in August.

"Guy like J.R. Bryant, Tony Carter, Darrell Burston, D.J. Norris and Roger Williams, they all had big shoulder surgeries after the bowl game," Randy Oravetz said. "They are doing the drills at this point in time we are just not letting them scrimmage.

"But they are getting a lot of the individual stuff and working out with us."

Despite the fact that the Tribe has been relatively "new" injury free, that doesn't mean there hasn't been a scary moment or two.

At last Saturday's scrimmage, two first team players in Andre Fluellen and Dumaka Atkins went down on separate plays with knee injuries. Both players were present at Monday's practice but their participation was limited.

"They got banged up a bit we are just holding them for a day or two," Oravetz said. "It's early in the week so we won't have to make a call about what their status for Saturday will be yet."

Of note: According to Oravetz, Xavier Lee is throwing about 100 balls per day and if spring practice were a bit longer he would be permitted to throw in live action.

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