Florida State took the field in full pads for 20 periods today.
Florida State traveled to Raleigh on a Thursday night two years ago and fell short losing 24-20. Last year, the ‘Noles traveled to North Carolina to play Wake Forest on a Thursday night and also lost in that game. The difference between those two games and this game is that Florida State had a week off prior to playing this week which has given them more time to prepare.
"It's been good (practice this week)," Bowden said. "Our coaches have worked them pretty doggone hard and the kids have responded."
"The thing about this team is that we're learning to practice better," offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "This week of practice again was pretty doggone good. There was a lot of enthusiasm. We had a little lull and all of the sudden guys got on each other and got right back up."
Christian Ponder had a break out game two Saturday's ago in Miami and will look to build on that as he goes on the road in the ACC once again Thursday night.
"He just has to play with consistency," Fisher said. "At quarterback, sometimes it's up to you to make the plays to win and in the Miami game, he did that. Sometimes though, you just need to make plays by managing the game. He's learning to make the plays that won't beat you and that's where he's really getting better."
With the departure of Joe Surratt and Brandon Paul, Florida State lost two running backs this past week, but the 'Noles are not looking back. Marcus Sims is finally healthy and has been running very well in practice according to Florida State's head coach in waiting.
"Marcus Sims has looked really good. He's not the same back he was a year ago. He's been mixing in at full back, half back, fist team and second team. He's running well."
Marcus Sims has looked good in practice
Coach Fisher also went on to say that Ty Jones should be back and ready to go this week.
Jermaine Thomas, who suffered a hip pointer last Thursday, practiced today and says he will also be good to go.
Not only that, another player has seen a few snaps at different positions this week including running back.
"D'Vontrey Richardson is still a quarterback but we've been moving him around a little bit this week at some different positions. A little bit at running back, receiver, a little bit of everything. He's an athlete that we have to have but he is still a quarterback."
When asked about the possibility of seeing Richardson at another position besides quarterback this week, Fisher replied by saying, "We'll see. I don't know. We'll have to evaluate him at practice and go from there."
The biggest news of the day from Florida State isn't about preparations for the game Thursday, but that rival school Clemson and Bobby Bowden's son, Tommy, decided to part ways.
"Tommy called me this morning early and said he thought he was going to get the axe," daddy Bowden said about his son. "That did happen. He was going to meet with his staff and then meet with his football team, and then take off."
Tommy Bowden was in his 10th year as head coach at Clemson and fell just short of beating his father out in the "Bowden Bowl" series as Bobby leads 5-4 in that while Tommy has had the upper hand as of late.
Florida State's Bowden lightened the mood shortly after discussions of his son's firing started up.
"I don't have to worry about him beating me no more," Bowden said. "Unless he gets his golf game a little bit sharper. And he's going to have time to do that now."
Bobby expects Tommy to move on and said he isn't sure if he will pursue another coaching job any time soon but expects him to bounce back.
"Knowing Tommy, he doesn't have to worry about things like that; he just lives his life day to day."
- Florida State and N.C. State have played 3 times on Thursday night. FSU has won two of those three but NCSU has won the most recent Thursday night meeting.
- The game this week will be the 56th time Florida State has played a game that has been aired on ESPN. Florida State is 41-14 in the previous 55 games.
- Florida State will be looking to win their third consecutive game away from Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles have not won three games in a row in which all were away from Doak since 1994 when they beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Notre Dame in Orlando for a neutral site game and then N.C. State in Raleigh.
- FSU is 19-9 all time against the Wolf Pack and 11-5 under Bobby Bowden.