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    Friday, August 17, 2007

    Practice Cut Short By Lightning

    Less than 24 hours after the first scrimmage of the preseason, Florida State's football team was back out on the practice fields Friday afternoon. The 20-period practice was cut short by about 20 minutes due to lightning in the area. The team moved inside before the coaching staff decided to call it a day after 16 periods. FSU will scrimmage for the second time in three days Saturday inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

    In 7-on-7 Toddrick Verdell had the defensive highlight of the day picking off a pass and taking it back for a TD. Weatherford and De'Cody Fagg had a nice rhythm as the two connected three times. Weatherford also hit Damon McDaniel and completed on a bomb to Goodman. Lee completed passes to McDaniel and Charlie Graham. Owens caught a ball from Ponder.

    Friday's pass rush drill was one of the most even so far. Everette Brown continued to dominate as he won at least three individual match-ups. Jatavious Jackson, Emmanuel Dunbar, Paul Griffin, Letroy Guion, Kevin McNeil and Andre Fluellen were among the defensive players that got past their offensive counterpart. On the offensive side Caz Piurowski recorded multiple wins as did Brandon Davis. Evan Bellamy, Tyler Graves, Daron Rose and Rodney Hudson all held their ground as well.

    The practice ended amidst 11-on-11. Weatherford and Fagg continued their productive day with a completion and Patrick Robinson broke up a pass before the team was called off the field.

    Head Coach Bobby Bowden:

    On putting the first string versus the second string in yesterday's scrimmage:
    "There are times when your team is at a maturity level where you want to do one versus one, maybe they're all young and they're all inexperienced and you want to get the best against the best. And there comes another time you want to try to preserve them a little bit and you put one versus twos."

    On the injury to FB Joe Surratt
    "Joe was making some progress, he was trying to gain some ground he lost during the summer and he was beginning to gain it, you know. But got that fibula busted. He'll be out for a while."

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