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    Tuesday, October 02, 2007

    Noles Continue Preparations For NC State

    FSU Sports Information Excerpts:

    After a season-opening loss to Clemson, the Seminole football team (3-1, 0-1) had to wait almost a month to get back out against an ACC opponent. That will happen this Saturday when the NC State Wolfpack (1-4, 0-2) come to town. The game will kick at 3:30 p.m. and be televised regionally by ABC. In preparation for the game, the Seminoles practiced for 24 periods in full pads on Tuesday.

    Practice began with field goal where Gary Cismesia hit all six of his kicks including the final one from beyond 40 yards.

    After special teams work, the units broke up and worked by position and then versus scout teams.

    In pass rush Emmanuel Dunbar, Kendrick Stewart, Justin Mincey, Everette Brown and Letroy Guion all won multiple match-ups. Paul Griffin also got a win. On the other side of the ball Daron Rose, Jacky Claude, Shannon Boatman, Will Furlong and Tyler Graves won individual battles.

    In 7-on-7 Tony Carter, Anthony Leon and Roosevelt Lawson broke up passes. Drew Weatherford hit Rod Owens and connected with Joslin Shaw deep. Xavier Lee hit Shaw, Preston Parker and then De'Cody Fagg deep on a great diving catch.

    After going back to work against the scout team, FSU went to inside drills and 1-on-1. In 1-on-1 Christian Ponder hit Fagg deep and Parker. Weatherford hit three straight passes. A mid-range ball to Bert Reed and two deep balls to Fagg and Greg Carr.

    11-on-11 was down and distance and there weren't too many highlights. Jamaal Edwards had a nice run and Mincey batted down a pass at the line after a nice rush.

    Practice closed with goal line. Lee hit Josh Dobbie for a TD and Edwards also ran one in. Weatherford connected on a TD pass as well.

    Head Coach Bobby Bowden
    On NC State:

    "Defensively they start eight seniors, guys who beat us last year. Offensively I'm not sure, maybe not quite as many. It looks like a team of real good athletes. Coaches change their system and everything. It looks like they kind of struggled to get it like we've had to struggle with our offense. Again, we are just looking at it from an objective stand point. That the people that beat them. Clemson beat them but they also beat us. Louisville at one time sixth or seventh in the nation. BC is what, sixth in the nation. They are getting beat by some pretty dang good people."

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