September 6, 2006

Insider Report: Getting ready for game two

With a short week to prepare for its next opponent, the Seminole football team wasn't going to let Mother Nature interfere with Wednesday's practice. With lightning in the area, the practice scheduled for late in the afternoon was pushed back to the evening and took place in Doak Campbell Stadium. Even though it rained constantly throughout the evening, the coaches and players muddled through to complete the 18-period practice.

With the short turnaround time between games this week, canceling a practice or doing a light workout indoors was out of the question.

"We needed to get it in," head coach Bobby Bowden said. "It would have been awful if we had not been able to practice today because you only have today and tomorrow. So anyways we got it in and they got a lot of rain which is probably good in case we have to play in this kind of weather."

Not only did FSU get in a much needed practice, they did so with pretty much the whole team intact. Despite the hard-hitting nature of Monday night's game, the 'Noles' escaped relatively unscathed. Only freshman Marcus Sims, who sustained a mild concussion, did not practice. According to Bowden, he "may not" play this weekend. Defensive end Alex Boston, who is still recovering from an ankle sprain, did get in a few snaps against Miami but his status remains questionable for this weekend.

Whether or not Boston and/or Sims play this weekend, FSU will still be a heavy favorite over the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt Conference.

The situation faced by the 'Noles is similar to last year when, after coming off of a Miami win, they only had five days to prepare for The Citadel. The result was a very sluggish first half where FSU held a slim 13-10 lead at the half. That quickly changed with the Tribe rolling to a convincing 62-10 victory. Bowden is hoping his squad gets off to a quicker start this time around.

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