The Seminoles held their 14th practice Wednesday afternoon and worked out on the practice fields for nine periods before moving to the stadium for a half-scrimmage. This was the team's final regular practice as the spring concludes with the Garnet & Gold game on Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Drew Weatherford continued to post impressive scrimmage numbers despite working without starting wideouts De'Cody Fagg and Chris Davis all spring. Weatherford was 6-of-7 for 79 yards and still has not thrown an interception in any scrimmage or half-scrimmage. Antone Smith worked with the first team at tailback (Lorenzo Booker earned a day off) and carried just two times for 24 yards, but one of those was a 14-yard TD run.
At the end of the session, the offense and defense faced off from the 10-yard line and then the goalline (three-yard line and in). The defense did not allow a score in eight plays from the 10 and eight plays from the goalline. Korey Mangum had two pass break-ups in goalline. Lawrence Timmons (4 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 PBU), Buster Davis (4 tackles, 2 TFL), Roger Williams (4 tackles), Jae Thaxton (3 tackles, 2 TFL) and Myron Rolle (3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU) were the defense's top performers. Joslin Shaw was Weatherford's top receiving target with three catches for 52 yards.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH BOBBY BOWDEN
"We've made progress. I thought the offense did pretty good. The defense did a great job on goalline and shut them out, that's the first time this year that I can remember where somebody got shut out, didn't get in all day or didn't stop them all day."
(on Antone Smith this spring)
"Antone had another good run today, I think nearly every scrimmage he's gotten loose on at least one long touchdown. I don't think it was but twenty-something yards, but I mean it was still a long touchdown."
(on what has been accomplished)
"We've looked at about everything that we've had time to look at. If you had another two weeks you could look at some more stuff but we have looked at about everything we had set out to look at."
(on if they have had to "de-recruit" freshman safety Myron Rolle)
"No, he's too mature; most freshmen are not, but we haven't had to de-recruit him. He's been good. He's played like his reputation from what I've seen."
QUOTES FROM LINEBACKER LAWRENCE TIMMONS
(on being a starter and what he learned playing behind Ernie Sims for two seasons)
"It's going along pretty good right now. He's still helping me out even though he is about to get drafted. He's been helping me by telling me some of the keys I need to know, basic stuff and also some of the little things he does, so it's great to have someone like that."
(on what he is looking to accomplish in Saturday's spring game)
"In the spring game, I'm looking to get my share of tackles. But more than anything else, I want to set the tone for the year coming up."
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