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FSU's 'dress rehearsal' has a few hitches

TALLAHASSEE - Bobby Bowden called Saturday's scrimmage a "dress rehearsal" for Florida State's season-opener against Miami. Judging from the reaction to that rehearsal, there are plenty of things left to be addressed. "My first criticism would be too many yellow flags," Bowden said. "Penalty after penalty after penalty. But that's why we practice. That's why we do things like this." His offensive coordinator and his starting quarterback had similar assessments after the Seminoles' final preseason scrimmage of 2009. First, there was Jimbo Fisher, who didn't seem to see a whole lot of positives from his offense on Saturday.
"We need to clean up little things and they have to make their minds up on how they're going to do it," he said. Then there was redshirt junior quarterback Christian Ponder, who for the second week in a row said he didn't think his teammates were all that focused inside Doak Campbell Stadium. "Everyone looked tired and kind of like no one really wanted to be there," he said. "And that's never good. And obviously it showed. "... We lined up all right; everything looked good (there). It was just missed assignments." The scrimmage, which was played in "thud" mode and didn't have any tackling, was closed and the offensive statistics were scarce, but Ponder was 6 of 11 for 65 yards, one touchdown and one interception. "Average," was how Fisher described the play of his quarterback. "I thought he had an average day. But when you're average around a guy, that's what's going to happen." Sophomore Jermaine Thomas led the rushing attack with 41 yards on five attempts. Backup Ty Jones rushed for 11 yards on two carries and Tavares Pressley added 11 yards on four carries. Freshman running back Lonnie Pryor had a 49-yard catch from fellow freshman Will Secord in the third-team portion of the scrimmage. "We've still got a lot of work to do," Thomas said. "... Going into next week and getting ready for crunch time for Miami, we shouldn't be making some of those easy mistakes we've been making. So we've just got to clean it up a little bit." In the kicking portion of the scrimmage, freshman Dustin Hopkins was a perfect 4 of 4, with makes from 26, 34, 43 and 44. Backup lineman A.J. Ganguzza sprained his right ankle during the scrimmage.
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