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FSU's seniors also set to bid farewell

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM
JACKSONVILLE -

Wednesday morning's workout didn't just represent the last practice for Coach Bobby Bowden, defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews and three other Florida State assistant coaches.

It also was the last one for 15 FSU seniors.

"Me and Korey (Mangum) have been kind of joking about it since the beginning of the week," FS Jamie Robinson said. "We've kind of been counting it down. This is the last inside drill, the last day with pads on and now the last official practice. So yeah, it's kind of been sinking in throughout the whole week."

Said LB Dekoda Watson: "I never thought it would come down to this - my senior year, Coach Bowden's last game, Coach Mickey Andrews' last game. I never thought when I signed with Florida State it would come down to all this."

Though they didn't win as many games as they planned when they signed with Florida State out of high school, the seniors from the 2009 team will have one memory that no other senior class in the history of FSU football has ever had or will ever have again.

They get to play in Bowden's final game as a college coach.

That not-so-little piece of history isn't lost on the upperclassmen.

Neither is the fact that Wednesday marked the last time any of them will be yelled at - on a practice field anyway - by Andrews.

"That's just something I'm going to miss, period," Watson said. "A lot of people don't understand - there are a lot of things he says but he doesn't mean it. He really doesn't. You have to tune it out. It took me almost two or three years to understand that, but I'm going to miss that man."

He then shook his head before adding, "You don't know how blessed you are until things are about to be gone."

Rest and relaxation

Andrews, an Alabama native, has always been an avid fisherman. Now that he's retiring from football, he'd like to get back into another pastime as well.

"I haven't hunted in a bunch of years," he said. "But I'm going to start back. My grandson loves to deer hunt. He loves to fish."

So how long has it been since Andrews went hunting?

"I haven't hunted since I've been at Florida State," Andrews said. "In fact, I was looking for my gun the other day and I couldn't find it. I don't even know where it is. I thought I had it under my bed. Maybe I'll just let them hunt and I won't even carry a gun."

'The Good Fight' screening

Director George Butler held a screening of "The Good Fight," a documentary on Bowden, at the San Marco Theater in Jacksonville on Wednesday afternoon.

About three dozen Florida State fans were in attendance and watched the 90-minute film, which focuses on the Seminoles' tumultuous 2006 season that culminated with Jeff Bowden stepping down after the Emerald Bowl.

Butler, who is in Jacksonville to film the Gator Bowl for the final cut of the movie, said he is hoping for $700,000 to finish the project, which he believes can come from a corporate sponsor.

He is hoping for a theatrical release once the film is finished.

Corey Clark

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