October 17, 2000 - by
All-ACC Tackle Tarlos Thomas Out For Season

Oct. 17, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State (6-1, 4-0 ACC), ranked No. 6 in
both polls, held a 20-period practice in shells this afternoon as they
continued to prepare for Saturday’s contest against Virginia (4-2, 3-1
ACC). Head coach Bobby Bowden announced this afternoon that Tarlos
Thomas, a three-year starter at offensive tackle for the Seminoles, tore
the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the Duke game and will miss the
remainder of the season.

“Tarlos’ injury is worse than we first thought,” said Bowden.
“He will be out for the year. It is a very unfortunate injury. Donald
Heaven will have to move up into that slot as the third tackle. This is
an opportunity for him to step up.”

Sophomore Brett Williams will start at split tackle against
Virginia while Char-ron Dorsey starts at tight tackle. Williams, Dorsey
and Thomas had been rotating prior to the injury.

FSU will face a Virginia team that had last weekend off after a
31-23 victory over Maryland on October 7th. The Cavaliers are led by
tailback Antwoine Womack, who is averaging 107.7 yards per game rushing.

“Virginia is very good,” said Bowden. “I watched some of the
Maryland game and both of the freshmen quarterbacks came in and did a
good job when (Dan) Ellis got hurt. When it came down to crunch time,
they gave it to Womack and let him run the clock. Their offensive line
is always one of the best we face.”

The game, televised by ABC, is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff
at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU owns the nation’s longest home winning
streak (32 games) and home unbeaten streak (49 games).

Students are not likely to pick up their full allotment of
tickets by the end of the day Wednesday. Those tickets will first go on
sale on www.seminoles.com at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Tickets
will also be available in person (or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE).at the
Moore Athletic Center ticket counter at 8:30 a.m. Thursday

FSU returns to practice Wednesday afternoon.

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