Sept. 18, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The fifth-ranked Seminole football team (2-0, 1-0) continued to prepare for their September 22 trip to Chapel Hill Tuesday afternoon. Florida State will play its second consecutive conference game on the road Saturday after its game against Georgia Tech was postponed due to terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC while North Carolina (0-3, 0-1) faces its third Top 10 opponent in four games this season. The Seminoles practiced 21 periods and began to prepare for the likelihood of seeing both North Carolina quarterbacks when they kick-off at 12:00 p.m. against the Heels.
“We have talked about both quarterbacks,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We are operating under the assumption we will see both of them. It looks like they will use a QB rotation against us this week. Each QB is a little different but both of them can run. Curry is probably a little more dangerous on the ground. We have to know which guy is out there and our defense has to pay attention to who is in the game.”
Both units worked against UNC scout teams Tuesday as FSU continues to prepare for the Tar Heel’s 2001 home opener. Chris Hope and Abdual Howard each recorded an interception during work against the scout team while sophomore Rufus Brown hauled in two picks on the afternoon.
Bowden welcomed two special guests to practice Tuesday. Former Seminole great Kez McCorvey was observing the receivers and former University of Washington head coach Don James stopped by an addressed the team. James was on his way back from Miami where the Huskies were scheduled to play before last weekend’s postponements and dropped in to pay a visit to his old friend.
“Coach James came out to practice today and I let him talk to the kids,” said Bowden. “He’s been retired for a few years now and had a great career. He was an assistant coach when I was here back in ’63, ’64 and ’65 and he and his wife stopped by today.”
McCorvey, a first team All-America selection in 1994, was Florida State’s leading receiver in 1993 and 1994 and still holds the record for the second-most receptions in a single season when he grabbed 74 passes in 1993. McCorvey also ranks third on the Seminoles’ career reception list with 189 catches from 1991 to 1994.
“I know FSU is short in numbers right now at the receiver position and they need some of the younger guys to grow up quickly,” said McCorvey. “It is tough when you have a young quarterback and young receivers. It puts you at a disadvantage. The talent is there but there. There are some guys with great athletic ability out there. Atrews (Bell) is a great playmaker. Javon (Walker) is a great athlete and is a strong player. There is more speed here than I have seen in a long time.”
INJURY REPORT: Director of Sports Medicine Randy Oravetz reported that four or five players are suffering from intestinal flu and freshman nosegaurd Travis Johnson re-sprained his ankle Tuesday afternoon.