Aug. 25, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles practiced 24-periods Monday afternoon in preparation for their season opener at North Carolina on Saturday night. The Seminoles practiced in full pads with the heat index reaching over 110 degrees. Practice began with work on fundamental and 7-on-7 drills, while the majority of practice was spent working against Tar Heel scout teams.
“We practiced pretty good out there today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had to battle hot temperatures, but the guys seemed to do okay. We wanted to really work them today and have a tough practice so we could go a little lighter tomorrow. Chris Davis continued to catch the ball well for us and made some great catches in traffic.”
The offense and defense both looked good during today’s practice session. Chris Rix completed over 50-percent of his passes as Chris Davis, Craphonso Thorpe and Chauncey Stovall each hauled in several deep passes from the signal caller. Bryant McFadden and Antonio Cromartie recorded pass breakups as B.J. Ward added an interception during 11-on-11 drills to spark the defense on the afternoon.
FSU leads the all-time series with the Tar Heels 12-1-1 dating back to 1983. The Seminoles had won nine straight over North Carolina before falling 41-9 in 2001. Florida State’s offense has scored 39 or more points versus the Tar Heels in four of the last five meetings. Anquan Boldin led the way for Florida State in 2002 with five receptions for 104 yards and three touchdowns.
Florida State will open the 2003 season with three consecutive conference games (North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia Tech). This marks the first time since 1996 that the Seminoles will face three straight conference opponents to begin the season. In 1996, FSU faced Duke, NC State and North Carolina to open the season and won all three.
FSU will travel to Chapel Hill on Friday for Saturday’s contest against North Carolina in the season opener for both teams. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time and will be televised live on ABC.