October 28, 2002 - by
Florida State Football Begins Preparation For The Demon Deacons

Oct. 28, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State Seminoles (5-3, 4-0 ACC) began preparations for Saturday’s game against Wake Forest (5-4, 3-3 ACC) Monday evening. The team used the short nine-period practice to begin work on special teams and to introduce Wake Forest scout teams. The coaches announced Monday evening that sophomore quarterback Adrian McPherson would get the starting nod for this weekend’s contest in Winston-Salem, NC.

“We had an enthusiastic practice tonight,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It was a typical Monday night practice for us. We will have to play a smart ball game this weekend. Wake Forest plays good assignment football and they hit good. Their kids are hungry and know what they’re doing out there. It will be a physical ball game for us so we’ll have to play well.”

Head coach Bobby Bowden announced tonight that Adrian McPherson would start this weekend’s contest at Wake Forest. McPherson came in late in the fourth quarter to help lead the Seminoles to two touchdown scoring drives during the 34-24 loss to No. 6 Notre Dame.

“We’re going to move A.D. up to start this game,” said Bowden. “The way he (McPherson) came in there and took us down in there twice, we just felt like we just had to have him back there. We feel like this is something we should do that might create a spark for us. We looked at the game tape and the coaches all agreed to make the change.”

McPherson has gone 21-for-37 (56.8) for 283 yards and thrown four touchdowns this season. He is also 39-for-74 (52.7) for 481 yards and six touchdowns for his career. McPherson has yet to throw an interception in his last 74 attempts. Adrian threw his first two career touchdowns, including one to tight-end Paul Irons, at Virginia last season in the Seminoles 43-7 win.

Saturday’s game at Wake Forest is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff and will be televised live on ESPN2.

Injury Report: No new injuries were reported following tonight’s workout.

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