Sept. 1, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles worked out for approximately an hour and a half on Monday evening in preparation for this week’s match-up with the Maryland Terrapins. Practice was primarily used to work on conditioning and fundamentals before the team began working against Terrapin scout teams. Freshman tailback Lorenzo Booker was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week following his performance against the Tar Heels.
The Seminoles are coming of a 37-0 shutout of North Carolina this past weekend. The shutout marked the first for the Seminoles in an opponent’s stadium since 1988 when FSU blanked South Carolina 59-0 in Columbia, S.C.
“They (Maryland) look extremely good and you wonder how they lost,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The question is, were they looking ahead? I expect to see a different team this weekend and they will be more focused. They’ve gotten a lot better and Ralph (Friedgen) is doing a great job.”
FSU leads the series with Maryland 13-0 dating back to 1966. Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have scored 49 or more points in every meeting with the Terrapins in Tallahassee. At home in 2001, Florida State downed Maryland 52-31 in Chris Rix’s freshman year. Rix went 15-for-24 for 350 yards and five touchdowns, while Talman Gardner led all wide receivers with six receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns.
In other news, freshman tailback Lorenzo Booker was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week following his performance in Chapel Hill this past weekend. Booker led the Seminoles with 11 carries for 87 yards with a touchdown and hauled in four passes for 45 yards.
Florida State returns home to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, September 6 at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m.