Sept. 2, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (1-0, 1-0 ACC) practiced for two hours in full pads as they continued to prepare for Saturday’s home opener against Maryland (0-1, 0-0 ACC). After special teams and scout team work, rain fell during the last 30 minutes of practice as the squad held 7-on-7 pass skeleton drills and 11-on-11 scrimmaging.
“It was a typical Tuesday,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I don’t think we had any injuries. The rain helped at the end because they were sweating and dragging a little bit.”
During 7-on-7 (no offensive or defensive lines), the defense continued to look sharp. Claudius Osei, Sam McGrew and Bryant McFadden all recorded interceptions. Marcello Church added a pass break-up. The offense’s top plays were a 15-yard pass Chris Rix to Dominic Robinson in 7-on-7 and Willie Reid’s long run up the middle in 11-on-11.
FSU leads the all-time series with Maryland 13-0 with an average margin of victory of 32.2. The Seminoles won 37-10 last year in College Park and 52-31 two years ago in Tallahassee.
“It’s amazing how we have played against Maryland,” said Bowden. Last year, I thought they had one of the best teams in the country. We just seemed to get a few big plays and our receivers made some great catches. I hope it will hold up again. They are well coached and you can tell he (Ralph Friedgen) has a great staff. You really have to execute against them.”
The Seminoles have one player that hails from the state of Maryland. Senior defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who is FSU’s all-time leader in tackles for loss, was regarded as one of the nation’s top defensive lineman coming out of Paint Branch High School in Burtsonville, Maryland.
“Maryland has gotten better each year that we’ve played them since I’ve been here,” said Dockett. “They are keeping some of the good athletes from up there. Right now we have to approach every game like it’s Miami no matter who we play. We have to stay focused this week because doing the little things are important when you play Maryland.”
Florida State hosts Maryland on Saturday, September 6 at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m.