Aug. 19, 2002
No. 3 FLORIDA STATE (0-0) vs Iowa State (0-0)
Saturday, August 24 * 8:30 pm * FOX
Arrowhead Stadium * Kansas City, MO
SETTING THE SCENE: The Seminoles, ranked No. 3 in the preseason AP poll, open the 2002 season against Iowa State in the Eddie Robinson Classic. Head coach Bobby Bowden is tied with Bear Bryant (323 wins) for second on the all-time Division IA wins list and could move into second by himself behind Joe Paterno (327) with a victory. FSU returns a total of 17 starters (7 offense, 8 defense & 2 specialists) from a 2001 squad that finished 8-4.
The Florida State offense will go to work behind an offensive line that returns all five starters and is regarded by many as the best unit in the country. The group is led by senior All-American Brett Williams, who is a three-time All-ACC selection at tackle. ACC Rookie of the Year Chris Rix is again the signal caller after becoming the first freshman to start at quarterback during the Bowden Era (since 1976). Junior Greg Jones is the starter at tailback and is coming off of a 120-yard Gator Bowl outing against Virginia Tech, the nation’s No.2 rush defense last year. Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan are back at receiver after missing the 2001 season with knee injuries and will team with senior Talman Gardner to give FSU three of the nation’s best.
Like the offense, the defense also returns all its starters across the line. Junior defensive tackle Darnell Dockett set a school record last year with 22 tackles for loss. Outside linebackers Michael Boulware and Kendyll Pope had oustanding sophomore seasons as they combined for just under 200 tackles. Boulware, who now weighs 222, had the team’s third-best 40-yard dash time (4.36) in summer performance testing.
TELEVISION: FOX SportsNet: Joel Myers (play-by-play), Kellen Winslow (color), Artie Gigantino (color) & Eric Clemons (sideline). Sunshine: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom Block (sideline). Sunshine tape delay: Sunday 7:00 pm & Monday 12:30 pm.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) & Peter Tom Willis (color).