Nov. 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (6-3, 5-0 ACC) continued to prepare for Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech (6-3, 3-3 ACC) with a 21-period practice in shells Wednesday afternoon. The team practiced for the first half of the afternoon on the practice fields before moving into Doak Campbell Stadium for the remainder of the day. The team began the day working on special teams before working against scout teams in the stadium.
“It was imperative that we got out today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We missed yesterday and just had to get out. We worked half the time on the practice field and the other half out here (stadium). I thought it was a pretty good practice. The kids seemed really enthused out there today. We got just about everything covered that we missed yesterday.”
Georgia Tech’s defense comes into the game only allowing 117.3 yards on the ground and 231.0 yards through the air. Florida State on the other hand, is averaging 218.1 yards on the ground and 227.0 yards through the air.
In 11-on-11 drills, Adrian McPherson connected with Anquan Boldin on a 37-yard pass to the nine yardline setting up a Xavier Beitia 26-yard field goal. Willie Reid had two carries for 20 yards and a seven-yard reception on the drive. Bryant McFadden continued to look impressive for the defense.
“With the injuries they’ve had, they really have hung in there,” said Bowden. “Their defense held them in there until they could start putting things together. Now their defense is starting to play better.”
FSU is currently on a four game stretch against conference opponents before facing Florida in Tallahassee on November 30th.
Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised regionally on ABC.
Injury Report: No new injuries were reported.