Sept. 3, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The rain held off during the afternoon as the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (1-0, 1-0 ACC) practiced for two hours in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) in preparation for Saturday’s home opener against Maryland (0-1, 0-0 ACC). Over light drizzle towards the end of practice, FSU worked on position drills, 7-on-7 and Maryland scout team work for 20 periods.
The last period consisted of a one-minute hurry up offense drill. During the drill, freshman cornerback Antonio Cromartie made a leaping grab to intercept the ball causing the offense to scramble. During the last 15 seconds, junior receiver P.K. Sam caught a pass for 35 yards setting up a 55-yard field goal for sophomore kicker Xavier Beitia.
“We had a good one minute drill with the one offense and two defense [during which] Cromartie made a great play to stop the offense. They were out of field goal range, but with ten seconds left to play, [Beitia] kicked about a 55-yard field goal which was good, kind of exciting,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
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.
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.
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.