October 4, 2001 - by
Florida State Football Team Continues Preparation For No. 1 Miami

Oct. 4, 2001

The Florida State football continued its bye-week preparations for its Oct. 13 game against Miami with a 21-period practice session today. The Seminoles practiced in shells in what was considered a normal game-week practice despite having its second Saturday off in four weeks. Florida’s State’s game scheduled for Sept. 15 against Georgia Tech was postponed until Dec. 1 because of the national tragedy on Sept. 11.

The team practiced nine team periods (offense vs. defense) and 12 periods against the Miami scout teams.

Head coach Bobby Bowden was please with the rhythm and enthusiasm of today’s practice as he has been all week long.

“I haven’t noticed any slacking off by the players,” said Bowden. “Football can be such a mental game and the players know that we have an off day on Saturday. It’s hard to concentrate knowing that you don’t play. But really, I don’t want them to be too enthusiastic this week. You want your enthusiasm a week from Saturday. We are going to try and pull them along next week leading up to the game.”

Florida State enters next Saturday’s game in Doak Campbell Stadium with the nation’s longest home wining streak of 36 games. That mark ranks as the 12th-longest home wining-streak in NCAA Division IA history. The streak dates back to a 31-31 tie against Florida in 1994. The last team to win at Doak Campbell Stadium was Miami in 1991.

No new injuries were reported following today’s practice. Three players – quarterback Adrian McPherson, defensive lineman Darnell Dockett and fullback James Buchanan – were held out of practice because of an intestinal virus.

The team will participate in conditioning drills Friday at approximately 3:15 p.m. before taking Saturday off. Its true game week preparations begin Sunday.

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