Sept. 24, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 4 ranked Florida State football team practiced in the rain for 15 periods on the FSU Practice Fields in preparation for Thursday night’s game against Louisville. The practice was originally scheduled for 17 periods but head coach Bobby Bowden, pleased with the production during the session, cut the session two periods shorter than scheduled.
The players practiced in shorts (no pads) during the session. After opening the session with kickoff coverage and return drills, the first team offense and first team defense practiced against the Louisville offensive and defensive scout teams.
Florida State will hold a light workout at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning before departing for Louisville and its first of two consecutive Thursday night games. Following Thursday’s game against Louisville, the Seminoles play host to Clemson Oct. 3 in Doak Campbell Stadium for their second of two games scheduled to be played as part of ESPN’s Thursday night college football package.
“I think we were fortunate to get outside today because there was a good possibility we couldn’t have which meant we’d only have one day of practice,” said Bowden. “We were able to get out today and get through everything we were trying to get through. We have done everything we could in the limited amount of time we’ve had.”
Bowden was pleased the Seminoles were able to practice in the rain prior to its game against the Cardinals.
“A good thing was that we did get into the rain,” said Bowden. “I don’t anticipate rain up there, but if it did, at least we had a day of practice in the rain. Like Florida and Tennessee found out last week – you never know when it is coming.”
Two of Florida State’s early season games – against Virginia and at Maryland – were played with rain during both games.
“We accomplished about what we needed to do,” said Bowden. “I think if we had done much more it would be dangerous because the game is so close. We probably got about what we needed rather than a hot day that takes so much out of you.”
Bowden remarked that this was the first time it rained throughout a practice for the Seminoles this year.
Florida State and Louisville are meeting for the first time since 2000 (a 31-0 Seminole win in Tallahassee) and for the 14th time overall. The Seminoles lead the all-time series, 12-1, with Louisville’s only win during the series coming in 1952.
No new injuries were reported after today’s practice.