Nov. 4, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and head trainer Randy Oravetz announced Monday that junior tailback Greg Jones would be out for the rest of the year after suffering a torn ACL and other ligament damage in his right knee. The ACC’s leading rusher went down in the third quarter of FSU’s 34-21 win at Wake Forest Saturday. Senior Nick Maddox, who rushed for a career-high 122 yards against the Demon Deacons, will get the start against Georgia Tech this Saturday.
“It was confirmed with an MRI report that he injured his ACL and MCL,” said head trainer Randy Oravetz. “Dr. Tom Haney (FSU team doctor) is looking at it and we will probably wait two to four weeks and let that MCL settle down and let the swelling go down, and then he’ll have surgery at that time. Looking at his knee and just talking to him when he hurt it at the beginning of the second half, you just had a bad feeling on the field. He’s got the mind set to get better. He’s already starting to make plans and asking a lot of questions. He already knows when football season is next year and is making plans in his mind on what he’s going to do and what it’s going to take.”
The No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (6-3, 5-0 ACC) began preparations for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech (6-3, 3-3 ACC) Monday afternoon. The team used the short 10-period practice to begin work on special teams and to introduce Yellow Jacket scout teams.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech 10-7-1. All 10 of FSU’s wins have come since joining the ACC in 1992. The Seminoles have won five in a row at Bobby Dodd Stadium and have not lost in Atlanta since a 30-0 setback in 1975. Florida State won last year’s meeting in Tallahassee 28-17.
Greg Jones leads the ACC averaging 104.2 yards per game and was only 62 yards shy of becoming the eighth 1000-yard rusher in school history. Jones’ season total of 938 yards ranks 12th all-time at Florida State.
Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised live on ABC.
Injury Report: “Talman has a mild ankle sprain that he has had before,” said Oravetz. “It was a Monday so we just kept him out today. Montrae Holland suffered a high ankle sprain and it will take a couple of days to figure that out. Eric Moore and P.K. Sam were back today taking some snaps and doing some running, so that’s the good part.”