Oct. 24, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — No. 6 Florida State (7-1, 5-0 ACC) continued preparations for Saturday’s game at No. 21 NC State (5-1, 2-1 ACC) with a 20-period practice in shells this afternoon.
“We had a good practice today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “There was a lot of spirit out there. We held (Chris) Weinke out, he just watched from the sideline. We felt like we’d give him another complete day’s rest and then let him work Wednesday and Thursday.”
Weinke, who leads the country with 2,784 passing yards and 22 touchdown passes, injured his left foot in the Maryland game.
“He plays the game and then the next Monday it’s like starting all over again,” said Bowden. “It’s the pounding during the game that carries over to Sunday and Monday.”
The Wolfpack, coached by former FSU assistant Chuck Amato, cracked the Top 25 for the first time in over a year last week. NC State’s only loss this season came at Clemson on October 7th, when the Tigers won 34-27. Included in NC State’s five victories are a pair of overtime wins and a three-point win at Indiana.
“Every game they’ve played in has come down to the end of the fourth quarter except for SMU, said Bowden. He (Amato) has them hustling, playing hard and believing they can win.”
Wide receiver Nick Maddox (groin strain) suffered the only injury of practice this afternoon.
Saturday’s game in Raleigh is a scheduled 7:00 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN.