Aug. 26, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) held a 12-period practice session on Monday evening in preparation for their home opener against Virginia. The Seminoles started the practice with agility drills and correcting mistakes from the weekend before working against Virginia scout teams. This weekend marks the ACC opener for both squads.
“They (Virginia) move the ball real good,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Defensively they gave up some points last week, but Colorado State was pretty good. Colorado State has an excellent quarterback. The key for us is to minimize our mistakes. There were a couple of times Saturday where there were missed assignments and that’s something we need to improve on.”
Florida State is 9-1 all-time against the Cavaliers, dating back to 1992. Virginia handed the Seminoles their first-ever ACC loss in 1995, by a score of 33-28 in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers have never won in Tallahassee and is only averaging 8.5 points against the Seminoles in the last four meetings. Florida State on the other hand, is averaging 39.6 points per contest in the last six meetings and has only been held under 28 points once in the series history.
In other news, linebackers Michael Boulware and Kendyll Pope were named to the Butkus Award watch list for the 2002 season. The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando presents the Butkus Award each year to the nation’s best collegiate linebacker. The ACC was represented with six nominations; including Recardo Wimbush and Daryl Smith of Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech was the only other ACC team to have two linebackers placed on the preliminary list.
Florida State will open its’ 2002 home season and ACC schedule against Virginia on Saturday. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised regionally by ABC.
No new injuries were reported following tonight’s practice.