Sept. 18, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The No. 2-ranked Florida State Seminoles
(3-0) held a short practice this evening after reviewing North Carolina
game film. The team did agilities and conditioning, worked on the
kicking game and finished up with looks at Louisville base offenses and
defenses. Louisville (2-0) will be the fourth straight team without a
loss to face FSU this season.
“When you look at the stats they run it about as much as the
pass it,” said defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. “They are
averaging 200 yards on the ground and are throwing for another 200
yards. You never see two backs with Louisville. They go with one back
or no backs so you have to pay attention to formations.”
The Louisville offense is led by quarterback Dave Ragone and
wide receiver Arnold Jackson. Ragone ranks third in the nation in
passing efficiency (181.3) while Jackson has a chance to become the
first player in Division I-A history to catch 300 career passes.
“Their quarterback is ahead of Chris Weinke in passing
efficiency and we think Weinke is pretty good,” said Andrews. “It is
unbelievable how many times he hits his receivers. They have a receiver
coming back that caught 101 balls last year and is closing in on Jerry
Rice’s record. You can’t luck into that many catches. We’ll have our
hands full with their offense.”
Andrews also stated that he expected defensive tackle Kevin
Emanuel (back) and noseguard Chris Woods (ankle) to return to action
this week. No new injuries were reported after today’s practice. As
expected, fullback Chad Maeder (knee) returned to practice this evening.
Saturday’s game in Doak Campbell Stadium is scheduled for a 6:00
p.m. kickoff on espn2.