Nov. 13, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Game Day Central
The Florida State Seminoles (6-3, 5-2 ACC), ranked No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, practiced in shells for 22 periods Tuesday afternoon in preparation for this weekend’s in-state match-up with No. 3 Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC). The Seminoles worked on special team drills at the start of practice before moving on to offensive and defensive drills against Florida scout teams.
“The kids jumped around pretty good today in practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The defense was very enthusiastic.”
The Seminoles defense had an impressive day of practice against the Florida offensive scout team. In goal line defense drills, the Seminoles’ stopped the scout team on six of seven plays.
Wide receive Talman Gardner, who leads the Seminoles with 11 touchdowns, spent his second day of practice on the sidelines due to a sinus infection. Quarterback Chris Rix led the first-team offense in a variety of drills against the scout team. Running backs Greg Jones and Nick Maddox both saw significant action out of the backfield, as the offense ran light-contact drills.
“We’ve been running the ball better this year,” said Bowden. “Our running game is going to be very important to us this weekend. Controlling the ball and the clock will help us.”
Injury report: Brian Sawyer was sent home due to an illness.