Aug. 14, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State football team was only able to complete its 8:30 a.m. workout today. Rain, coupled with lightning, forced the team to cancel their scheduled 5:00 p.m. scrimmage. Players met with their position coaches and went through agility and conditioning drills instead. The team will scrimmage Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. in Doak Campbell Stadium.
“The only bad thing about this is you dont catch things today that you will in two days,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The good side to this is that some of the boys maybe able to go Monday that couldnt go today.”
In the morning full-pad practice, the focus was on the kicking game. Punters Keith Cottrell and Chance Gwaltney practiced with the punt coverage and return teams. Safety Jean Jeune had the best tackle of the day, stopping Gennaro Jackson on a kickoff return. Senior safety Todd Frier returned a short kickoff for a touchdown and cornerback Reggie Durden recovered an on-side kick by Sebastian Janikowski. Janikowski showed some power in his kicking game, sending every kickoff of his into the endzone.
In between workouts, the Seminoles learned that they had been voted No. 1 by the Associated Press. Last week FSU was voted No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
“It didnt surprise me, our goal is to be No. 1,” said Bowden. “Its not like it surprises us anymore to be preseason No. 1. Tennessee deserves it as well, they are the defending national champions, you could flip a coin. Being preseason No. 1 makes it tougher, everyone wants a shot at No. 1.