Nov. 6, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State football team worked 22 periods in shells as it continued preparations for Saturday’s game against NC State in Doak Campbell Stadium. The team practiced in shells rather than full pads as is customary for a Tuesday practice as a precaution against injuries. Most of the 22-period practice session was devoted to practicing against the NC State scout teams with two periods dedicated to one-on-one drills.
“We went in shells today rather than full pads because it’s getting downs towards the end of the year and we are getting some guys nicked up,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We are trying to protect them.”
Junior tailback Nick Maddox, who suffered an ankle sprain in last Saturday’s victory over Clemson, did not practice for the second consecutive day. He participated in conditioning drills and rode a stationary bicycle but did not participate in any contact drills. Freshman Eric Shelton worked as the No. 2 tailback behind sophomore Greg Jones.
“Using Greg Jones as a starter could happen,” said Bowden. “We haven’t decided yet but it definitely could happen, especially with Nick’s ankle. Unless Nick is really feeling good, I’m not going to lose him for the season for one game. He’s day by day.”
Jones has gained 307 yards and is averaging 102.3 yards in Florida State’s last three games. He gained a career-high 166 yards against Clemson, 39 against Maryland (Oct. 27) and 107 against Virginia (Oct. 20). Jones has gained more yards in the last three weeks than he did in 10 games as a freshman (266 yards on 41 carries). His production over the last three weeks (all three Seminole victories) is more than he had during the first five weeks of the 2001 season (230 yards on 46 carries).
Also playing a limited role in today’s practice were defensive end Alonzo Jackson (knee) and fullback William McCray (ankle). Both players are expected to be fully ready to play Saturday against the Wolfpack.
Bowden spoke of the recent spectacular play of the Seminoles’ wide receiving corps and spoke highly of freshman Craphonso Thorpe. Thorpe totaled 107 all-purpose yards against Clemson.
“The guy that keeps catching my eye is Craphonso,” said Bowden. “We have got to play him more. He just keeps catching the ball out there and getting open. He’s doing in practice and in the games. We’re just not getting the ball to him. We have got to get it to him.”
Florida State, ranked 10th in both major polls, practices again Wednesday and Thursday as they prepare to battle the Wolfpack in a game televised on ABC and beginning at 3:30.
No new injuries were reported following today’s practice.