Nov. 14, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (7-3, 6-0 ACC) held a short 15-period practice Thursday afternoon as they wrapped up preparations for Saturday’s game against North Carolina (2-8, 0-6 ACC). FSU head coach Bobby Bowden will look to return to his winning ways on Homecoming against the Tar Heels. After winning his first 25 Homecoming games after taking over as head coach at Florida State, Bowden suffered his first Homecoming loss last year against NC State. FSU is 44-9-1 all-time in Homecoming games.
“I think they have worked hard all week,” said Bowden. “The attitude has been good. Now it’s a matter of executing on Saturday.”
Senior tailback Nick Maddox, who has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last two games, is listed as questionable with a sprained ankle. If Maddox is not able to go, true freshmen Leon Washington and Thomas Clayton would step in at tailback. Bowden stated that Lorenzo Booker (also a true freshman) might play Saturday. Booker has not played this season. FSU lost Greg Jones for the season after a knee injury against Wake Forest and Willie Reid suffered a shoulder injury against Georgia Tech to leave Maddox as the only experienced tailback on the depth chart.
“Maddox did not practice today,” said Bowden. “He worked out and said he felt good. You hate to burn a redshirt, but if he (Maddox) doesn’t play and we aren’t moving the ball then Booker goes. It’s probably 50-50 (on Booker playing) if you were guessing.”
Saturday’s game against the Tar Heels is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start on ABC.