Sept. 20, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The second ranked Florida State football team
practiced for 20 periods in shells Wednesday as they continued to prepare
for the Louisville Cardinals. The Seminoles are looking to keep their
streak of 47 straight home games without a loss alive when the Cardinals
travel to Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m.
“This is a dangerous game,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The
teams in Conference USA have upset some ranked teams. Southern Mississippi
beat Alabama and Cincinnati gave Wisconsin all they could handle. The teams
in that conference play with a passion.”
The FSU offense connected on some big plays during one-on-one
drills. Marvin Minnis caught a long pass down the sideline from senior
quarterback Chris Weinke. Minnis then followed that play with a leaping
sideline grab. Freshman receiver Devard Darling and Anquan Boldin both
hauled in deep passes from quarterbacks Marcus Outzen and Jared Jones,
Junior safety Gennaro Jackson led the defense in one-on-one drills
by recording one interception and breaking up a deep pass that he almost
pulled in for his second interception of the day. The defense also stood
out when the team moved to skeleton drills. Defensive backs Leroy Smith and
Clevan Thomas both made good plays on the ball and were able to record a
pass break up.
In goal line drills, Marcus Outzen hit tight end Ryan Sprague over
the middle for a touchdown and tailback Davy Ford took a hand-off 20 yards
for another touchdown. Rover Abdual Howard had the defensive highlight of
the session when he broke up a pass at the goal line and almost turned it
into a diving interception.
“There wasn’t too much different today than what happened at last
Wednesday’s practice,” said Bowden. “It was a good Wednesday practice and
the team worked hard. We got a little heat and humidity today and that was
probably a good thing.”
The Seminoles will return to the practice field Thursday, September 21.