October 1, 2003 - by
No. 5 Florida State Seminoles Wednesday Practice Report

Oct. 1, 2003

Tallahassee – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (5-0, 4-0 ACC) practiced for 21 periods in shells (shorts, helmets and pads) Wednesday afternoon in unseasonable cool weather. FSU has a bye this week and are preparing for the showdown with in-state rival No. 2 Miami (4-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) Saturday, October 11 at noon on ABC.

“This game is as important as any other game as far as wins and losses are concerned but it’s going to be tougher than most of (the games we play this season),” said head coach Bobby Bowden.

If Miami and Florida State hold their positions in the polls, it will mark the first time since 1993 that both teams entered the game with top five national rankings. The No. 1 Seminoles won that game 28-10 over the No. 3 Hurricanes in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Junior wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe had an excellent practice catching a 30-yard pass over freshman cornerback Antonio Cromartie and another 20-yarder from junior quarterback Chris Rix.

“He’s nearly a different person this year than he was last year,” said Bowden, “Craphonso is so serious about football now.”

Tailbacks Leon Washington (sophomore) and Lorenzo Booker (freshman) practiced today in non-contact situations while senior linebacker Kendyll Pope did not practice.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the structure for league play in football and men’s and women’s basketball.

“It’s real good. I wish we could get a twelfth (team) so we can have a playoff but I thought it was a very fair (decision). It makes the divisions very well rounded,” Bowden commented on the ACC conference realignment decision.

“You miss playing a lot of teams but I’m sure we’ll overlap. We just won’t play them all in the same year,” said Bowden.

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