Sept. 25, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The sixth-ranked Florida State football team (4-0, 3-0 ACC) polished its week of preparation for Duke (2-2, 0-1 ACC) with a 15-period workout in shorts Thursday afternoon. The Seminoles, who haven’t traveled since their season-opener on August 30th, will depart for Durham Friday morning.
Florida State will be without key players again this week. Backs Lorenzo Booker and Leon Washington and senior linebacker Kendyll Pope will all make the trip, but will be listed as questionable for the game and will likely not see action. Offensive Guard Eric Broe will replace Bobby Meeks, who is suffering from pneumonia, this week on the offensive line while Ron Lunford got some work on the line as well in practice this week.
“If we can get through this game here without any injuries, it will give us another two weeks to get the other guys more prepared which will be very meaningful,” head coach Bobby Bowden said.
The Seminoles will have an open week following Saturday’s Duke game and will resume play against Miami on October 11th.
“We had a good week of practice,” Bowden said. “The kids have worked hard and focused good. In a game like this, you don’t think about the other team, you think about yourself and play the best you can play and don’t think about favored by this or favored by that. We just go out and play the best we can. That’s how we approach a game like this.”
OUT: OL Matt Heinz (back), TE Matt Henshaw (knee), DE Willie Jones (Achilles’), DB Jhermaine McAroy (shoulder), OG Bobby Meeks (pneumonia), FB Torrance Washington (knee).
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lorenzo Booker (knee), RB Leon Washington (right elbow), LB Kendyll Pope (hamstring).
PROBABLE: C David Castillo (foot)