Aug. 19, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State’s Monday afternoon football practice was cut short after eight periods because of rain and lightning that swept across the area at approximately 5:00 p.m. local time. Head Coach Bobby Bowden took the team inside and both the offense and defense continued their preparations for Saturday’s season opener against Iowa State.
The team had completed nearly eight periods of a 24-period session when the rains came. Bowden and trainer Randy Oravetz had been monitoring the weather for nearly 30 minutes because of large lightening strikes on the horizon. Bowden took the team off the field before the rain began to fall on the practice fields.
“We got about two-fifths of our practice in and the rain finally caught us,” said Bowden. “We have been mighty lucky so far. We moved inside with the offense and we will work inside for 45 minutes. Then the defense will came in and work for 45 minutes. We will get as much coverage as we can and tomorrow we will go back outside when the weather is better.”
“Usually on a Monday before a ballgame we go out at night and just work in shorts,” Bowden continued. “We were going to use this as a workday so what we missed we will pick up tomorrow. Everybody looked to be in pretty good shape. Anquan (Boldin) was working out and running cuts and he looked like he wasn’t having any trouble. That was a good sign. Crophonso Thorpe was running and wasn’t having any trouble. That part’s good.”
No new injuries were reported following today’s workout.