Sept. 8, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles worked out for approximately an hour and a half on Monday evening in preparation for this week’s home game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Practice was primarily used to work on conditioning and fundamental drills before the team began working against Yellow Jacket scout teams. The ACC announced on Monday that junior offensive tackle Ray Willis was named the ACC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week following his performance against Maryland.
“They (Georgia Tech) play hard and really fly around the ball,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They’ll put nine guys in the box to stop the run and it’s hard to block that many guys. There’s a team that lost 11 guys in the spring and have a freshman at quarterback and they go out there and beat a team like Auburn. We’ll have to play hard to beat them.”
The Seminoles moved to 2-0 on the season and in the ACC with a 35-10 win over Maryland this past weekend. Florida State’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season, while the offense is averaging 36 points per game. Dating back to the 2003 Sugar Bowl against Georgia, the Seminole defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the last 153:43. The last time Florida State went two games without allowing an opponent touchdown was 1996 (North Carolina & Clemson). That team finished 11-1 and went on to play for the national in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.
FSU leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech 11-7-1 dating back to 1952. The Seminoles are averaging 40.0 ppg at home against the Yellow Jackets, while Georgia Tech is averaging just 12.4 ppg in Doak Campbell Stadium. In 2002, running back Nick Maddox tied a career-high with 122 yards rushing against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, while Craphonso Thorpe led all receivers with two catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.
In other news, Ray Willis earned the ACC’s offensive line Player of the Week honors. Willis led the Seminole offensive line with a grade of 94% in FSU’s 35-10 win over Maryland. The 6-6, 301-pound junior recorded three “key blocks,” given on scores and large gains, one of which came on Greg Jones’ 44-yard touchdown run that put Florida State up 14-10. Willis helped the Seminoles total 231 passing yards and 196 rushing yards (427 yards of total offense), while not allowing a single sack or quarterback pressure.
Florida State continues a three game home stand this Saturday, September 13, against Georgia Tech. The game will be televised live on ABC at 8:00 p.m.