Aug. 23, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team began game
week preparation for their Saturday opener against Louisiana Tech with a
morning practice today. The game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff
in Doak Campbell Stadium and will be televised by ESPN2. The Seminoles
worked on the kicking game at the beginning of the session and then
worked against Louisiana Tech scout teams before finishing with some
“We started off very unenthusiastic,” said head coach Bobby
Bowden. We are in game week now and two-a-days are over, but kids
dragged around. This has got to pick up or we’ve got problems.”
The Florida State secondary, which led the country in pass
defense last season, will face one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in
Louisiana Tech’s Tim Rattay on Saturday. Rattay led the nation in
passing in 1998 with an average of over 400 yards per game.
“Rattay is an excellent veteran quarterback that know his
offense inside and out,” said Bowden. “He finds his receivers well and
throws it quick so its hard to get to him. When you start putting out
three, four and five wide receivers you have to know how you are going
to line up defensively.”
The team will practice again tomorrow morning as they continue to get
ready for the Louisiana Tech contest.
Wide receiver Robert Morgan missed practice, but returned later
in the day for evening meetings.
Injury report: OT Char-ron Dorsey (right knee sprain) and LB
Brian Allen (left hamstring strain).