Dec. 17, 2001
The No. 24 Florida State Seminoles (7-4, 6-2 ACC) held two 18-period practices on Monday in preparation for their Gator Bowl match-up with No. 15 Virginia Tech (8-3, 4-3 Big East). Practice started as usual with fundamental and agility drills before moving on to work against Hokie scout teams for the remainder of each practice.
“The kids have been very excited this week and they were that way on Saturday too,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We went this morning for about two and a half hours and again this afternoon for almost two hours. I thought we had a good practice out there today, I just hope we can continue this up to the bowl game.”
Bowden missed the morning practice while he was in Mobile, AL speaking at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast as apart of the GMAC Mobile Bowl.
“All the players were there from Marshall and East Carolina and I got a chance to speak with their coaches,” said Bowden. “There was well over a thousand people there. It was real nice and we had a great turn out.”
Florida State will be making its fifth appearance in the Gator Bowl and its third trip to the bowl under Bobby Bowden. The Seminoles have never lost in their four previous trips to the Gator Bowl, but have not played in the game since the 1985 season. Florida State’s match-up with Virginia Tech marks the second time in three years that the two teams will square off in a bowl game. The last time the two schools met was in the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl with the Seminoles coming out on top 46-29 winning it’s second National Championship. Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is 13-0 all time against the Hokies, while Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has never beaten the Seminoles with a record of 0-5.
In other news, four Seminole football players graduated this past Saturday in the fall commencement ceremonies. The graduating seniors included Chris Hope, William McCray, Carver Donaldson and Gennarro Jackson.
The team will return to the practice fields on Tuesday at noon.
No new injuries were reported after Friday’s workout.