Sept. 5, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 5 Florida State (1-0, 1-0 ACC) held a 20-period practice Wednesday afternoon in shells (shoulder pads, shorts and helmet) as they continued preparations for UAB. The team worked on kicking during the early part of the day, since they couldn’t get any special teams practice in on Monday and Tuesday (indoors due to rain).
“We had to get outside today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “After the rain forced us inside the last two days, the weather cooperated and we had a good practice on a hot, muggy day. We would rather be outside all the time. We can go inside and get assignments down. We had to come out today and get the kicking in early.”
Saturday’s game with UAB is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2. The Seminoles own the nation’s longest home winning streak as they have won 35 straight in Doak Campbell Stadium, dating back to the 31-31 tie with Florida in 1994. The Blazers return 18 starters from a 2000 squad that compiled a record of 7-4, which included road victories over LSU and East Carolina.
In other practice news, redshirt freshman B.J. Ward has officially made the move from safety to wide receiver.
“B.J. Ward worked at wide receiver,” said Bowden. “He has good size and has shown some ability, but he still has a lot to learn.”
The Seminoles will practice once more Thursday afternoon before Saturday’s contest with UAB.
Injury report: Alonzo Jackson was treated for heat cramps following practice.