Oct. 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 7-ranked Florida State Seminoles (5-1, 4-0 ACC) completed their week of preparation for Virginia (4-2, 3-1 ACC) with a 15 period practice in shorts Thursday afternoon. After period one was completed, the offense and scout team moved into Doak Campbell Stadium for the remainder of the practice where crowd noise was filtered in. Virginia is expecting a sold out crowd at Scott Stadium (61,500).
“We’ve had a good week,” Associate Head Coach Mickey Andrews said. “The guys came to work on Monday. We got that Miami game out of the way Monday afternoon and we went to work on this game Monday night. Our guys have been very focused on what we are trying to do and we are looking forward to the ball game this week against Virginia. You’ve got two teams both coming off losses and it’s an ACC game – a very important game for both teams. You got to think both teams are going to come ready to play.”
Andrews noted the solid play of Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub.
“Number one, he (Schaub) completes passes,” Andrews said. “He’s an extremely accurate thrower. He has a great feel for timing and placement of balls to the receivers and he’s got some guys who can get up there and catch the football. They (UVA) do a great job of getting receivers open, they do a lot of movement, a lot of shifting. He reads coverages well and does a great job of getting the ball to his open people and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes with the ball.”
The game, which will be televised Saturday on ESPN at 7:45 p.m., will be the 12th meeting between the Seminoles and the Cavaliers. Florida State is 10-1 all time vs. Virginia. The Cavaliers handed FSU its first ACC loss on November 2, 1995 in Charlottesville by a score of 33-28.
Florida State is listing senior noseguard Jeff Womble and junior center David Castillo as questionable for Saturday’s game. Junior offensive guard Bobby Meeks is not expected to play vs. Virginia while sophomore Ronnie Lunford is expected to make his first career start at the position.