Oct. 26, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (8-0) practiced for just
under two hours in shells (shoulder pads, shorts and helmets) this
afternoon as they continued to prepare for Saturday night’s game at
Virginia. FSU started practice with the kicking game and then moved to
fundamentals and work against Cavalier scout teams.
“We still have a lot of guys out,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“We practiced pretty good though, threw and caught better.”
Virginia is led offensively by senior tailback Thomas Jones, who
ranks second nationally with a per game rushing average of 158.4 yards.
Jones has started 30 straight games at tailback for the Cavaliers and
needs just 81 yards to become the school’s all-time leading rusher.
“Thomas Jones is as good a back as there is in the country,”
said Bowden. “He’s always played well against us. Virginia is probably
the biggest team we’ve faced.”
Injury report: S Todd Frier (right foot sprain), NG Corey Simon
(left elbow hyperextension) and QB Chris Weinke (right knee contusion).
S Sean Key (burner) and DE Roland Seymour (shoulder) attended practice,
but did not participate in drills. C Jarad Moon, OT Tarlos Thomas and
OL Corey Whitaker missed practice with an intestinal flu.
Defensive ends coach Jim Gladden suffered a broken right femur
early in today’s practice. Gladden is in his 25th year as an assistant
coach at Florida State.
“He is having surgery tonight,” said head trainer Randy Oravetz.
“They’ll keep him in the hospital for two or three days and then put him
in a splint system with crutches.”
Gladden is not expected to make the trip to Virginia.
Saturday night’s game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff and
will be televised nationally by ESPN. After Virginia, FSU has an open
week and then hosts Maryland on November 13th (12:00 p.m.).