Nov. 20, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State Seminole football team took to the field in shells for 22 periods Tuesday in what was its last full practice before breaking for Thanksgiving. The Seminoles will have a light practice tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. before the team gets the rest of the week off for the holidays. Head coach Bobby Bowden is in the unusual position of having to conduct practice during Thanksgiving week for a conference game after the team has already played Florida.
“They worked pretty hard today and I think it was a good workout,” said Bowden. “It is very difficult to get the team really cranked up on a holiday week when there isn’t a game to play on the weekend. I don’t expect the team to be really cranked up this week but you just ask them to practice hard and they have done that.”
The Seminoles next opponent, Georgia Tech will play its big in-state rivalry game against Georgia this weekend before heading to Tallahassee for a long-anticipated showdown with FSU. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series between the teams 58-38-5 but Georgia Tech won last season’s meeting 27-15. The Yellow Jackets currently sit just one game behind Florida State for second place in the conference.
“I thought we were really making good progress as a team up until the NC State game,” said Bowden. “Since then we’ve been hot, cold, hot, cold. Last week our kids played hard but we didn’t execute well. We’ll find out against Georgia Tech how resilient this team is. There’s no reason for them not to be.”
The kickoff time for Florida State’s postponed home football game with Georgia Tech is set for 3:30 p.m. December 1st. The game, which completes FSU’s regular season schedule, will be televised by ESPN. The Seminoles hold a 9-7-1 edge in their series with the Jackets. After posting a 0-7-1 mark versus the Yellow Jackets between 1952 and 1975, FSU has won nine consecutive ACC meetings between the teams.
INJURY REPORT: Atrews Bell was held out of practice with a knee contusion. No other injuries were reported.