Oct. 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (5-1, 4-0 ACC) held a two-hour practice Monday afternoon in full pads as they continued to prepare for Saturday’s game at No. 1 Miami (5-0, 2-0 BIG EAST). The Seminoles started the day with special teams work, then moved on to situational scrimmaging, before wrapping up the day with conditioning and agilities. The Hurricanes have won the last two meetings, ending a five-game FSU winning streak that lasted from 1995-99. UM leads the all-time series 25-20.
“It was a hot day which was probably what we needed because we’ll probably play in hot weather Saturday,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They had a good day of practice. Jerel Hudson, B.J. Ward and Torrance Washington are probably the biggest three question marks in terms of injuries. We probably won’t know about them until later in the week.”
In 11-on-11 scrimmaging, FSU’s offense came up with several big plays. Chris Rix hit Anquan Boldin on pass plays of 20 and 30 yards against the No. 2 defense. Adrian McPherson followed with a 40-yard scoring strike to P.K. Sam against the No. 1 defense. Cornerback Malcolm Tatum had a pass break-up for the No. 2 defense.
Florida State will face a Miami defense that is regarded as one of the best in the country. The Hurricanes rank third nationally in total defense (241.2 yards per game) and are 10th in scoring defense (14.8 points per game).
“They’ve got their front seven back on defense so it doesn’t surprise me that they are playing so well,” said Bowden. “They’ve got some new guys in the secondary, but they are talented. Because the front seven are so good, they are able to do some different things defensively. We won’t see another defense like them.”
In other news, true freshman Leon Washington was named ACC Specialist of the Week for the second time this season. Washington scored his second special teams touchdown of the season on a 97-yard kickoff return (fourth longest in school history) in the second quarter of FSU’s win over Clemson. He also forced a fumble on punt coverage. Washington leads the ACC and ranks 18th nationally in punt return average (15.2 yards per return).
Florida State’s game against Miami in the Orange Bowl is set for a 12:00 noon kickoff on ABC.