Sept. 9, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 2-0 ACC) practiced for 22 periods in full pads Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s home game against Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC). The Seminoles worked sophomore Willie Reid at tailback behind Greg Jones as Lorenzo Booker (knee) and Leon Washington (elbow) sat out with injuries. Ryan Reynolds and Joslin Shaw also saw time Tuesday at tailback behind Jones and Reid.
“We should get Booker back next week,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I’m not sure about Leon. I think Booker is coming along good.”
The Seminoles have also had some injuries at fullback and moved linebacker Chad Canfield to fullback this week. Sophomore James Coleman started against Maryland, but sprained his ankle in the game, to leave FSU with only B.J. Dean at the position. Torrance Washington was the third fullback in the battle for a starting job coming into the season, but hasn’t played this year due to an injured knee. Canfield will work behind Coleman and Dean.
“We moved Canfield to fullback to give us some depth,” said Bowden. “Coleman has practiced everyday, but an ankle could go at any time.”
After working against Georgia Tech scout teams, FSU wrapped things up with 11-on-11 scrimmaging and goal line. Kevin Emanuel recorded two sacks and forced a fumble and Leroy Smith had the hit of the day when he dropped Reynolds on a swing pass. The offense’s big play was a 40-yard scoring pass from Chris Rix to Chauncey Stovall. The defense kept the No. 2 offense out of the endzone on all four goal line attempts.
Florida State hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be televised live on ABC at 8:00 p.m.