Oct. 8, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (5-1, 4-0 ACC) held a two-hour practice Tuesday afternoon in shorts as they prepared for Saturday’s game at No. 1 Miami (5-0, 2-0 BIG EAST). The Seminoles will hold a full practice Wednesday and a light practice Thursday before departing for Miami on Friday.
“We got some good things done today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Jerel (Hudson) is still out so we’ll see if he can go tomorrow. I wish he could go because they run the ball so well and that’s kind of his forte.”
The Hurricanes are averaging 225.2 yards rushing a game and rank 17th nationally. Tailback Willis McGahee comes into the game eighth in the country in rushing with a 128.0 per game average. Back-up Jason Geathers is averaging 73.0 yards per game.
“It’s amazing,” said Bowden. “Whey Clinton Portis left early you wondered who would take his place. Then the next guy gets hurt and they come in there with McGahee and he’s as good as anybody. The thing about Miami is they lost all those players from last year and they are just as good.”
In pass skeleton drills, Adrian McPherson hit P.K. Sam for a 35-yard gain. During 11-on-11 scrimmaging, Claudius Osei intercepted a pass off a deflection. Kicker Xavier Beitia ended practice with a 53-yard field goal during one-minute offense.
“I feel much better about our kicking game going into this game than I did when the last time we went down there,” said Bowden. “It’s a shame we didn’t have this kicker two years ago.”
Florida State’s game against Miami in the Orange Bowl is set for a 12:00 noon kickoff on ABC.