Nov. 17, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles (10-0) began
preparation for their final game of the regular season Saturday against the
third-ranked Florida Gators (9-1).
“Practices have been good this week,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“We are just trying to get familiar with our game plan, we’ll come back
tomorrow and go in the stadium.”
Florida State spent much of the practice working against scout team
offenses and defenses in preparation for the Florida Gators. The Gator
offense consists of three running backs with around 500 yards apiece
(Graham 586), (Carroll 546), (Gillespie 464). Florida State’s defense
enters Saturday’s contest ranked 17th in the country against the run. The
team that has rushed for more yards has won the last four games and nine of
the past 11.
In last year’s game, the Seminole defense held the Gators scoreless
in the second half and did not allow a third-down conversion the entire
game. FSU quarterback Marcus Outzen made his second start of the year,
filling in for Chris Weinke, and led the Noles to a 23-12 victory. Outzen
threw for over 200 yards and his first career touchdown, a 32-yard strike
to senior wide receiver Peter Warrick, against the Gators.
“Marcus is a better quarterback today,” said Bowden. “He’s had
another year to mature, he’ll be ready if we need him.”
The offensive highlight of Wednesday’s practice came from sophomore
wide receiver Robert Morgan and sophomore quarterback Jared Jones. Jones
released the ball in the middle of traffic and hit Morgan in stride for a
45-yard gain. Defensively, the play of the day came from junior cornerback
Tay Cody. Cody stepped in front of senior wide receiver Ron Dugans for the
interception and then returned it 25 yards for the score.
“They have practiced just like I would want them to so far,” said
Injury Report: No new injuries today.
The Seminoles will travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida
Gators Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Game time is scheduled for
3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS.