October 15, 1999 - by
Caldwell Says FSU Just As Tough Without Star Player

Oct. 15, 1999


Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – And the beat goes on at Florida State.

With or without one of their best players, the top-ranked Seminoles are
still tough to handle. Just ask Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell.

Seminoles wide receiver Peter Warrick, a leading candidate for the
Heisman Trophy, will miss his second straight game Saturday as his lawyer deals with
prosecutors on reducing a felony grand theft charge to a misdemeanor. In the
meantime, he watches.

“Obviously Peter Warrick is a very, very special guy, but I’ll tell you
they don’t miss a beat,” Caldwell said. “It’s business as usual for them no
matter who they have to line up at that spot.”

The Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will have guys named
Stringer, Boldin, Morgan and Gardner, among others, taking over.

“I don’t see much difference to be honest,” Caldwell said.

“No matter who they line up out there at that position, it’s a great
player who can run, who can catch, do it all. They’re just as deadly. They have a lot
of weapons.”

Senior Ron Dugans, who has 19 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown,
is the only Seminoles receiver with more than 7 catches.

With Warrick out of last week’s 31-21 victory over Miami, junior
quarterback Chris Weinke spread the ball around – finding 11 receivers for 332 yards and 2

Weinke is enjoying a stellar season, completing nearly 63 percent of his
passes for an average of 271 yards a game. Weinke’s 13 touchdown passes have
gone to eight different receivers.

Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2) will rely on its newly minted running attack.

Led by senior Morgan Kane’s 134.2 yard average, the Demon Deacons are
averaging better than 201 yards.

Caldwell thinks it’s the best way to compete against Florida State.

“They pressure your quarterback, so the development of a running game is
extremely important to us,” Caldwell said. “We’re just going to have to find
ways to get it done.”

Florida State’s defense allows 86.7 yards a game against the run and
ranks 14th nationally.

Wake Forest has not defeated Florida State since the Seminoles came
into the ACC in 1992.

But coach Bobby Bowden has been trying to keep his team focused a with so
many homecoming distractions.

“It’s an ideal time for an upset,” Bowden said. “We had a big win over
Miami who is a traditional foe. All we’ll hear is how good we are. All they
(Wake Forest) will hear is that they’ve got no chance.”

Florida State is looking to extend its unbeaten homefield string to 45
games and its home winning streak to 28 straight while giving Bowden his 299th
career victory.

The Seminoles have not lost on their own field since a 17-16 defeat to
Miami in November 1991.

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