December 19, 2001 - by
Florida State Continues Preparation For Gator Bowl Showdown

Dec. 19, 2001

The 24th-ranked Florida State football team (7-4, 6-2 ACC) returned to the practice field for two 18-period practices Wednesday, December 19. It was the second-to-last day the Seminoles will practice before the team breaks for the holidays. The team will reconvene in Jacksonville Wednesday, December 26 to begin final preparations for the 2002 Toyota Gator Bowl against No. 15 Virginia Tech (8-3, 4-3 BIG EAST).

“I am pleased with the level of enthusiasm out here,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It looks like they are working as hard as past years. It was a good practice and we’ll go twice again tomorrow and then send the kids home.”

During the morning practice, the Seminoles scrimmaged for the first time since the regular season concluded primarily working on short-yardage situations. The FSU offense also worked against the Virginia Tech scout team in preparation for facing the nation’s second-ranked defense. In the afternoon session, FSU opened the practice working on kicking and special teams and then continued to focus in on the Hokies for the rest of the evening.

“We got in a little bit of a scrimmage today,” said Bowden. “We wanted to work on short-yardage situations. We also did a little bit of 1st and 10 scrimmaging. Virginia Tech has the same personality today as the first time I faced them as a coach over 30 years ago. They are tough kids and it’s the same package every year. They are going to get after you. They are going to hit you, they’re not going to quit and they will fight. They bring it right at you.”

In other news Wednesday, the Seminole Athletic Ticket Office announced that the school has just 2,000 tickets remaining from its original allotment of 12,500 while Virginia Tech’s sports information office reported that the school has sold 14,441 tickets to the January 1st game. The Seminole Athletic Ticket Office will be taking phone orders for tickets up until December 26th at (850) 644-1830 or 1-888-FSU-NoLE. All tickets ordered over the phone must now be delivered to a physical address rather than P.O. boxes.

“It is pretty impressive that tickets to the game are selling so well,” said Bowden. “It sure does help when you take the field and the stadium is packed. We’ve played in some BCS bowl games where the stadium wasn’t packed so it’s nice to see the response to this game. It is a big help that our fans can get there in just a short drive and Virginia Tech always brings a lot of fans with them.”

INJURY REPORT – There were no new injuries reported after Wednesday’s practices.

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