December 19, 2000 - by
Florida State Continues Preparations For Orange Bowl

Dec. 19, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles’ football team continued preparations for the FedEx Orange Bowl today with an eight period practice. The Seminoles broke out the gloves and long pants for the practice in Doak Campbell Stadium, as the wind chill brought the temperature into the 20’s. The `Noles started practice off inside where they went through conditioning drills before moving outside.

“We planned to go inside today because of the weather forecast,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. “We started off inside with agility drills before we moved outside. I though we had a good practice today. We worked on all our kicking.”

After starting off inside, the Seminoles moved out into the cold weather of Doak Campbell Stadium where they started working on kickoffs and kick off coverage. They followed that with punt drills as well as punt block unit and punt return work. After special teams drills, the Tribe went on to complete nine periods of offense and defense work in shells.

In periods 1-5 the starting offense and defense worked against skeleton units. Chris Weinke, formerly a St. Paul, Minn. resident, looked right at home in the cold weather directing the offense. Brian Allen and Tommy Polley both looked good in reads on the defensive unit. FSU moved back to the 35-yard line and continued offensive and defensive unit work in periods 5-8, before moving to goal line in period nine. Javon Walker and Anquan Boldin both looked impressive in offensive drills.

“Tomorrow we will do a little scrimmaging,” Bowden said. “We don’t want to do too much with that, but we would like to get a little work in on a scrimmage.”

The Seminoles will continue preparations on Wed., December 20. FSU has three more scheduled practices before they break for the holidays. The team is scheduled to depart for Miami on December 27.

Talman Gardener:		Lower back strain
Derrick Gibson & Tay Cody:	Held out of practice for sickness
Char-on Dorsey:			Held out of practice
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