October 13, 2003 - by
Florida State Football Begins Preparations For ACC Foe Virginia

Oct. 13, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 7 Florida State Seminoles (5-1, 4-0 ACC) practiced for about an hour and a half on Monday evening in preparation for this weekend’s match-up at Virginia (4-2, 3-1 ACC). The majority of practice was spent with work on individual assignments and correcting mistakes from the Miami game before working against Cavalier scout teams.

“What we’re going to do is we’re going to have to put (David) Castillo and (Bobby) Meeks in a backup role and count them as a bonus if they can play,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We can’t keep going on hoping that they are healthy. So we will move (Ron) Lunford up to the guard position and we’ll move up Kennon to the number two position (at center behind John Frady). We’ll also work (Cory) Niblock at both guards.”

The Seminoles are coming off a 22-14 loss to No. 2 Miami, while the Cavaliers fell to Clemson 30-27 in overtime. FSU leads the nation in scoring defense (9.83) and is seventh in total defense (265.67 ypg). Virginia’s Connor Hughes has connected on 13 consecutive field goals and currently ranks second in the ACC in scoring (8.3). Cavalier tailback Wali Lundy leads the ACC with 89.7 rushing yards per game.

Florida State has won the last seven meetings with Virginia and leads the series 10-1. The only loss to UVA came in 1995 when the Cavaliers upset FSU 33-28 in Charlottesville. The Seminoles have scored 28 or more points in each of the last 10 games with the Cavaliers and both teams have combined for at least seven turnovers a game in the last four meetings.

“They’re (Virginia) just good solid, sound people,” said Bowden. “They’ve got nine starters back on offense and quite a few back on defense so they’re veterans and know what they’re doing.”

FSU will play at Virginia on ESPN this Saturday, October 18. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.


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