September 5, 2002 - by
Florida State Football Holds Final Practice of Open Week

Sept. 5, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 ACC) worked out in shells for 21 periods Thursday afternoon as they wrapped up practice during the open week. The team will lift weights Friday morning and then report again Sunday afternoon for conditioning and meetings. Practice will resume Monday afternoon. Junior wide receiver Anquan Boldin had the best play of the day when he made a one-handed grab on a pass thrown behind him during 11-on-11 scrimmaging.

“We looked at some of the stuff we’ll see from our next opponent,” said head coach Bobby Bowden when asked what he wanted to accomplish during the open week. “We need to keep improving and maintain our conditioning. It also gives the injured guys a chance to get better. We worked as hard as we usually would, but had less contact because of the 13-game schedule this year.”

In 11-on-11 work, Boldin hauled in a pair of passes (25 and 30 yards) from Chris Rix. Alonzo Jackson recorded a sack and Bryant McFadden broke up a pass for the defense. Xavier Beitia connected on a 42-yard field goal to complete the hurry-up portion of 11-on-11 drills.
Most of the players and staff, including Coach Bowden, will spend Saturday watching the Miami-Florida game.

“I’ll watch it mostly as a spectator,” said Bowden. “I might take a couple notes, but we play both of them later in the season and I’ll see it again when we exchange tape. It’s a great rivalry – a natural rivalry. We play both of them so it’s nice to see them have to play each other.”

Florida State’s game against Maryland on September 14th is set for a 7:45 p.m. kickoff and will be carried live by ESPN.

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