Aug. 27, 2001
#5 FLORIDA STATE (0-0, 0-0 ACC) at Duke (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
Saturday, September 1
6:00 PM * SUN PPV
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941) * Durham, NC
SETTING THE SCENE: Florida State, ranked No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll to open the season, faces Duke in Durham for the first time since 1997. Head coach Bobby Bowden must replace 14 starters, including Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at quarterback and four-year starter Travis Minor at tailback. The offense returns just four starters (FB William McCray, WR Atrews Bell, OG Montrae Holland & OT Brett Williams) as does the defense (DT Darnell Dockett, NG Jeff Womble, MLB Bradley Jennings and FS Chris Hope). In addition, the Seminoles have two new faces at placekicker (Xavier Beitia) and punter (Chance Gwaltney).
Redshirt freshman Chris Rix will step in for Weinke at quarterback and junior Nick Maddox will take over for Minor at tailback. Rix and No. 2 quarterback Adrian McPherson, a true freshman, will see their first collegiate playing time on Saturday. The Seminoles return just two of their top eight receivers (Atrews Bell & Javon Walker) after losing Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan to season-ending knee injuries during preseason practice.
FSU led the nation last year in total offense (549.0 yards per game) and passing offense (384.0 ypg). Weinke was the nation’s top passer, throwing for 4,167 yards. The offense also led the country in points per game (42.4).
The Seminoles were second in rushing defense (73.9 ypg), second in scoring defense (10.3) and fifth in pass efficiency defense (91.7). Jennings, a Butkus Award candidate in his third season as the starter at middle linebacker, was the team’s co-leader in tackles with 102 in 2000.
TELEVISION: SUNSHINE (Pay-per-view).
Talent: Paul Kennedy (play-by-play), Keith Jones (color) & Tom Block (sideline reporter). Tape delay – Sunday 7:00 pm & Monday 12:30 pm.
RADIO: Seminole Radio Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) & Peter Tom Willis (color).