August 30, 2001 - by
Florida State Works 15-Period Practice Session; Play Duke In Season Opener Saturday

Aug. 30, 2001

The Florida State football team practiced for 15 periods in shorts this afternoon as it concluded its preparations for its season opener against Duke. The team worked on special teams and continued working against the Duke scout teams. Florida State opens its season Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Seminoles practiced in the rain for the majority of the practice session. The clouds rolled in during the third period and the rain held steady throughout the practice. Head coach Bobby Bowden welcomed the rain.

“The rain was probably the best thing that could have happened,” Bowden said. “I don’t think we have practiced in the rain yet this fall. I was hoping the lighting would not come in because we would have gone inside. Thank goodness we got to work with a wet ball because we could get rain up there.

“I think we’ve done everything we need to do to play the ball game,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I’d hate to have another day of practice. The kids worked hard and I feel that we are as prepared as we can be. We just need to play a football game and I am sure Duke is the same way. I just hope we play our best.”

Bowden announced that wide receiver Talman Gardner, who was hurt in Thursday’s practice, would travel with the team and play against Duke if necessary. Gardner suffered a slight shoulder separation Thursday. Bowden also said fullback Randy Golightly, who was suffering from a strained Achilles’ Tendon was doubtful for the game against the Blue Devils.

Saturday’s game against Duke is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and will be available on a pay-per-view basis by Sunshine Network.

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