Nov. 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (7-3, 6-0 ACC) were forced indoors for the second straight Tuesday practice as they continued to prepare for Saturday’s game against North Carolina (2-8, 0-6 ACC). FSU could clinch a share of the ACC championship with a Homecoming win over the Tar Heels Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles are entering a three-game stretch against teams they lost to in 2001 (UNC, NC State and Florida) to close out the regular season.
Senior tailback Nick Maddox, a native of Kannapolis, NC, will make his second consecutive start on Saturday. Maddox has rushed for 100 or more yards in each of the last two games. Maddox will be backed up by true freshmen Leon Washington and Thomas Clayton with Willie Reid (shoulder) not expected to play.
“We haven’t forgotten what happened last year,” said Maddox. “But, I think the focus is going out and playing the best we can play. We are playing for goals that we want to meet this year, not trying to make up for last year.”
Sophomore Bobby Meeks is expected to make his first career start at tight guard with Montrae Holland likely out for the second straight week. Meeks platooned with Matt Heinz in last Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech. Heinz got the starting nod against the Yellow Jackets.
Saturday’s game against the Tar Heels is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start on ABC. FSU’s game at NC State on November 23 will also kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.