November 16, 1999 - by
Football Preps For Trip To Gainesville

Nov. 16, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles (10-0)
began preparation for their final game of the season as they travel to
Gainesville to take on the third-ranked Florida Gators. The Gators are
9-1, 7-1 in the Southeastern Conference, including a 4-1 record at home.

“I see it as a pretty even game, even though they have the home
field advantage,” Head Coach Bobby Bowden said. “I think the home
advantage for Florida neutralizes any advantage we might have.”

The Seminoles started the evening with mat drills before moving
out to the Ed Williamson practice field for an eight-period work-out
under the lights. The team started with the kicking game before moving
on to work against the scout teams. The Seminoles are looking for their
first win in Gainesville since the 1993 season on their way to a
national championship.

“We’ve got some pretty good experience heading down to
Gainesville,” Bowden said. “We have a lot of guys who were on that 1997
team who traveled to Gainesville and remember what it’s like to play
there. Our seniors have done a solid better job getting the guys
together as well.”

In other football news, three Seminoles garnered Atlantic Coast
Conference Player of the Week honors. QB Chris Weinke was named
co-offensive back of the week after throwing six touchdown passes
against Maryland. The junior from St. Paul, Minn., tied the ACC and FSU
records for single-game touchdown passes and threw for 304 yards, making
that the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career. OT Tarlos Thomas
was named offensive lineman of the week after recording five pancake and
two cut blocks in the game. The junior from Monticello, Fla., led the
Seminoles with a team-high grade 93 percent. LB Tommey Polley was
awarded defensive lineman of the week after recording a career-high 16
tackles against Maryland. The junior from Baltimore, Md., notched 10
solo stops and led a Seminole defense that did not allow a third down
conversion in the second half for the third straight week.

The Seminoles will take on in-state rival Florida at Ben Hill
Griffin Stadium at Florida Field beginning at 3:30pm. The game will be
televised nationally on CBS.

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