December 9, 2000 - by
FSU Football Continues Preparations For National Championship Game

Dec. 9, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles’ football team continued preparations for its national title defense in a morning practice Sat., December 9, beginning at noon. The `Noles went through 18 periods preparing for their game against Oklahoma in the FedEx Orange Bowl, Jan. 3.

“This was our second practice out here today,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. “We went in shells today, we’re just trying to ease them into things. We’ll be off again until Friday and Saturday for finals week, but people will lift on their own during that period.”

The Seminoles spent most of the 18 periods working on offensive and defensive schemes. FSU ran an Oklahoma scout offense against the defense, which looked sharp on reads, including a number of good pickups by senior-linebacker Brian Allen.

With Chris Weinke in New York preparing for this evening’s Heisman ceremony, junior Jared Jones and senior Marcus Outzen saw most of the snaps. Outzen looked solid playing with the first team, including a great pass and catch on a deep route to Atrews Bell. The FSU offense then moved to the two-minute offense, again showcasing the talents of Outzen and Jones. Both quarterbacks ran the offense well in Weinke’s absence.

Following practice, the Seminoles will attend the annual football banquet at the Leon County Civic Center at 6:00 p.m. Team awards will be handed out at the annual banquet and the players and coaches will watch the Heisman Award ceremonies unfold as they see if teammate Chris Weinke wins FSU’s second Heisman Trophy.

Carver Donaldson (fractured left hand)
Marvin Minnis (re-sprained left ankle)

Related Articles