December 29, 2001 - by
Seminole Football Wraps-Up Next-To-Last Gator Bowl Practice

Dec. 29, 2001

The 24th-ranked Florida State football team (7-4, 6-2 ACC) concluded its next-to-last practice at Jacksonville University Saturday, December 29 in preparation for Tuesday’s Toyota Gator Bowl. The Seminoles spent 18-periods in shells working on 11-on-11, down and distance situations and against Virginia Tech scout teams. The 15th-ranked Hokies (8-3, 4-3 BIG EAST) and Seminoles will meet for the second time in the past three seasons just three days from now at 12:30 p.m. in Alltel Stadium in a game that will be televised nationally by NBC.

“At this point, all you can hope for is that you play your best” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “There’s not much else you can do other than that. I hope we are prepared to give our best effort because I know they (Virginia Tech) will be.”

Florida State got some good news on the injury front Saturday. Starting weakside linebacker Kendyll Pope sat out practice due to cervical burners but his x-rays came back negative and the problem is not considered serious. Starting right cornerback Stanford Samuels also went in for x-rays on his sprained right ankle, which were also negative but Samuels was held out of practice Saturday as a precaution. The news on cornerback Bryant McFadden wasn’t so good as x-rays revealed a fracture in his right foot that will keep him out of Tuesday’s Gator Bowl.

“Our injury report really isn’t looking that much better,” said Bowden. “We had a corner (McFadden) hurt yesterday and it looks like he is out of the game. Samuels sprained his ankle and hopefully he’ll be OK by game time. I think Kendyll will be good to go for the game. His x-rays today were just to make sure we had the location of the problem correct.”

The Seminoles will spend the rest of the afternoon touring the U.S.S. Kennedy before returning to Jacksonville University Sunday morning for the team’s final practice. Florida State will spend Sunday afternoon at the Jacksonville Jaguars football game as they host the Kansas City Chiefs. For more information on the Gator Bowl and Florida State football, please visit the official athletic website for Florida State University at

INJURY REPORT – No new injuries were reported after Saturday’s practice. Linebacker Kendyll Pope was held out of contact Saturday due to cervical burners but his x-rays taken Saturday morning came back negative. CB Stanford Samuels was also held out of practice due to a right ankle sprain but his x-rays taken Friday also came back negative. CB Bryant McFadden’s x-rays revealed a right foot fracture and he has been ruled out for Tuesday’s Gator Bowl.

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