October 18, 2001 - by
Seminoles Complete Preparations For Virginia With 15-Period Practice Session

Oct. 18, 2001

The Florida State University football team concluded preparation Thursday afternoon for its upcoming game against Virginia with a 15-period practice session in shorts on the FSU practice fields. The Seminoles leave Friday for Charlottesville where they face the Cavaliers Saturday at 7:45 p.m. The game is being televised live nationally on ESPN.

Thursday’s practice consisted of the Seminoles’ starters practicing the Virginia scout team on both offense and defense. Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Rix took the majority of the snaps with the first team offense with true freshman Adrian McPherson taking his share of the snaps.

“We had a good week of practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I haven’t seen any guys crying or moping, or pouting because they didn’t do this or didn’t do that. They all worked hard throughout the week.”

Bowden said junior Chance Gwaltney would handle the punting duties against Virginia.

“Chance hasn’t backed up this week,” said Bowden. “He has punted more consistently this week and he will do it in the game.”

Bowden also commented on three injured Seminoles who had been listed as questionable throughout the week, defensive back Leroy Smith, split end Talman Gardner and defensive end Alonzo Jackson. Smith has not played since the Seminoles defeated UAB on Sept. 8 and Jackson was injured against Wake Forest on Sept. 29. Both had knee injuries.

“I think he (Leroy Smith) is going to be able to play,” said Bowden. “It will be good to get him back. He was doing well when we started out. He had worked himself into a second team position. At least we have him back.

“The one I’m scared of right now is Talman,” he said. “I think Talman could play but I hope his ankle is a lot better than it was today. It was better today than it was yesterday and if it gets better tomorrow and get better the next day then maybe he’d be okay.

“Alonzo is still out this week, but I think the rest of them are in pretty good shape,” said Bowden who doesn’t foresee any changes in the Seminoles’ starting lineup against the Cavaliers.

No new injuries were reported following today’s practice session. Listed as questionable for Saturday’s game are: Smith and O.J. Jackson (groin). Listed as probable are: Malcolm Tatum, cornerback (fractured hand), Travis Johnson, defensive tackle (ankle), Jeff Womble, nose guard (elbow) and William McCray, fullback (ankle).

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