October 5, 2000 - by
Seminoles Continue Preparations For No. 7 Miami

Oct. 5, 2000

The No.1 ranked Florida State football team continued preparations for Saturday’s contest vs. the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday with a 20-period split practice in shoulder pads. The team practiced six periods on the practice fields before the offense moved to Doak Campbell Stadium to practice with crowd noise.

Wide receiver Marvin Minnis had the offense’s top play of the day with an acrobatic 35-yard reception while cornerback Tay Cody stood out with a total of four interceptions for the defense.

“We worked in here (practice fields) as a team today for six periods,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Then the offense went to the stadium to get crowd noise and defense stayed out here. Weinke looked better. Again, I don’t know what his status will be. He has to look better tomorrow. He threw more and looked better, but if you were playing today, it would be Outzen. We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow. It’ll probably be Friday before we decide. If nobody would touch him, I probably wouldn’t worry about it.”

The Seminoles also focused part of the practice on special teams, which has always been a big part of the Florida State-Miami series.

“The punt team did work in the stadium to work on our punt coverage,” said Bowden. “That’s gonna be a big factor. They’ve got Peter Warrick this year with number six (Santana Moss). He’s gonna be the game breaker, sitting back there returning punts, as well as at receiver.”

Quarterback Chris Weinke practiced for approximately 20 minutes once again this afternoon.

“I do feel like there’s been improvement each day,” said Weinke. “Hopefully that continues up until game time on Saturday. I didn’t really do that much more today than I did yesterday.”

The Seminoles will face the Hurricanes Saturday at 12:00 noon on CBS in the Orange Bowl.

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