September 23, 2003 - by
Seminoles Practice in Full Pads Tuesday Afternoon

Sept. 23, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 Florida State Seminoles (4-0, 3-0 ACC) practiced in full pads Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s game at Duke (2-2, 0-1 ACC). The status of tailbacks Leon Washington (elbow) and Lorenzo Booker (knee) for the Duke game has not been determined. Both participated without contact in Tuesday’s practice.

“Washington and Booker both worked today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They went through about half the practice and were running it pretty good. A decision hasn’t been made yet on those guys.”

After special teams and work against Duke scout teams, the Seminoles wrapped up practice with 11-on-11 scrimmaging. The No. 1 defense dominated the No. 2 offense as Kevin Emanuel had a sack and Bryant McFadden broke up a pass. Travis Johnson, Leroy Smith and Ray Piquion added tackles for loss. The No. 1 offense had its biggest gain of the day on a 25-yard pass from Chris Rix to Craphonso Thorpe.

Brian Ross went through full contact drills for the first time since breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg in April. Ross, who played on the defensive line a year ago, is working as the third center behind David Castillo and John Frady.

“It’s good to get back out there,” said Ross. “I just have to make sure I learn everything and get the calls down. I definitely plan on playing this season and hope I can get some action on Saturday. I’m going to prepare to help the team however I can.”

With a victory over the Blue Devils, the Seminoles would be off to their sixth 5-0 start since 1990. All 12 meetings with Duke have come since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992 and FSU has won all 12.

Florida State returns to ACC play with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Duke. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.

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