Nov. 22, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida week is here for Florida State as the Seminoles spent a little under two hours Monday starting their preparation to face the in-state rival Gators. Game time is 3:30 p.m. for the ABC telecast Saturday from Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that sophomore safety Nick Moody was named ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week after his performance against Maryland. Moody turned in a career-high 13-tackle performance and returned the first interception of his career 96 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 36 seconds remaining. The first defensive touchdown of the season for the Seminoles was also the fourth-longest interception return for a score in Florida State history. A first-year starter, Moody's previous high for tackles was 10, set last season against Jacksonville State.
Now, Moody and his teammates will spend this Thanksgiving week preparing for one of its biggest rivals in Florida. The Seminoles look to snap a six-game losing streak to the Gators. Florida State last defeated the Gators in 2003 in Gainesville, 38-34.
The Gators bring a 7-4 record to Tallahassee having won three of their last four games.
"We are going to have our hands full," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We have a good opportunity, but they have a good ball club. They're starting to do some better things on offense, and they're going back to what they used to do. The last three out of four they have played pretty well, and defensively there are still 10th in the country on defense. They are big, physical and have eight starters back."
"They are still a very, very talented football team. They have lost a couple heartbreakers, a couple games on the last plays of the game, and you go through those kind of years. They are a very well coached team. Urban has done a great job with them for a number of years. It's a great challenge for us, but a great opportunity also."
FSU clinched a share of the ACC Atlantic Division title with its 30-16 win at Maryland last Saturday and will await the outcome of the NC State-Maryland game (3:30 p.m., ESPNU) Saturday to see if the `Noles will represent the division in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game on Saturday Dec.4 in Charlotte, N.C.
Also on Saturday, several seniors will play in their last home game on Senior Day in Doak Campbell Stadium.
Florida State will return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon around 3:15 p.m.