2005 Football: Matchups to Watch: Virginia Tech vs. Florida State

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(Editorial Note: Raleigh Hokie is slacking, eating bonbons and watching HBO, and is a little late this week. So we
bring you Phil Martin’s “Matchups to Watch” first this week.)

The resurgent Virginia Tech Hokies face the slumping Florida State Seminoles in the inaugural ACC Championship Game
in Jacksonville, Florida. The Hokies have regained the momentum lost in the Miami game with resounding wins over
Virginia and North Carolina, while the Seminoles have lost their last three games to N.C. State, Clemson, and Florida.
So, Virginia Tech should roll to an easy win, right? Maybe, but never underestimate the proud Florida State program,
which still possesses a great deal of talent.

While this Florida State team does not possess the overall talent of many of their recent teams, this squad still has
as much speed as any team in the country. Injuries and academic casualties have decimated the team, particularly in the
trenches, but the Seminoles always have dangerous skill position players. The running back duo of Leon Washington (5-8
202, Sr.) and Lorenzo Booker (5-11 187, r-Jr.) are capable of making big plays at any time, either running or catching
the ball, so Tech must contain these elusive backs.

Booker T. Washington (and T stands for Tailback)

Leon Washington (FSU #3) and Lorenzo Booker (FSU #28) vs. Xavier Adibi (VT #11) and James Anderson (VT #42)

Florida
State will try to get their explosive backs on the perimeter, letting them use their skills in the open field. FSU will
try to run outside some, but the more likely strategy will be to swing the backs out for quick passes and put them
one-on-one with the outside linebackers. Xavier Adibi (6-2 224, r-So.) and James Anderson (6-3 232, r-Sr.) will have the
responsibility of keeping Washington and Booker from getting free and not let the backs get to the sideline. Both...