August 13, 2006
Tallahassee -- The Florida State football team won the first-ever ACC championship game and played in the Orange Bowl last year.
Some teams would call that a succussful season, but not the Seminoles.
FSU measures its success in national championships. They went only 8-5 last season, Bobby Bowden's worst record in twenty-five years.
The team started the season 7-1, before losing four of its last five games, including the bowl game.
Quarterback Drew Weatherford and running back Lorenzo Booker connected on a 57 yard touchdown in the triple-overtime loss to Penn State in the Orange Bowl.
The two players say they'll be looking to get the program back among the nations elite this season, but still find a way to have fun doing it.
The sophomore quarterback Weatherford says, "Hopefully we win a national championship, that's what we came here to do. That's what we work for every season, every off-season. We're at Florida State, we want to bring it back to where we used to be. You've got people like Lorenzo Booker clowning around all the time, but he wants to win the national championship too. We want to be back to where we used to be. The dynasty."
"You have to find a way to make it fun," says the senior running back Booker. "I've been here too long to go out there and sweat without laughing. You got to do something, otherwise it'll make you miserable. We definitely figured out a way or two to make it entertaining."
Florida State has not been in the national title picture since 2000, following a 14-year-run of double-digit win totals and two national titles.
The Seminoles are expecting much different results this year, despite losing four first-round draft picks to the NFL, and Senior linebacker Buster Davis is already making travel plans for the title game in Arizona.
"National Championship, all day," says Davis with a smile. "We'll be in Tempe on (January) 8th. Probably get there on the first. Spend a week in Tempe. I've never been to Arizona. Can't wait to go, and I told Mama she needs to go ahead and put a reservation in for the hotel, cause were going to be there."
Senior Mario Henderson adds,"I'm ready to make an impact, leave a legacy here, and also help the team get to where we need to be, which is undefeated, ACC champs, and National Champs."
Florida State opens its season Monday, September 4th at Miami.