October 5, 1999 - by
Florida State Continues Preparations For Miami

Oct. 5, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles (5-0)
prepared for this weekend’s contest with No. 19 Miami (2-2) with a
22-period practice in shells (shoulder pads, shorts & helmets) this
afternoon.

“We had a good practice today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“This is a similar situation to Alabama-Florida. I think Florida was
favored by about as much as we are, about 17 or 18 points. It just
shows it could happen.”

The Hurricanes had an off week after losing two straight games
by identical scores of 27-24 to Penn State and East Carolina.

“Miami has had two good weeks to correct mistakes and get people
healthy,” said Bowden. “We must have full concentration on this game.”

Florida State’s linebackers are expected to play a key role in
Saturday’s contest. The three starters are the team’s top tacklers
(Tommy Polley 43, Brian Allen 42, Bradley Jennings 35).

“Early in the season I was concerned with their weight because
they are not as big as some of the linebackers we’ve had in the past,”
said Bowden. “So far I’ve been very pleased with the way they’ve been
playing.”

No new injuries were reported after today’s practice.

Florida State will return to practice tomorrow afternoon as they
continue work for the Miami contest. Saturday’s game will be televised
by ABC and is scheduled for a 12:00 noon kickoff. FSU will attempt to
extend the nation’s longest home winning streak as the Seminoles have
won 26 straight in Doak Campbell Stadium.

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