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Football Begins Preparations for Fiesta Bowl

December 14, 1998


TALLAHASSEE, FL — The No. 2-ranked Florida State Seminoles conducted their
first full workout in preparation for the National Championship game
against top-rated Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl on January 4th. The
Seminoles practiced for 18 periods at Ed Williamson practice fields in
shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts).


“We had a regular full practice today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“We worked on the kicking game and finished practice with a full contact
11-on-11 scrimmage.”


The game will mark the third time that Florida State has played for the
National Championship in the last six years. FSU won their lone title in
1993, before losing in a rematch game versus Florida in the 1997 Sugar
Bowl.


“We are going to prepare like we do every year,” commented Bowden. “We
don’t care how long the other team practices, we are just going to keep
doing what we usually do.”


Offensive linemen Char-ron Dorsey and Otis Duhart returned to practice
today. Dorsey was nursing a neck injury that has kept him out of much of
the year, while Duhart recovered from a knee injury.


Sophomore defensive end Roland Seymour also saw some time with the
first-team defense on Saturday. Seymour missed the Florida game with a MCL
sprain to his right knee.


“They reported back in good shape and I hope that they can stay healthy,”
stated Bowden. “This is probably the most healthy that we have been in a
long time.”


The Seminoles continue practice next week before being dismissed for the
holidays on December 19th. The team will then return to Tallahassee on
December 26th before departing for Tempe on December 28th.

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