Aug. 20, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State football team held their
final two-a-day practice today. The team worked out in shells (shoulder
pads, shorts and helmet) for both sessions.
“This finishes up two-a-days for us,” said head coach Bobby
Bowden. “We will have our big scrimmage tomorrow weather permitting.
If we can’t do it Friday, we’ll have it Saturday morning.”
Tomorrow’s final scrimmage, which will be closed to the public,
will feature the No. 1 offense and defense against the remainder of the
team. The coaching staff will adjust the lineups to fill in holes for
those players being held out due to injury.
WR Laveranues Coles had the highlight of the morning pass
skeleton drills, pulling in a 35-yard Jared Jones pass with one hand
while keeping one foot in bounds. In the evening workout, CB Mario
Edwards led the way for the defense with a pair of interceptions off
Rich Maher during 11-on-11 work. Edwards returned one of the picks 40
yards for a score.
Bowden praised the work of redshirt freshman Talman Gardner at
wide receiver following the last practice of the day. Gardner, Robert
Morgan and Anquan Boldin will be asked step in for Ron Dugans and Coles
at split end against Louisiana Tech.
“Talman Gardner had a good day,” said Bowden. “If he performs
like that Saturday in the game, we’ll be all right.”
Fellow wide receiver Greg Moore returned to Tallahassee tonight
after being excused for the last several days to attend a funeral.
Coles sprained his left knee (MCL/ACL) at the end of the morning
session. The results of his MRI will be determined Friday by team
doctors. DE David Warren suffered a left knee contusion, S Todd Frier
sustained a left high hamstring strain and WR Peter Warrick suffered a
minor left hamstring strain. Warrick is expected to be held out of