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Football Holds First Practice with Contact Drill

August 14, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team, ranked No. 2 in the
ESPN/USA Today preseason poll, held their first practices with contact
drills as they continued to prepare for their August 31st season opener
against Texas A&M in the Kickoff Classic. The team began the day with an
8:30 a.m., morning session and finished with a 4:30 p.m., afternoon
workout.


The team practiced in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) for the
first time during both practices.


“I liked everything except I didn’t like the kids tackling too much,”
said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They’re supposed to be thudding.”


“There were entirely too many fumbles between the centers and the
quarterbacks, but that’s typical of an early practice,” commented Bowden.
“Their assignments weren’t bad. It was kind of ragged but not anymore
ragged than a typical early practice. I’m please so far with the
secondary. We get better when they’re challenging.” Highlights from the
morning workout during 11-on-11 drills included two interceptions by Dexter
Jackson and a caused fumble by Clevan Thomas that linebacker Deon Humphrey
returned for a touchdown.


In the afternoon session, Dee Feaster returned to running back after
spending spring drills and the first three days of practice in the
secondary.


“We moved Dee (Feaster) back to offense because he wasn’t making enough
progress at defensive back. He looked pretty good today,” said Bowden.


“We looked better on offense today than we did this time last year,”
Bowden commented after the afternoon session.


INJURY REPORT: Freshman defensive tackle Rian Cason was taken to
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by ambulance for heat exhaustion following
the afternoon session. According to head trainer Randy Oravetz he was
coherent at the hospital and would probably receive fluids, but it was not
known when he would be released. Other injuries of the day were: OL Brett
Williams (ankle sprain), OL Jeremy Brett (neck injury), WR Ron Dugans
(hamstring), WR Greg Moore (hamstring), DT Bryne Malone (heat cramps), RB
Lamar Parrish (hip pointer).

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