August 24, 1999 - by
Football Practice Picks Up Tuesday Morning

Aug. 24, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – The Florida State football team continued
to prepare for their season opener this Saturday against Louisiana Tech
with a two-hour morning workout. The team practiced in shells and will
return to the practice fields Wednesday at 9 a.m.

“Today was much better than yesterday, much more enthusiastic,”
said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We started with the kicking game, then
11-on-11, and then we worked on the two-minute drill, which we were bad
at last year.”

The first team defense and offense looked extremely sharp in the
two-minute drills. The first team defense went against the second team
offense and recorded three straight sacks. Offensively, quarterback
Chris Weinke and wide receiver Peter Warrick connected on two
completions, one of them a 40-yard touchdown. Weinke and Warrick also
hooked up for a touchdown during 11-on-11.

In 11-on-11 drills, cornerback Tay Cody broke up two passes and
safety Sean Key broke up another. Highlights from the offensive side of
the ball included a 25-yard completion from quarterback Marcus Outzen to
wide receiver Germaine Stringer, and a touchdown reception by Talman
Gardner from Weinke.

“I’m amazed somedays at how well Weinke throws the ball, and I’m
amazed somedays at how well he picks up his receivers,” said Bowden.
“He looks good.”

Injury report: Raymont Skaggs missed practice with bruised ribs
and Rian Cason sat out with a minor neck injury.

Sophomore wide receiver Robert Morgan returned to practice this
morning after missing yesterday’s practice.

“Robert came back yesterday, worked this morning, and apologized
to the team,” said Bowden. “We just had a lack of understanding, a lack
of communication. I’m glad to see him back.”

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