October 28, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 5-ranked Florida State Seminoles practiced in
shoulder pads and helmets for 20 periods in preparation for Saturday’s
showdown with North Carolina at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles
concentrated on special teams at the beginning of practice before working
with the game plan and scout teams in the second half. The highlight of
practice was a 60-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal at the conclusion of
the one minute drill.
Junior wide receiver Peter Warrick was injured in passing drills.
Warrick was rolled up on a long pass play and suffered a right ankle
sprain. Warrick is expected to practice tomorrow.
“Peter (Warrick) hurt is leg a little bit,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“I imagine that it will be better tomorrow, he seemed to be walking
The Seminole defense enters the game No. 1 in the country in total
defense (212.3 ypg). They will have to prepare for both UNC quarterbacks,
as UNC head coach Carl Torbush will not indicate a starter until Friday or
Saturday. Senior Oscar Davenport was the starter at the beginning of the
year, but sat out last game due to suspension. Freshman Ronald Curry has
played in six games for the Tar Heels and is rated sixth in the conference
in passing efficiency and total offense.
Junior defensive tackle Jerry Johnson was held out of practice for the
third straight day. Johnson injured his right hamstring in the second half
of the Georgia Tech game last week. Sophomore cornerback Tay Cody
participated in drills today. Cody missed most of practice on Tuesday with
a MCL sprain in his right knee. Sophomore defensive end Roland Seymour
sprained his left ankle early in practice, but returned to drills after
“Jerry (Johnson) probably can play,” commented Bowden. “We will probably
decide on Friday whether he should play or not. (I) imagine that he will
be on stand-by for the game on Saturday.”
The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with kickoff set for 7:30
The Seminoles will conclude practice with a light workout on Thursday