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Football Practices in Shells


Oct. 20, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 6 Florida State Seminoles (6-1) continued
preparation for Saturday night’s ACC showdown at No. 19 Georgia Tech (5-1)
this afternoon at Ed Williamson practice fields. FSU practiced in shells
(shoulder pads, shorts, helmets) for just over two hours after conducting
agility drills at the beginning of practice.


“It was a pretty good practice today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I
was encouraged by how well the quarterbacks threw the ball today. Number
14 (Marcus Outzen) threw better than I have seen him.”


The Seminoles spent much of the second half of practice introducing the
game plan. They concluded the first half of practice with one period of
11-on-11 after working on fundamentals in the first seven periods.


This Saturday’s contest will be a showdown between Florida State’s
top-ranked defense (214.1 ypg) and the No. 7th-ranked scoring offense (40.8
ppg) of the Yellow Jackets. The Seminole defense will also try to shutdown
QB Joe Hamilton, who is first in the conference and seventh in the nation
is passing efficiency. Hamilton’s favorite target, Dez White, is third in
the nation in yards per game at 129.1.


“It is the best offense that we have seen,” stated Bowden. “They have a
very good quarterback that is extremely accurate and can run. He presents
much of the same problems that the NC State quarterback gave us. He is a
Charlie Ward type.”


Demetro Stephens spent much of the day with the first-team defense after
resting his broken hand against Clemson. Sophomore Tommy Polley and junior
Bobby Rhodes worked at the other linebacker spots.


Travis Minor split time with Jeff Chaney at the No. 1 tailback spot.
Minor is expected to play on Saturday, but it is unsure as to whether he
will start.


“Travis ran and looked good today,” commented Bowden. “Right now, I
would say that we would go with the other guy (Jeff Chaney). But he
(Minor) is a good guy to bring in.”


The Seminoles will continue practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Ed
Williamson practice fields.

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