March 19, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida State football team practiced in shells (shoulder pads, helmets, shorts) for 20 periods on Friday afternoon in their last workout before a scrimmage on Saturday morning. The Seminoles concentrated on 11-on-11 drills during the spirited two-hour practice.
“We did a lot of 11-on-11 drills today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We worked on full speed drills without contact, what we call thudding. The kids still had some missed assignments out there.”
The lone scare of the day involved running back Davy Ford. Ford returned to action this spring after missing the entire 1998 season with knee surgery. Ford was helped off the field after falling to the ground on a running play and listed with a mild MCL sprain. He will be held out of the scrimmage on Saturday morning.
The offense is sparked by the availability of Travis Minor in spring drills. Minor spent the last two springs participating with the track teams. In fact, this is the first time since the 1993 season that the starting tailback has participated in spring drills.
“It took a lot for him to do that,” commented Bowden. “It isn’t very often that I excuse a player from spring drills, only if I need him.”
The Seminoles will hold their first scrimmage of the spring tomorrow morning in Doak Campbell Stadium. The first half of practice will be held at the practice fields before moving to the stadium for the conclusion.
Defensive end Kevin Emanuel suffered a right ankle sprain in practice on Friday. Freshman defensive tackle Octavius Jackson suffered a AC contusion of the left shoulder and Bryne Malone continues to be bothered by a left groin strain.