September 15, 1999 - by
Football’s Brannon Misses Practice Due To Knee Injury

Sept. 15, 1999


TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles (2-0)
continued preparation for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against NC State (3-0)
at Doak Campbell Stadium with a two-hour, 20-period workout. The practice
was centered around kicking and work against the scout teams.

“The weather was good to us,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I
thought we might get some rain, we’ve been lucky.”

Offensive lineman Ross Brannon was held out of practice for the
second consecutive day. Brannon has inflammation in his right knee. His
status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.

“I don’t know about Saturday,” said Bowden. “We’ll see if he can
go tomorrow and see if he knows his plays. He’s a three-year starter, so
if he can go I’m not that worried about him missing these past two days of
practice.”

Highlights from today’s session included an interception return for
a touchdown by senior defensive tackle Jerry Johnson after he deflected the
pass at the line of scrimmage. On the offensive side of the ball,
quarterback Chris Weinke connected with wide receiver Ron Dugans for a big
gain during two-minute drills.

North Carolina State enters Saturday’s game ranked 20th in the
nation, with a 3-0 record. Last year, the Wolfpack defeated the Seminoles
24-7 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“They are faster, with a little different scheme this year.” said
Bowden. “They play three linemen, five linebackers. We will just have to
make sure we know our blocking assignments.”

The Seminoles will take on the Wolfpack Saturday, September 18 at
3:30 p.m. The game will be covered by ABC.


Injury report: No new injuries. Eric Thomas and Corey Simon returned to
practice today after missing yesterday’s workout after bumping heads
without helmets.

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