Aug. 6, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team held their annual 1 1/2-mile run
this afternoon at Mike Long Track.
Wide receiver Robert Morgan had the fastest time of the day,
completing the course in 8:05. Only 10 scholarship players did not
finish in their allotted time. Defensive backs Abdual Howard (8:12) and
Todd Frier (8:14) followed Morgan. The run was the last strength test
of the preseason.
“I think the times were good,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“The times were comparable to past years, but the pack finished better
and we had fewer miss.
The top bench press was recorded by center Antoine Mirambeau at
535 pounds while wide receiver Ron Dugans had the top vertical leap at
“They have worked very had this summer and I think it showed in
the testing,” said strength coach Dave Van Halanger. “This is the
strongest group of guys we’ve ever had from top to bottom. We had nine
guys bench press 500 pounds, which is the most we’ve ever had.”
The Seminoles learned they will be without one player for the
season and another for four weeks. Starting wide receiver Ron Dugans
underwent surgery to his left hand on Friday and is expected to be out
for the next four weeks. Dugans fractured the ring finger on his left
hand during a summer workout last week and team doctors surgically
inserted a pin on Friday which should speed his recovery. Freshman
Stanford Samuels underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee
after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a summer workout .
Samuels will miss the entire 1999 season.
Additionally, freshman quarterback Anquan Boldin had an MRI
after feeling some soreness in his shoulder. The results were negative
as team doctors found no tears.
In other news, freshman defensive linemen Darnell Dockett and
Jeff Womble were cleared by the NCAA Clearing House.
The Seminoles, ranked No. 1 by the ESPN/Coaches Poll, will start
practice Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and hit the field again at 4:30