January 2, 2000 - by
FSU Football Weekly Practice Report

Jan. 2, 2000

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Florida State Seminoles conducted their final
practice in preparation for Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl this morning with 15
periods in shorts and helmets. The Seminoles watched film and conducted
meetings and practice got underway at 10:50 a.m.

Today’s workout began with punt and kickoff return drills and then the
offense and defense broke off to work against the scout teams. The
Seminoles concluded the practice with work on the hurry-up offense and
kicker Sebastian Janikowski capped off the one-minute drill with a 45-yard
field goal.

DT Jerry Johnson and DE Roland Seymour were held out of today’s practice
and remained at the hotel, suffering from the flu. There were no injuries
in today’s practice.

Following today’s practice, the Seminoles participated in the
NCAA-sponsored YES Clinic.

The squad will not conduct a walk-through tomorrow. The Seminoles will
have a FCA breakfast in the morning and meet in the afternoon.

FLORIDA STATE CORNERBACKS REGGIE DURDEN AND CLEVAN THOMAS REFLECT ON THE
UPCOMING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BEFORE SUNDAY’S FINAL PRACTICE OF THE SEASON

As Florida State prepares to face a Virginia Tech team
that is ranked in the top seven of every statistical category the NCAA keeps
for defense, the Seminoles defense prepares to face an offense that consists
of a quarterback who was 3rd in the Heisman voting, redshirt freshman
Michael Vick. Seminole junior Clevan Thomas and senior Reggie Durden talk
about New Orleans and playing in the Superdome.

Q — How do you guys like the turf?

A Reggie Durden — I hate it (laughing). Nah, it’s not that bad, it
makes you faster but I don’t like it because it’s hard on your feet and
legs. The key is to not get the shoes that stick. You need to get the ones
that allow you to slide a little like on natural turf.

Q — How has the team handled the constant media attention here at the Sugar
Bowl?

A Reggie Durden — It’s like this the whole year for us. We are used to
it and I don’t think it is effecting anyone.

Q — Do you two have a lot of family coming in to Tuesday’s game?

A Clevan Thomas — My family is coming in, at least those I could get
tickets for. I couldn’t get tickets for everyone that I wanted too.

Reggie Durden — My family is coming in too, being only five hours
away its easier for them to get here. I wish I had enough tickets though
for everyone but hopefully the rest will enjoy getting together and watching
the game on TV.

Q — What do you think of Virginia Tech wide receiver Andre Davis?

A Clevan Thomas — He is good, it should be a good battle.

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