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National Champion Football Squad Prepares For Saturday Scrimmage

March 17, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden’s assessment of
his Seminole football team just three days into spring training is sure to
excite FSU fans. “I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen anything I don’t like
yet,” said Bowden following a two-hour practice on Friday. “Of course,
we’ve only gotten three practices in shorts in so far, but I like what I’ve
seen.”

Florida State will go through their first scrimmage of the spring on
Saturday with the emphasis placed on seeing as many players as possible.

“We’ll try and look at as many as we can in the scrimmage situation
tomorrow,” said Bowden. “We’ll hold some (players) out of there, but
that’s up to each of the position coaches. We’ll be looking at the
(defensive) tackles and to see if any of the linebackers are stepping up.
We’ll watch and see if anyone is making a move.”

Three players were injured in the Friday workout. Senior offensive guard
Jerry Carmichael reinjured his right knee, which was surgically repaired
following the 1998 season, and will be evaluated in the next few days.
Linebacker Cornelius Collier (sprained right ankle) and wide receiver
Talman Gardner (strained lower back) also left the drills early.

“The one position we really hate to lose anyone right now is linebacker,”
said Bowden. “We are so thin there. The quality is good, but the numbers
aren’t there. Then we get Collier hurt today and I’ve been really watching
him and Kendyll Pope.”

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