August 24, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles practiced this
afternoon in full pads after the first day of fall classes. The team began
working specifically on Texas A&M scout team offenses and defenses. FSU
will leave Tallahassee Saturday morning for their Kickoff Classic contest
against the No. 14 Aggies, which will take place one week from today at
8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.
“It was a good Monday practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We did
some 11-on-11 in full pads, but we didn’t put anyone on the ground. We are
making progress and today we spent 16 of 22 periods working on Texas A&M.”
Starting quarterback Chris Weinke returned to action this afternoon,
throwing in the majority of the offensive drills. Weinke did not
participate in Saturday’s scrimmage due to a sore elbow.
“Chris threw well and was accurate,” said Bowden. “I was really anxious
to see how he would throw today. I’m sure he cut down on his throws, but I
saw good signs.”
Texas A&M, coming off a 9-4 record a year ago, return 14 starters
including quarterback Branndon Stewart (111-196, 1429 yards, 10 TD) and
running back Dante Hall (973 rushing yards).
“Texas A&M reminds me of an SEC-type school,” said Bowden. They are
similar to the old Auburn teams we used to play. They have a good ground
game and a solid defense. They are kind of a blue-collar team with
hard-hitting football players.”
There were no new injuries to report following today’s workout. The team
will return to practice tomorrow afternoon.