September 22, 1999 - by

Seminole Football Preparing For North Carolina

Sept. 22, 1999



TALLAHASSEE, Fla – The No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-0) continued to prepare for Saturday’s ACC contest with North Carolina (1-1) with a 20-period practice this afternoon. The team started practice with the kicking game before moving on to offensive and defensive work against UNC scout teams.

“They did throw and catch the ball well today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I just wish they would start doing that in the game.”

Florida State’s defense is preparing to face a North Carolina offense that is fourth in the ACC in scoring. In 11-on-11 drills today during practice, cornerbacks Clevan Thomas and Malcolm Tatum each broke up deep pass plays, and Abdual Howard intercepted a pass.

“Abdual just keeps getting better and better,” said Bowden. “He made a fine play on that interception he had today.”

Defensive linemen Rian Cason and Chris Woods each recorded sacks, and freshman defensive end Octavis Jackson was credited with two sacks during 11-on-11 drills. The defense spent the rest of the practice working against the scout team.

Offensively, the highlight of the day was a one-handed grab by senior wide receiver Peter Warrick on a pass from junior quarterback Chris Weinke.

Defensive ends Roland Seymour (shoulder) and Chris Walker (knee), offensive linemen Ross Brannon (knee) and Jason Whitaker (foot) were held out of practice for precautionary reasons.

Injury report: Wide receiver Talman Gardner suffered a scratch to his left eye during position drills. Wide receiver Robert Morgan suffered a slight groin pull and wide receiver Ron Dugans sprained his right forefoot.

Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ABC kickoff in Chapel Hill, NC.

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