June 17, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State quarterback Dan Kendra, recovering
from a torn knee ligament, also is recovering from face and chest injuries
sustained after a chemical mixture exploded at his apartment.
Kendra received 28 stitches in his nose, chest and stomach after the
explosion, which occurred on June 1. Kendra told The Tallahassee Democrat he
mixed chemicals together out of curiosity.
“We don’t want him messing around with explosives anymore,” quarterbacks
coach Mark Richt said in today’s editions of the Tallahassee newspaper.
Richt said Kendra was lucky he wasn’t injured more seriously.
“What struck him in the nose could have hit him in the eye,” Richt said.
Team trainer Randy Oravetz said the injuries have not delayed Kendra’s
rehabilitation schedule. Kendra is trying to get ready for the Seminoles’
opener on Aug. 31 against Texas A&M.
Kendra suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he
was tackled by linebacker Bradley Jennings in the Seminoles’ annual spring game
on April 4. Although he has not begun passing drills, he hopes to be ready to
practice by the time the squad reports in early August.
If Kendra isn’t ready, 26-year-old sophomore Chris Weinke would likely open
the season at quarterback.
As a backup to Thad Busby the last two seasons, Kendra passed for 1,006
yards and 12 touchdowns. He was one of the nation’s most heralded prep players
coming out of school from Bethlehem, Pa., in 1995.