August 8, 1999 - by

Florida State Football Team Holds First Practice

The initial practice emphasizes fundamentals and conditioning.

Aug. 7, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team began

preparation for the 1999 season with a two-practice session today. The

Seminoles worked out at 8:30 this morning and hit the practice fields

again at 4:30 this afternoon. It was the first time the entire team has

practiced together since the spring.

The coaching staff used the first day to work mainly on

fundamentals and conditioning. FSU will practice twice a day for the

next two weeks with the first scrimmage scheduled for Saturday (a week

from today).

“It was a pretty good first practice,” said head coach Bobby

Bowden. “The weather was excellent this afternoon and that allowed us

to get more done than we could have if it would have been hot.”

Following the second practice of the day, Coach Bowden has all

the seniors over to his house for dinner.

“We will have at least double the group of seniors we had last

year,” said Bowden. “Its an advantage to have so many seniors if they

are in it and these guys have been enthusiastic so far.”

Injury Report: Running backs Travis Minor and Jeff Chaney

suffered mild hamstring strains; OG Jason Whitaker sat out the afternoon

practice with an arch strain in his right foot.

The players and coaches will participate in media day tomorrow

after a church service and then sign autographs for fan day at the Leon

County Civic Center from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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