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FSU Football Closes Conditioning Testing With 1.5 Mile Run


DB Abdual Howard led all veterans with a time of 7:51.

August 10, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State varsity football players were tested
in the mile and one-half run today at Mike Long Track, the last of the
Seminoles’ testing before two-a-day practices begin on Monday.

“I talked with Dave (VanHalenger), he seemed to think the times are
comparable with years past except the boys are bigger and stronger than
they’ve ever been,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Everybody finished and
at least they didn’t quit.”

“This gives us a starting place to see what kind of condition we’re in,”
commented Bowden. “Overall, it’s not bad.”

Sophomore defensive back Abdual Howard led all Seminole veterans with a
time of 7:51 in the run. Following Howard in the group of defensive backs,
wide receivers and runnings backs were walk-on Pete Henderson (7:52),
junior cornerback Todd Frier (8:06), sophomore defensive back Derrick
Gibson (8:10) and freshman wide receiver Robert Morgan (8:12).

Leading the group of linebackers, quarterbacks, fullbacks and tight ends
was sophomore linebacker Brian Allen with a time of 8:43. Sophomore
linebacker Tommy Polley (8:48), linebacker Bradley Jennings (9:07),
quarterback Chris Weinke (9:11) and linebacker Ben Waldrop (9:13) rounded
out the top five in that group.

Junior defensive end Chris Walker led the group of linemen with a time of
9:15. Following Walker were defensive ends Jamal Reynolds (10:00) and
Roland Seymour (10:10), defensive tackles Larry Smith (10:30) and Corey
Simon (10:54) and defensive end Tony Bryant (10:54).

Defensive end David Warren, who suffered a mild seizure earlier this
week, was cleared and ran the mile and one-half today.

All but 11 scholarship players made their required times, the best ever
results according to strength coach Dave VanHalenger.

Wide receiver Tres Walton was treated for heat cramps following the run.

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