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Florida State is ready
for their season opener
against Texas A&M.


Football Continues to Improve


Seminoles conclude two-a-days on Friday.

August 21, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State Seminoles concluded Thursday’s
practice with an 18-period session in the afternoon. In the morning
workout, the Seminoles finished the second half of the scrimmage that was
postponed on Wednesday night and spent six periods with the scout teams.


In the second half of the scrimmage the offense continued to improve.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Weinke completed 4-of-7 passes for 46 yards.
Weinke finished the two-day scrimmage 9-of-18 for 126 yards and one
touchdown.


“The offense is continuing to improve,” said head coach Bobby Bowden.
“The mistakes they are making are correctable and we can see that on the
film. We are still behind last year, but we are getting better at blocking
and the missed assignments. The quarterbacks are throwing the ball much
better and that is encouraging.”


The highlight of the day for the No. 1 offense was a spectacular one-hand
catch by junior Ron Dugans. The offense also converted on 4-of-8 3rd down
conversions and 1-of-3 in goalline situations.


“He is the only one making those catches,” commented Bowden. “We need to
be more consistent catching the football.”


The Tribe went out in shells for 18 periods in the afternoon session.
They spent much of the afternoon implementing the game plan for the Kickoff
Classic against Texas A&M on August 31st.


The Seminoles will conclude their last day of two-a-days on Friday before
a scrimmage scheduled for Saturday evening.


They spent much of the evening session working on the gameplan and with
the scout teams. In skeleton drills, sophomore cornerback Tay Cody
intercepted a Marcus Outzen and returned it for a touchdown. Freshman
Stanford Samuels and junior Mario Edwards also grabbed interceptions in
skeleton.


INJURY REPORT: Antoine Mirambeau had a scope of the right knee to remove
scar tissue and give him full range of motion; Otis Duhart-exploratory
scope revealed a mild stretch of the ACL and a cartilage contusion, no
surgery is necessary.


The Seminoles will practice Friday morning in full pads and will attend
the annual Kickoff Luncheon at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center at
12:00 p.m.

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