Aug. 11, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — The Florida State Seminoles 1997 Seminoles freshmen class endured through their first two-a-days workout at the FSU Football practice fields in hot and humid weather. The rookie Noles went through 15 periods in the morning and 12 in the evening.
“It would be hard for anybody to stand out with what we’ve been doing,” said Coach Bobby Bowden following the morning drills. “(Sebastian) Janikowski stood out.”
Both practices began with fundamental drills in basic blocking assignments and schemes for both the offense and defense. To follow, the squad broke off into position segments where they continued with fundamental training. The practices ended with agility training.
Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski teased the on-lookers in the morning by nailing 6 of 6 field goals from 40 yards out and several 75-yard kickoffs deep into the endzone, all into the wind. To follow up his morning activity, Janikowski had a more interesting evening going 18 of 22 with a crosswind in his face, but a steady 15 of 15 from 50 yards in. From 55 yards out he was 3 of 5 and missed both 60-yard attempts. he continued his deep kickoffs by sending several 75 yards into the endzone. His attempt from 80 yards fell inside the five.
“I have never seen anyone kick like he does,” said Bowden. “I haven’t seen anyone with that type of power.”
“We’ve got to cram them. Get them to know as much as they can as fast as they can, but not too fast.”
No injuries were reported. Defensive end Jamal Reynolds was held out of agility training at the end of practice, due to a bruised sternum he sustained while at home prior to reporting.