Aug. 14, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles completed their
first day of two-a-day practice sessions as a full squad.
“It was a good first day,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It went
smooth. There was a lot of learning. I was pleased with what I’ve seen so
The squad practiced in shorts and helmets for two hours in the morning
and one and one-half hours in the afternoon session. The morning session
started with punt team drills and the Seminoles worked on kickoffs in the
afternoon. The squad broke into segments and worked on fundamentals in
“Today was a hot day,” commented Bowden. We’re going to compensate for
it. Take a lot of breaks and get them enough liquids.”
“There’s no comparision of (quarterback Thad) Busby today, than this time
a year ago,” said Bowden after the afternoon session. “He’s throwing the
ball in there. He’ll stick the ball in there where’s he supposed to.
There were too many dropped passes today. Our receivers are supposed to be
Larry Smith has returned to his defensive tackle position after working
on the offensive line last spring. Smith will wear no. 96.
Eric Thomas moved from center to guard and is second-team behind Donald
Freshman Bradley Jennings is fully qualified by the NCAA Clearinghouse
after getting a passing test score.
Freshman Ronald Boldin did not score high enough on his SAT so he will be
a partial qualifier. He may practice, but not play in a game.
Freshman Atrews Bell from Jacksonville is now a scholarship free safety
and is wearing no. 26.