Dec. 19, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles held their last full
pad practice before their New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl matchup with No. 10
Ohio State with an 18-period practice.
Billy Rhodes worked at fullback as Khalid Abdullah sat out with an
injured neck. Rhodes, a junior, began the season at defensive line before
moving to offensive line and eventually fullback.
“Abdullah might be questionable with his neck injury,” said head coach
Bobby Bowden. “We will have to see how severe it is when we get the
results from the MRI. Lamarr Glenn is listed No. 1 at fullback with
William McCray behind him. Glenn has had a good week of practice, blocking
well and running hard. Rhodes will be used primarily as a blocker.”
Coach Bowden named the academic tomahawk award winners before today’s
session with senior linebacker Daryl Bush collecting the most on the team.
“We haven’t had anyone play the student-athlete role as well as Daryl
has,” said Bowden. “He has been a four-year starter for us while also
earning a graduate and undergraduate degree.”
Injury report: OL Eric Thomas – mild right knee MCL sprain; FB Billy
Rhodes – mild concussion; WR Laveranues Coles – mild left knee MCL sprain;
LB Deon Humphrey – mild burner. FB Khalid Abdullah (burner) and DL
Char-ron Dorsey (right knee irritation) were held out this afternoon.
The team will hold a light workout tomorrow morning before breaking for
the holiday. They will also vote on permanent captains tomorrow morning.