Sept. 9, 1997
Daryl Bush sat out today’s practice with a sprained ankle. (File photo)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles returned to
full pads this afternoon as they continued preparation for their home opener
against Maryland. The team practiced for 23 periods, focusing primarily on
fundamentals with some 11-on-11 scrimmaging during the middle periods of
“It was a pretty good practice,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We worked
on correcting some of our missed assignments. The little mistakes cause a bad
Senior middle linebacker Daryl Bush sat out with a sprained right ankle.
Bush injured the ankle in the second quarter of the USC game.
“Daryl was held out and rode the bike today,” said Bowden. “He is
day-to-day. If something happens where we need to make a lineup change due to
his injury, we will go with Bobby Rhodes and Brian Allen. Demetro Stephens is
the second-team middle linebacker, but he is not quite ready to return. The
doctors haven’t cut him loose yet.”
The Seminole tailbacks highlighted the 11-on-11 scrimmaging. Vannez Gooch
broke a 35-yard touchdown run while Travis Minor had gains of 15 and 20 yards.
Davy Ford and Minor added scores in goalline. Freshman Derrick Gibson recorded
a pair of hits during the live action, one on tight end Myron Jackson after a
reception and one on quarterback Dan Kendra during goalline.
The team will return to practice tomorrow afternoon. Saturday’s kickoff
against Maryland is scheduled for 3:30 pm, televised regionally by ABC.
Injury report: DT Char-ron Dorsey – mild right knee MCL sprain, DT Corey
Simon – injured left ankle, and Randy Wilkins – right ankle sprain. Ross
Brannon (cervical nerves) was held out of practice along with Bush and is
scheduled to return tomorrow without contact.