Sept. 16, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida State, ranked No. 5, continued preparation for
No. 16 Clemson with a 22-period full pad practice. The team worked on all
aspects of the kicking game before practice and used the middle portion of
the workout for 11-on-11 scrimmaging. They also lined up against Clemson
scout teams before finishing the practice with conditioning.
“Thad Busby threw well today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It seemed
like he knew where he was going with the ball. All the quarterbacks did a
pretty good job today.”
In the 11-on-11, starting cornerback Samari Rolle picked off a deflected
pass from the number two offense. Tailback Travis Minor broke a 30-yard run
for a score in the offense’s biggest play of the afternoon 11-on-11 drills.
The Clemson offense features two of the ACC’s top offensive players in
quarterback Nealon Greene and tailback Raymond Priester. Priester leads
the conference (No. 21 nationally) in yards per game at 113.5, while Greene
is third (No. 30 nationally) in passing efficiency with a rating of 140.64.
“It seems like they are looking for balance,” said Bowden. “Greene is a
better than a year ago. He has improved every year and looks more
confident throwing the ball. If you can’t stop Priester there is no use in
doing anything else. They will just keep running him at you. He is a
Saturday’s game at Clemson is scheduled to kick-off at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Seminoles will practice again tomorrow afternoon in shells (shorts,
shoulder pads and helmet).
Injury report: defensive tackle Larry Smith suffered a left knee sprain
during today’s session (could be held out tomorrow) and center Kevin Long
missed practice with the flu.