Sept. 18, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 in the
ACC) held their final walk-through practice Thursday evening for 15 periods
in Doak Campbell Stadium before this Saturday’s ABC televised ACC match up
with No. 16 Clemson (2-0, 1-0 in the ACC) at Memorial Stadium in Clemson,
The team began the first eight periods of practice with simulated crowd
and band noise played through the speaker system in the stadium. Practice
began with special teams drills, including punt and kick off coverages.
After special team workouts the team broke off into offensive and
defensive segments, where they proceeded in rehearsing for Saturday’s
gameplan against scout team units.
“We came out here and covered the gameplan for Saturday,” said Coach
Bobby Bowden. “We rehearsed everything we run on Saturday. They
(Seminoles) look pretty good physically.
“We’ll go up there and work out on their field as soon as they get off
the plane. The field has such a big crown out there. You look out there
and it looks like a mountain.”
After the university used a local band on the Southern California road
trip, FSU’s band and cheerleaders will make the trip to Clemson.
“At least we’ll have our band there,” said Coach Bowden. “It’s a
psychological lift for me to have our cheerleaders and band with us.”
No new injuries were reported after Thursdays’ practice. As far as the
game is concerned, just one lone Seminole is out for the contest, defensive
end Greg Spires. Spires is rehabilitating a broken fibula in his left leg.
He is expected to return for FSU’s next game with in-state rival Miami
after next week’s open date. Linebacker Demetro Stephens (knee) is
questionable and wide receiver Ron Dugans (thumb) is doubtful, but both are
available to play if needed.