Oct. 9, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles had their final
practice this evening for 15 periods in helmets and shorts out at the
football practice fields before Saturday’s 7 p.m. pay-per-view game with
ACC foe Duke.
Prior to practice beginning, when kickers and punters get the majority of
their work in, true freshman place kicker Sebastian Janikowski put on an
exhibition for the small group of special-team players who were watching.
Without any rush and Marcus Outzen holding, he made 2 of 3 from 67 yards
out, 1 of 3 from 70 yards and missed a 75-yarder about five yards short in
from in front of the goalposts.
When the rest of the team came out, they broke off into offense and
defense and worked on various short yardage and timing drills.
On the offense side of the ball Thad Busby connected several times with
E.G. Green and Peter Warrick, while back ups Dan Kendra and Chris Weinke
scored with Marvin Minnis and Germaine Stringer, respectively.
The defense was highlighted with interceptions by Lamont Green, Shevin
Smith and Samari Rolle.
“We purposely toughed it up this week so they wouldn’t have any ideas of
letting up,” said Coach Bobby Bowden. “I hope it pays off. We felt if a
let down happen it would be because of the coaches.”
On the FSU’s injuries going into the Duke game:
Corey Simon’s x-rays on his neck came back negative, no fractures were
found. He has a cervical strain/sprain. He went threw physical therapy
and treatment during practice and is doubtful.
Donald Heaven had an MRI on his left knee and it revealed a mild sprain
of his MCL. He also has a bruise on his medial cartilage and on the bone
surface. There is also some swelling on the inside of the knee of the
medial side. He was held out of practice and is questionable.
Daryl Bush and Shawn McCorkel both have strained right hamstrings, but
Bush also re-injured his right ankle. McCorkel’s strain is a little bit
worse than Bush’s and is listed as questionable. Bush is probable.