Oct. 30, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles practiced for the
final time for 15 periods in shorts before Saturday’s ABC televised game
with ACC rival North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The team began with kick off blocking and coverage drills before breaking
off into offensive and defensive segments.
“We had a great week of preparation,” said Coach Bobby Bowden. “We’ll go
out there and play the best we can play. We’re in pretty good shape. It’s
just a matter of executing now.”
While the defense were running the “NC State” plays, the stand outs were
defensive backs Dexter Jackson (INT, PBU), Samari Rolle (2 INT’s), Abdual
Howard (INT), Tay Cody (INT), Todd Frier (PBU) and defensive end Greg
Spires, who batted down a ball at the line.
“It will be a tough, hard-hitting ball game,” said Bowden, referring to
Saturday’s contest. “They’re (NC State) a hard-hitting team. They’ve
created a lot of fumbles, just hitting the man. That concerns me a lot. I
do expect a hard-hitting game.”
Shooting video at practice was a crew from NBC’s Today Show with Katie
Couric and Matt Lauer. They will be featuring FSU football student-trainer
Danny Huffman on their Thanksgiving Day broadcast. Huffman donated a
kidney to his ailing grandmother while in high school, forfitting any
chance he had for a future football career.
There were no injuries reported at practice. Ross Brannon (R Ankle
Sprain), Khalid Abdullah (Flu) and Abdual Howard (Flu) are listed as
questionable for Saturday’s game, but are able to play if needed. Tres
Walton (Flu) is doubtful.