September 8, 1999 - by
Football Completes 21-period Workout

Sept. 8, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top-ranked Florida State practiced in shells on
Wednesday for a little over two hours. The 21-period workout consisted of
work on the kicking game, 11-on-11 drills and work against Georgia Tech’s
offense and defensive schemes. The Seminoles will face Georiga Tech on
Saturday night in a game to be televised by ABC at 8:00 p.m.

“We had a pretty good practice today,” said head coach Bobby
Bowden. “It looked like we knew a little bit more today about what we want
to do. We’ll go out tomorrow and give it a little more polish to get ready
for Saturday.”

At the beginning of practice on Wednesday, starting tight end Nick
Franklin suffered an injury to his left knee and had to be carted off the
field. An MRI is scheduled for Thursday and head trainer Randy Oravetz
indicated that there looked to be some cartilage damage.

Franklin had come
into the fall as the first team tight end before losing the job to junior
Ryan Sprague before the Louisiana Tech game. Franklin had regained the
starting job soon after the Louisiana Tech game and his status for Saturday
night’s Georgia Tech game is uncertain.

“If he (Franklin) is out, Sprague will be the next guy in,” said

Highlights from practice included a Brian Allen interception during
11-on-11 drills and some lengthy ground gains from tailbacks Travis Minor
and Jeff Chaney.

The team will practice Thursday for 15-periods in shorts, working
primarily on fine-tuning the game plan and the kicking game.

Injury report: Freshman Anquan Boldin practiced today in a limited
capacity after spraining his right ankle early in practice Tuesday. Junior
offensive lineman Ross Brannon was held out of practice due to inflammation
in his right knee. Senior Nick Franklin left practice with an injured
right knee.

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