September 29, 1999 - by
No. 1 Seminoles Continue Practice For Duke Battle Saturday

Sept. 29, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The top ranked Florida State Seminoles (4-0) practiced in shells for over two hours today in preparation for their Saturday, October 2nd, game against the Duke Blue Devils (0-3). The game will be played in Jacksonville, Fla., at Alltel stadium with kickoff scheduled for noon.

“We have had two good days of practice in the sun,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They did better today than yesterday. They didn’t look bad yesterday, but you could just tell that it bothered them more yesterday than today.”

In preparation for Duke, the team spent most of the afternoon working against the scout teams. When they did go against each other in 11-on-11 drills there was one noticeable change. Senior cornerback Mario Edwards was back working with the first team. Junior cornerback Clevan Thomas started in place of Edwards against North Carolina. Highlights from the 11-on-11 session included an interception by senior cornerback Reggie Durden and placekicker Sebastian Janikowski’s 54-yard field goal.

Coach Bowden announced that redshirt freshman Rian Cason will be suspended for the Duke game this Saturday. With All-American Corey Simon nursing a groin injury and Cason’s suspension, that will most likely mean more playing time for backup defensive tackles Chris Woods, Tony Benford and Randy Wilkins.

Injury Report: DT Chris Woods sat out with heat cramps and DT Corey Simon missed practice with a sore groin.

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