September 6, 1999 - by
Seminoles Lose Starting Fullback

Sept. 6, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles
continued to prepare for No. 10 Georgia Tech with a three-hour Monday
afternoon practice. The 22-period workout in full-pads began with some
work on punting, before shifting to position drills and work against the

Monday marked the return to practice for a number of FSU players,
senior wide receiver Ron Dugans and sophomore tailback Davy Ford returned
for most of the three-hour practice. Freshman wide receiver Anquan Boldin
(ankle) and junior Brian Allen (hamstring) made progress towards being
ready for Saturday’s night game in limited action this afternoon.

The heat was a major factor in today’s practice, as several players
had to battle the combination of a stomach virus and the mid-90 degree
temperature. Center Eric Thomas and wide receivers Laveraneous Coles and
Talman Gardner all missed parts of practice with stomach illnesses.

The major injury of the day however, came at fullback, where senior
starter William McCray suffered a fractured right ankle during passing
drills. According to head trainer Randy Oravetz, X-rays were taken
immediately following practice and showed a break in his fibula bone and a
tear in the deltoid ligament of his right ankle.

“William will have extensive surgery on his ankle on Thursday,”
said Oravetz. “He will miss the season, hopefully we can get him back for
a bowl game. It’s a shame it happened, they will most likely have to
insert some pins, maybe even a metal plate. The surgery will basically
have to rebuild his ankle.”

Florida State will return to the practice field on Tuesday at 3:30
p.m in preparation for Saturday night’s 8:00 p.m. game against Georgia
Tech, the game will be televised on ABC.

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