September 17, 1998 - by

Football Continues to Fine Tune Squad.

11th-ranked Seminoles work on kickoff returns.

September 16, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 11-ranked Florida State Seminoles practiced for 20 periods in shorts and shoulder pads today in preparation for Saturday’s game with Duke.

The Seminoles spent the first part of practice working on kickoff and kickoff return before working against the scout team. The squad had a 10-minute session of 11-on-11 in the middle of practice.

“We’ve got in about as much as we can,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It’s just a matter of playing the ball game and seeing if we can put it together.”

Bowden talked about his 1989 team and how they came back to win 10 straight games after losing their opening two.

“There’s no doubt about it they (1989 team) made toughest come back of any team since I’ve been here,” said Bowden. “It (coming back from the NC State loss) will be a struggle. There’s a team (Duke) coming in in sky-high and 2-0 and playing good. Then there’s a team who got beat who wasn’t supposed to.”

“They (the team) has been very attentive, gotten to their meeting rooms earlier, gotten dressed and ready sooner, looked you in the eye more,” commented Bowden on how his players have reacted to last week’s loss. “That’s the way they’re supposed to respond.”

INJURY UPDATE: There were no new injuries. Walk-on linebacker Ben Waldrop did not practice due to the flu. Defensive tackle Larry Smith was held out of drills today. Linebacker Brian Allen participated in limited contact drills.

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