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Nov. 20, 1997

Florida State Ready for the Swamp

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1/2 Florida State practiced with simulated crowd
noise for 15 periods in Doak Campbell Stadium this evening in preparation
for this Saturday’s CBS nationally televised in-state showdown with No. 10
Florida in Gainesville.

“We’ve done everything we wanted to do this week,” said head coach Bobby
Bowden. “Now we got to out there and play the ball game. It really looks
like we’re in pretty good shape. Samari (Rolle) has gotten better everyday
and (Marvin) Minnis has practiced the last two days. We’re in good shape.
It looks like we’ll be going down there in the best shape in awhile. We
did what we planned to do and came out with no new injuries. We came out
today in better shape today than we were on Monday.”

The team started practice with kickoff and punting coverages and drills,
then broke off into offensive and defensive segments.

The latest issue of Football News listed their FULL list of All-American
teams and among the FSU honorees were: First Team, Andre Wadsworth (DE)
and Sam Cowart (LB); Second Team, E.G. Green (WR); Third Team, Thad Busby
(QB), Kevin Long (C) and Samari Rolle (CB); Honorable Mention, Tra Thomas
(OL) and Daryl Bush (LB).

Football News’ All-ACC selections were led by the ACC Player of the Year,
Wadsworth. The rest of the FSU conference picks were Busby, E.G. Green,
Long and Thomas on offense. Wadsworth, Cowart, Rolle and Shevin Smith were
selected on defense.

The injury report for the Saturday’s Florida game is: Probable, Samari
Rolle (ankle), Sebastian Janikowski (flu), Vannez Gooch (right charlie
horse); Questionable, Marvin Minnis (AC separation).

“Everyone should play,” said head trainer Randy Oravetz.

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