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Aug. 12, 1997

Freshman Get in Final Practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. -- The freshmen members of the Florida State football team held a morning and an afternoon practice today as they worked out for the last time before joining the varsity on Thursday. The Seminole freshmen, who were named as the top recruiting class nationally by several publications, will attend orientation tomorrow and will not practice.

Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski was again the highlight of the day, connecting on a 60-yard field goal attempt to close the morning session. The kick sailed well above the cross bars and would have been good from at least 70 yards out.

"The freshmen are starting to learn some things," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "I like what I see so far. Most of the guys are in good shape. A couple of guys are carrying too much weight, but if they stick with it, the weight will come off in this heat."

Also impressing the coaches were the tailback combination o f Davy Ford and Travis Minor.

"It looks like good competition at running back," said Bowen. "Both Ford and Minor are very talented. They catch the ball well, run well and have great speed. The best chance of getting playing time right off when moving from high school to college is at running back."

Ford and Minor will join junior Dee Feaster and redshirt freshman Vannez Gooch on Thursday in the battle to become Warrick Dunn's successor.

"We will play as many as can contribute," said Bowden. "Some are able to do it earlier than others. A lot of it centers around hanging on to the football. We will find that out with the pads. Feaster and Gooch are in the thick of it."

The varsity reported at a team meeting this evening and will hold the 1.5 mile run tomorrow afternoon. Two-a-days will continue on Thursday with both squads participating.

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