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Aug. 14, 1997

Two-a-Day Practices Begin

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles completed their first day of two-a-day practice sessions as a full squad.

"It was a good first day," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "It went smooth. There was a lot of learning. I was pleased with what I've seen so far."

The squad practiced in shorts and helmets for two hours in the morning and one and one-half hours in the afternoon session. The morning session started with punt team drills and the Seminoles worked on kickoffs in the afternoon. The squad broke into segments and worked on fundamentals in both sessions.

"Today was a hot day," commented Bowden. We're going to compensate for it. Take a lot of breaks and get them enough liquids."

"There's no comparision of (quarterback Thad) Busby today, than this time a year ago," said Bowden after the afternoon session. "He's throwing the ball in there. He'll stick the ball in there where's he supposed to. There were too many dropped passes today. Our receivers are supposed to be pretty good."

Larry Smith has returned to his defensive tackle position after working on the offensive line last spring. Smith will wear no. 96.

Eric Thomas moved from center to guard and is second-team behind Donald Heaven.

Freshman Bradley Jennings is fully qualified by the NCAA Clearinghouse after getting a passing test score.

Freshman Ronald Boldin did not score high enough on his SAT so he will be a partial qualifier. He may practice, but not play in a game.

Freshman Atrews Bell from Jacksonville is now a scholarship free safety and is wearing no. 26.

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