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August 13, 1997

Seminoles Take On 1.5-Mile Run

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles held their 1.5 mile run test today in 96 degree heat on the Mike Long Track.

Defensive back Todd Frier ran the top time, finishing in 8:08. Following Frier in the skill position group were wide receivers E.G. Green at 8:11 and Peter Warrick at 8:15.

"It's good to see who's really worked hard," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "This test does not judge football ability, but does give an indication of who's in the best shape and worked hard this summer."

Leading the middle group was kicker Bill Grammatica with a time of 8:30. Tight end Tommy Polley ran a time of 8:55 and Chris Walker finished at 9:09. Quarterbacks Thad Busby, Dan Kendra and Chris Weinke finished with times of 9:49, 10:02 and 9:16, respectively.

In the linemen group, defensive end Andre Wadsworth ran a time of 9:30. Defensive linemen Roland Seymour and David Tulloch followed with 10:10 and 10:13.

In overall testing, this year's group of players benched over 400 and 500 pounds more times than any other group in history. Six Seminoles benched 500 pounds or more, including offensive lineman Tra Thomas who led all players with a 550-pound bench press. Receiver Ron Dugans had a team-best 43-inch vertical jump.

Tra Thomas did not participate in run testing after having a cyst removed last night.

Pooh Bear Williams has decided to leave the team for personal reasons.

"I guess he's decided to hang it up," said Bowden. "I talked to him and his daddy today. He'd made up his mind pretty much. He's probably gotten too big and it's difficult to carry the weight. He says he's going to stay in school."

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