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August 15, 1997

FSU Football Practice Report

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. -- The Florida State football team continued two-a-day practices, with an 8:30 a.m. morning session and a 4:30 p.m. afternoon session today. The Seminoles practiced in shorts and will put on the pads for the first time on Monday.

In the hot and sunny early practice (24 periods), the defense had a pair of interceptions in skeleton work (no offensive or defensive lines). Shevin Smith picked off a Dan Kendra pass and Coronta Cody intercepted Chris Weinke on back-to-back plays.

"I see a real prospect in Cody," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "He's caught my eye several times. It looks like he's got the stuff to play corner with."

Temperatures were held down during the afternoon session as clouds covered the FSU practice fields. The Seminoles were able to get all 18 periods in before lighting and the threat of rain caused Coach Bowden to call off agilities normally held at the end of practice.

"We knocked off the conditioning at the end," said Bowden. "We will try to make up for it tomorrow since its Saturday and they have Sunday off."

It was the offense's turn in the later practice as several receivers recorded some big plays in the skeleton work. Ron Dugans made two outstanding catches, using his team-leading 43" vertical leap, pulled down long yardage passes from Chris Weinke and Dan Kendra.

"Dugans might be the most consistent receiver out there," said Bowden. "He made some excellent catches today."

The Seminoles will practice tomorrow at the same times before media and fan appreciation day on Sunday.

Injury Report: E.G. Green and Tres Walton - heat exhaustion (I.V. treatment), Dexter Jackson - ligament tear in right thumb (casted).

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