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Dec. 17, 1997

FSU Continues to Prepare for Sugar Bowl

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles continued preparation for their matchup with No. 10 Ohio State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on January 1st with a midday practice.

The team practiced for 18 periods in full pads after 20 minutes of special teams work on punt team and punt block. The team scrimmaged 11-on-11 for 15 minutes at the end of practice.

"These boys seem to be geared up for Ohio State," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "If we were playing someone we were highly favored over, you may be in for it."

"This team's still got a lot to play for and a lot to prove," commented Bowden. "The seniors can finish their careers in an excellent way if they win this ball game."

"Ohio State has got good players. John (Cooper) has recruited well. They're more physical than anyone we've played. It's more strength and power versus speed and finesse."

INJURY REPORT: Daryl Bush-hand contustion; E.G. Green-bilateral tendonitis left knee (injected); Kevin Long-lower back strain; Andre Wadsworth-left calf strain; Lamont Green-neck (out of contact/MRI on Friday); Samari Rolle-right shoulder contusion (no contact); Tay Cody-right shoulder separation (out of practice); Lamarr Glenn-right forearm contusion (no contact); Marvin Minnis-right ankle sprain (slowed); Damon Carroll-right knee possible cartilage/LCL sprain (out).

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