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Dec. 18, 1997

Seminoles Looking Better in Sugar Bowl Preparations

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 19 periods in shells after 20 minutes of special teams work on kickoffs and kickoff returns. The team scrimmaged 11-on-11 for 15 minutes at the end of practice.

"We looked a little bit better than yesterday," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "Tommorrow we'll practice in full pads and on Saturday, we'll do conditioning and work on the kicking game."

"Last year, we were getting all the attention because we were No. 1 and playing for the national championship," said Bowden. "It hasn't seemed to affect the boys though. Practice has been just as good and they have been working just as hard."

Bowden was asked whether he was concerned with yesterday's lengthy injury list. "When you're practicing for a bowl game there is more contact than there usually is during a normal game week. The good news is that's it is nothing severe."

There were no new injuries today.

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