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Jan. 13, 1998

FSU's Davy Ford to Undergo Surgery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State coaches learned Tuesday that freshman running back Davy Ford must undergo reconstructive knee surgery and is questionable for the 1998 football season. Ford tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Florida State's first practice in the Superdome during preparations for the win over Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

Ford, a native of West Palm Beach, totalled 258 yards on 61 carries as a true freshman this season. He started against Georgia Tech and played in 11 of the Seminoles' 12 games.

"Davy will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right knee Thursday," said FSU head athletic trainer Randy Oravetz. "At this time, we know that he will miss spring practice and it is questionable whether he will able to compete during the upcoming football season."

The loss of Ford leaves the Seminoles with just one scholarship tailback in starter Travis Minor. FSU coaches agreed to move Dee Feaster, who started the first five games at tailback this year before losing the job to Minor, to defensive back during spring practice. Redshirt freshman running back Vannez Gooch, who started one game last year, transferred last week.

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