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Aug. 25, 1997

Seminoles Finish First Day of Classes and an 18-Period Practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles completed their first day of classes for the fall semester as well as an 18-period practice in shorts and shoulder pads.

The session began with punting and ended with 15 minutes of 11-on-11 scrimmage.

"I hope we can make a lot of improvements this week," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We're trying to correct the mistakes we made in the last scrimmage (on Saturday)."

"The big thing is that we did improve last week, and especially the younger guys made strides. The biggest strides have been made in the offensive line."

"(Thad) Busby threw well in his drills, but the tight ends dropped too many passes except for (Melvin) Pearsall," commented Bowden.

Recent scholarship recipient Ryan Sprague moved back from center to tight end. Tony Bryant has moved from defensive end to defensive tackle.

"We felt our fullbacks were not blocking as well as we like," said Bowden. "We're going to use more of the tight end, so we're making the adjustment."

Kickers Bill Gramatica and Sebastian Janikowski were perfect from 47 yards in field goal drills.

INJURY REPORT: Bradley Jennings, LB, left knee MCL sprain; Brian Allen, LB, right hip flexor. Dee Feaster (bruised shoulder), Laveranues Coles (separated shoulder), Khalid Abdullah (rt. knee MCL sprain), Marvin Minnis (ankle) and E.G. Green (quadricep) were held out of practice. Samari Rolle (ankle), Peter Warrick (lower back), and Travis Minor (ankle) were held out of contact.

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