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Sep. 1, 1997

Seminoles' DE Spires Suffers Stress Fracture in Practice

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles practiced for 24 periods, plus three pre-periods of specialty drills, in shells at the football practice fields.

The team learned some bad news prior to practice on Monday that fifth-year senior defensive end Greg Spires suffered a stress fracture to his left fibula and will miss up to three games.

"It's bad news losing Spires," said coach Bobby Bowden. "That was a setback to us. He's a big loss. He was out big-time pass rusher. Your swapping a fifth-year senior with true freshmen. In his place, Roland Seymour and Tony Bryant will step up for us."

In the middle of practice, the team played two periods of 11 on 11 drills. The first team offense scored a field goal on the No. 2 defense on Bill Grammatica's 29-yarder from the middle hash marks. The No. 2 offense, led by quarterback Dan Kendra, was picked off in the endzone by Samari Rolle and the No. 1 defense.

"Today, we had a practice that would have normally been on Tuesday," said Bowden. "Being that we didn't have a game this weekend I thought we should come out hard and ease it up as the week goes."

Both true freshmen defensive ends, David Warren and Jamal Reynolds, have been elevated to second team duties. Due to the Spires injury, Tony Bryant and Roland Seymour will share first team duties along with Andre Wadsworth. Defensive tackles Larry Smith and Corey Simon are listed as co-first teamers as are right-side cornerbacks Troy Saunders and Tay Cody.

Other than the Spires injury, only two other injuries were reported: WR Ron Dugans, groin strain and LB Theon Rackley, hyper-extended right knee.

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