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Sep. 2, 1997

Seminoles Prepare for Road Opener with 21-Period Practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No 5 ranked Florida State Seminoles continued preparation for their road opener at USC with a 21-period practice at Ed Williamson practice fields. The team practiced in shells (shorts, helmets and shoulder pads) and worked on the kicking game, fundamentals and lined up against USC scout teams.

"Today was very much like yesterday," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "It looks like we are getting a little better prepared for USC and getting used to some of the things they do. We need to play a game against a quality opponent to find out where we are. USC will tell us how far along this team is."

During the 11-on-11 scrimmaging, cornerback Samari Rolle highlighted the defensive efforts with an interception at the close of one-minute offense.

Florida State will play six teams that have won a national championship this season. That list includes USC and their head coach John Robinson who won the title in 1978.

"USC is definitely a program that any college coach would like to play," said Bowden. "You have to put them right up there with Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State. We have played most of those big teams since I've been here at Florida State. In the history of college football, I think USC is right there among the best three programs of all-time."

The team will continue practice tomorrow afternoon and will hold a final workout Thursday before departing for Los Angeles that evening.

There were no new injuries to report following today's session.

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