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Sept. 8, 1997

Florida State Football Trainer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles held their first practice since arriving back in town from Los Angeles for 12 periods in shorts.

The team broke off into position segments and worked on some fundamentals and agility drills, then the offensive and defensive units ran plays against the respective scout teams.

"It was a typical Monday workout," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "We went out in shorts."

Linebacker Demetro Stephens returned to practice after spending the offseason rehabilitating his left knee. Stephens tore ligaments in his knee during the Sugar Bowl. He is expected to return to active duty towards the middle of the season.

Also returning to full speed was wide receiver Marvin Minnis, who sustained a sprained ankle a week ago.

Andre Wadsworth, Kevin Long and Daryl Bush missed practice due to scheduled classes. Defensive end Greg Spires also was held out while his left fibula heels and is expected to return to regular practice in the next couple of weeks.

No new injuries were reported following practice.

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