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Sept. 16, 1997

Busby Throws Well in Pre-Clemson Practice

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Florida State, ranked No. 5, continued preparation for No. 16 Clemson with a 22-period full pad practice. The team worked on all aspects of the kicking game before practice and used the middle portion of the workout for 11-on-11 scrimmaging. They also lined up against Clemson scout teams before finishing the practice with conditioning.

"Thad Busby threw well today," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "It seemed like he knew where he was going with the ball. All the quarterbacks did a pretty good job today."

In the 11-on-11, starting cornerback Samari Rolle picked off a deflected pass from the number two offense. Tailback Travis Minor broke a 30-yard run for a score in the offense's biggest play of the afternoon 11-on-11 drills.

The Clemson offense features two of the ACC's top offensive players in quarterback Nealon Greene and tailback Raymond Priester. Priester leads the conference (No. 21 nationally) in yards per game at 113.5, while Greene is third (No. 30 nationally) in passing efficiency with a rating of 140.64.

"It seems like they are looking for balance," said Bowden. "Greene is a better than a year ago. He has improved every year and looks more confident throwing the ball. If you can't stop Priester there is no use in doing anything else. They will just keep running him at you. He is a big-time back."

Saturday's game at Clemson is scheduled to kick-off at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The Seminoles will practice again tomorrow afternoon in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmet).

Injury report: defensive tackle Larry Smith suffered a left knee sprain during today's session (could be held out tomorrow) and center Kevin Long missed practice with the flu.

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