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Sept. 18, 1997

Final Practice Before Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 in the ACC) held their final walk-through practice Thursday evening for 15 periods in Doak Campbell Stadium before this Saturday's ABC televised ACC match up with No. 16 Clemson (2-0, 1-0 in the ACC) at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC.

The team began the first eight periods of practice with simulated crowd and band noise played through the speaker system in the stadium. Practice began with special teams drills, including punt and kick off coverages.

After special team workouts the team broke off into offensive and defensive segments, where they proceeded in rehearsing for Saturday's gameplan against scout team units.

"We came out here and covered the gameplan for Saturday," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "We rehearsed everything we run on Saturday. They (Seminoles) look pretty good physically.

"We'll go up there and work out on their field as soon as they get off the plane. The field has such a big crown out there. You look out there and it looks like a mountain."

After the university used a local band on the Southern California road trip, FSU's band and cheerleaders will make the trip to Clemson.

"At least we'll have our band there," said Coach Bowden. "It's a psychological lift for me to have our cheerleaders and band with us."

No new injuries were reported after Thursdays' practice. As far as the game is concerned, just one lone Seminole is out for the contest, defensive end Greg Spires. Spires is rehabilitating a broken fibula in his left leg. He is expected to return for FSU's next game with in-state rival Miami after next week's open date. Linebacker Demetro Stephens (knee) is questionable and wide receiver Ron Dugans (thumb) is doubtful, but both are available to play if needed.

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