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Sept. 29, 1997

Seminoles Focus on Special Teams in Preparation for Miami

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- No. 4 Florida State resumed preparations for this Saturday's game against state rival Miami with a 22-period workout in full pads on Monday afternoon at Ed Williamson Practice Fields.

The Seminoles worked on special teams play and also worked against its scout units. FSU also used the middle portion of the scrimmage for 11-on-11 workouts.

"I thought we had a productive day of practice," said Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. "We had better be sharp on Saturday because I think Miami will give us everything they've got."

Freshman tailback Travis Minor highlighted the 11-on-11 portion of the practice with a 40-yard touchdown run against the first team defense. Starting tight guard Donald Heaven, a freshman from Miami, suffered a mild left knee MCL sprain during practice. His status is listed as day-to-day. Eric Thomas, a sophomore from Miami, moved into Heaven's spot with the first unit.

Thomas and starting center Kevin Long suffered cervical burners during the workout while defensive end Roland Seymour sustained a right groin strain in the day's only other injuries.

In other news, senior defensive tackle Julian Pittman was dismissed from the university after a hearing with the school's judicial committee today.

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