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Sept. 30, 1997

Seminoles Continue Preparation for Miami

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- No. 4 Florida State (3-0) continued preparation for Miami (1-3) with a 20-period practice in shells (shoulder pads, helmet and shorts) this afternoon. The team worked on all aspects of the kicking game, fundamentals and also did 11-on-11 drills.

"We got another practice under our belt," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "I think we caught the ball better today than yesterday. We also worked on the punt game. It seems like the kicking game always comes into play against Miami."

Florida State has posted back-to-back victories against the Hurricanes and boasts a defense that ranks second nationally in total defense. Despite Miami's 1-3 record, Coach Bowden and the Seminoles are not taking the Hurricanes lightly. The FSU roster features 13 players that hail from the city of Miami.

"Miami rings a bell with us," said Bowden. "The flags go up when you play Miami. We don't look at the record. We study film and our guys see how the guy in front of them play football. Several of the kids know each other so that makes it a special game. We will be ready to play. I can't picture playing them in anything but a struggle."

Injury report: TE Carver Donaldson - sprained left ankle; DE Andre Wadsworth - injured left hand; WR Ron Dugans - reinjured left thumb (will be casted). DE Greg Spires, OG Donald Heaven, RB Dee Feaster and WR Peter Warrick were held out of contact. Spires, who is recovering from a stress fracture of the fibula) will be re-evaluated later in the week and team doctors will make a decision on his game status at that time.

The Seminoles will practice again tomorrow afternoon. Saturday's game against Miami is scheduled to kick-off at 12:00 p.m. in Doak Campbell Stadium and will be nationally televised by ABC.

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