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Oct. 1, 1997

Seminoles Practice in Shells in Preparation for Hurricanes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 4 Florida State Seminoles continued preparation for their matchup with Miami on Saturday with an 18-period practice in shells (shoulder pads, helmet and shorts) this afternoon.

The team began the session with work on kickoffs and kickoff returns and followed with work against the scout team. They did not run 11-on-11 drills today.

"We feel like we're ready with the extra week of practice," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We're further along than normal, it's just a matter of executing."

"The ones (players) that were beat up last week are much better this week."

Dee Feaster (bruised ribs) was cleared to play on Saturday and Bowden said he will start at tailback with Davy Ford as the backup.

"We simply have not tried to win a game running," commented Bowden. "We've got the skill to run downfield if we can get the ball to our receivers. I realize there's going to be a day that we've got to run."

INJURY REPORT: Davy Ford-rt. hip flexor strain; Samari Rolle-right thumb sprain. Greg Spires, who is recovering from a stress fracture of the fibula, will be x-rayed on Friday and re-evaluated by team doctors. His status will be a game time decision.

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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