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Oct. 8, 1997

Seminoles Continue Preparations for Duke

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- No. 4 Florida State (4-0) continued preparation for ACC foe Duke with a 20-period practice session in shorts and shoulder pads this afternoon.

The team worked on the kicking game in the beginning of the session and then practiced against the scout squad in skeleton drills. Freshman cornerback Tay Cody intercepted a Thad Busby pass during the 11-on-11 scrimmage segment of practice.

"I don't want the coaches letting up because we're playing Duke," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We had a good, hard practice today."

Duke comes into Saturday's game with a 2-3 record after a 16-10 loss to Maryland last week.

"Duke's problem is they're playing so many young people," commented Bowden. "They'll be good (when they get experience). They're smart and don't make a lot of mistakes. You have to beat them. Duke's offense has more guys likely to break out of there (for a run)."

"It's the toughest day this season we've had on injuries," said Bowden.

Linebacker Daryl Bush re-injured his right ankle and strained his right hamstring. Defensive lineman Corey Simon suffered a bilateral cervical burner and had x-rays tonight. Safety Shawn McCorkel strained his right hamstring. Offensive guard Donald Heaven had an MRI on his right knee and will get results tomorrow.

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