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Oct. 9, 1997

Seminoles Will Not Take Duke Lightly

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles had their final practice this evening for 15 periods in helmets and shorts out at the football practice fields before Saturday's 7 p.m. pay-per-view game with ACC foe Duke.

Prior to practice beginning, when kickers and punters get the majority of their work in, true freshman place kicker Sebastian Janikowski put on an exhibition for the small group of special-team players who were watching. Without any rush and Marcus Outzen holding, he made 2 of 3 from 67 yards out, 1 of 3 from 70 yards and missed a 75-yarder about five yards short in from in front of the goalposts.

When the rest of the team came out, they broke off into offense and defense and worked on various short yardage and timing drills.

On the offense side of the ball Thad Busby connected several times with E.G. Green and Peter Warrick, while back ups Dan Kendra and Chris Weinke scored with Marvin Minnis and Germaine Stringer, respectively.

The defense was highlighted with interceptions by Lamont Green, Shevin Smith and Samari Rolle.

"We purposely toughed it up this week so they wouldn't have any ideas of letting up," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "I hope it pays off. We felt if a let down happen it would be because of the coaches."

On the FSU's injuries going into the Duke game:

Corey Simon's x-rays on his neck came back negative, no fractures were found. He has a cervical strain/sprain. He went threw physical therapy and treatment during practice and is doubtful.

Donald Heaven had an MRI on his left knee and it revealed a mild sprain of his MCL. He also has a bruise on his medial cartilage and on the bone surface. There is also some swelling on the inside of the knee of the medial side. He was held out of practice and is questionable.

Daryl Bush and Shawn McCorkel both have strained right hamstrings, but Bush also re-injured his right ankle. McCorkel's strain is a little bit worse than Bush's and is listed as questionable. Bush is probable.

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