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Oct. 13, 1997

Seminoles Begin Preparations for Georgia Tech

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Third-ranked Florida State held a one-hour practice in shorts at Ed Williamson Practice Fields on Monday night. The Seminoles worked on special teams play and began preparations for Saturday's home game with No. 21 Georgia Tech by working against its scout units.

"Georgia Tech really looks good," said Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. "They look like they will be the best we have played so far. They have a lot of depth and there doesn't look like any drop off when their second group is on the field."

Bowden said that true freshman tailback Davy Ford will start against the Yellow Jackets. He will be the first true freshman to start at that position since Amp Lee opened in FSU's 22-14 win over Auburn on October 21, 1989.

"Davy has really started to turn it on," said Bowden. "We will give him the first chance but the other guys will also see time."

Starting tight guard Donald Heaven and defensive tackle Corey Simon were the only two Seminoles to miss the entire workout. Both players did not play in last Saturday's 51-27 win at Duke. Heaven sat out with a MCL sprain in his left knee while Simon has cervical burners. Both Heaven and Simon are questionable for Saturday's game.

"I think the biggest question is Simon," said Bowden. "We need to go slow with him because I would really hate to lose him for an extended period of time."

Kickoff for the Florida State-Georgia Tech contest is schedule for 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ABC Sports.

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