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Oct. 14, 1997

FSU Laying Off the Hitting in Practice

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- No. 3 Florida State (5-0) practiced for two hours this afternoon as they began preparation for Saturday's contest against No. 21 Georgia Tech (4-1). FSU practiced in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmet) instead of their usual Tuesday full-pad practice.

"We didn't do much hitting today," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We wanted to be careful about the pounding, we hit it hard last week."

Freshman tailback Davy Ford had the big plays of the 11-on-11 scrimmaging. Ford, who will start for the first time Saturday, broke runs of 40 and 20 yards against the No. 2 defense. The No. 1 defense did not give up a score in the 11-on-11 action. LB Demetro Stephens recorded an interception in skeleton drills.

"All the tailbacks ran well today," said Bowden. "Ford looked good. Before the year's over, I would like to give every tailback a start. They are making good progress. I feel more confident running the ball now than I did."

Coach Bowden also said that Lamarr Glenn was moved to No. 1 fullback, citing his impressive blocking last week.

Georgia Tech comes to Tallahassee with a 3-0 ACC mark, its best since the 1990 national championship season, after defeating NC State Saturday.

"This is the best Georgia Tech team since we've been in the conference," said Bowden. "Their depth is better and they are well coached with George O'Leary. They are balanced on offense and their quarterback (Joe Hamilton) is very dangerous running the football."

TE Carver Donaldson suffered the only injury of the day as he will have X-rays on the fourth finger of his right hand to check for a break. LB Theon Rackley (right ankle sprain), DT Corey Simon (cervical burner) and S Shawn McCorkel (strained right hamstring) sat out of practice. Simon and McCorkel are doubtful for Saturday's game. OG Donald Heaven, CB Samari Rolle and S Shevin Smith were held out of contact today.

Saturday's contest in Tallahassee is scheduled to kick-off at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

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