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Oct. 21, 1997

Florida State Prepares for Trip to Charlottesville

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 3 Florida State (7-0) continued preparation for their ACC match-up against Virginia (4-2) at Ed Williamson practice fields this afternoon. The squad practiced in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmet) for 21 periods.

"It seems like we are better off injury-wise than we have been in a while," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "Other than a few bruises, we are in good shape."

The Seminoles held 11-on-11 scrimmaging during the middle portion of today's session. The two big plays were turned in by a pair of freshmen. Tailback Travis Minor broke a long scoring run against the No. 2 defense while cornerback Tay Cody intercepted a pass as the No. 1 defense did not give up a first down. Minor will make his first career start this Saturday against Virginia.

"Minor looked good today," said Bowden. "I think those running backs are getting better and better. We would have liked to have started him at home, but the way he played Saturday, he has earned it."

Florida State will face a Virginia defense that ranks 14th overall in the country.

"They used a three-man rush in 1995 and have done that some this year," said Bowden. "They do a great job of scheming against your offense. We'll work hard this week on running against that."

Saturday's game in Charlottesville is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Injury Report: WR Tres Walton and OL Eric Thomas were held out due to illness.

In other football news, sophomore Peter Warrick was named one of ten Biletnikoff Award semi-finalists by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. Warrick leads the ACC in receiving yards and ranks 13th in the country with 101 yards per game. The list will be narrowed to three in early November with the winner announced in December on the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, FL.

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