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Oct. 28, 1997

Florida State Prepares for N.C. State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 3 Florida State practiced for 21 periods in shells this afternoon in preparation for Saturday's game against North Carolina State. "The practice went pretty well today," commented Bobby Bowden. "We concentrated on fundamentals early in the practice and held some guys out that were either ill or banged up."

The Seminole coaching staff began putting in the game plan for Saturday's match-up against the Wolfpack (3-4). The offensive and defensive fronts concentrated on the unbalanced line that NC State uses in most situations. "Their unbalanced lines and running the option can give you problems," said Bowden. "Their offensive looked very impressive, especially early in the North Carolina game."

NC State enters the game with the second best rushing offense in then conference behind the play of senior Tremayne Stephens. Stephens is averaging over 88 yards per game and will face a Seminole defense that is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. "Tremayne has been tough on us in past games," said Bowden. "They have an excellent backfield and their quarterback is very active in the pocket."

Bowden also announced that Travis Minor will start at tailback for the second straight week. Redshirt freshman Vannez Gooch was also announced as the starter for the Wake Forest game on November 15th. Seniors Daryl Bush (right hamstring) and Kevin Long (neck) were held out of practice today with mild injuries. Both worked on agility training.

Offensive lineman Ross Brannon missed his second straight practice with a right ankle sprain. Three Seminoles were held out of practice with the flu. Freshman running back Davy Ford, along with Khalid Abdullah and Tres Walton missed the team's workout. Abdullah was also diagnosed with an intestinal virus.

Daryl Bush was also selected as a recipient a post-graduate scholarship of $18,000 from the National Football Foundation. Bush, a native of Altamonte Springs, FL, was one of 18 scholar-athletes to receive the award. Other injuries from today's practice: Demetro Stephens-right hand injury (will have X-ray in the morning; Jeremy Brett-left knee contusion (will be reevaluated in the morning); Roland Seymour- right ankle sprain; Vannez Gooch-left hip pointer.

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