Oct. 30, 1997
Seminoles Ready for Wolfpack
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles practiced for the final time for 15 periods in shorts before Saturday's ABC televised game with ACC rival North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The team began with kick off blocking and coverage drills before breaking off into offensive and defensive segments.
"We had a great week of preparation," said Coach Bobby Bowden. "We'll go out there and play the best we can play. We're in pretty good shape. It's just a matter of executing now."
While the defense were running the "NC State" plays, the stand outs were defensive backs Dexter Jackson (INT, PBU), Samari Rolle (2 INT's), Abdual Howard (INT), Tay Cody (INT), Todd Frier (PBU) and defensive end Greg Spires, who batted down a ball at the line.
"It will be a tough, hard-hitting ball game," said Bowden, referring to Saturday's contest. "They're (NC State) a hard-hitting team. They've created a lot of fumbles, just hitting the man. That concerns me a lot. I do expect a hard-hitting game."
Shooting video at practice was a crew from NBC's Today Show with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. They will be featuring FSU football student-trainer Danny Huffman on their Thanksgiving Day broadcast. Huffman donated a kidney to his ailing grandmother while in high school, forfitting any chance he had for a future football career.
There were no injuries reported at practice. Ross Brannon (R Ankle Sprain), Khalid Abdullah (Flu) and Abdual Howard (Flu) are listed as questionable for Saturday's game, but are able to play if needed. Tres Walton (Flu) is doubtful.