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Nov 4, 1997

Seminoles Continue Fine Tuning for Tar Heels

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 3 Florida State continued preparation for their ACC showdown with No. 5 North Carolina with a 21-period practice this afternoon. The team worked out in shells (sweats, shoulder pads & helmet) and finished the day with conditioning.

"We practiced everybody today," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "The throwing and catching looked good. We worked some on the kicking game, ironed out some of the punt protection problems we had last week."

In 11-on-11 scrimmaging, QB Thad Busby connected on four touchdown strikes to lead the No. 1 offense against the No. 2 defense. The No. 1 defense did not give up a score to the No. 2 offense.

North Carolina's offense features a solid rushing attack that is led by tailback Jonathan Linton. Linton is third in the ACC, averaging 88.5 yards per game on the ground. He will face a Florida State defense that is ranked first in the nation against the rush, allowing just 54.6 yards per game.

"Linton is ideal for their offense," said Bowden. "He has size, the speed to get outside and can catch the ball. While we're going to smaller backs, he is a guy who can pound. Linton is the total package and is very dangerous."

Injury Report: DL Jerry Johnson - left thigh bruise, WR Damian Harrell - right thigh bruise and DL Char-ron Dorsey was held out of practice with the flu.

Saturday's game (Kenan Stadium - Chapel Hill, NC) will be televised nationally by ESPN and is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. The game will mark the first time in ACC history that both teams are ranked in the Associated Press top five.

The Seminoles will continue practice again tomorrow afternoon.

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