Practice Report

No. 5 Florida State completed its preparation for Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference game against Maryland with a spirited 15-session practice. The offense practiced in Doak Campbell Stadium while the defense practiced on the FSU practice fields. "I think we are prepared. At least we have prepared as good as we can. I think they are physically ready to play and now it's just a matter of being mentally sharp and not making those critical errors that get you beat," Bobby Bowden said.

The No. 5 ranked Florida State football team completed its preparation for Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference game against Maryland with a spirited 15-session practice. The offense practiced in Doak Campbell Stadium while the defense practiced on the FSU practice fields. The Seminoles travel Friday to Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. for the nationally televised game scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

The afternoon began with both the offense and defense working on the practice fields on kick return and coverage. The squad then split up into offense and defense with the offense moving into the stadium. While in the stadium, the offense worked on their game plan for Maryland with simulated crowd noise played over the stadium loud speakers.

A sellout crowd is expected in Byrd Stadium for Saturday's night's contest.

"I think we have had a good preparation for them," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "I think we are prepared. At least we have prepared as good as we can. I think they are physically ready to play and now it's just a matter of being mentally sharp and not making those critical errors that get you beat. I'm anxious to play this ball game because it's so much like it was last year when we went to North Carolina. I'm anxious to see if we have grown up any. We will learn something about our team. It's very important that we improve."

Bowden spoke highly of Ralph Friedgen's Maryland team.

"Their defense is really playing good," said Bowden. "It is going to be a tougher test on our offense this week than it has been. They've got two linebackers. One of them (E.J. Henderson) I'm sure is a first rounder and the other guy (Leon Joe) plays just like him."

Receiver Robert Morgan is expected to start after suffering a bruised chest/ribs against Virginia two weeks ago. Ray Willis will start at tight tackle and Brett Williams will get the nod at his old split tackle slot. Alex Barron, who started against the Cavs because of Willis' injury, will see plenty of playing time.

Jerome Carter will start at rover in place of Claudius Osei, who continues to nurse a sore Achilles tendon.


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