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Dec. 19, 1997

Spartans Tackle Heat and Humidity in Hawaii

HONOLULU - Michigan State head football coach Nick Saban sent his team through a two-hour workout in full pads Friday in Aloha Stadium as the Spartans resumed preparation for their Dec. 25 game against Washington in the Jeep Aloha Bowl.

The Spartans got a healthy dose of Hawaii's winter weather Friday, practicing with temperatures in the low 80s and humidity near 60 percent.

"The team held up better than I thought it would," Saban said. "I was pleased with the team's attitude and effort, especially the way the players worked through fatigue late in practice. There was a good pace to the practice and we got a lot accomplished, but there's plenty more work to be done before the game."

Outside linebacker and co-captain Ike Reese echoed Saban's thoughts about the team's first practice on the Island.

"We had a productive first practice," Reese said. "We knew today was going to be tough after traveling all day yesterday. Some guys are still dealing with jet lag and trying to adjust to the time change. I thought the guys fought through the second half of practice. Nobody loafed on defense and guys were still trying to get to the football.

"I think the team handled the weather well because we worked so hard back in East Lansing. We turned the heat up in our indoor practice facility but it's hard to simulate actual weather conditions."

Michigan State's official travel party attended a team luau Friday night at Paradise Cove.

The Spartans have another two-hour workout scheduled for Saturday morning (9-11 a.m. HST) in Aloha Stadium.

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