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FSU QB Kendra injured by homemade bomb

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Posted: Wednesday June 17, 1998 11:55 AM

  Dan Kendra received 28 stiches in his nose, chest and stomach (Scott Halleran/Allsport)

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Florida State junior quarterback Dan Kendra, who is trying to rehabilitate a torn ligament in his knee, is recuperating from injuries suffered when a homemade bomb exploded at his apartment.

Kendra received 28 stitches in his nose, chest and stomach after the accident June 1.

Kendra, 22, a physical fitness devotee and motorcycle buff who once owned a pet alligator, told The Tallahassee Democrat that he mixed chemicals together out of curiosity.

"We don't want him messing around with explosives anymore," quarterbacks coach Mark Richt told the newspaper.

Richt said Kendra was lucky he wasn't injured more seriously.

"What struck him in the nose could have hit him in the eye," Richt said.

Team trainer Randy Oravetz said the wounds suffered in the explosion have not delayed Kendra's aggressive rehabilitation schedule. Kendra is trying to get ready for the Seminoles' opener August 31 against Texas A&M.

Kendra suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he was tackled by linebacker Bradley Jennings in the Seminoles' annual Garnet & Gold game on April 4. Although he has not begun passing drills, he hopes to be ready to practice by the time the squad reports in early August.

If Kendra isn't ready at the start of the season, 26-year-old sophomore Chris Weinke would likely open the season at quarterback.

As a backup to Thad Busby the last two seasons, Kendra passed for 1,006 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was one of the nation's most heralded prep players coming out of school from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1995.  

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