Aug. 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State’s defense recorded 10 sacks and starting quarterback Chris Rix completed five of 11 passes for 76 yards and one touchdown as the Seminoles scrimmaged for the second time during the pre-season in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles open the 2003 season two weeks from today at North Carolina in a game televised by ABC at 8:00 p.m.
Senior defensive lineman Charles Howard led the defense with four sacks with junior Chauncey Davis was second with two. Senior Stanford Samuels, junior Eric Moore, sophomore Marcello Church and freshman Clifton Dickson all recorded one sack each.
“It wasn’t a bad scrimmage,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It was a good thing the weather cooperated. The offense ran it better than they threw it. We didn’t do well throwing and catching the ball. The main thing is to keep getting better.”
Rix completed five passes on the day including a 54-yard scoring strike to freshman wide receiver Chris Davis. Rix was also credited with two rushes for ten yards as Florida State’s three quarterbacks evenly split time during the scrimmage that lasted approximately two hours. Davis led all receivers with 59 yards on two catches.
“Chris Davis made an excellent play on the touchdown,” said Bowden. “We’ve got to get him the ball because he is a guy who can get it in the endzone.”
Freshman quarterback Wyatt Sexton completed seven of 14 passes for 41 yards including a 15-yard hook-up with Davis. He led the Seminoles’ trio of quarterbacks with seven completions including three consecutive completions twice as he led the offense against the first and second team defenses.
Junior quarterback Fabian Walker completed four of 12 passes for 32 yards but did the most damage with his feet. He broke loose for a scrimmage-long 62-yard touchdown carry for one of the two scores on the day.
During situational drills, tailback Greg Jones ripped off a punishing 26-yard run and running back Leon Washington carved out a 23-yard run. Washington scored on a two-yard run on the ensuing play after his long run. Defensively during the situational drills free safety Pat Watkins recorded an interception.
The defense was outstanding in goal line situations to end the scrimmage as it stopped the offense on five of eight attempts at reaching the endzone. The offense scored and a Walker pass to P.K. Sam and back-to-back running plays by Jones and Torrance Washington.
Earlier in the day, the Seminoles were ranked 13th as the pre-season poll college football poll was released by the Associated Press. The Seminoles are the highest ranked ACC team in the poll with Maryland at No. 15, NC State at No. 16 and Virginia at No. 18. Oklahoma is the pre-season choice at No. 1 with five of Florida State’s opponents ranked in the top-20. Nebraska was left out of the poll for the first time in 33 years giving the Seminoles the longest current streak of being included in the pre-season poll with 21 consecutive appearances.
Passing: Chris Rix (5-11-76 yards, 1 touchdown), Wyatt Sexton (7-12-41 yards, 0 touchdowns), Fabian Walker (4-12-32 yards, 0 touchdowns).
Rushing: Fabian Walker (4-49 yards), Ryan Reynolds (5-16), Leon Washington (1-14), Marlon Napier (3-12), James Coleman (4-8), Chris (2-5), Lorenzo Booker (3-1).
Receiving: Chris Davis (2-59, 1 touchdown), P.K. Sam (2-20), Chauncey Stovall (2-15), James Coleman (1-8), Lorne Sam (2-7), Lorenzo Booker (1-5), Craphonso Thorpe (1-5), Donnie Carter (1-4).
Tackles: Kevin Emanuel (4 tackles), Kendyll Pope (3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery), Jerome Carter (3 tackles, 3 TFL), Stanford Samuels (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU).