March 25, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team practiced for
two and a half hours this morning inside Doak Campbell Stadium. For the
final hour and a half the Seminoles held their second scrimmage of the
“I wouldn’t say anybody is ahead of anybody,” said head coach Bobby
Bowden. “Normally, the defense is ahead of the offense at this time, but
right now its about even.”
The controlled scrimmage was broken up into two halves. The
offense started on the 25-yard line and both the first and second teams
were given four series to work with in the first half. In the second half,
the offense worked against the defense from the 50-yard line, the 25-yard
line, the 10-yard line and the goal-line.
Highlights from the scrimmage included a nine-yard change of
direction touchdown run by junior tailback Davy Ford and a Fabian Walker to
Javon Walker 65-yard bomb. Defensively, Gennaro Jackson, a converted wide
receiver to defensive back, intercepted a pass and senior linebacker Brian
Allen forced a fumble on the goal-line that was recovered by senior
cornerback Clevan Thomas in the endzone for a touchback.
Ford and sophomore tailback Lemar Parrish led the running backs
Saturday, with 32 and 24 yards, respectively. Parrish scored on a 14-yard
run up the middle early in the scrimmage and senior tailback Jeff Chaney
threw a touchdown pass to senior quarterback Marcus Outzen on third and
goal from the three.
“The offense is moving the ball better especially the running
game,” said Bowden. “The running game has been better this spring than in
All four scholarship quarterbacks got some snaps on Saturday.
Senior Chris Weinke was 8 of 14 for 101 yards and freshman Fabian Walker
was four of seven for 85 yards with a touchdown to junior Atrews Bell.
Outzen and Jared Jones each threw for 72 yards with Outzen connecting on a
18-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Anquan Boldin. Jones put together
five consecutive completions during the first half of the scrimmage and led
the team to a touchdown in the second half.
“Mark (Richt) wanted to throw the ball a little bit more today,”
said Bowden. “Weinke looked good but the other guys were a little
inconsistent. They would make a great throw and then miss a wide open
receiver on the next one. There was just a lot of inconsistency today.”
INJURY REPORT: Tailback Lemar Parrish – hyperextended knee, Center
Antione Mirambeau — sprained left ankle, Cornerback Tay Cody — flu.
The Seminoles will have Sunday off before returning to the practice
field on Monday, March 27.
Davy Ford 3-32 (1 TD in 10-yard line drill) Lemar Parrish 2-24 1 TD Jeff Chaney 4-13 (Threw for a TD during goal-line drill)
Javon Walker 3-92 Atrews Bell 5-75 1 TD Robert Morgan 3-63
Chris Weinke 8-14-101 Fabian Walker 4-7-85 1 TD Marcus Outzen 4-7-72 1 TD Jared Jones 6-11-72