Aug. 14, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles, who will face Iowa State in just 10 days, held their second full scrimmage of the preseason at Doak Campbell Stadium late Wednesday afternoon. Quarterback Chris Rix completed 11-of-18 passes for 181 yards and Talman Gardner led all receivers with 115 yards on five catches. Kendyll Pope and Eric Powell paced the defense with four tackles apiece.
“I thought the offense did a little bit better,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “There’s still too many errors and those are things we’ve got to eliminate. We came out pretty good on the injuries. I think Brett Williams hurt his shoulder again, the one that he had hurt. There was some pretty good hitting going on. The key to us is getting better every time we practice and getting better every time we scrimmage.”
Freshman tailback Leon Washington scored the first touchdown of the scrimmage when he found the endzone from 19 yards out on a toss sweep. Just before the break, Joey Kaleikini was able to pull down Rix’s hail mary off a deflection from 44 yards out.
Fabian Walker, who mainly ran the No. 2 offense with Adrian McPherson out with a sprained ankle, went 5-of-13 for 74 yards with one interception. Wyatt Sexton completed 3-of-6 passes for 26 yards with the No. 3 offense.
Washington totaled 22 yards on four carries to lead all rushers. Starting tailback Greg Jones carried only twice, but managed to gain 21 yards. Lorenzo Booker ran for 21 yards on seven carries and Torrance Washington had seven yards on six attempts.
“The running backs were excellent I thought,” said Bowden. “We held Greg (Jones) and Nick (Maddox) out for the most part. We didn’t look at Willie Reid much today either. We know what they can do. We looked at those freshmen running backs and they are impressive.”
In addition to their four tackles, Pope had a pass break-up and Powell recorded a sack and a tackle for loss. Marcello Church (3 tackles, 1 sack), Pat Watkins (3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss), Tony Benford (3 tackles) and Kevin Emanuel (2 sacks) also posted solid outings for the defense.
Chris Rix 11-18-181 yards, 1 TD
Fabian Walker 5-13-74 yards, 1 INT
Wyatt Sexton 3-6-26 yards
Willie Reid 1-1-8 yards
Talman Gardner 5-115 yards
P.K. Sam 3-63 yards
Joey Kaleikini 1-44 yards, TD
Lorne Sam 1-12 yards
Travis Smith 1-12 yards
Willie Reid 2-12 yards
Matt Henshaw 1-9 yards
Chris Rix 1-8 yards
O.J. Jackson 1-5 yards
Thomas Clayton 1-4 yards
Lorenzo Booker 1-3 yards
Dominic Robinson 1-3 yards
Kendyll Pope 4 tackles, 1 PBU
Eric Powell 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Marcello Church 3 tackles, 1 sack
Pat Watkins 3 tackles, 1 TFL
Tony Benford 3 tackles
Kevin Emanuel 2 tackles, 2 sacks
Allen Augustin 2 tackles, fumble return for TD
Jared Hetzel 1 INT