Aug. 23, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team worked out for 15 periods (5 minutes each) in the morning and 18 periods in the evening as they completed the last full two-a-day practice. In the evening session, the Seminoles suffered another injury to a wide receiver as freshman Willie Reid went down with a left ankle sprain. FSU is already thin at the position after losing Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan for the year with knee injuries.
“I can’t believe it,” said offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Bowden. “I’ve never been through anything like this. All three of the injuries to receivers have come during non-contact work. We’ll just have to go on with what we’ve got. We are shorthanded to the tilt. I’ll hold out Atrews (Bell), Javon (Walker) and Talman (Gardner) for tomorrow’s scrimmage.”
Reid had been impressive since moving to receiver, catching a pair of passes in Wednesday’s scrimmage for 54 yards. With the three upperclassmen being held out, Reid’s injury leaves just two scholarship wide receivers available for Friday’s scrimmage in Craphonso Thorpe and P.K. Sam.
The team went without pads during the morning practice and corrected mistakes from Wednesday’s scrimmage. In the evening session, the Seminoles dressed in shells (shorts, shoulder pads & helmets) and did some 11-on-11 work.
Bryant McFadden closed the evening practice with an interception in 11-on-11. Leroy Smith and Abdual Howard added a pair of pass break-ups for the defense. The offense’s top play was a 30-yard sideline pass from Adrian McPherson to Javon Walker.
The team will meet Friday morning and then go to the Leon County Civic Center for the annual Kickoff Luncheon. The final scrimmage will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium.
In other news, linebackers Bradley Jennings and Kendyll Pope were named to the Butkus Award Watch List. Jennings, a senior middle linebacker, tied for the team lead last season with 102 total tackles. Pope, a sophomore who will start at weakside linebacker, finished with 52 tackles in 2000. The 10 semifinalists will be announced on October 18.