Aug. 18, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team continued two-a-days with a short kicking session Saturday morning and a full scrimmage in the evening at Doak Campbell Stadium. In the scrimmage, Quarterbacks Chris Rix and Adrian McPherson each had a touchdown pass as they directed the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses.
“I was pleased with the first scrimmage,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “It was ragged at times and there were a lot of missed assignments. We have two weeks to correct the mistakes and begin to put together a game plan.”
Rix finished 8-of-18 for 132 yards with one touchdown and one interception while McPherson went 9-of-23 for 154 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
“I was pleased with both quarterbacks,” said Bowden. “They are doing some good things and played with poise. They didn’t panic, which is important since they are both freshmen.”
Senior Javon Walker had the best day among FSU receivers with four catches for 98 yards. Walker was on the scoring end of the longest touchdown of the evening, a 48-yard strike from Rix. Freshman Craphonso Thorpe caught the other TD pass, a seven-yarder from McPherson. Thorpe followed Walker with 82 yards on four catches.
The Seminoles had five players with 30 or more yards rushing in the scrimmage. Eric Shelton (12-55 yards), Miller St. Hilaire (9-42 yards), Nick Maddox (8-36 yards), Davy Ford (5-31 yards) and Greg Jones (9-30 yards) led FSU in rushing.
Stanford Samuels had the big play of the day for the defense, taking an interception back 32 yards for a touchdown. Rufus Brown also had an impressive outing with an interception and a sack. Chris Hope recorded the scrimmage’s third interception and Charles Howard added a sack.
Freshman Xavier Beitia kicked field goals of 45 and 32 yards and made both of his extra point attempts. Malcolm Tatum blocked a 33-yard attempt after a high snap. In the morning kicking scrimmage, Beitia went 5-of-6 from 37 yards and didn’t miss an extra point on three attempts.
“He (Beitia) was good again on his field goals,” said Bowden. “That may the biggest difference from last year. He put them right down the middle. The punters also did well this morning.”
Injury report: Anquan Boldin (left knee sprain – MRI Monday), O.J. Jackson (right hip pointer), Chris Hope (left knee mild MCL sprain), Chad Maeder (mild concussion), Patrick Hughes (left lower back strain) and Cornelius Collier (burner).
The team will have Sunday off to review game tape and get treatment before returning to two-a-day practices on Monday.