Aug. 22, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team continued two-a-days with a short kicking session Wednesday morning and a full scrimmage that started at 5:00 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. Sophomore tailback Greg Jones led the way for the Seminole offense with a 40-yard touchdown run and a total of 79 rushing yards. Redshirt freshman Travis Johnson paced the defense with three sacks for minus 21 yards.
“We scrimmaged very much like we did last Saturday with the same amount of plays,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The quarterbacks were better than they were last week. They made some nice plays and they made some poor throws at times. Chris (Rix) got better. He started off slow and got better as the scrimmage went along.”
Rix worked with the No. 1 offense and completed 8-of-20 passes for 107 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The touchdown came on a 25-yard scoring strike to Nick Maddox. Adrian McPherson went 11-of-20 for 157 yards and a touchdown with the No. 2 offense.
Jones led all rushers with 79 yards on eight carries, which included the 40-yard touchdown run. Freshman Eric Shelton added 24 yards on 10 carries.
“The running was good,” said Bowden. “Jones made a couple of outstanding, tough runs. That’s what this football team has got to do to be successful. We have to get some good, hard, tough running because we are waiting for our passing game to come along.”
A pair of true freshmen had impressive showings at wide receiver. P.K. Sam caught three passes for 76 yards, including a 13-yard TD from McPherson. Willie Reid, who recently made the move from tailback to receiver, had a pair of outstanding over-the-shoulder grabs for 54 yards.
“Willie Reid at receiver is really encouraging,” said Bowden. “We have been running him at tailback and have used him at slot back. Then they moved outside a little bit and, dadgummit, he might be a natural out there. That would be a nice help.”
Donnie Carter, Alonzo Jackson, Michael Boulware, Leroy Smith and O.J. Jackson joined Johnson in the sack department. Cornerback Rufus Brown had the scrimmage’s lone interception and returned it 46 yards.
Freshman placekicker Xavier Beitia went 5-of-5 on field goal attempts during the morning kicking scrimmage. Beitia hit two from the left hash and two from the right hash from 37 yards out, and also hit a 43-yarder from the middle of the field. He connected from 46 yards out in the full scrimmage, but missed from 42 and 51 yards.
“The kicker hit one long field goal and went for a 51-yarder that wasn’t quite enough,” said Bowden. “I believe it was outside the corner, but he just didn’t get it there. It was close, he kicked well.”
The team will continue two-a-days on Thursday. The morning practice has been moved back to a 9:45 a.m. start. The final scrimmage is scheduled for Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Stats from Scrimmage #2
P.K. Sam 13-yard TD from Adrian McPherson (Beitia kick)
Nick Maddox 25-yard TD from Chris Rix (Beitia kick)
Greg Jones 40-yard TD run (Beitia kick)
Xavier Beitia 46-yard field goal
Chris Rix (8-20, 107 yards, 1 TD)
Adrian McPherson (11-20, 157 yards, 1 TD)
Dave Browning (1-2, 12 yards)
P.K. Sam (3-76 yards, 1 TD)
Willie Reid (2-54 yards)
Nick Maddox (3-38 yards)
Talman Gardner (1-24 yards)
Patrick Hughes (1-22 yards)
Craphonso Thorpe (4-21 yards)
Javon Walker (1-21 yards)
Joey Kaleikini (2-20 yards)
Travis Johnson (3 sacks, -21 yards)
Rufus Brown (1 interception, 46-yard return)
Donnie Carter (1 sack)
Alonzo Jackson (1 sack)
Michael Boulware (1 sack)
Leroy Smith (1 sack)
O.J. Jackson (1 sack)