August 24, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The second-ranked Florida State football team held its
final scrimmage tonight before heading into its last week of practice
before the Seminoles August 31st meeting with No. 14 Texas A&M in the
“One of main things we tried to look at tonight was getting the people on
the field who are supposed to be on the field in certain situations,” said
head coach Bobby Bowden. “We will go over that tomorrow in meetings.”
First-team quarterback Chris Weinke did not participate in the scrimmage.
“I felt like Weinke had a little bit of a tired arm and he needed some
rest,” commented Bowden. “I didn’t want him to overdue it with the game 10
days away. That’s why we sat him out. I also wanted Marcus Outzen to get
work with the first-team offense.”
Marcus Outzen completed 4-of-11 passes for 31 yards with one interception
and a four-yard touchdown pass to Peter Warrick. Marvin Minnis caught two
passes for 16 yards while Ron Dugans added a 13-yard reception.
“The number one offense took the first drive, moved it pretty good and
scored,” said Bowden. “It looked like we lost some rhythm somewhere after
that. Our passing game wasn’t as sharp as I had hoped it would be.”
Fullback Billy Rhodes carried five times for 16 yards, including a
three-yard touchdown dive on the first drive of the scrimmage. Tailback
Travis Minor led all rushers with six carries for 38 yards.
“The defense had their moments tonight,” said Bowden. “But, it was hard
to get a good evaluation going against the scout team. The defensive backs
did a pretty good job of covering receivers. The best hit out there was
Theon Rackley. He has caught my eye on several occassions during
Defensive end Roland Seymour sacked freshman quarterback Jared Jones in
the endzone scoring a safety for the first-team defense. Cornerback Clevan
Thomas had a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown and safety Sean
Key took a 57-yard interception return to the endzone.
“Sebastian Janikowski was a star out there,” said Bowden. “I don’t think
he missed a thing and I don’t know if he has throughout these two weeks of
practice. He is more accurate than last year and is still kicking the ball
Janikowski was perfect on four extra-point attempts and hit field goals
of 37, 42 and 52 yards.
The team will have meetings tomorrow and resume a game-week practice
schedule on Monday.
Along with Chris Weinke, several starters were held out of today’s
scrimmage. OT Ross Brannon (knee), CB Tay Cody (shoulder), LB Lamont Green
(elbow) were among this group. All are expected to practice on Monday.
There were no injuries of note in today’s scrimmage.