March 31, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team practiced for two hours on Wednesday afternoon as they prepare for the their second full scrimmage on Friday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles spent the first half of practice at the practice fields before moving to the stadium for a half scrimmage.
“I thought that we had a pretty good scrimmage today, ” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had some bad news with so many guys getting hurt, especially at running back. The injuries could force us to pass the ball a little more on Friday.
Jeff Chaney suffered a hip pointer, while walk-on running back Lemar Parrish hurt his knee in short yardage situations. The injuries to Chaney and Parrish leave the Seminoles with one healthy running back, Travis Minor. Davy Ford and Raymont Skaggs were held out of drills today with injuries. Chaney suffered a right hip pointer and will be held out of drills for a couple of days. Parrish will undergo a MRI later this week for an injured left knee.
The bright spot of the day and the scrimmage was the offensive line. The first-team offensive line sprung Chaney and Minor for big gains in the scrimmage, while Parrish gained some quality yards with the second-team line. The offensive line is without the services of three starters this spring. Ross Brannon, Jason Whitaker and Jerry Carmichael are all being held out after offseason surgery.
“The offensive line blocked the best I’ve seen for the first time in five or six springs,” stated Bowden. “I was encouraged at how we ran the ball and how they were pushing the defense off the line of scrimmage. They were more physical today.”
The defense got the best of both the first and second-team offenses in short yardage situations. The first-team offense was 0-for-3, while the second-team converted on only 1-of-3 tries. Other highlights from the scrimmage included a pair of sacks by defensive end Roland Seymour and one by Chris Walker. Marcus Outzen connected with Peter Warrick for 30 yards on the first offensive play of the scrimmage.
Linebacker Theon Rackley suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain of his right knee and will likely miss the next couple days of practice. Robert Morgan and Nick Franklin suffered left ankle sprains and center Antoine Mirambeau had a grade 1 left ankle sprain. Patrick Hughes suffered a left quad contusion.