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Football Opens Spring Practice

March 18, 2000


TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden described the
first scrimmage by his Seminoles this spring as “ragged” and “about what
you would expect” following a 150 minute workout that included a 25-minute
scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.

“I saw some good and some bad,” said Bowden. “We are real thin at
linebacker. We were thin already and Cornelius Collier hurt his ankle
yesterday. The offensive line is further along than they have been at this
time in the past. If you had to evaluate what group is further ahead,
maybe the offensive line has the edge on any other unit.”

The controlled scrimmage included just four passes with senior starting
quarterback Chris Weinke completing 1-of-2 passes for -4 yards and Jared
Jones’ only attempt deflected at the line of scrimmage. Jeff Chaney led
the running backs with three carries for 25 yards, while Travis Minor had
16 yards on three carries and Nick Maddox finished with 11 yards on two
carries.

The offense and defense split the eight “goal line” drills with the
offense taking four plays in from three yards out and the defense keeping
the offense from scoring on four other attempts.

Jared Jones looked good on the goal line,” added Bowden. “They couldn’t
tackle him. I’m gonna tag him crazy legs. The running backs all looked
good to me. We’ve got more depth there than we’ve had in any spring that I
can remember.

“It was just our fourth practice and we are probably on schedule for what
we’ve got, but we’re not on schedule for what we’ve got to have.”

The defending national champions will take Sunday and Monday off and plan
to practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of next week.

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