Aug. 20, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team scrimmaged
for two hours Friday evening in preparation of its season opener on
August 28th against Louisiana Tech. The garnet team, comprised of
mostly of starters and top reserves, rolled to a 52-0 victory in one
half of play. Head Coach Bobby Bowden sat several starters including WR Peter
Warrick, QB Chris Weinke, RB Travis Minor, OG Jason Whitaker, OT Ross
Brannon, DE Roland Symour, NG Corey Simon and DT Jerry Johnson.
“I can’t remember when we’ve had three scrimmages in one week
and not had a major injury,” said Bowden. “We have
been fortunate. Today, we held a lot out just for precautions.”
True freshman running back Nick Maddox starred for the offense
in Minor’s absence, rushing for 106 yards and four touchdowns on just 15
carries. Maddox scored on runs of 16, 5, 1 and 25 yards.
“Nick Maddox had a great day and a great week,” said Bowden. He
certainly looks like he is ready to play. The offensive line is really
opening some holes for our backs.”
With FSU missing four of its top receivers (Warrick, Marvin
Minnis, Laveranues Coles and Ron Dugans), senior Germaine Stringer and
freshman Anquan Boldin each caught touchdown passes. Stringer, who
finished with 43 yards on three catches, scored on a 14-yard pass from
Marcus Outzen while Boldin (2-37) snared a 30-yard scoring strike from
Cornerback Reggie Durden scored the only other touchdown on a
25-yard interception return. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski connected on a
31-yard field goal on his only field goal attempt of the evening to
complete the scoring.
With Weinke sitting out, quarterbacks Outzen and Jones took the
majority of the snaps. Outzen completed 4-of-10 passes for 71 yards and
a touchdown while Jones completed 6-of-14 passes for 86 yards with one
touchdown and one interception.
Defensively, freshmen Octavis Jackson and Alonzo Jackson had
strong showings from the defensive end position. Octavis Jackson
recorded four sacks and Alonzo Jackson had three tackles, two pass
break-ups and one fumble recovery. First team cornerbacks Mario Edwards
and Tay Cody had one interception apiece.
“The defensive front four didn’t get as much pressure on the
passer as they have the last two years,” said Bowden. “It might be
because our offensive line is a lot better and we had a couple starters
The Seminoles will hold a light practice Saturday morning at 9
a.m. Florida State has not lost a home opener in 10 years (Clemson,
“Now all our focus is on Louisiana Tech,” said Bowden.
Injury report: TE Carver Donaldson (right hamstring strain), DT
Antoine Mirambeau (right groin strain) and DT Rian Cason (burner).