April 4, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
Quarterback Chris Rix completed 10-of-18 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown as Florida State’s offense shined brightly in the Seminoles’ final scrimmage before the annual Garnet and Gold game on Saturday, April 7. Saturday’s spring game begins at 2:00 p.m. in Doak Campbell stadium. Both parking and admission are free for the event. Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke will be honored in a halftime ceremony.
During Wednesday’s scrimmage, Rix completed four passes to sophomore Talman Gardner for 153 yards and one touchdown. Rix and Gardner hooked up on pass completions of 72 and 59 yards. Gardner gathered in the 59-yard pass near the end of the scrimmage and was taken down at the one-yard line by the defense.
Rix completed two passes for 71 yards to red shirt sophomore Joey Kaleikini. The second completion covered 71 yards as Kaleikini took it in for a touchdown. He caught the ball at the 35-yard line and romped the remainder of the way for the score.
The defense also had its moments during the 24-period practice session. Junior Abdul Howard and freshman Yohance Buchanan were both credited with interceptions and Cornelius Collier, Michael Boulware and Jerel Hudson all had tackles for loss in goal line drills at the end of the scrimmage.
“We had a bunch of players out of practice today and the offensive line and Chris Rix had to go every down during the scrimmage,” said Bowden. “Rix made a big improvement today. He had some big plays and really showed me something. I feel a lot better about him after today.”
The team will practice in shells and during the annual coaching clinic in its final preparations for Saturday’s spring game. The spring game will pit the No. 1 offense, led by Rix, against the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense, led by Boldin, versus the No. 2 defense. The team will not be split into two separate squads as in year’s past.
“We felt the only way we were going to get better is by putting our No. 1 offense against our No. 1 defense,” said Bowden. “The spring game will be Chris Rix versus Anquan Boldin. We’ll keep score by the quarterbacks because that’s the only way you can say who won the game.”
INJURY REPORT: Anquan Boldin (held out of scrimmage due to illness), Greg Moore (didn’t practice due to illness), Jerel Hudson (injured neck and questionable for Saturday’s spring game), Travis Johnson (right ankle sprain), Talman Gardner (right wrist/elbow) and Randy Golightly (MCL in left knee and will be evaluated further).