April 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Quarterback Chris Rix completed 12 passes for 125 yards and sophomore wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe caught six passes for 107 yards to lead the Garnet to a 23-0 victory over the Gold in Florida State’s annual spring football game at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The game was played as offense (Garnet) vs. defense (Gold) and played in four quarters of 15 minutes each. The second half was played with a running clock. Florida State’s four quarterbacks: Rix, sophomore Adrian McPherson, junior Fabian Walker and sophomore Matt Henshaw all played and helped move the offense throughout the afternoon.
“I thought it was a good, solid spring game,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The offense got better every scrimmage we had, there’s no doubt about it. They have taken the opening drive and taken it for a touchdown against our number one defense the last three scrimmages in a row. The good news is that after that, they (the defense) kept them off the board pretty good. It was a good spring. We’re a lot further along than we were a year ago. We’re not good enough to do what we want to do yet, but if we stay healthy and the boys will keep working, maybe we can do it. I thought probably all of them played with some improvement and that’s about what you try to accomplish in the spring. We try to get everybody better and I really think we might have done that.”
Rix led the Garnet team to a productive afternoon as he spread his passes out over a number of receivers. In addition to Thorpe’s 100-yard receiving day, senior wide receiver Travis Smith caught four passes for 105 yards and sophomore wide receiver P.K. Sam caught six passes for 70 yards.
Senior running back Greg Tony scored on a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter Smith caught a 38-yard pass from Hanshaw in the fourth quarter to account for the game’s only touchdowns. Sophomore kicker Xavier Beitia connected on three field goals, including a 51-yarder at the start of the fourth quarter, and added two extra points for the remainder of the scoring.
Rix completed three of his first four passes as he drove the Garnet squad down the field for a touchdown on the first possession of the game. The drive was culminated by Tony’s six-yard burst up the middle into the endzone. Tony had eight yards on two carries for the day.
Senior Nick Maddox was the most productive of the Seminole runners and finished the game with 44 yards on seven carries. Freshman Willie Reid gained 20 yards on nine carries and junior Greg Jones had 11 yards on seven carries.
Defensively, junior Michael Boulware’s led the Gold team with eight tackles. Senior Alonzo Jackson and sophomore Kyler Hall recorded six tackles each. Jackson led the team with three sacks. Hall, senior Stanford Samuels and junior Claudius Osei all recorded interceptions.
The Florida State coaching staff announced its spring awards prior to Saturday’s game. Senior defensive end Alonzo Jackson earned the Hinesman Award as the most dominate player. He also earned the award as the most dependable defensive end. Senior offensive guard Montre Holland earned three awards. He was named the most valuable offensive player, the king of the boards and earned the leadership award for the offensive players. Junior Stanford Samuels was a dual winner as he earned the most valuable defensive player award and the most outstanding defensive player award.
2002 Florida State Spring Practice Awards
Most Valuable Player Offense Montrae Holland, OG
Most Valuable Player Defense Stanford Samuels, CB
Hinesman (Most Dominant Player) Alonzo Jackson, DE
OFFENSE AWARDS MOST IMPROVED MOST DEPENDABLE
Quarterback Fabian Walker —
Receiver P.K. Sam —
Offensive Line Antoine Mirambeau Todd Williams
Running backs Willie Reid Nick Maddox
Tight Ends Paul Irons —
DEFENSE AWARDS MOST IMPROVED MOST DEPENDABLE
Linebackers Marcello Church Allen Augustin
Defensive Backs Jerome Carter Kyler Hall
Defensive Line Donnie Carter Jeff Womble
Defensive Ends Charles Howard Alonzo Jackson
GENERAL AWARDS OFFENSE DEFENSE
King of the Boards Montrae Holland Jeff Womble
Top Non-Scholarship Player Greg Tony Jared Hetzel
Most Outstanding Player Chris Rix Stanford Samuels
Big Otis Award Montrae Holland Kevin Emanuel
Second Effort Award P.K. Sam Michael Boulware
Top Newcomer Willie Reid Eric Moore
Big Hitter Greg Jones Jerome Carter/Kyler Hall
Iron Nole Award Brett Williams O.J. Jackson
Leadership Montrae Holland Jerel Hudson