March 20, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole football team held the first full scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at Gene Cox Stadium. Senior wide receiver Chauncey Stovall led the way for the offense with 113 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Junior linebacker A.J. Nicholson paced the defense with three tackles for loss and a pass break-up. Nicholson also blocked a punt before the scrimmage during special teams work.
“I thought we had a good scrimmage for the first one,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I’m glad we came out here (Gene Cox Stadium). It’s a better scrimmage situation than at the practice fields. The hitting was real good out there today. We’ll go back and look at the film and correct the mistakes.”
The offense scored twice during normal scrimmaging situations. The first touchdown came on a 24-yard pass from Chris Rix to Stovall. Tight end Paul Irons caught the other TD pass, a five-yarder from third team quarterback Tommy Keane.
Lorenzo Booker rushed for 32 yards on eight carries while walk-on tailback Steven Keane led all runners with 34 yards on six carries. Dominic Robinson (3-39 yards) and Robert Hallback (2-38 yards) followed Stovall in the receiving column. Rix finished the day 4-of-8 for 63 yards and one score while second-team quarterback Wyatt Sexton went 3-for-11 for 89 yards, including a 64-yard pass to Stovall – the longest play of the day.
“Stovall has done it all spring,” said Bowden. “He looks like he’s really motivated to have an excellent senior season. He and Dominic Robinson have had a good spring and they are both anxious to have a good senior year.”
The defense got sacks from six different players – Eric Moore, Kamerion Wimbley, Charles Howard, Chauncey Davis, Travis Johnson and Darrell Burston. Safety Roger Williams added two tackles for loss and a pass break-up while linebacker Ernie Sims recorded three tackles, including one for loss.
During the special teams session prior to the scrimmage, senior placekicker Xavier Beitia was a perfect 6-for-6. Beitia hit three from 40 yards, one from 45 yards and two from 50 yards out.
The Seminoles return to practice Monday at 3:15 p.m.