March 26, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Quarterback Chris Rix completed 11 of 13 passes for 135 yards and led the offense to two scores as the Florida State football team held its second scrimmage of the spring. The half-scrimmage was held in Doak Campbell Stadium after the team worked on fundamentals during the first half of the practice session on the FSU practice fields.
“There was a lot of good spirit, I like that, and a lot of enthusiasm,” said Head Coach Bobby Bowden said following the scrimmage. “The defense really had a good day down on the goal line. The quarterbacks did a pretty good job. I think Chris, the first two times he had the ball, he took them in for two scores. There were some good things on both sides of the ball. There were some big plays and some good hitting and some wonderful catches out there.”
Rix completed his first six passes to five different receivers for 75 yards before throwing an incompletion on his seventh attempt. He finished the scrimmage by completing five of his final seven passes. Rix led the offense to two scores: a 25-yard field goal by Xavier Beitia and he threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Craphonso Thorpe. Rix’ scoring pass to Thorpe came on a seven-yard fade route which the tall receiver caught in the corner of the endzone. Beitia added the extra point on the play.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Wyatt Sexton also looked sharp in his second career scrimmage as he completed five of eight passes for 72 yards. His longest completion was 20 yards and he averaged 14.4 yards per completion. Freshman Lorne Sam also earned playing time at the quarterback position.
Sophomore running back Ryan Reynolds was the workhorse out of the offensive backfield as he carried the ball nine times for 30 yards. Freshman Leon Washington had three carries for 12 yards and freshman fullback Torrance Washington had one carry for three yards before hyper extending his left knee. His injury will be revaluated Thursday morning.
A number of strong performances were turned in by defensive players. Freshman linebacker A.J. Nicholson recorded one sack and one fumble recovery while freshman Buster Davis had one interception. Davis’ interception came on a Marcello Church tipped pass. Sophomore linebacker Ray Piquion, sophomore defensive end Eric Moore and junior noseguard Brian Ross also recorded quarterback sacks.
The defense stood tall in the scrimmage ending goal line defense drills. The first team defense stopped the first team offense three times on four chances while the second team defense stonewalled the second team offense on four consecutive tries at the endzone.
P.K. Sam (2 catches for 42 yards), Craphonso Thorpe (2-37), James Coleman (2-24), Dominic Robinson (2-26), Leon Washington (1-10), Donnie Carter (1-10), Chauncey Stoval (1-8), Craphonso Thorpe (1-7), Willie Reid (1-5), Lorenzo Booker (1-5), B.J. Dean (1-4)
Ryan Reynolds (9 carries for 30 yards), Leon Washington (3-12), Torrance Washington (1-3), James Coleman (2-3), Lorenzo Booker (2-1), Joey Keleikini (1-1), B.J. Dean (2- -1)
Chris Rix (11-13, 135 yards, 1 TD), Wyatt Sexton (5-8,72 yards)