March 28, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team practiced 21 periods in shorts and shells Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday morning’s scrimmage which is scheduled to get underway at approximately 10:30 in Doak Campbell Stadium.
“Our practices have been pretty darn good,” head coach Bobby Bowden said. “Tomorrow, we’ll go in the stadium and scrimmage. I’ll meet with them at 10 o’clock and it might be about 10:30 or so before we get cranked up. We’ll have a scrimmage that will be open to the public and open to the press.”
The practice started with two punting periods and concluded with team goal line situations. After being intercepted by Rufus Brown on the first throw of the 11-on-11 drills, quarterback Chris Rix connected with running back Lorenzo Booker on the next play for a 40-yard touchdown. Rix, who went 4-for-6 in the drills, and Booker teamed up for two more catches. Receivers Dominic Robinson, Joey Kaleikini and Chauncey Stovall all finished the day with no drops.
“We are getting some good plays at times, thank goodness,” Bowden said. “Rufus (Brown) had a good day today and (Lorenzo) Booker had some very nice catches and ran in for a touchdown. We’re trying to get the ball to our backs more and trying to work in our tight ends more and we are making some progress at tight end and I am glad to see that. The quarterbacks threw the ball pretty darn good.”
Bowden spent the morning in Raleigh, N.C., where he spoke to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also spoke at NC State head coach Chuck Amato’s clinic.
Athletic Trainer Randy Oravetz reported that linebacker Michael Boulware underwent a right shoulder scope this morning and will miss the rest of spring drills. Both Leon Washington and Torrance Washington, who suffered left knee sprains in Wednesday’s scrimmage, were held out of Friday’s practice.