Aug. 15, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team continued two-a-day practices on Wednesday and worked out in pads for the first time during the morning session. The Seminoles dressed in shells (shoulder pads, shorts & helmet) for the 8:30 a.m. practice. The team practiced without pads in the 6:00 p.m. session. Following Robert Morgan’s season-ending knee injury on Tuesday, head coach Bobby Bowden announced that junior Anquan Boldin would move back to wide receiver as he met with the media at the conclusion of the evening practice. Bowden also stated that, barring any injuries, redshirt freshman Chris Rix would open as the starter at Duke. Boldin, who caught 41 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns last year, will split practice time between quarterback and wide receiver. Boldin made the move to receiver for the second practice after spending the morning session at quarterback.
“Anquan spent the entire time (second practice) at wide receiver trying to catch up,” said Bowden. “For the first time we began to look like a dadgum offense. It’s the first time I’ve been excited about watching the offense in four days. He looked like an All-American out there at receiver. He made some really good catches.”
The injury situation at wide receiver left only one returning scholarship player at the position for the morning practice (Javon Walker). True freshmen Craphonso Thorpe and P.K. Sam continued to get extensive work.
“The two freshmen look real good,” said Bowden. “We need to see what they do when you start scrimmaging and second, what they’ll do on the road in a strange environment. They’ve got talent.”
The offensive highlight of the morning practice was a 40-yard over the shoulder catch by Thorpe on a pass thrown by Boldin in 11-on-11 work. Defensively, Leroy Smith led the way with a diving interception in 11-on-11. In 9-on-9, Nick Maddox popped outside for a 15-yard run while Cory Collier and Gennaro Jackson put two ball carriers on the ground with the best hits of the day. Chris Hope had a sideline interception in 7-on-7 pass skeleton with the top offensive play coming on a 40-yard scoring strike from Rix to Joey Kaleikini.
In addition to Bell and Gardner, Sam (hamstring) and B.J. Dean (ill) were held out of the second practice while David Castillo (left hand) will likely be held out Thursday. The team will continue two-a-day practices on Thursday and work in full pads during the morning session.