March 30, 2001 - by
Florida State Concludes Preparations For Saturday Scrimmage

March 30, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles’ football team conducted an 18-period work out in shorts in its 10th spring practice on Friday afternoon. FSU began the workout at 4:15 p.m. and worked mainly on blocking and passing drills before ending the practice with a two-period 11-on-11 drill.

“That was almost practicing football, but then again, it almost wasn’t,” FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said. “We tried to correct some mistakes and work on fundamentals on both sides today. We also put some new things in on offense and defense.”

The Seminoles started the practice off working on fundamentals and assignments in periods 1-10. In periods 11 and 12, the squad broke into board drills before working in blocking drills and skeleton offense. The offense started with one-on-one drills and stepped up to two-on-two in period 13. Periods 14-17 featured seven-on-seven drills, in which both Atrews Bell and Robert Morgan pulled in a number of receptions. In seven-on-seven, Chris Rix connected with Bell several times, while Javon Walker pulled in a one-handed catch before falling out of bounds.

In periods 17 and 18, the `Noles worked in 11-on-11, with the defense showing several strengths. Middle linebacker Bradley Jennings broke through to stop a screen on the opening play, while Alonzo Jackson put pressure on the quarterback several times. Abdul Howard added a pass break-up, while Gennaro Jackson came through with an interception off a tipped ball. Darnell Docket reached Chris Rix for a sack and Stanford Samuels broke up a deep pass to Bell. O.J. Jackson added a sack of his own on the last play of the day. On the offensive side, Boldin connected with tight end Patrick Hughes for a 15-yard pass late in the drill.

“It looks like we are making progress on both sides of the ball,” Andrews said. “We only have five days left, including the scrimmage, so we are looking to improve on fundamentals while also improving as a group.”

Florida State will compete in its second full scrimmage of the season Saturday, as the Garnet and Gold take the field at 10:00 a.m. Practice is scheduled to resume Monday, April 2.

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