April 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida State football team continued spring practice Wednesday afternoon in full pads. The team worked on the practice fields for 9 periods before moving to Doak Campbell Stadium for a half-scrimmage. All four FSU quarterbacks got to see action as the scrimmage was controlled from different parts of the field. Quarterback Chris Rix continued his improvement as he and wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe hooked up on several long passing plays (23, 21 and 15 yards) on the afternoon. Greg Jones and Willie Reid both looked impressive out of the backfield. Jones broke off the longest play of the day, a 51-yard scamper down the sidelines. On the defensive side, end Alonzo Jackson recorded two sacks and corner Rufus Brown broke up a pass. Placekicker Xavier Beitia was perfect in field goal and extra-point attempts during the scrimmage.
“I thought the offense had a good day,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Chris Rix showed a lot of consistency out there today. The offensive line is starting to block better and starting to gel together, so that’s good to see.”
The first team offense was able to move the ball quite consistently as Rix connected with Thorpe on three receptions for 59 yards, including a touchdown. Greg Jones caught a swing pass and took it up the field for 12 yards running over defenders. He added eight carries for 80 yards on the day, with a 51-yard run.
“We’re starting to get Greg Jones more and more reps during practice,” said Bowden. “I was really glad to see how well he was running out there today. He is really showing us what he can do.”
The team will practice again on Friday before Saturday’s 2:00 p.m. annual Garnet & Gold spring game in Doak Campbell Stadium. Admission to the spring game is free and the gates will open at 1:00 p.m. Only gates C, D, G and X will be open for admission. The Seminole Village Interactive area on Langford Green will open at 12:00 noon.
Injury report: No new injuries were reported after today’s scrimmage.