August 21, 2001 - by
Florida State Football Team Continues Practice

Aug. 21, 2001

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team practiced for 24 periods Tuesday morning in full pads as they continued to prepare for the season opener against Duke on September 1. FSU coaches decided not to go outside for the afternoon practice and held meetings instead. The team will hold a short kicking scrimmage Wednesday morning and the second full scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. The scrimmage will take place at Doak Campbell Stadium and is closed to the public.

“Things went pretty good today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We caught the ball better today. We put blue jerseys (no contact) jerseys on Atrews Bell, Javon Walker and Talman Gardner.”

Bowden also stated that freshman tailback Willie Reid worked with the receivers to improve his route running skills.

Former Florida State All-American Deion Sanders attended practice for the second straight day and spoke to the team prior to the workout. Fellow All-American Jamie Dukes was also on hand.

“Deion talked to the guys for about 30 minutes inside before we came out,” said Bowden. “He talked about a lot of things he has been through in life. We came out a little bit because of it.”

In morning pass skeleton drills, Chris Rix hit Talman Gardner on a 40-yard completion and Adrian McPherson connected with Greg Jones on another long pass play. In 11-on-11 work, Nick Maddox picked up 15 yards on two carries. Charles Howard and Bradley Jennings had tackles for loss to pace the defense. Stanford Samuels added an interception.

Freshman fullback James Buchanan suffered the only injury of the morning practice. Buchanan suffered a concussion following a hit by Jennings. He will be held out one to two weeks.

Wide receiver Robert Morgan and offensive guard Otis Duhart both had surgery on Tuesday morning. Morgan had successful surgery on his left knee (ACL and LCL) while Duhart had a successful scope on his right knee. Doctors removed floating bone pieces from the fracture he suffered on August 17 and also confirmed ACL and MCL sprains (Grade 2). Duhart will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks.

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