Aug. 24, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team held its third and final scrimmage Friday evening at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles worked for only a half with the game clock in operation before breaking into pass skeleton and pass rush drills after halftime. FSU’s top four tailbacks gained at least 40 yards each in the scrimmage. The defense held the scout team scoreless.
“The offense did about what they wanted to tonight and it looked like the defense did about what they wanted to do,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The defense shut them (the scout team) out and the offense moved the ball good. There was a lull in there after the offense took the first two drives and scored with no passes. There was a lot of interchanging and substitutions and I think that broke up their coordination. That tells you a story. You have to be careful about how much you sub or when you sub.”
Davy Ford was the leading rusher as he picked up 84 yards on three carries. Eric Shelton followed with 50 yards on eight carries, Nick Maddox gained 46 yards on three carries and Greg Jones was next with 40 yards on three carries. Maddox had the first three carries of the day and capped off his own three-play drive with a nine-yard touchdown run. Jones did the same in the second drive, recording all three carries of the drive and scoring on a nine-yard carry. Shelton was the third back to reach the endzone, scoring on a 13-yard run.
“It was a good sign (that the running backs were breaking off big runs),” said Bowden. If the scout squad had been stuffing you every other play or something like that, I think we got problems. What matters was how good was that defense and we don’t know.”
P.K. Sam and Adrian McPherson connected on the only big pass play of the scrimmage, a 26-yard score in the second quarter. Craphonso Thorpe followed Sam in the receiving column with two catches for 19 yards.
Sam added a 68-yard yard punt return for a touchdown and Thorpe scored on an 11-yard end around. Freshman kicker Xavier Beitia was good on all six extra point attempts.
The quarterbacks were limited with receivers Atrews Bell, Javon Walker and Talman Gardner held out as a precaution. Chris Rix completed one-of-two passes for three yards and McPherson completed three-of-seven passes for 45 yards and the TD.
Marcello Church, working on the scout team, had the only interception of the day when he picked off McPherson.
The Seminoles will hold a light practice Saturday morning and then follow the game week practice schedule starting on Monday.
Injury report: Craphonso Thorpe (mild concussion), Ron Lunford (left knee bone bruise), Davy Ford (left hamstring strain) and Michael Boulware (left knee contusion). Willie Reid, who had an X-Ray Friday morning, will be out approximately six weeks with a fractured left fibula. Reid was injured Thursday in a non-contact drill.
In other football related news, Bowden named the captains at the Kickoff Luncheon on Friday. Atrews Bell will be the offensive captain, Chad Maeder will be the special teams captain, and Chris Hope and Bradley Jennings will both captain the defense. Permanent captains are voted on at the end of the year. Bowden also announced that wide receiver Joey Kaliekini, center Josh Baggs and punter Chance Gwaltney have been awarded scholarships.