December 20, 2000 - by
Florida State Holds Last Scrimmage Before National Championship Game

Dec. 20, 2000

Tallahassee, FL –
The third-ranked Florida State football team practiced for 18 periods in full pads Wednesday in 40-degree weather as they continued to prepare for the National Championship game January 3, 2001 in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The Seminoles spent the first half of practice working against scout teams and then scrimmaged for approximately eight periods to end the session.

Ryan Sprague and Javon Walker led the way for the first team offense during the final scrimmage of the season. Walker caught two passes, including a touchdown, from Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Chris Weinke on the first teams’ first drive of the scrimmage. Sprague, a senior tight end, hauled in a deep ball as Weinke scrambled out of the pocket on the team’s first drive of the scrimmage. Sprague also caught a Weinke pass that put the team at the one-yard line and then reeled in a TD pass two plays later.

Sophomore Anquan Boldin had the biggest play of the day when he took a 10-yard pass from Jared Jones and bounced off two tacklers and sprinted 40 yards for a TD. Defensively, Malcolm Tatum broke up a pass in the corner of the end zone and Clevan Thomas had a touchdown-saving tackle on the goal line.

“We scrimmaged today to get a little taste of how things are going to be come January,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The scrimmage uncovered some mistakes and it allowed us to see what needs work and what doesn’t.”

The Seminoles continued to practice inside Doak Campbell Stadium and will probably do so for the rest of the week. Florida State will return to practice Thursday and then break for Christmas vacation after practicing Friday, December 22.

Injury Report

Brian Allen - Neck sprain. Taken to hospital for x-rays
Tay Cody - Received IV to combat intestinal virus
Gennaro Jackson - Mild concussion
Derrick Gibson - Returned to practice
Char-ron Dorsey - Returned to practice

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