March 31, 2001 - by
Florida State Scrimmage Dominated By Defense

March 31, 2001

Florida State’s defense dominated the second full scrimmage of the spring for the Seminole football team Saturday morning. During the nearly two hour full contact scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium, the defense recorded six sacks and 11 tackles for minus yardage. The Seminoles have three practice days scheduled for next week prior to the annual Garnet and Gold game on Saturday.

The defense played well in the first half as they recorded 11 negative yardage plays in 32 total snaps. Freshman linebacker Allen Augustin and freshman defensive end Charles Howard recorded two first half sacks, while sophomore defensive end O.J. Jackson recorded three tackles for minus yardage.

“The defense can run,” said Bowden. “We are giving up experience this year but we are not giving up speed. A lot of times when a play looks like its not going to do anything, somebody on the defense catches it. The defense was dominating in the first half.”

The offense played well in the second half with quarterback Chris Rix completing two of six passes for 119 yards. Included in his second half repertoire were a 37-yard pass to Atrews Bell and a 60-yard touchdown pass to Robert Morgan on the final play of the scrimmage. Morgan caught two passes for 82 yards on the day.

Rix completed four of 13 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown while Anquan Boldin competed four of seven passes for 20 yards on the day.

“During the first half, the defense just shut the offense down,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “That’s a good sign from the defensive standpoint. Then they come out in the second half and the offense starts doing some things. I thought it was a pretty good scrimmage.”

“The quarterbacks were erratic at times,” said Bowden. “They were erratic at times and they made some good plays at times. This (scrimmaging) is exactly what they need. Between Boldin and Rix, I think Rix had a better day.

Sophomore Nick Maddox led the Seminole rushing game with 34 yards on 10 carries. In addition, junior Davy Ford accumulated 27 yards on six carries.

“Nick ran good and he ran hard. I thought Davy Ford ran good and I thought the running was good today,” said Bowden.

No injuries were reported following Saturday’s scrimmage.

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