March 20, 2002 - by
Seminole Football Runs Through First Scrimmage Of Spring Practice Period

March 20, 2002

Head coach Bobby Bowden ran his Seminole football team through 15 practice periods and a controlled scrimmage Wednesday afternoon. The Seminoles worked through nine periods on the FSU practice fields and six on the Doak Campbell playing field before scrimmaging for nearly 45 minutes.

“The players hit good and looked like they worked hard,” said Bowden at the conclusion of the scrimmage. “We have to keep working to improve,” he said in selecting a number of players who performed well during the scrimmage.

“I thought freshman Willie Reid showed some good stuff in there. He took a lot of pounding today and kept taking it to the defense. He had the best run of the day,” said Bowden.

Reid led all rushers on the day with 11 carries for 46 yards including a 45-yard run, which was the offensive highlight of the scrimmage.

Bowden was also happy with the play of the Seminoles’ pass rushing defense. Senior All-America candidate Alonzo Jackson recorded 3.5 sacks as he got to sophomore quarterback Adrian McPherson three times and was credited with another sack of redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Rix along with junior defensive end Kevin Emanuel. In addition, junior Charles Howard and senior O.J. Jackson, a pair of defensive linemen, recorded sacks and Eric Moore was one of a number of Seminoles who recorded tackles for minus yardage.

“We found out what sacks are about again,” said Bowden. “We need to make progress on and I thought we got it today. I hope they can continue to show that. That was a good sign. Alonzo is a natural leader and he backed it up with his play.”

On goal line situations at the end of the scrimmage, the offense scored three touchdowns on seven attempts.

INJURIES: Talman Gardner – left knee contusion.

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