March 29, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole football team worked out for 24 periods Monday afternoon, using the second half of the practice to scrimmage in full pads. The defense dominated the half-scrimmage, which lasted just over an hour. Defensive backs Pat Watkins, Bryant McFadden and Leroy Smith returned interceptions for scores while Kyler Hall added a fourth pick.
“The scrimmage wasn’t bad,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I think we are getting better. It was a good day for the defense. They jumped anything that strayed.”
McFadden stepped in front of a Chris Rix pass for the defense’s first interception of the day and brought it back 30 yards for a score. Hall followed with an interception of walk-on quarterback Tommy Keane. Smith and Watkins brought the total with four with a pair of picks off Rix and brought them both back for scores. Watkins’ interception came during goalline. McFadden, Smith and Ernie Sims also broke up one pass each.
Walk-on tailback Steven Keane had the longest play of the day for the offense, a 25- yard rush. Robert Hallback led all receivers with three catches for 28 yards.
The Seminoles return to practice Wednesday afternoon and will hold another half-scrimmage. The team will hold a light practice Friday with coaches from the annual clinic on hand. Spring practice concludes Saturday with the Garnet & Gold game at 2:00 p.m. on April 3. The game will be held at Gene Cox Stadium as the new irrigation and drainage system is being installed on the field at Doak Campbell Stadium.