March 24, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Anquan Boldin threw for 206 yards and Chris Rix passed for 86 in the first controlled scrimmage of the spring for the Florida State football team. Bolden and Rix, who are both competing for the starting quarterback job for the 2001 Seminoles, looked sharp in leading their respective squads through the nearly two hour scrimmage which was played in Doak Campbell Stadium.
Bolden completed seven-of-15 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown pass came on a 54-yard strike to wide receiver Javon Walker. He also completed a 28-yard pass to Greg Jones, a 17-yard pass to Robert Morgan and a 32-yard strike to tight end Carver Donaldson.
Rix completed five-of-16 passes and was plagued by a number of dropped passes by his intended receivers. He complete a 50-yard pass to Robert Morgan, a 10-yard pass to tailback Davy Ford and a 15-yard pass to fullback Chad Maeder.
“I think both quarterbacks have made some rapid improvement,” said Bowden. “They are doing some good things and they are leaning as they go. They just have to keep practicing.”
Defensively the Seminoles saw a number of good plays turned in by several players.
Free safety Genarro Jackson was credited with one interception and the defense came up with six quarterback sacks on the day. Among those with sacks were O.J. Jackson, Kevin Emanuel, Kendyll Pope and Alonzo Jackson.
“I thought it was a good scrimmage,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “I thought the players showed a lot of enthusiasm and there was some good hitting going on out there.
“I don’t think either side got the best of the other,” Bowden said. “I though the offense won some battles and the defense won some battles. The defense played well on the goal line situations and it looked like there were a lot of exciting things going on out there. I hope we can keep that attitude and stay healthy. ”
The Seminoles continue their 15-date spring practice session on Monday. The spring session culminates on April 7 with the annual spring game in Doak Campbell Stadium.