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Saturday Scrimmage

An improved work ethic is one of many areas being emphasized by Florida State this spring. The Seminoles displayed that desire in a spirited spring scrimmage Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. "We can get back. We are a long ways from there but we can definitely get there. Everybody knows the talent is there, the potential is there," said wide receiver Dominic Robinson, who had six catches for 110 yards and two scores. <p>

An improved work ethic is one of many areas being emphasized by Florida State this spring. The Seminoles displayed that desire in a spirited spring scrimmage Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Redshirt freshman tailback Lorenzo Booker gained 61 yards on 10 carries and wide receiver Dominic Robinson gained 110 yards on six receptions and scored two touchdowns to lead FSU's offense in the 92-play session. Defensive end Chauncey Davis had two sacks, linebacker Buster Davis had one and a half sacks and an interception and cornerback Leroy Smith added an interception for the defense.

FSU has lost nine games the past two years after posting 14 consecutive 10-win seasons. The Semnoles, 9-5 last year and a Sugar Bowl loser to Georgia, say they are determined to rejoin the nation's elite.

"We can get back. We are a long ways from there but we can definitely get there," Robinson said. "Everybody knows the talent is there, the potential is there. But we have got to get that work ethic. I don't feel like we have a weakness right now. I feel like we are strong everywhere. We probably work harder than any team in the nation but we have to get to where we have an unbelievable work ethic."

FSU coach Bobby Bowden also was pleased with his team's effort. Plagued by injuries on both sides of the ball, especially along each line, the Seminoles managed a number of nice plays.

Quarterbacks Chris Rix (12 of 19 for 170 yards) and Wyatt Sexton (10 of 13, 126 yards) combined to finish 22 of 32 for 296 yards and four touchdowns. The defense finished with 10 sacks from eight different players. Rix and Sexton each sported green non-contact jerseys.

"Overall, it was a good scrimmage," Bowden said "We improved in some areas. It would be nice if you could scrimmage 20 more days just like this with no injuries, but you can't. There was good and bad out there, but there was improvement. We had pretty good hitting and I liked that."

Booker, elevated to first team following injuries to Greg Jones (reconstructive knee surgery) and Leon Washington (hyperextended knee), had a long gain of 19 yards. Robinson, who was recruited as a defensive back but moved to wideout last season, grabbed touchdown receptions of nine yards from Rix, 19 yards from Sexton and had the scrimmage's longest catch of 45 yards. Fellow receiver P.K. Sam contributed a 27-yard touchdown reception from Rix.

Robinson says the Seminoles must continue to improve over the last half of spring drills. The spring game is April 12. FSU also must deal with injuries. The Seminoles have just one healthy offensive tackle in Ron Lunford and are without key interior linemen on defense.

"I feel like we are right there but we have to keep that desire," Robinson said. "That's what we are trying to get back to (national championship) and that's something we are not far from. But you have to have an unreal work ethic and that's what I am trying to tell everyone."


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