Wednesday Evening Half-Scrimmage Report

TALLAHASSEE – FSU coach Bobby Bowden said numerous times during the off-season that, despite the return of two-year starter <b>Xavier Beitia</b>, the kicking job was wide open come fall. That may not be the case much longer. Beitia, who has responded well to the challenge during the first week and half of pre-season practice, made his strongest claim to the job thus far during Wednesday's mini-scrimmage. The senior from Tampa connected on all three of his attempts including a 50-yarder.

"Everything felt good coming off my foot," said Beitia, who is one of three scholarship place kickers on the Seminole roster. "I've been making solid contact."

 

Beitia was also good on a pair of 44-yarders. With the second unit, true freshman Gary Cismesia drove a 45-yard try through the uprights. Redshirt freshman Chase Goggans did not attempt a kick.

  Before the live situations, Beitia was observed making good on several tries of over 50 yards. His career-long is a 50-yarder against Virginia Tech in the 2002 Gator Bowl.

 

"As far as having extra power, it's tough to say right now," he said. "I do think I've been a little more consistent."

 

 OFFENSE EFFICIENT FROM SHORT

 

  Perhaps the most eye-opening detail of the scrimmage was the performance of the offense in goal line drills. In a spot usually reserved for defensive dominance in FSU practices, the offense reached the end zone on their first four attempts and scored a touchdown on six of eight tries overall.

 

 "That was spooky," head coach Bobby Bowden said.

 

1)      Lamar Lewis TD toss left

2)      Jamaal Edwards TD counter left

3)      Rix to Fagg on a slant TD

4)      Rix scramble right TD

5)      Watkins breaks up a fade try from Sexton to Hallback

6)      Edwards stuffed on a dive

7)      Sexton to walk-on WR Chase Walker on a slant TD

8)      Sexton to Walker rolling right in the back of the endzone TD

 

WASHINGTON GONE

 

  Fullback Torrance Washington, who started three games as a true freshman, was medically disqualified from the team after battling lingering knee problems for the last season and a half. Washington took a medical redshirt last season but was unable to recover in time for spring practice. This fall, the story was the same.

 

"You hate to see that happen," Bowden said. "He was a natural runner between the tackles. That's something you can't teach."

  "We'll have to rely on what we've got."

 

 B.J. Dean and James Coleman – co-starters from a season ago – will be joined by former walk-on Chad Canfield and true freshman Joe Surratt at the position.

 


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