Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden named Jerome Carter, Ray Willis, and Xavier Beitia as his team's captains for the 2004 season. The announcement was made Friday afternoon at the annual Kick-off banquet, presented by the Florida State boosters.
"This is probably the hardest time I had picking captains,"
Bowden added that he tossed around the idea of having as
many as five captains, as he's done in the past, or possibly six, but in the end
decided to narrow it to the three.
"Jerome (Carter) has been a really
good leader over the past couple of years, and Willis is a good leader over on
offense," Bowden said.
Last season, Carter received All-ACC Honorable
Mention after recording 78 tackles and two interception in 13 starts. Willis
started 13 games in 2003 and was named ACC Offensive Linemen of the Week twice
following games against Maryland and NC State.
As for Beitia, Bowden
mentioned the work he's put in since the end of 2003 season as the reason for
selection. Beitia's also continued to impress coaches since the start of
two-a-days. During Friday's scrimmage he connected on all attempts, with a long
of 47 yards.
"Beitia has had a really good spring and a really good
off-season program," Bowden said.
WASHINGTON OPENS STRONG: RB Leon Washington opened Friday's scrimmage with a sight he hopes to see more often: a
pair of defenders, in his rear view, trying desperately to prevent him from
going end zone to end zone on the scrimmage's opening kick-off.
managed to catch up, but not before Washington cleared 96 yards of the
"Still can't score on them," Washington joked.
added, "It's a good sign though, things like that are going to have to happen to
win this game."
In 2003, Washington had eight kick-off returns for 197
yards, with the a season-high of 126 yards at Florida. In the previous season,
Washington tallied 368 yards on 13 returns. Also in 2002, he scored on 97 yard
kick-off return against Clemson. It is his lone return for a
Wide receiver Willie Reid has been added as a compliment to
Washington on kick-off returns. Reid saw limited action on special teams in
2003, recording 80 yards on three returns.
Reid looks forward to the
chance to play on special teams more in the upcoming season.
pretty good to catch a few punts," Reid said. "It's fun as long as you don't get
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