Wednesday Practice Update

TALLAHASSEE – After nearly a week of evaluation, tailback Leon Washington and the rest of the offense is ready to shoulder some of the blame for their 165-yard effort against Miami.

Washington, one of quarterback Chris Rix's most vocal critics following the 16-10 overtime loss to Miami, said Wednesday that mental errors were a major factor that contributed to the Seminoles' sedentary play.

"We went over the film a few times to catch all the mistakes we made," Washington said. "Some of the things we did were inexcusable."

Missed blocking assignments, incorrect routes, botched protections and incomprehension of countless ‘hot' reads were all ills that fell on the shoulders of players other than Rix.

"All in all, we did a lot of good things, too," Washington said. "But when you have missed assignments and mental errors you can't keep that up."

The loss to Miami marked the first time that an FSU offense has been held without a touchdown since a 17-7 loss at N.C. State in 2002. In that game, Adrian McPherson was at the helm and former linebacker Michael Boulware had the only score on a fumble return.

"Were not changing goals, we're just trying to perfect the way we go about achieving them," fullback B.J. Dean said.

And FSU will be achieving them with Chris Rix at the controls. Head coach Bobby Bowden said Wednesday that he had backed off tentative plans to use sophomore Wyatt Sexton in the game. Bowden noted that he will discuss the topic further with his offensive staff during meetings the next two days.

"We're putting what happened behind us," Washington said. "Chris Rix is our leader and we're going to have to trust that he's going to lead us where we want to go."

Dean noted that the goals for the offense in Saturday's home opener against UAB were 400 yards, 42 points and zero turnovers.


With the approach of Hurricane Ivan, neither the Blazers nor Seminoles will be able to work outside over the next two days, an ill that affected FSU late in the game against Miami. With several days lost last week, many FSU players suffered cramps as UM rallied for the win.

"I tell you what, if this game is played in hot and humid conditions, both teams are going to wilt," Bowden said.

If and when that does happen, the contest should favor the Seminoles, who played 51 players in the first quarter alone last week.

"That's definitely where we have an advantage," Bowden said.

No. 8 Florida State (0-1) worked out in shells for 20 periods as they continued to prepare for Saturday's home opener against UAB (1-0). The Seminoles wrapped up practice with one-minute offense as quarterback Chris Rix hit Chauncey Stovall and Dominic Robinson to set up a 49-yard field goal by Xavier Beitia. Charles Howard had a sack and Bryant McFadden had a pass break-up to lead the defense. Former NFL All-Pro Kevin Greene, who was visiting linebackers coach Kevin Steele, was on hand for Wednesday's practice. Greene played for Steele when he was with the Carolina Panthers.

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