Defense Makes Statement

The first team defense continued to dominate during Wednesday's half-scrimmage, the last before Saturday's Garnet and Gold game. But defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said he has concerns with their backups.


The strength of Florida State's starting defense rarely comes into question. But defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews sees some room for improvement in the second-team.

"First group hasn't given up a touchdown yet. The twos have" Andrews said. "We don't need the ones to be playing 60 minutes. We need some twos to get better and we don't have many days left."

Despite some setbacks with the backups, Andrews said he was pleased with the overall effort of the defense during Wednesday's half-scrimmage. There were several players that received increased work because of injuries, including Lawrence Timmons, who continues to fill in for injured linebacker Ernie Sims.

"He might be our most improved player through the spring," Andrews said of Timmons. "The first day he went out, after Ernie (Sims) was hurt, he looked like he was scared to death because he was with the first team. But if he's going to play in the fall, he going to go with the first team."

The defense recorded a number of tackles for a loss, several coming from A.J. Nicholson, and kept the offense out of the end zone in 11-on-11 drills. The group also picked up a touchdown of its own on an interception return by Sam McGrew.

Quarterback Xavier Lee had a pass tipped near the line of scrimmage around the 4-yard line, which McGrew scooped up and raced the length of the field for the score.

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