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The Florida State Seminoles took to Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium for the first organized scrimmage of the fall. The defensive unit dominated but the running game as a whole was successful on several occasions. The kickers, however, will be running a few extra gassers come Thursday.

Offensively, quarterback Drew Weatherford, who split time with the No. 1 offense equally with fellow signal caller Xavier Lee, was 12-20 for 90 yards. A good chunk of his 90 yards came on a 32 yard pass play to freshman wide receiver Greg Carr.

Lee on the other hand, struggled going 2-20 for negative 2 yards. On the bright side, he showed good foot speed to evade the rush of the defense and even ran for a 13 yard scramble that should have been much longer but the play was blown dead.

While the passing game struggled a bit, the running backs enjoyed some success Wednesday evening. Leon Washington (7-27 yards) led the way followed by Lorenzo Booker (3-20 yards) and freshman Antone Smith (3-14 yards).

The defensive leaders were as follows:

A.J. Nicholson (7 tackles, 5 TFL)

Anthony Houllis (6 tackles, 1 TFL)

Jae Thaxton (5 tackles, 1 TFL)

Roger Williams (5 tackles, 1 TFL

Alex Boston (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL)

Kamerion Wimbley (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL)

As already mentioned, the kicking game looked poor as Gary Cismesia missed twice from 37 yards out and freshman Graham Gano missed once from 38 yards. In the morning's kicking scrimmage, Cismesia was 5-9 (2-3 from 32, 2-3 from 37 and 1-3 from 42).


Nicholson has a big night, also proud of the other Nicholson

Senior linebacker A.J. Nicholson had perhaps the biggest day of all players, registering seven total tackles, five tackles for loss and several QB hurries. The Winston-Salem, NC native was seen flying all over the field with fellow linebackers Ernie Sims and Buster Davis.

"Man, I am just out there trying to make plays," Nicholson said. "I am just out there doing what I have to do to make this defense the best it can be. I have to be a leader out there and be somebody that my teammates can trust to make a play."

In addition to his own strong play, his young brother, Derek Nicholson, saw time with the No. 2 and No. 3 defenses and was a force for linebackers coach Kevin Steele. While he didn't record any solo tackles, the true freshman was in the offensive backfield nearly every time he entered the game.

"It runs in the bloodlines," the elder Nicholson said. "I don't want to gloat too much but I am just proud of my brother. He is doing great out there and he's working really hard."

Carter impresses from the cornerback spot

Redshirt freshman cornerback Tony Carter, who worked exclusively with the first team defense during the scrimmage, had a solid outing by registering two pass break-ups and a tackle for loss against running back Jamaal Edwards.

"I wouldn't call it a great day because I should have intercepted one of those passes and taken it to the house (for a touchdown)," Carter said. "I guess I can be satisfied with it though. I had fun."

While the coverage plays were important, it was perhaps the tackle for loss that turned everyone's heads. Despite only measuring in at only 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, the Jacksonville native's one-on-one tackle with the very physical Edwards was indeed impressive.

Still, Carter sees tackling as his biggest area of improvement.

"My tackling is something that I have to keep working on and getting better at," Carter said. "Carter said. "I feel like I am kinda light so I just have to keep working at it. I made that one tackle but I just have to be more consistent."

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