Wednesday Football Notebook

Florida State held its final half scrimmage of spring camp Wednesday before taking a break until Saturday's Garnet and Gold game. Weatherford was sharp again, Smith broke off a nice run, and the defense tightened up in goallines.

Garnet & Gold Game

The spring game will be a modified scrimmage for the team with a special scoring system. The offense will get six points for a touchdown, three for a field goal and one for an extra point, but can also score two points by converting a fourth down. In addition, the offense would be awarded a single point for a first down on their first series of each possession. The defense can score six points with a touchdown and two with a safety, and can also score three points with a blocked field goal, one point with a blocked extra point, and two points with a stop on fourth down. The defense will also be awarded three points for a turnover and a point for forcing a three-and-out on the first series of each possession. The scrimmage will culminate in overtime and goal line drills which will not be scored.

Wednesday's Half Scrimmage

Florida State maintained its focus on the run during the final half scrimmage of the spring Wednesday. Starter Lorenzo Booker was kept out of the scrimmage to give more reps to back-ups Antone Smith, Jamaal Edwards, and Russell Ball.

Smith broke one of his two carries for a 14-yard score.

"Nearly every scrimmage he has gotten loose at least one long touchdown," said Bowden.

Coaches are pleased with the results they've seen in the running game. They credit success to better blocking from the offensive line. When the run has been held in check it's due to missed assignments.

"We've done what we set out to do and that is run a lot more than we threw it," said Bowden.

Bowden said that he was pleased with the offense and that he continues to see individual improvement in most of his players, which is what he looks for in the spring.

Quarterback Drew Weatherford was 6-of-7 for 79 yards.

Defense controlled the goalline portion of practice, shutting out the offense on eight tries. Korey Mangum impressed coaches again Wednesday, making a few pass-breakups, including one against Greg Carr in goallines.

Emmanuel Dunbar and Letroy Guion handled most of the work with the first-team defensive line while Andre Fluellen rested an injury and Paul Griffin struggled throughout the afternoon. Dunbar got an earful from defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins on a few occasions.

Bowden felt like they've had a productive spring and have been fortunate to get by without any injuries.

"We've seen about everything we've had time to look at," said Bowden.

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