Monday, April 5, 2010
Scrimmage updates from FSU, Ga. Tech
By Adam Rittenberg
Clemson wasn't the only ACC team to hold a scrimmage over the weekend.
Florida State held its final scrimmage before Saturday's spring game, and it turned into the Greg Reid show. Reid recorded four interceptions, including one that he returned 35 yards for a touchdown against the second-team offense. The sophomore cornerback picked off Clint Trickett and Will Secord in a matter of minutes.
"His instincts are incredible," Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder said. "He goes and makes plays and he loves the game of the football. ... He's everything you want in a football player."
Ponder also stepped up, completing 7 of 11 pass attempts for 188 yards while leading the first-team offense to a pair of scores. His 34-yard pass to Lonnie Pryor helped set up the first-team offense's only touchdown, a 1-yard Chris Thompson run. Secord led a seven-play scoring drive against the first-team defense and completed 2 of 7 passes.
Wide receiver Bert Reed recorded three receptions for 105 yards, and the run game got production from Pryor, Thompson, Ty Jones (5 carries, 33 yards) and Jermaine Thomas (3 carries, 21 yards).
"Lonnie Pryor, consistently day in and day out in everything he does ... is a really good football player," head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "There is no doubt, head and shoulders right now, he is the best pure football player. I think Chris Thompson did some things, I saw [Jermaine Thomas] do some things. I saw [Ty Jones] make a couple runs. ... Lonnie is Mr. Consistent, day in and day out."
The Yellow Jackets held their first spring scrimmage, highlighted by the run game and big plays from the secondary.
Quarterback Tevin Washington, who is competing for the backup job behind injured starter Josh Nesbitt, had runs of 55 yards and 40 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, but he struggled a bit in the passing game and threw an interception. Redshirt freshman David Sims tossed two interceptions.
“We missed reads and overall, we didn’t do a good job of passing the ball,” Washington told the Macon Telegraph. “I overshot some receivers a couple of times. Other than that, we’ve just got to settle down and get comfortable in the pocket. It’ll progress as the spring goes on."
The Georgia Tech offense recorded four touchdowns but had several procedure penalties and fumbles on the center-quarterback exchange.
Safeties Jemea Thomas and Mario Edwards and linebacker B.J. Machen recorded the interceptions. Other defensive standouts included end Jason Peters and linebackers Brad Jefferson and Brandon Watts.