Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wide Receivers Shine during 27-27 Tie at FSU Scrimmage

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wide Receivers Shine during 27-27 Tie at FSU Scrimmage

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TALLAHASSEE -- Replacing wide receivers Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans may have been a major concern for Florida State fans, but not for the quarterback of the defending national champion Seminoles.

"It was a question mark for some people," Chris Weinke said. "For a guy like me it was never a question mark. I knew what we had coming back when I looked at the receiving corps and the offensive line. Those are obviously things I weighed in my decision to come back.

"As you saw, we have some receivers that are ready and willing to make some plays."

A modest crowd, estimated at 10,000, walked away from yesterday's Garnet & Gold game at Doak Campbell Stadium with a better appreciation for what Weinke knew all along.

On a day dominated by offense, 14 different players -- some old faces and some knew -- caught passes in the highest scoring spring game in anyone's memory.

As scripted, the evenly divided teams played to a 27-27 tie, thanks to a balance of talent between two offensive lines and no shortage of skilled position players.

Weinke completed 7-of-15 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns -- to tight end Ryan Sprague and walk-on wide receiver Michael Canales -- leading the Garnet squad.

Gold team quarterback Marcus Outzen nearly matched Weinke, completing 9-of-21 for 163 yards and two scores, though he did surrender three of the game's four interceptions. Outzen's 19-yard touchdown pass to junior college transfer Javon Walker (2 receptions, 70 yds.) with 19 seconds to play in the first half helped bring the Gold team back from a 20-7 deficit. His 6-yard scoring pass to tight end Carver Donaldson with 10:20 to play forged the final 27-27 tie after Chance Gwaltney's point-after attempt was wide left.

In between, there were a handful of memorable plays turned in.

Sophomore wide receiver Talman Gardner, sidelined by a back strain throughout the spring, snared a pair of leaping grabs to pace the Garnet squad with three receptions for 96 yards, while junior Atrews Bell collected two receptions for 21 yards.

Senior Marvin Minnis led the Gold with a game-high four receptions for 82 yards. …

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