April 5, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Quarterback EJ Manuel completed 29-of-42 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns and running back Jermaine Thomas rushed nine times for 121 yards to lead the offense in Florida State's first scrimmage of the spring Monday.
On defense, all five FSU linebackers looked impressive led by Christian Jones and Telvin Smith who each had eight tackles. Smith also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Manuel threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Bert Reed twice and fullback Lonnie Pryor. Reed had a six-yard TD reception and hauled in a 36-yard TD catch in a two-minute situation. Pryor's reception came from seven yards out in a red zone situation. Reed finished the day with seven receptions for 81 yards.
FSU's starting offensive line of Henry Orelus, Jacob Stanley, Jacob Fahrenkrug, Bryan Stork and Garrett Faircloth each worked 65 plays. Fahrenkrug at center and Faircloth at left tackle both earned the highest grades on the line.
Florida State took Tuesday off before returning to practice on Wednesday. The `Noles will practice Wednesday and Friday this week before holding their second scrimmage Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium at 10 a.m.. That scrimmage is closed.
All practices are closed to the public. Fans can begin counting down to the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend Presented By Kia Autosport which will be capped off with the Annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be carried on ESPN3.com and replayed on ESPNU.
Season tickets are available now by visiting Seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public June 1; however a single game sale is not anticipated for either the Oklahoma and Miami home games.