With David Spurlock out due to headaches while coming back from his multiple concussions, and Bryan Stork seeing time at guard due to his ability to pull and move, mega-recruit Jacob Fahrenkrug, a JUCO transfer, has been playing center. And wow was Rick Trickett happy with him after practice. Fahrenkrug once weighed more than 400 pounds and did not play much high school football. Instead he turned to wrestling, not to compete, but just for health. If Fahrenkrug is as good as Trickett says he is, FSU could have something really special at the center position and wouldn't have to move Bryan Stork from his guard position.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State took Wednesday to iron out some kinks after Monday's first spring scrimmage as the Seminoles returned to the practice field for its ninth practice. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher directed his team through a 2 ½ hour practice.
Assistant head coach Rick Trickett talked to the media following practice and praised the play of junior college transfer Jacob Fahrenkrug in that first scrimmage. Fahrenkrug started at center after spending most of spring working at left guard.
"For a guy to go in after one day's work and play, it was unbelievable how well he played," Trickett said. "He played better than [All-American At West Virginia] Dan Moses ever did and [All-Conference at FSU] Ryan McMahon or anybody like that. Until we get [David] Spurlock's situation straightened out, he may end up being the guy. We have him, [Bryan] Stork, [Sterling] Lovelady (true freshman), [Jacob] Stanley (walk on) and Spurlock so we have five guys that can go in there if we have to."
Trickett means he played better for a first-time center than those guys did in their first day, not that he is better than an All-American in his first day of Spring at the position.
On if he felt like Fahrenkrug was going to be that versatile when he came:
Yeah, I haven't had a big guy in a long, long time that can bend like he can. When he snaps the football, his butt goes down. That's hard to do. Everybody else's comes up. He can bend his ankles, he has tremendous knee bend. He has the best knee bend and ankle flexion of anybody that I have ever coached. Hopefully, if I don't mess him up he will be a pretty good player one of these days.
On how Fahrenkrug is taking the coaching, learning and getting in the film room and weight room:
He came in at 333 (pounds) and he's 305, so he's done above and beyond. He's worked. I will probably get him up to about 310 and play him at 310. I think he has got a chance.
Trickett lamented that he would like to have Spurlock out there because he was really getting better at center and knew the calls, but that they are being precautionary. "I ain't going to mess with them heads."
On how Bryan Stork Looked at guard:
He did ok. He's not a guy you need to move around too much. Needs to be in one spot and stay. He's the only vet we have right now. Gotta live with it. Got a walk on starting at left guard, you've got some issues.