'Noles News 03.20.12: FSU Opens Spring Practice

Florida State football opened spring practice yesterday. Here's a bit of Jimbo's comments:

"Good day, effort was good, still a little rusty, you can tell we haven't played in awhile," Fisher said following Monday's practice. "But the mentality was good, knowing what to do was really good. I was pleased with guys that switched positions and moved around, and you can tell that they've been looking at some things and studying on their own. "

"Our execution is nowhere where it needs to be, but that's to be expected," Fisher said. "But I liked the practice, [we] worked hard, got some things done, and I like some of the moves of the guys moving around. I was very impressed and I think we made the right move with those guys."

Jimbo praised Cameron Erving's quickness, ability to hit and play low to high. Erving worked with the offensive tackles at first team. Josue Matias and Tre Jackson were at left and right guard, respsectively. Austin Barron worked at center. Interestingly, Bryan Stork took backup reps at right tackle (Bobby Hart starting there), while Glauser took some reps at left tackle.

On Stork, Jimbo had this to say: "Stork at 313 looks like a different guy." Is Stork really 313? Doubtful. But he is certainly much bigger than he was. Remember, he was a 245 pound tight end in high school.

As you'll see in our offensive line preview, expect a lot of moving around on the offensive line. I will say that the line is in better shape now than it was in last spring, in terms of injuries. Fisher also liked Glauser.

Freshman Mario Pender also impressed. "Tell you what, Don’t give him green grass and let him get down that sideline. He’s got some cuts. He caught the ball well out of the backfield (Monday). Made some nice runs. Very impressed with him. Really was.

And when asked about Pender needing to change his style since he played in the wing-t in high school, "No, not really. Tell him the blocking scheme, hand him the ball. If you have to tell him how to run, that's not a tailback. Hand him the ball. He can stay with his cuts, and for the most part was pretty good with it."

The real news of the day came from the press conference. I strongly encourage you to read through the Jimbo Fisher press conference recap contained in the comments to this post. It contains much more information than this article.

Injury report was unchanged, with the exception of Devonta Freeman, who will miss spring with a lower back issue. Amp McCloud is in a blue non-contact jersey as he had both knees cleaned out. As a point of practice, I will not reiterate the same injured players each day. If a new injury comes up, I will mention it.

Here's a thought: why not redshirt McDaniel? After this year, FSU loses both senior tackles Dawkins and McCloud, as well as McCray (though likely a loss in name only). It's too early to make the decision now, but if everyone looks like they'll be healthy, why not give McDaniel a final shot at a big year in 2013? He was playing very well before snapping his ankle/leg.

New Big 12 TV deal nets $20M per team - Tomahawk Nation
You need to read this. Excellent thread.

Also, a shoutout to FSU baseball which swept Virginia. Great work.

Rivals

Florida got offensive guard James Wilson a sixth year of eligibility. That's very big for them. I'm sure Alligator Army will have a full recap.

Pre-Snap Read: UF Depth Chart Notes

One thing that stands out with Florida’s depth chart is how… unsurprising it is. On defense, at least. Offensively, the Gators may have more than one position battle determined during the spring. At quarterback, Florida listed sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel as co-starters. That’s one of the key position battles taking place across the SEC over the next month.

Look for extra emphasis to be placed on the offensive line, which was a weekly concern for Florida last fall. The Gators may alternate several different lineups during the spring in search of a more consistent offensive front. Entering the spring, the starting five, from left to right: Patchan, Wilson, Harrison, Halapio and Green. This will change throughout the spring.

The defense is locked in. Leon Orr is penciled in as Jaye Howard’s replacement at tackle, as expected. Junior Darrin Kitchens is listed as the starter at strong side linebacker, but that should change when Lerentee McCray returns from injury. For now, it’s Kitchens, who played inside last fall, followed by sophomore Graham Stewart.

The best position battle may be occurring at cornerback, where Jaylen Watkins, Loucheiz Purifoy and Willie Bailey will battle for the right to start opposite of Cody Riggs while Marcus Roberson recovers from a neck injury. One interesting listing is safety Matt Elam listed as the starter at nickel back ahead of De’Ante Saunders, who held those duties in 2011.

Florida Football Recruiting: Gators Looking For Playmakers On Offense In 2013 Class - Alligator Army
Interesting after I wrote a piece on UF's playmakers. Both schools will continue to get players.

Boston College Releases Depth Chart For Spring Game - BC Interruption

Pre Spring 2013 Recruiting Primer Part 1 - Shakin The Southland

General CFB

North Carolina Sanctions, Agentgate, and the Social Media Impact - Roll 'Bama Roll
“This case should serve as a cautionary tale to all institutions to vigilantly monitor the activities of those student-athletes who possess the potential to be top professional prospects,” the committee stated in its report. This is a big deal and a good read.

UNC Receives One Year Bowl Ban, Loses 15 Scholarships « Tar Heel Blog

This Week In Important Science: What Would Make The Loudest Football Stadium Possible? - SBNation.com
We asked acoustics engineers and other scientific types to design the loudest possible environment for a sports team to call home. The results are terrifying.

The Year in Review: Wisconsin (11-3, 6-2)

Ball’s still around, as is Bielema and a few loyal assistants. But the Badgers have some serious questions to address before being penciled into another postseason trip to Pasadena. There’s that nearly brand-new staff. The Badgers’ quarterback issues have resurfaced. Both lines suffered a handful of losses to graduation. Wisconsin’s not going to suffer a precipitous slide, but can this team really be viewed as the best in the Big Ten for a third straight year? A few things in the Badgers’ favor: the offensive line is always superb; Ball is the best returning back in the country; three of last season’s top four receivers return; and by and large, the defense remains intact. The pieces are there for another run at 10 wins. How well the new faces meld with the old standbys will decide Wisconsin’s fate.
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