Florida State football spring practice report: 3/22

The Florida State Seminoles returned to the state-of-the-art practice facility Saturday morning to wrap up their first week of spring.

The Noles wrapped up their first week of spring practice Saturday morning, slowly getting into the groove of things. With many questions to be answered -- questions that Tomahawk Nation has broken down for y'all, there's a lot of work to be done and the players are fighting for a spot.

With it only being spring, Fisher and his staff are nowhere near making those decisions. Don't forget that guys like Jalen Ramsey and Nate Andrews weren't on campus for spring last year.

Ronald Darby and Justin Shanks weren't dressed out or participating Saturday morning, although Darby was running around. Jimbo mentioned earlier this week that Darby is fine, and there's no need to rush him back -- let other guys get reps. Colin Blake wasn't dressed out either, and I recall him tweeting something along the lines of, "I can't catch a break," after Wednesday's practice. Didn't want to speculate, but I had a feeling he wouldn't be participating next time I saw him.

Jameis Winston wasn't there today, as expected, due to the baseball team playing at Clemson Saturday afternoon. Fisher mentioned during his press conference that Winston would miss Saturday's practice, but that would be the only one.

Kermit Whitfield and Mario Pender were getting most of the reps at kick returner Saturday, with Javien Elliott also getting a couple reps.

Coach Kelly had his guys working on their nickel packages, and they're just as impressive as last year's. Jalen Ramsey was playing as the nickel corner, with Tyler Hunter and Nate Andrews back deep, Nick Waisome and P.J. Williams out wide, and Terrance Smith and Markus Eligwe/Reggie Northrup in the middle. The interior of the line involved Keith Bryant playing the 3-technique and Derrick Mitchell playing the 4-tech, with Chris Casher and Mario Edwards on the ends. Expect Darby, once he's 100%, to take Waisome's spot.

Something I haven't seen before was Tyrell Lyons backing up Tyler Hunter.

2016 DE Jordan Woods -- 6'3 235 lbs -- out of Trinity Catholic in Ocala was at practice. Big kid.

FSU informed us media folk that every spring practice will be open to the media this year, unlike the last two years where we would typically get two a week. This means four times a week, people.

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