Florida State football spring practice report: 3/24

Noles kick off week two of spring practice.

The Florida State Seminoles opened up week two of spring practice Monday afternoon inside their practice facility.

There were a handful of players not dressed out are as follows: Tre Jackson, Karlos Williams, Derrick Mitchell, Ronald Darby and Justin Shanks.

With Jackson out, Ruben Carter stepped in to fill that void and looked good. Carter's footwork has improved since last season, and he seemed eager take every bit of advice coach Trickett sent his way. Just remember, as Bud pointed out in an article last year, most of these OL pieces are interchangeable, so the depth is less traditional, in a sense. But it's looking like, as of now, that Ruben Carter and Wilson Bell would be the first two to work their way into a spot, barring any unfortunate situations. I will also add that Tre Jackson didn't look to have anything that would be cause of alarm.

Since Karlos wasn't dressed out Monday, it meant more reps for Mario Pender and Ryan Green, who both look great. Pender seems to get better and better every day, using that freakish agility to burst though gaps. Karlos Williams was standing behind both Pender and Green imitating the hand-off. Karlos looks fine, too.

Sean Maguire is still ahead of John Franklin at this point in the very early stages. We'll see how that develops during spring and into the fall. Just remember, this time last year, your returning Heisman winning quarterback was "3rd string."

They worked quite a bit on punt returns today, with Cason Beatty, Jonathan Hernandez and Roberto Aguayo all getting a shot to punt it away. Non of them look great. But Rashad Greene and Mario Pender, on the other hand, looked great receiving and returning the ball. They weren't in full contact during this drill, but you can see the possibilities with those two.

They ran about ten minutes of 1-on-1 drills with the DBs vs. WRs, DL vs. OL, and the RBs vs. LBs. Some of the match-ups that stood out to me were Mario Edwards Jr. going up against Bobby Hart for a Clash of the Titans sequel, and P.J. Williams and Scooter Haggins got rowdy, too. I miss the James Wilder Jr. and Christian Jones battles, though, because they were easily the best.

Fisher will not speak following Monday's practice, so we won't know much more about the guys that didn't dress until he speaks on Wednesday.

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