With Sunday's open practice scheduled to begin inside Doak Campbell Stadium and a thunderstorm pursuing, the Florida State staff made a quick decision to move the practice inside the new indoor practice facility. And the fans were invited. With fans and media crammed inside what at times felt like a sardine can, the Seminoles put on a show. Fulfilling fantasies of little kids and parents alike, this fan day was special - it was different.
We managed to weave our way through the chaos.
The players were in full pads today for the first time. Mario Pender was only in shorts and shells due to being a couple days behind schedule.
Shayne Broxsie was working with the tight ends today. Jimbo says he's always been a hybrid guy for them, but with the tight end depth in question, don't be surprised to see a few guys get a chance at that.
Bryan Stork was back in pads but still limited. He rode the stationary and ran a handful of drills. Sterling Lovelady continued to take snaps at first team center. Ira Denson was also limited today and riding the stationary, although back in full pads. Bryan Stork and Bobby Hart were really coaching up the young guys today, not cutting them any slack. And Bobby Hart really seems to be coming along nicely. I kept a close eye on him today and can definitely say he's made clear improvement since spring camp. I'll be interested to see how the rest of this month pans out.
Scooter Haggins was still limited today.
Nick Waisome and Ronald Darby continued to take more reps today, although they are still easing their way back into the first team looks. P.J. Williams and Jalen Ramsey are still taking consistent reps on that first team defense.
Kermit Whitfield and Jesus Wilson really impressed me today. Both made some spectacular grabs and runs after the catch while lining up with the first team offense. Whitfield seemed to get his number called more frequently and didn't disappoint.
Kelvin Benjamin also made some really nice plays in the back of the endzone, which is something that has become more consistent, according to Jimbo. Both Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker seem to look for Benjamin on crossing routes.
Hard to say who had the better day today between Winston and Coker, but I'd probably say Coker. Did Winston have a bad day? No. But Coker had an exceptional day.
Winston did lay a hard block on P.J. Williams 10 yards down the sideline to seal the edge for Devonta Freeman. Jimbo was both excited and mad at Winston, but couldn't help but smile.
Jesus Wilson, Kermit Whitfield, Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene continued to work on punt returns today. All four of these guys do a really nice job finding the crease.
Our interns, Stephen Fenech and Spencer Wills, also saw some things.
Ryan Green did a really nice job today showcasing his speed and acceleration in both running and receiving situations.
Jalen Ramsey continues to play at a high level and might push for some playing time come September.
They were doing a variety of things in the red zone utilizing Kelvin Benjamin's size and Rashad Greene's speed. Should be tough on opposing defenses.
There were a couple formations where Devonta Freeman split out as a wide receiver.
Karlos Williams came in and played linebacker in a couple packages. (This will most likely be in the dime.)
Kain Daub was at today's practice.
Demarcus Walker made some really nice plays using his powerful swim move.
Jalen Ramsey picked off Jameis Winston - made a nice play on the ball. Ramsey is every bit of his 5 stars.
P.J. Williams did a nice job breaking up a few plays against the much bigger Kelvin Benjamin.
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Jimbo Fisher Interview: August 11 (via Florida State Seminoles)
FSU Football Practice Report: August 11 (via Florida State Seminoles)