The Florida State Seminoles kicked off preparation for Saturday's game against visiting Virginia inside the indoor practice facility Monday afternoon.
After last week's road game against Louisville -- a game in which Florida State was missing numerous linebackers, it was nice to see all of the backers dressed and participating Monday. Markus Eligwe, E.J. Levenberry, Jacob Pugh, and Terrance Smith, all who missed Thursday's game, were back. Matthew Thomas, who suffered an injury against the Cardinals, was also dressed and participating. Levenberry and Pugh wore blue no-contact jerseys.
Mario Pender was also dressed out after missing a couple weeks of practice with an ankle injury, and was fully participating during position drills. Pender looked as comfortable as I have seen him in weeks, moving well on the injured ankle. That's a great sign.
Jameis Winston, who suffered an ankle injury Thursday night in Louisville, practiced without pause. Winston toughed it out during the remainder of the game, and I expect nothing less from him here.
Demarcus Christmas was also dressed but had some heavy taping. While we weren't able to view the walk-through, it looked like the defensive line was working with four men up front, something that would make sense against the run-heavy teams due up on FSU's schedule.
Coach Howard Schnellenberger was sighted at practice Monday afternoon, and is supposed to be speaking to the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.
Jimbo Fisher will not speak following Monday's practice.