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Florida State football practice report: 11/6

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The 'Noles finished up preparation Thursday for Saturday's game against visiting Virginia.

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The Florida State Seminoles returned to the practice fields Thursday afternoon to finish up preparation for Saturday's game against visiting Virginia. With all of the health issues FSU has faced over the last month, this week has been a breath of fresh air with all the healthy bodies.

Arthur Williams and Austin Barron were the only two not dressed out Thursday for the Seminoles, and Markus Eligwe was not at practice.

Former FSU center and current New England Patriot Bryan Stork was at practice, and he definitely took an interest in Ryan Hoefeld. Stork pulled the youngster aside numerous times during offensive line drills to offer advice and to help coach Hoefeld up. Stork even stepped in at one point to demonstrate certain technique. Great to see former players willing to be so involved during their visits back to campus.

Kareem Are was fully dressed out but seemed limited, as Ruben Carter took reps at the second team left guard position during the drills - a position that was been a mainstay for Are.

FSU looks like they might show a mixture of looks on defense -- one of which being the 4-3, because a trio of Terrance Smith, Reggie Northrup and Matthew Thomas saw work during LB drills on Tuesday, with Smith in the middle. They worked quite a bit on blitz technique during these drills. All other linebackers were fully dressed, for the exception of Eligwe, but did not participate during these drills. I don't believe any of them were limited, but that there was more of an emphasis on getting that trio as many reps as possible after missing time (for the exception of Northrup).

Jimbo Fisher will speak following Thursday's practice, and I'll bring you the injury report and any other updates we may have from that.