Post-practice update: Jimbo Fisher confirmed that Ryan Hoefeld will indeed start at center-- as of "right now." The official injury report for Saturday's game includes Cole Minshew (concussion) and Mario Pender (pneumothorax). Out for the season are Ryan Green (shoulder), Tyrell Lyons (knee), Jalen Wilkerson (shoulder), and Abdul Bello (knee).
The Seminoles took to the practice field one last time in Tallahassee today prior to jetting up to North Carolina to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Florida State went in shells on a perfect Tallahassee day.
We've seen some consistency on the offensive line this week. Expect it to look like this on Saturday (left to right): Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Ryan Hoefeld, Wilson Bell, and Derrick Kelly, as they took first-team reps all week. The twos today were (again, left to right) Keith Weeks, Corey Martinez, Alec Eberle, Chad Mavety, who returned after sitting last practice, and Brock Ruble.
Dalvin Cook participated fully again, and Johnathan Vickers took reps behind him. The running backs began drills by practicing catching balls dunked in water, as we eye a nasty Saturday forecast. They struggled hauling them in, dropping about half early on. Frosh wideout Nyqwan Murray still has his left index and forefinger taped together, through he is catching with two hands-- and doing so with growing confidence.
Nate Andrews continues to sport the protective club on his right arm and hand, but he'll be good to go once again. And we should finally see the return of defensive ends Lorenzo Featherston and Chris Casher against Wake, each of whom participated again in a left knee brace. Giorgio Newberry continues to show great leadership. After the team completed 'Nole jacks and headed outside, the fifth-year senior led the team out, sprinting to his role on the field goal team.
As is typical for a Thursday, FSU worked on kickoff and kick return teams, the latter still featuring Kemrit Whitfield and Jalen Ramsey as deep men.
After bouncing back from an ankle injury last week, freshman offensive lineman Cole Minshew missed another practice today. And of course, Mario Pender will miss significant time after having surgery on his lung.
We'll wait to get the official injury report from Jimbo Fisher after practice, so make sure to check back here for that. Then, the 'Noles will head to the airport for their flight up to the Winston-Salem area ahead of Saturday's 3:30 game against Wake Forest.