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FSU practice report: Dalvin Cook returns

News, notes, and observations from the day's Florida State practice.

Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
David Visser

Post-practice update: Jimbo Fisher revealed the injury report after practice. Linebacker Terrance Smith (ankle) and tight end Jeremy Kerr (concussion) will miss Saturday's game, while guard Kareem Are is listed as questionable (knee).

In their final practice open to the media prior to hosting the Louisville Cardinals, the 'Noles took to the field again today in yet another perfect afternoon in Tallahassee. This has been the nicest stretch of weather Tallahassee has seen all year, with temperatures dropping slightly and the sun shining, as it's expected to do on Saturday as well.


Linebacker Terrance Smith remains out in an ankle brace, as does tight end Jeremy Kerr (concussion), who played numerous downs against Miami. Kareem Are, who and started at left guard before the game against the Hurricanes, is still out and wearing a brace with a knee injury.


After once again sitting out Monday and Tuesday practices, star running back Dalvin Cook participated on Thursday, just as head coach Jimbo Fisher said he had Wednesday on his call-in show last night. The offensive line looks to be the same as last week, with Rod Johnson getting the start alongside Chad Mavety, Ryan Hoefeld, Wilson Bell, and Derrick Kelly (left to right). The twos, in the same order, remain Keith Weeks, Corey Martinez, Alec Eberle, Cole Minshew, and Brock Ruble.


Expect to see more of safety Nate Andrews against Louisville, as he continues to participate with a deep bone bruise, along with the now-familiar club covering his right arm and hand. Freshman linebacker Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane returned to practice.

Special Teams

The kick return units prepped for both the onside kick and the short kick aimed at landing between levels. Special teams coach Jay Graham encouraged up backs to use the fair catch when sprinting up to secure the ball.

Up Next

Check back in, as we'll update this report with the week's official injury report once Fisher relays that after practice. FSU's Friday walk-through will be closed, as it always is. The Louisville game is slated for a noon kickoff on Saturday, and the contest will air on ESPN.