The Seminoles returned to the practice field today, sitting at 6-0 and ranked No. 9 in both the AP and Coaches poll at the season's midway point. The phenomenal weather in Tallahassee just keeps coming, and the 'Noles once again practiced under blue skies with temperatures in the 70s. Scouts from the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals observed.
Dalvin Cook once again sat out Monday's practice, as he has for the last couple of weeks, giving his hamstring a bit of an early-week break. Terrance Smith, whom Jimbo Fisher described in his press conference as day-to-day, did not participate and has a brace on his ankle. Also, Jeremy Kerr continues to sit out after being concussed, and we didn't see Tyler Hunter.
Kareem Are was back at it today after bouncing back from a knee injury, though he's taking reps behind Chad Mavety at the left guard spot.
The offensive line is still Rod Johnson, Mavety, Ryan Hoefeld, Wilson Bell, and Derrick Kelly, left to right. The second team, in the same order, is comprised of Keith Weeks, Are, Alec Eberle, Cole Minshew, and Brock Ruble.
Bobo Wilson was dressed out, but did not seem to be participating in drills. I thought Fisher seemed especially positive as he walked over to coach up the QBs and receivers. He was imploring frosh WR Nyqwan Murray to step up his game, and when Javon Harrison dropped a ball, he strongly encouraged him to put it behind him and move on to the next play.
Defensive back Nate Andrews participated without the club on his right hand/arm-- Fisher said he could be back in a full capacity around midweek.
Harrison took Wilson's place as a second-string deep man on kick returns, lining up with Travis Rudolph.
The 'Noles will suit up again tomorrow, as they continue to prepare for their trip to Georgia Tech.