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FSU practice report: Several offensive players return

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

Post-practice update: here's the official injury report, from FSU, heading into the GT game-- it's interesting to note that Florida State continues to hold out hope for the possibility of Mario Pender's return late in the season. He certainly looked spry today; more on that below.

Florida State Injury Report vs. Georgia Tech - Oct. 24, 2015

Out For Game

DB      Tyler Hunter (concussion)

TE      Jeremy Kerr (concussion)

OL      Cole Minshew (concussion)

RB      Mario Pender (pneumothorax)

LB      Terrance Smith (ankle)

WR     Auden Tate (toe)

Out For Season

OL      Abdul Bello (knee)

DB      Ryan Green (shoulder)

LB      Tyrell Lyons (knee)

DB      Trey Marshall (arm)

TE      Jalen Wilkerson (shoulder)

The garnet and gold practiced one last time in Tallahassee before departing for Atlanta. A primetime Saturday game with Georgia Tech looms, and the 'Noles once again went in shells, as is the norm for Thursdays.


Linebacker Terrance Smith missed yet another practice while recuperating from an ankle injury, as did defensive back Tyler Hunter, who's working his way back from a concussion. I didn't see either at practice. Mario Pender was present, and was getting in some running as well as jumping rope-- this is as active as I've seen him since his surgery. Cole Minshew was out and rode the stationary bike.


As has been par for the course, running back Dalvin Cook participated on Thursday after sitting out the beginning of the week to rest his left hamstring; FSU coaches continue to insist that he's getting healthier each week. You can expect Rod Johnson, Chad Mavety, Ryan Hoefeld, Wilson Bell, and Derrick Kelly (left to right) to make up the starting offensive line-- that group was once again the first-team unit up front. The second-string bigs were Keith Weeks, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Corey Martinez, and Brock Ruble.

After dressing but not really participating previously in the week, wide receiver Bobo Wilson seemed to be going full-tilt today; however, frosh wideout Auden Tate dressed but wasn't catching balls. Giorgio Newberry even hopped in to catch a ball.

The receivers were as chirpy as I've seen them all season today, as Cook tossed playful barbs their way during warmups. He made sure everyone around knew that it's Pigg Harrison's birthday, and was taunting Nyqwan Murray, telling him to make plays. Murray obliged with several athletic, one-handed grabs. Tight end Jeremy Kerr was back practicing after sustaining a concussion.


The club has returned to the arm and hand of Nate Andrews, and Jalen Ramsey missed the beginning of practice, but then showed up and participated.

Special Teams

Since Ramsey missed the kick return portion of practice, Wilson returned with Kermit Whitfield on the first team, while the twos were Travis Rudolph and Tarvarus McFadden.

Up Next

Check back here for the official injury report, which Jimbo Fisher will relay after practice. Then it's wheels up for Georgia.