The Seminoles began preparing for their homecoming showdown against NC State this afternoon on a rain-soaked Tallahassee day in shells. Scouts from Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, the New York jets, and the Miami Dolphins attended-- the Bucs were keeping a close eyes on running backs, while the Colts took note of Roberto Aguayo.
Half of those included on the official FSU injury report against Clemson remained out today, including offensive linemen Derrick Kelly (knee) and Cole Minshew (concussion). But really, Florida State had a lot of guys return today.
Quarterback reps continue to progress from Sean Maguire to Everett Golson to J.J. Cosentino. There was more shuffling up from, as Kareem Are is now working as the starting left guard between Rod Johnson and Alec Eberle, while Wilson Bell remains the guard on the other side, but now has Chad Mavety next to him at right tackle. The twos, left to right, were Ethan Frith, Keith Weeks, Ryan Hoefeld, Joshua Peters, and Brock Ruble.
Dalvin Cook and Mario Pender participated, too. Cook has really become more vocal at practice. He routinely begins by chiding the WRs as they get loose, and today was seen playfully showing Mavin Saunders how to give a firm handshake.
Terrance Smith practiced once again, with a right ankle brace. And Nile Lawrence-Stample worked out, too. Lorenzo Featherston and Marcus Lewis returned to practice, the former without any knee brace, and each wore a non-contact jersey.
The second-team deep men on kick return continue to rotate, and today it was the 15s-- Travis Rudolph and Tarvarus McFadden. The kickers and punters usually work out rather together inside the IPF, but Aguayo was all business today, isolating himself and working through his ritual on one end of the facility.
A few players will be made available after practice, and then tomorrow's practice will be open as well.