The Florida State football team returned to the indoor practice facility during a rainy Thursday afternoon to wrap up one of its final two "4th quarter drill" workouts before taking a week off prior to the beginning of spring practice (March. 18th).
With the largest pull of early enrollees the Seminoles have ever had, Thursday provided an unusually early look at some of 2015's top players in FSU gear. And players like Derwin James and George Campbell looked great, as if they had been on campus for a year.
The following players were not in attendance: Ryan Green (school), Jalen Ramsey (track), Josh Sweat, Reggie Northrup (injury) and Da'Vante Phillips (injury).
Terrance Smith was not dressed out. Dalvin Cook, Mario Pender, Derrick Mitchell, Mavin Saunders, Sean Maguire, Bobo Wilson and Chad Mavety were either limited or not participating in drills.
Fourth quarter drills are meant to weed out the players who are hesitant to put in the work and find the ones who are ready to fight for playing time.
"It's the intangibles, the pride you take in it," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "It's your mental and physical toughness, being able to push through things. Knowing that when you're tired guys are still counting on you - can you still push?"
"This has nothing to do with talent - we recruit talent - it's developing their attitude, their work ethic, their discipline, mental and physical toughness, pride they have in each other - those types of things."