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Florida State practice report: Texas State prep week begins (Updated with Fisher quotes/video)

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

After the first game-week Jimbo Fisher press conference earlier today, the Florida State football team held practice today, foregoing full pads for a workout in shells. As preparations for Texas State got underway, the most obvious statement of who Florida State plans to start behind center for week one was seen by all in attendance as Everett Golson took all of the reps in the two-minute drill offense that was practiced today.

Offense

In addition to working with the two-minute offense, Golson worked ahead of Sean Maguire in their QB rotation for the first time this preseason as Golson worked first immediately followed by Maguire. Freshman wide receiver George Campbell was a full participant in practice for the first time since the Seminoles' most recent scrimmage nine days ago and fellow wide receiver Ja'Vonn Harrison continued to participate fully while wearing his right knee brace. Mario Pender continued to work ahead of Dalvin Cook in the RB rotation with all backs receiving an equal number of reps. Derrick Kelly returned to full participation in practice but continued to work with the 2s as Brock Ruble worked with the 1s at right tackle for the third straight practice that we have seen. Alec Eberle missed his second straight practice and this led to Corey Martinez working with the 1s and Ryan Hoefeld working with the 2s.

Defense

Freshman cornerback Tarvarus McFadden saw his first practice action since suffering an injury that has kept him out since FSU's open practice back on August 9th. Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane continued to fully participate in practice as did Chris Casher. Nate Andrews was a full participant in practice once again despite the large cast on his right hand as he recovers from a thumb injury that Jimbo Fisher said would not cause him to miss any playing time.

Special Teams

The special teams unit continues to be loaded with first-team talent as Marquez White, Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane and Lamarcus Brutus, among others, working with the 1s on the kickoff coverage team.

Injured/Absent

Nyquan Murray was once again out, still recovering from his broken knuckle and wearing a soft cast. Lorenzo Featherstone and Marcus Lewis were in attendance but did not dress. Alec Eberle missed his second straight practice with an unknown ailment that Fisher addressed after Saturday's practice. Chad Mavety remained out as he recovers from a concussion and Jonathan Vickers participated in a non-contact jersey.

Next Practice:

The Seminoles return to practice on Tuesday and it will be open to the media.