After a closed Saturday practice, FSU football practiced for all to see on Sunday, following media day and fan day by holding a practice open to the public in Doak Campbell Stadium. They practiced in helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts today, and as we were able to stay throughout practice, we saw quite a bit.
It look like Everett Golson has passed J.J. Cosentino, as he took the second reps. No surprise here, as Golson's initial depth-chart listing behind Cosentino was most likely a nod to the latter's status as a retuning player. That said, Maguire looked distinctively sharper than Golson throughout practice today. He was much better at checking down to take what the defense was giving him, and Golson seems to be searching for his timing as well as chemistry with his new teammates. Golson was seen running the option late in practice.
Another quarterback saw his first action of the fall. Freshman Deondre Francois, who was in a walking boot just two days ago, practiced in a limited capacity and looked pretty good.
Corey Martinez was getting the first-team center reps, and freshman Cole Minshew got some time there as well, though he struggled with some errant snaps. Still, head coach Jimbo Fisher is very high on his size; and what's not to like, at 6-5, 340. And as has been the case throughout fall practice, Derrick Kelly again worked first at the right tackle spot. The rest of the starters were pretty typical. Ryan Hoefeld again practiced in isolation.
Several wideouts stood out today, particularly freshman. Nyqwan Murray has some great juke to his game, and 6-5 Auden Tate moves with his frame quite well. Add them to the very impressive George Campbell, along with the physically impressive Da'Vante Phillips, and this group teems with potential.
Defensively, Nile Lawrence-Stample took the first-team reps with Derrick Mitchell, Jr. up front, flanked by a rotating threesome of Lorenzo Featherston, Demarcus Walker, and Jacob Pugh. Terrance Smith and Tyrell Lyons were at the linebacker spots-- but Reggie Northrup did not practice. Tyler Hunter got first-team star reps, with White and Ramsey on the corners and Lamarcus Brutus and Nate Andrews at safety. Derwin James worked in as the dime back.
We got an interesting look at the kick return team today: a pair of 8s back deep. That's right, Jalen Ramsey is back with Kermit Whitfield. The second team returners were Travis Rudolph and Bobo Wilson, and the third team consisted of Mario Pender and Campbell.
Fielding punts today were Wilson, Rudolph, Whitfield, Murray, along with Marquez White. Wilson is listed as the first-teamer in the media guide, but Murray's game could fit this roll to a tee sometime down the road.
Along with Northrup sitting this one out, defensive tackle Justin Shanks was also in a boot and spent time on the stationary bike. Linebacker transfer Lorenzo Phillips was at practice but not dressed-- he was quite the sponge, talking to several coaches and assistants to figure out his responsibilities. He got some coaching from Northrup, too. Defensive end Chris Casher pulled up lame in the middle of practice and did not return. Freshman corner Tarvarus McFadden was held out of practice with what Fisher called a tweaked hamstring.
FSU practices again tomorrow afternoon, but it is closed to media.