Post-practice update: Jimbo Fisher, DeMarcus Walker, Dalvin Cook, and Travis Rudolph addressed the media after practice, and Fisher was beyond displeased with the energy, calling today one of the worst practices he's experienced since he's been at FSU. He used the word "awful" in his characterization, describing the atmosphere as "quiet as a church mouse." Walker apologized for the practice, as a leader, and said it wouldn't happen again.
Quarterbacks Deondre Francois and Malik Henry stayed late to throw to running backs Cook and Jacques Patrick, as did Walker, who worked out solo. While the aforementioned players addressed the media, Francois grabbed Alec Eberle to take some snaps, and Eberle practiced hitting the sled, staying even later than Francois to continue practicing his first strike.
The Seminoles suited up for the first time in 2016 today, donning shells to commence spring practice in Tallahassee under cloudy skies amid temperatures in the mid 80s. Former players Lamarcus Brutus, Giorgio Newberry, and Derrick Mitchell, Jr. observed practice.
Just as a reminder, when we spoke with Head Coach Jimbo Fisher after Fourth-Quarter Drills the other week, he detailed the list of 'Noles who would miss spring ball. Quarterback Sean Maguire (foot) should be out of the walking boot and no longer using the scooter to displace weight, but he wasn't present. Offensive linemen Chad Mavety (cardiac), Abdul Bello (knee), Derrick Kelly (knee), and Ryan Hoefeld (shoulder) will all miss spring, as will tight end Jeremy Kerr (shoulder), who was jogging around the practice fields with a sling on, and receiver Da'Vante Phillips (groin). I asked Fisher about the status of running back Mario Pender during his press conference earlier today, and he mentioned that Pender would not practice today and would be participating in a limited role this spring, but Pender did show up with a helmet on. Bobo Wilson did not appear to be present.
Defenders out for the spring include end Janarius Robinson (shoulder), who is out of his sling, and lineman Keith Bryant (foot), who was on crutches.
Redshirt-sophomore QB J.J. Cosentino took the first signal-caller reps and was followed by redshirt-freshman Deondre Francois and true freshman Malik Henry. The first-team offensive-line reps, left to right, went to Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Wilson Bell, and Brock Ruble. The twos were made up of Ethan Frith, David Robbins, Corey Martinez, Cole Minshew, and former DE Rick Leonard.
Predictably, Dalvin Cook led the running backs through drills. He was followed by Jacques Patrick and Johnathan Vickers. Chris Casher, recently converted from defensive end to tight end was running through drills right behind Ryan Izzo. The wide receiver rotation went Travis Rudolph, Kermit Whitfield, Pigg Harrison, Nyqwan Murray, and Mavin Saunders.
The defense engaged in pursuit drills, while in a base set. Ro'Derrick Hoskins and Matt Thomas assumed the starting linebacker spots, behind Fred Jones and Derrick Nnadi. DeMarcus Walker and Josh Sweat manned the edges, and Jacob Pugh ran along. The secondary consisted of Marquez White and Tarvarus McFadden at the corner positions with Derwin James at strong safety and Trey Marshall back at free.
The twos included Darvin Taylor and Arthur Williams with Lorenzo Featherston and Josh Brown outside and Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane and Nick Patti in the middle. Corner work went to Malique Jackson and Ryan Green, and the safeties were Calvin Brewton and A.J. Westbrook. Players of note running with the threes included Delvin Purifoy, Cedric Wood, Walvenski Aime, and Marcus Lewis.
After stretching and calisthenics, FSU once again hustled outside and began by kicking some field goals. Early Enrollee Ricky Aguayo took care of kicking duties for the Seminoles, showing plenty of leg.
We'll talk with players (and perhaps Fisher) after practice and have another report on Saturday, as the 'Noles will once again open up their doors to credentialed media. Tomorrow's practice is closed.