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FSU practice report: DeMarcus Walker returns

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News, notes, and observations from today's Florida State football practice.

DeMarcus Walker
DeMarcus Walker
Curt Weiler

Post-practice update: Fisher confirmed to the media after practice that Jacob Pugh has a sprained ankle.

The Seminoles returned to practice on Wednesday on a beautiful afternoon that saw barely a cloud in the sky. Among those in attendance at practice were scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, representatives from Mercer University, a school that has a newly-established football program, and Florida State alums Lamarcus Brutus and Javien Elliott, who spent a portion of practice chatting with cornerback Marquez White.

Injured/Absent:

Jacob Pugh was not practicing as he arrived at practice sporting a boot on his left foot. He used the row machine on the side during practice. Chris Casher may have suffered a setback in his groin injury as he was not practicing on Wednesday after returning to practice on Monday. Bobo Wilson was once again not practicing, instead stretching off  to the side during position drills. Quarterback Sean Maguire was back at practice today, riding the stationary bike in the rehab area, after not being in attendance at the last few practices. Not seen at practice were wide receiver Pigg Harrison (turf toe) and running back Mario Pender, who is still recovering.

Offense:

Ermon Lane returned to practice on Wednesday, working with the wide receivers for the first time this spring. Mavin Saunders continues to work more with the wide receivers than the tight ends during position drills and Ryan Green was again catching passes in the wide receiver line during the portion of practice that the running backs were not in action.

The order in which the quarterbacks took reps on Wednesday remains the same that we have seen all spring as J.J. Cosentino worked first, followed by Deondre Francois and Malik Henry. Ryan Green was with the running backs instead of the defensive backs for the third straight practice, going through drills behind Dalvin Cook and Jacques Patrick, as he did on Monday, and followed by Johnathan Vickers, who worked fourth.

We saw our first change in the offensive line rotation on Wednesday, with Corey Martinez swapping places with Alec Eberle and working as the first-team center. Other than that, the units we have seen throughout spring remained the same. Also of note, new offensive lineman Rick Leonard saw some reps at center in the opening section of practice that the media are able to observe.

Defense:

It was a promising day for the defensive depth as defensive end DeMarcus Walker returned to practice, as he tweeted out earlier today, and sophomore linebacker Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane also returned after missing a few practices with a hip flexor. Matthew Thomas seems to be fully recovered from his illness, as he was a full practice participant for the second straight day. Marcus Lewis was participating again at today's practice but was limited and wearing a blue non-contact jersey, just as he was on Monday.

For the first time this spring, Derwin James spent a few minutes of practice working through defensive end drills, receiving some advice from defensive ends coach Brad Lawing and Walker.

Special Teams:

Nyqwan Murray, Marquez White, Kermit Whitfield, and Travis Rudolph all practiced fielding punts during the special teams portion of Wednesday's practice. However, it's worth noting that a likely candidate to start next season as the punt returner, Levonta Taylor, will not be on campus until summer.

Up Next:

Jimbo Fisher and a select group of players will talk to the media after practice. The next practice which will be open to the media is currently slated for Saturday.