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FSU practice report: Deondre Francois takes first QB reps

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

The first scrimmage of spring ball always marks an exciting day on the FSU football calendar-- for players, coaches, and fans. After off-season conditioning, fourth-quarter drills, and a week and half of practice, the Seminoles finally get to buckle their chin straps and play some ball against each other. Coaches get a chance to see what kind of strides players have taken. And fans get all-new material upon which to prognosticate. The 'Noles remained in the IPF on a rainy afternoon today, and 2019 commit Mike Morris observed, as did QB recruit Bailey Hockman.

Injured/Absent

Linebacker Jacob Pugh remains out after sustaining a sprained ankle. Pigg Harrison is also still out with turf toe-- and Bobo Wilson sat out again, too. Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane is still out as well, as was running back Johnathan Vickers. George Campbell also missed practice, and Sean Maguire is back in a protective boot.

Offense

Deondre Francois took the first quarterback snaps for the first time that we've seen, and he was followed by J.J. Cosentino and Malik Henry. The quarterbacks were extremely impressive early on, dropping absolute dimes to receivers on deep balls. The first team offensive line once again consisted, left to right, of Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle (after Corey Martinez took reps here on Wednesday), Wilson Bell, and Brock Ruble. The twos were Ethan Frith, David Robbins, Martinez, Cole Minshew, and Rick Leonard.

Running back depth altered a bit, with Dalvin Cook being backed up by Ryan Green ahead of Jacques Patrick. Ermon Lane practiced once again with the receivers, while Mavin Saunders was back with the tight ends today.

Defense

Defensive back Marcus Lewis is no longer in a non-contact jersey, and Matt Thomas continues to look good at linebacker.

Special Teams

Jonathan Hernandez was handling the first-team punting duties, with Kevin Robledo getting the second reps. Upbacks consisted of DeMarcus Walker, Fred Jones, and Demarcus Christmas. Kickoff responsibilities went to Ricky Aguayo, and the coverage consisted of Lewis, Tarvarus McFadden, Derwin James, Trey Marshall, Ro'Derrick Hoskins, Thomas, Josh Brown, Nate Andrews, Green, and Freddie Stevenson. The first-team kick returners were Kermit Whitfield and Travis Rudolph, and they were backed up by McFadden and Green.