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FSU practice report: Pair of receivers practicing once again

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

Josh Sweat, Trey Marshall, and Derwin James ahead of Wednesday's practice.
Josh Sweat, Trey Marshall, and Derwin James ahead of Wednesday's practice.
Curt Weiler

Post-practice update: After practice, Coach Fisher met with the media and some new light on the Seminoles' injury situations. Lorenzo Featherston has another knee injury, which could prove to be career-ending, Nyqwan Murray has a knee injury but it is not as bad as the staff originally feared. He should miss the rest of spring but it likely won't extend past that. Cornerback Marquez White's hand surgery went well, as White said on Twitter. It's a 3-4 week recovery so he will probably miss the remainder of spring but could get into some non-contact drills in the final week of practice.

The Florida State football team returned to the practice facility on a sunny Wednesday afternoon after taking Tuesday off for Pro Day. In attendance to observe were former FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, former Seminole Lamarcus Brutus, and a pair of recruits on unofficial visits from Archbishop Mueller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, 2017 four-star tight end Matt Dotson and 2018 tight end Brendan Bates. Also on Florida State campus on Wednesday is Seminole legend Deion Sanders but he was not seen at the 25-minute portion of practice which the media are able to watch.

Injured/Absent

In addition to the list of players who will miss the entirety of spring practice, running back Johnathan Vickers was not dressed out and off to the side for the third straight practice. Among those missing on Wednesday were Jacob Pugh, recovering from a sprained ankle, Pigg Harrison (turf toe), Lorenzo Featherston, linebacker Tyrell Lyons, who was dressed but not practicing on Monday, tailback Mario Pender, sophomore wideout Nyqwan Murray, and cornerback Marquez White, who underwent successful surgery on Tuesday on the broken plate in his hand. Linebacker Matthew Thomas made a brief appearance at practice before heading back to the locker room before it got underway,

Offense

Two receivers who have missed time this spring were back as full participants on Wednesday. Bobo Wilson worked without breaks today after returning in a somewhat limited role on Monday and George Campbell returned to full participation after missing a pair of practices with a concussion.

For the third straight practice, Deondre Francois took the first reps at quarterback with J.J. Cosentino working second and early enrollee Malik Henry working third. At running back, Dalvin Cook was followed by Jacques Patrick and then Ryan Green, a swap of the second and third RB look that we saw at the previous two practices.

The offensive line looked the same as Monday with Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Rick Leonard, and Brock Ruble from left to right on the first team and Ethan Frith, David Robbins, Corey Martinez, Cole Minshew, and Wilson Bell holding down second-team reps.

Mavin Saunders worked predominantly with the tight ends once again on Wednesday, catching passes with the wide receivers while the other tight ends were on field goal block unit before running through footwork, blocking, and catching drills with the tight ends.

Defense

Linebacker Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane may be fully recovered from his hip flexor as he was a full participant for the second straight practice.

In an interesting twist, early enrollee linebacker Josh Brown was working with the edge rushers during the final minutes of practice which the media is able to observe. Linebackers coach Bill Miller said coming in that Brown could play both inside and out so he may be utilized in an edge-rusher role occasionally as well as working inside.

Special Teams

Ricky Aguayo continued to show consistency in practice, knocking through field goals all the way back to 45 yards. The Seminoles also worked on kickoff return, with Kermit Whitfield and Wilson working as the first team while Tarvarus McFadden and Green served as their backups.

Up Next

Jimbo Fisher will address the media after Wednesday's practice as will some players. Thursday's practice is closed to the media so the next practice the media can observe is Saturday.