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FSU practice report: Rick Leonard slides to tackle

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

Post-practice update: Fisher addressed media after the scrimmage, and said that the team is still trying to achieve more consistency and toughness-- particularly mental toughness. He lauded the play of Jacques Patrick, Ryan Izzo, Derwin James (who had another interception), DeMarcus Walker, and Ryan Green. He thought the quarterbacks lacked in fire and leadership, and among receivers singled out Travis Rudolph, Auden Tate, and Kermit Whitfield as having nice days. He was also pleased with the field goal kicking of Ricky Aguayo. Fisher was also happy with the goal-line offense.

For the first time this spring, the Seminoles practiced in Doak Campbell Stadium, scrimmaging for the second time in 2016 and the last time prior to the Spring Game, which is now just a week away. 'Nole tight end signee Naseir Upshur observed the session, which took place under sunny skies, as did signee Carlos Becker and commit D.J. Matthews.


Along with those already announced as out for spring, defenders Lorenzo Featherston (knee) and Marquez White (hand) remain sidelined, as does WR Nyqwan Murray, who donned a sizable right knee brace. The former three are most likely additions to that list of players out for the rest of spring. Jacob Pugh is still nursing an ankle injury, and Pigg Harrison is still out with turf toe.

Mario Pender continues to miss time, but did attend, and Tyrell Lyons was sidelined again, too.


Quarterback reps again went in the order of Deondre Francois, J.J. Cosentino, and then Malik Henry. The offensive line starters were Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Wilson Bell, and Rick Leonard, left to right, while the twos are now Ethan Frith, David Robbins, Corey Martinez, Cole Minshew, and Brock Ruble.

The running back rotation in warmups went Dalvin Cook, Jacques Patrick, Ryan Green, but when we had a chance to see some 7-on-7 action later, Green got in ahead of Patrick. Johnathan Vickers returned to practice as well. The starting WRs in 7-on were Travis Rudolph, who once again wore a non-contact jersey, and Bobo Wilson. Ryan Izzo took the first TE reps, followed by Mavin Saunders. George Campbell practiced with a non-contact jersey hanging from his belt, and Auden Tate stepped up to take early throws from QBs.


Linebacker Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane was back in again at linebacker, but it was freshman Josh Brown who got first team action, with Matt Thomas and Ro'Derrick Hoskins, in 7-ons. Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis took the first corner snaps, with Derwin James and Nate Andrews at safety, and Trey Marshall working in for Brown. Malique Jackson subbed in at corner with the twos.

Special Teams

Jonathan Hernandez handled punting duties with Kevin Robledo, while returns were fielded by Wilson, Rudolph, Kermit Whitfield, and Ermon Lane. McFadden and Green blocked gunners on returns. The kickoff team, along with Ricky Aguayo, consisted of Lewis, McFadden, Kilby-Lane, James, Thomas, Marshall, Hoskins, Andrews, Green, and Colton Plante.

Up Next

Be sure to check back later, as Jimbo Fisher will speak with reporters following the scrimmage, as will FSU players.