Post-practice update: Fisher was as upbeat today as he's been after any practice this spring, and that's despite delivering the news that Dalvin Cook underwent shoulder surgery. Fisher also stated that QB Sean Maguire should be ready to go full speed come June. To watch the video of Fisher's remarks to media, including his light-hearted chastising of the press for tweeting during his remarks, click here.
For the final time this spring, the Seminoles admitted media members to a brief segment of practice on Wednesday afternoon. The 'Noles were back in full pads under mostly cloudy skies on a breezy Tallahassee day in the mid 70s. Lamarcus Brutus observed practice, as did a number of recruits, including Logan Rudolph, a four-star 2017 DE/TE.
Dalvin Cook wasn't around today, and it seems, at this point, like a number of 'Noles are likely going to miss Saturday's Spring Game, in addition to the nine previously listed as sitting out spring ball. Running backs Mario Pender and Johnathan Vickers were out again, as was receiver Pigg Harrison (turf toe). After practicing Monday, Abdul Bello did not go today. Sean Maguire is still in a protective boot.
On the defensive side of the ball, Lorenzo Featherston (knee) was not present yet again, and linebacker Jacob Pugh (ankle) missed more time as well, as did cornerback Marquez White, who's coming off hand surgery.
FSU practiced transitions early on, and we were able to see the first string offense and defense. Deondre Francois continues to take the first quarterback snaps, followed by J.J. Cosentino and Malik Henry. Jacques Patrick got the first running back reps in Cook's absence. Ryan Izzo took the first TE reps, but is now followed by Chris Casher, then Mavin Saunders and Jalen Wilkerson. The starting receivers were Bobo Wilson, Travis Rudolph, and Ermon Lane. The first-team OL was comprised, left-to-right, of Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Wilson Bell, and Brock Ruble. The twos: Ethan Frith, David Robbins, Andrew Boselli ahead of Corey Martinez at center, Cole Minshew, and Rick Leonard.
Nyqwan Murray returned from a knee injury, and George Campbell wore a non-contact jersey.
The starting defense featured Derrick Nnadi and Demarcus Christmas up front, with DeMarcus Walker and Josh Sweat on the edges. Matthew Thomas and Ro'Derrick Hoskins were in the middle, with Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis at the corner spots, Derwin James and Trey Marshall back as safeties, and A.J. Westbrook at star.
Although there was some wind at his back, Ricky Aguayo nevertheless booted a 57-yard field goal that would've been good from 70 (you can see video of it here). The starting kick coverage unit was comprised of Aguayo, McFadden, Lewis, Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane, Thomas, Campbell, Nate Andrews, Hoskins, Marshall, James, and Green.
Jimbo Fisher and some FSU players will address the media after practice, so be sure to check back with us for updates. After that, it's a closed Thursday practice and then the Spring Game in Orlando on Saturday. We'll be on the sideline and in the press box with your full credentialed coverage.