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FSU football practice report: Francois gets first-team QB reps

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

Deondre Francois

The ‘Noles suited up for the second time this fall on Wednesday afternoon, again working out in mild temperatures with storms continuing to move around the area. Scouts from the Saints, Eagles, and Jets watched practice.

Injured/Absent

Most of those who sat out Tuesday’s opening of camp again missed time today, as safety Derwin James again did not participate, although he did stretch with the team. Defensive end Adam Torres and defensive tackle Darvin Taylor are still out. The offense is incredibly healthy. Cedric Wood rode the stationary bike.

Offense

Speaking of the Seminoles’ offense, here’s what we saw up front: the ones on the line were changed up and, left to right, consisted of Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Cole Minshew, and Rick Leonard. The second team was Ethan Frith, Landon Dickerson, Corey Martinez, Wilson Bell, and Brock Ruble. The threes: Abdul Bello, David Robbins, Andrew Boselli, Derrick Kelly, and Josh Ball.

But the big story on offense was quarterback Deondre Francois taking the first reps under center when the team went outside, followed by Sean Maguire. The ‘Noles worked on some reverse gives and quick-hitch passes, with Travis Rudolph and Nyqwan Murray being the primary recipients. Pigg Harrison got some first-team burn— he looks lean this fall.

Defense

Freshman defensive end Janarius Robinson practiced again with his right ankle taped up, and defensive tackle Justin Shanks returned to workouts. Keith Bryant looked good working out with the DEs.

Special Teams

Both Ricky Aguayo and Logan Tyler had plenty of leg from 48 yards out, and Murray, Rudolph, Bobo Wilson, and Kermit Whitfield fielded simulated punts.