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Florida State football practice report: Seminoles hold open practice

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

Post-Practice Update

After practice, Jimbo Fisher addressed the media and shared updates on a pair of new injuries. Brian Burns suffered a quad contusion at Saturday’s practice and Travis Rudolph is dealing with a minor hamstring injury. Both are expected back in the next few days

After participating in Media Day and Fan Day earlier on Sunday, Florida State opened up Doak Campbell Stadium to the public for the first time since the stadium underwent offseason renovations for an open practice, the only one of fall camp, on a Sunday afternoon complete with a consistent dribble and overcast skies. Among those in attendance was a scout from the Cleveland Browns, former Seminole defensive lineman Derrick Mitchell, and former NFL running back Ray Rice, who was giving tips to the FSU running backs.

Injured/Absent

Wide receiver Travis Rudolph was watching practice as was redshirt senior quarterback Sean Maguire, who will miss 4 weeks with a stress fracture to his right ankle.

True freshman defensive end Brian Burns was not sporting pads as he was not participating in the open practice. Wilson Bell was also sitting out once again (slight concussion) as was Auden Tate (minor groin tear).

Derwin James was not working in 1-on-1 drills, instead choosing to run sidelines by himself while his recovery carries on.

Offense

Once again, Deondre Francois led the first-team offense through drills with Maguire not participating. He was supported by Dalvin Cook in the backfield in addition to Kermit Whitfield, Bobo Wilson, and, in Rudolph’s absence, George Campbell as the first-team wide receivers. Ryan Izzo served as the tight end with the first team.

On the second team, Jacques Patrick worked alongside J.J. Cosentino at QB with Keith Gavin and Ermon Lane working as the wide receivers in this grouping and true frosh tight end Naseir Upshur also got some burn with this unit after missing this morning’s team pictures.

Far and away the most impressive wideout at Sunday’s open practice was sophomore Nyqwan Murray, Despite his 5’11 frame which comes up short of many other members of the 2015 recruiting class he came in with, Murray made a number of spectacular plays over whoever was assigned to cover him, varying between first and second-team reps throughout practice.

Defense

Florida State showed a glimpse of multiple defensive schemes at Sunday’s practice. In the six defensive-back package that was implemented first, Josh Sweat and DeMarcus Walker worked as defensive ends with Derrick Nnadi and Demarcus Christmas in the interior of the line. Ro’Derrick Hoskins was the sole inside linebacker and Tarvarus McFadden and Marquez White were the corners. A.J. Westbrook and Trey Marshall worked as the deep safeties, Levonta Taylor lined up at star, and Nate Andrews was the money role, lining up closer to the line of scrimmage.

In the more traditional defensive set we saw, Walker, Nnadi, and Christmas were the sole down-linemen, Sweat and Pugh were stand-up rushers from the edges, White and McFadden worked at the opposing cornerback spots and, once again, Westbrook and Marshall were the safeties.

In addition to those listed above, defensive back Marcus Lewis rotated in on some first-team reps at cornerback.

Special Teams

As has been the case all fall, freshmen Logan Tyler and Ricky Aguayo alternated field goal reps. Tyler and graduate transfer Jack Steed split work on punt reps.

Back deep practicing punt returns were the usual suspects, Kermit Whitfield, Bobo Wilson, Nyqwan Murray, and, for the first time that the media has seen this fall, Levonta Taylor, who entered Florida State as a highly-touted punt returner.

Up Next

Jimbo Fisher will address the media after practice but Florida State practice will be closed to the media on Monday.