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FSU football practice report: Auden Tate returns, Josh Sweat sits

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

Post Practice Update: After practice, Fisher shared that Josh Sweat and Alec Eberle both missed Tuesday’s practice with concussions and freshman tight end Naseir Upshur was absent due to being dinged up and dealing with a family matter.

One day after Florida State held two-a-day practice on Monday, the Seminoles were back at the Al Dunlap Practice Facility for another practice, the ninth of FSU’s fall camp which fell on a blisteringly hot afternoon.

Injured/Absent

Two Seminoles who had seen significant time with the first team so far in fall camp, defensive end Josh Sweat and offensive lineman Alec Eberle, were both watching from the sideline at Tuesday’s practice. Wideout Travis Rudolph also remains out as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Also not participating in practice were defensive lineman Adam Torres, who remains out and was sporting a walking boot, and sophomore wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips, who did not have the crutches he was seen with on Sunday but was still sitting out, instead running laps by himself around the practice field.

Absent from Tuesday’s practice was true freshman tight end Naseir Upshur.

Offense

In a dash of better injury news for the ‘Noles, Auden Tate was participating for the first time since last Friday and guard Wilson Bell was back on the field as well, stretching and working with the offensive line although not falling into the three-deep, at least at today’s practice.

That three-deep rotation was shuffled up a bit from what it has looked like for the majority of the last week. From left to right, the first team consisted of Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Corey Martinez, Derrick Kelly, and Brock Ruble. The second team was Ethan Frith, Landon Dickerson, Andrew Boselli, Cole Minshew, and Rick Leonard and the third offensive line unit was Abdul Bello, Joshua Peters, Baveon Johnson, David Robbins, and Keith Weeks.

Another change of note was that two days after his spectacular showing at Florida State’s open practice, sophomore Nyqwan Murray was working as the slot receiver with the first team in the limited offensive reps which the media were able to observe.

Defense

After missing Sunday’s practice with a quad contusion, true freshman defensive end Brian Burns, who Jimbo Fisher raved about in a recent availability with the media, returned to practice as a full participant.

In pursuit drills, Derwin James returned to first-team action for the first time since returning from his injury. True freshman linebacker Josh Brown also saw reps with the first team, replacing Josh Sweat as one of the two buck linebackers opposite Jacob Pugh.

Special Teams

As has been the case for the entirety of fall camp so far, Logan Tyler and Ricky Aguayo alternated reps both on field goals and kickoffs.

Up Next

Fisher and a few players will address the media after today’s practice. Tomorrow, the Seminoles participate in their first scrimmage of fall which is slated for a 11:30 AM start.