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FSU football practice report: Josh Sweat returns

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

Post-Practice Update:

After practice, Fisher shared that Malik Henry has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. He also confirmed that Cole Minshew missed today’s practice with some dizziness in his head and that Alec Eberle and Travis Rudolph are both making strides in their respective recoveries.

The Florida State football team returned to the Al Dunlap Practice Facility for the first of Saturday’s two-a-days, a full-pad practice which was, thankfully, ahead of the hottest part of the day.

Injured/Absent

There were a trio of new ailments at Saturday’s practice. True freshman quarterback Malik Henry was absent and redshirt freshmen Cole Minshew and wideout George Campbell were in attendance but not practicing.

Also not participating on Saturday were center Alec Eberle (concussion), who was watching from the sidelines, Nate Andrews and Travis Rudolph, who were riding the stationary bikes, Da’Vante Phillips, who was doing some work by himself off to the side, and Pigg Harrison.

Offense

With Malik Henry absent, Deondre Francois was backed up by J.J. Cosentino as the second-team QB and walk-on Jake Rizzo with the third team.

The other members of the first team were Dalvin Cook at running back, Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield at wideout, Freddie Stevenson at fullback, and Ryan Izzo at tight end. Jacques Patrick and Johnathan Vickers split second-team reps in the backfield along with Gabe Nabers at fullback.

On the offensive line, the first team consisted of, from left to right, Roderick Johnson, Kareem Are, Corey Martinez, Wilson Bell, and Rick Leonard. The second team was Ethan Frith, Landon Dickerson, Andrew Boselli, David Robbins, and Josh Ball.

Frosh tight end Naseir Upshur, who has been in and out of practice to this point in fall camp, was participating in a full capacity on Saturday.

Defense

With Josh Sweat back in the lineup, he worked at the buck linebacker spot opposite Jacob Pugh. DeMarcus Walker, Demarcus Christmas, and Derrick Nnadi were the three down linemen and Matthew Thomas/Ro’Derrick Hoskins worked as the interior linebackers. At cornerback, likely in an effort to maximize reps between the two sophomores battling for the spot opposite Marquez White, Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis worked with the first team through pursuit drills. Derwin James and Trey Marshall saw reps as the safeties.

Although White did not work with the first team in the portion of practice that the media was able to observe, he instead focused his time on his ball skills, working with the wide receivers and going through the catching line.

Special Teams

In one of the first glimpses the media has gotten on kickoff return teams, Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield worked as the first-team return men. Ryan Green and Tarvarus McFadden were the second-team returners and true freshmen Amir Rasul and Levonta Taylor saw reps with the third team.

Green also spent some free time during practice working by himself on fielding punts using the punting machine.

Once again, true freshmen Logan Tyler and Ricky Aguayo alternated field goal reps.

Up Next

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and a few players will address the media after practice. The second Saturday practice will be closed to the media but Sunday’s practice is open to the media so another practice report will be coming your way at that time.