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FSU football practice report: Da’Vante Phillips back

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

The Florida State football team hit the practice field once again on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, just one day after the Seminoles held two-a-days.


New defensive end Jalen Wilkerson was watching from the sidelines at Sunday’s practice. True freshman linebacker Dontavious Jackson left early in stretching and did not return after walking away with the team chaplain.

Offensive lineman Cole Minshew was out for the second consecutive day with some dizziness in his head. Additional lingering injuries kept out Travis Rudolph, who walked up to practice in full pads but remained on the stationary bike for the entire portion of practice that the media was able to observe, center Alec Eberle, who was running laps around the practice fields, wide receivers Pigg Harrison and George Campbell, and defensive back Nate Andrews.


Sophomore wideout Da’Vante Phillips was back at practice, working as a full participant with the second-team offense.

The first team offense that was briefly shown on Sunday was nearly identical to what we have seen throughout fall camp. Deondre Francois worked at quarterback, Dalvin Cook was in the backfield, Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield were split out wide at receiver and Ryan Izzo worked as the tight end with the 1s. The sole change today was the addition of sophomore wideout Auden Tate to the first-team unit.

The first-team offensive line consisted of, from left to right, Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Corey Martinez, Wilson Bell, and Rick Leonard.

The second-team offensive line was full of young talent, including three freshmen in a line of Ethan Frith, Mike Arnold, Andrew Boselli, Landon Dickerson, and Brock Ruble. In addition to Phillips, Ermon Lane and Keith Gavin worked out wide with the second team and Jeremy Kerr served as the second-team tight end.


The brief view at the first-team defense that was shown is exactly what we saw on Saturday. The three down linemen were DeMarcus Walker, Derrick Nnadi, and Demarcus Christmas. The buck linebackers were Josh Sweat and Jacob Pugh. The interior LBs were Matthew Thomas and Ro’Derrick Hoskins. The safeties were Derwin James and Trey Marshall and, at cornerback, sophomores Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis lined up opposite each other in an effort to maximize the reps between the two who are entrenched in a tight position battle for the second CB spot opposite Marquez White.

Speaking of White, he was once again working on his catching while he was not being utilized in pursuit drills.

Defensive end Keith Bryant was back at practice on Sunday, working through position drills.

While he was not being utilized on special teams coverage, Derwin James was running through defensive end drills under close observation from DEs coach Brad Lawing.

Special Teams

The freshman specialists, Ricky Aguayo and Logan Tyler, alternated field goal reps in practice, both converting lengthy attempts in the neighborhood of 50 yards, and shared kickoff reps as well.

Up Next

No coach or players will speak to the media after Sunday’s practice.

However, Monday’s morning practice will be open to the media with both Jimbo Fisher and players talking afterwards.