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FSU football practice report: True frosh gets first-team OL look

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

Post-scrimmage update

  • WR Jesus “Bobo” Wilson was held out with a foot injury.
  • Freshman RB Amir Rasul is doing “a heck of a job” according to Jimbo Fisher.
  • WR Da’Vante Phillips impressed Jimbo Fisher. His skills in high school included toughness and making contested catches.
  • DB Levonta Taylor was held out with a thigh bruise.
  • Fisher called the scrimmage “OK,” and said there was good and bad but “not enough good.” He did not seem all that pleased after being very positive Wednesday evening. This applied to field-goal kicking as well, per an answer Fisher gave me, although he was quite pleased with Logan Tyler’s punting.
  • A source told publisher Bud Elliott that No. 2 center Corey Martinez will miss a couple weeks with an MCL injury.

The Seminoles, days after being ranked No. 4 in the 2016 AP preseason poll, continued their final week of fall camp with a midday scrimmage on Wednesday, donning full pads and practicing in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Injured/Absent

Of course you’re aware that quarterback Sean Maguire is out, as he remains sidelined following foot surgery. Also out was offensive lineman Cole Minshew, who is recovering from a concussion. WR George Campbell missed time again (groin). Riding the stationary bikes today were Levonta Taylor, Nate Andrews, Corey Martinez, and Keith Bryant. Bobo Wilson and Darvin Taylor sat out as well.

Offense

Deondre Francois continues to take the first QB reps, followed by J.J. Cosentino. Francois’ first throws in drills went to Pigg Harrison, and when the offense ran shell drills, the three wideouts were Harrison, Travis Rudolph (back from a hammy tweak), and Kermit Whitfield. The offensive line shaped up like this today: the first-team, left to right, was comprised of Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Andrew Boselli, Wilson Bell, and Rick Leonard. The twos: Derrick Kelly, David Robbins, Baveon Johnson, Landon Dickerson, and Brock Ruble. The threes: Abdul Bello, Ethan Frith, Ryan Hoefeld, Joshua Peters, and Josh Ball. Alec Eberle was back and warmed up as a four, although he jumped in with the ones during contact drills as well. Nyqwan Murray practiced in a non-contact jersey after exhibiting concussion-like symptoms.

Defense

After battling back from a concussion of his own, DE Josh Sweat participated once again with a left knee brace. Fellow end Wally Aime was back in action, as was Jacob Pugh.

Special Teams

Both Ricky Aguayo and Logan Tyler continue to kick field goals, while graduate transfer Jack Steed serves as holder— albeit with a noticeable limp. Murray and Whitfield returned punts (exclusively off Tyler’s foot), while the starting kick returners were Whitfield and Tarvarus McFadden. The second-team returners were Amir Rasul and Ryan Green. Tyler took the first reps booting for the kicking team, the coverage unit for which consisted of Kyle Meyers, A.J. Westbrook, Jared Jackson, Brian Burns, Johnathan Vickers, Matthew Thomas, Freddie Stevenson, Trey Marshall, Emmett Rice, and Marcus Lewis. On field goal block, Meyers and Malique Jackson came off the edges.

Up Next

Be sure to check back later, as we’ll speak with Jimbo Fisher and some players after practice and provide updates right here.