Believe it or not, football is back in Tallahassee. Florida State commenced fall practice this afternoon, working out in an afternoon session amid a light drizzle and comfortable temperatures in the mid 80s. Scouts from the Giants, Colts, Titans, and Panthers took in practice.
Sophomore safety Derwin James remains out after minor foot surgery, according to Jimbo Fisher. Fisher relayed that James says he’s ready to go, but FSU will hold him out up to a week as a precautionary measure.
Also injured are defensive end Adam Torres (leg), and defensive tackles Darvin Taylor (shoulder) and Justin Shanks (leg).
Quarterback reps began with Sean Maguire, and then went to Deondre Francois and J.J. Cosentino. Running back reps went Dalvin Cook, Jacques Patrick, and Amir Rasul (we didn’t see Ryan Green until a bit later).
Up front, the ‘Noles lined up like this, left to right: Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Alec Eberle, Wilson Bell, and Brock Ruble. The twos: Ethan Frith, David Robbins, Corey Martinez, Cole Minshew, and Rick Leonard. The third team consisted of Abdul Bello, Mike Arnold, Baveon Johnson, Landon Dickerson, and Derrick Kelly.
The defense ran pursuit drills, and the ones looked like this: Fred Jones and Demarcus Christmas were up front and flanked by Josh Sweat and DeMarcus Walker (Derrick Nnadi was getting some help from a trainer, but looked fine). The linebackers were Ro’Derrick Hoskins, Matt Thomas, and Jacob Pugh, with a secondary of Tarvarus McFadden and Marquez White at corner and Trey Marshall and Nate Andrews back deep. The twos: Arthur Williams and Wally Aime with Brian Burns and Keith Bryant wider, Delvin Purifoy, Nick Patti, and Josh Brown at LB. Kyle Meyers and Carlos Becker at CB, and safeties of Calvin Brewton and A.J. Westbrook.
Jalen Wilkerson has moved from tight end to defensive end.
Freshman Ricky Aguayo handled place kicking duties, but Logan Tyler got a look, too. Jack Steed was the holder. Bobo Wilson, Kermit Whitfield, and Nyqwan Murray caught punts.
Jimbo Fisher will give us a few minutes after practice, and we’ll also speak will selected players, so check back here for updates. The ‘Noles will open the beginning of practice tomorrow as well; we’ll be there.