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FSU Football Practice Report: The Defense is snapping back

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Florida State’s 2018 kickoff is on Labor Day this year.

Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick at fall practice on 8/8/18 before they got their numbers #3 and #9 back respectively.

We are officially 13 days from kickoff and if that doesn’t get you excited this Wednesday afternoon I’m not exactly sure what else will. The view heading into Doak Campbell stadium reminds you just how close we are to football finally making its way back to Tallahassee at our favorite 8 p.m. primetime spot.

The media viewing time was brief and only three periods were viewed, so not many new observations were to be made. Each period lasts about five minutes. The practice sidelines were however completely saturated with NFL scouts, FSU alum and former Seminoles coaching staff. Scouts from the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears were present. Former Florida state players from the 1993 National championship such as Heisman Winner Charlie Ward were in attendance along with former FSU assistant coaches Billy Sexton and Jim Gladden.


The team is getting more and more cohesive each day as fall camp opens up into the middle of its third week. Practice kicked off once again today with the players working on ball security. Unlike yesterday, it didn’t appear that any of the players were supporting the blue precautionary jerseys.

QB Battle

Deondre Francois was absent for the first couple periods of viewing and was not participating in drills with the other quarterbacks. He joined the rest of the QBs in individual drills before the viewing portion ended.

Offensive Line

The O-line continued with five consistent starters, LT Jauan Williams, LG Derrick Kelly, C Alec Eberle, RG Cole Minshew, and RT Landon Dickerson.


RB Khalan Laborn returned to practice after missing both Monday and Tuesday earlier this week.


Offensive guard Christian Meadows remained on the sideline and did not practice. OL Arthur Williams was participating in practice, but was limited and not in full pads.


The defense continued to work hard to comeback from the struggles they faced during Saturday’s scrimmage where it was said that the offense got the best of them for the first time.

Defensive Lineman

True Freshman Robert Cooper looked to impress at today’s practice. He also worked first in position drills and received both praise and corrections from coach Odell. Marvin Wilson was also participating in what appeared to be at full capacity.

The Secondary

The secondary continued to participate in a variety number of skills drills and work on tracking downfield passes.


Some of the questions swirling concerning DB Stanford Samuels’ status were updated Wednesday morning by DC Harlon Barnett. Barnett seems to be very optimistic that Samuels will be ready come kickoff on Monday, September 3rd when FSU plays the season opener against Virginia Tech. Samuels was not observed or seen at practice this morning. Dontavious Jackson was absent from Wednesday’s practice along with DT Cedric Wood.

Tomorrow’s practice will be closed to the media, but Taggart will be made available for the media before practice at 8:50 tomorrow morning.