FSU practiced in full pads on this beautiful Wednesday morning for the Seminoles’ sixth spring practice. The Seminoles started off practice with Nole drills, Florida State’s version of Oklahoma drills.
Two recruits were also in attendance this morning. 2020 OL Grant Jackson and his dad spent a majority of their time watching coach Clements coaching up the OL unit. 2020 TE Sage Ennis and his whole family were also in attendance. Ennis is a Tallahassee local.
The offensive line is slowly, but surely getting better under the command of coach Clements. The unit looked slightly better this morning and the unit won a fair share of their reps during ’Nole Drills.
Most of the morning, the offensive line practiced double-team “prep” drills where two OL drive-blocked the two-man sled. A simulated defender behind the sled would sit inside or drift outside based on the coach’s call, and the corresponding-side OL released from the sled to practice picking up the defender. This drill emphasizes the read OL will make on a double-team block with climbing responsibilities. JUCO Transfer Jay Williams had a rough time during this drill looking sluggish at times. Coach Clements got onto him, but encouraged him saying “Come on Jay, you gotta be ready man.” Both Chaz Neal and Jalen Goss received well-deserved praise from coach Clements during ’Nole drills and these position drills.
‘Nole Drill: Neal with a second good rep on the day. A lot of room to go, but upside is becoming clear. pic.twitter.com/V69QhFFbnF— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) March 13, 2019
C Baveon Johnson also performed well during ’Nole drills.
‘Nole Drill: Johnson vs Durden (Akers at RB) pic.twitter.com/m7mQiwZzuz— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) March 13, 2019
The first-team offensive line appeared to be LT Jauan Williams, LG Brady Scott, C Baveon Johnson, RG Mike Arnold, and RT Landon Dickerson.
RB Khalan Laborn was sporting a non-contact jersey as he is still recovering from his season-ending injury from last year.
OL Cole Minshew and OL Christian Meadows were not observed in today’s open practice. Minshew will miss the rest of spring because of an off-season surgery.
TE Gabe Nabers was not observed.
DT Marvin Wilson had a dominant performance over Mike Arnold bringing down RB Anthony Grant near the line of scrimmage in ’Nole drills.
DT Janarius Robinson had a decent rep against OL Jauan Williams, Williams blocked Robinson well, but Robinson broke free and finished off the rep bringing down the running back.
DB Akeem Dent was sporting a non-contact jersey. He was participating in position drills however. Safety Jaiden Lars-Woodbey was not observed as he is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
DE Joshua Kaindoh, and DL Ja’len Parks were not observed in today’s open portion of practice.
Florida State spent a decent amount of time working on special teams this Wednesday morning. We had the opportunity to see newly appointed special teams Coach Mark Snyder in action.
D.J. Matthews and Keyshawn Helton were both in the back-field returning punts.
Florida State will practice again on Friday and Saturday, but the Seminoles next open practice for the media won’t be until March 27th at 9 AM.