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FSU Football Practice Report: Norvell’s First Day of Spring Ball

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Ahh, the smell of football in the morning.

Football is here.

Saturday marked the first day of spring football practice for the Florida State Seminoles. Mike Norvell trotted out for his debut on the Dunlap Practice Fields, ushering in a new era of FSU football.

Tomahawk Nation was live on the scene to observe and report.

First & foremost: no, Mike Norvell does not allow music at his practices. His rules for the professionalism of his program’s athletes is quickly becoming known among FSU fans. No earrings, no baseball caps in the football facilities, no headphones (except prior to games). The lack of music follows along those guidelines.

As always, observations from the first day of practice.

Offense

Mike Norvell explained in the days leading up to spring practice that all quarterbacks will have opportunities to work in with the first team.

Tate Rodemaker made some nice throws in the open portions of practice. The early enrollee out of Valdosta is one of three scholarship quarterbacks aiming to impress Norvell and Offensive Coordinator Kenny Dillingham, along with RS JR James Blackman and RS SO Jordan Travis.

Warren Thompson had an impressive rep against Renardo Green, bullying the shorter defender to make a nice grab.

Jashaun Corbin looks to be fully recovered from his injury, as he ran several nice routes up the middle of the field. Not to be outdone, Adarius Dent also flashed his route running ability.

Offensive players were observed holding a ball at all times.

The offensive had a team drill focusing on discipline on hard counts/false starts.

As previously reported, Wyatt Rector has made the full switch to TE. Rector received a lot of attention and showed off his soft hands.

Defense

During the one on ones, Brownlee had a few nice reps, as did Raymond Woodie III.

Isaiah Bolden looks to continue his late season surge this year. He consistently proves to be difficult to beat in one on one drills.

One of the best match-ups to see during one on ones is Asante Jr. vs Terry. Asante Jr. won the first battle, besting Terry in a 50/50 ball.

Special Teams

Kicker Parker Grothaus returns, and newcomer Ryan Fitzgerald of Moultrie will compete with him as the Noles attempt to replace Ricky Aguayo.

Grothaus appeared to make kicks consistently. Fitzgerald made contact each time.

The kick returners were fielding balls with boxing gloves.

Recap

As coach Adam Fuller mentioned, there is still a lot of emphasis of the work that was done during Tour of Duty drills, with the focus of it translating on the field. There were a lot of quick burst drills with coach Fuller leading the charge. Overall, the intensity was impressive for a first day of practice, with coaches demanding accountability and players stepping up as leaders when teammates needed it.