The Seminoles kicked off fall camp on Tuesday inside the brand new indoor practice facility, giving things a different feel. With NFL scouts from the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans attending the first day of camp, it's easy to see that this program and this team head into this season with a lot of intrigue. And things seemed to run smoothly.
While the players are in shorts and helmets for the first few days of camp, we won't be able to see any full-contact. But there were things I wanted to keep my eye on, and I had the benefit of having two of our new interns, Spencer Wills and Stephen Fenech, with me for some extra eyes.
*I kept an eye out for guys that missed spring like Demonte McAllister, Ronald Darby, Nick Waisome, Tyler Hunter and more. They all looked good and moved with ease. Nobody looked to be slowed down by lingering injuries.
*As Jimbo reiterated this morning, Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene will be working at punt return. But they were joined by Terrence Brooks and Tyler Hunter today.
*Jalen Ramsey and Matthew Thomas look big. I'm excited to see more of these guys throughout camp.
*I asked Jimbo this morning about Ronald Darby competing with Nick Waisome for the cornerback spot opposite Lamarcus Joyner and he was quick to respond with the notion that there are no "set pieces," and that showed during today's practice. I saw a number of sets where Darby played with the ones, as well as sets where P.J. Williams played with the ones. That being said, the thing we know for sure is that the depth in the secondary is an incredible problem to have. And as camp moves on, we'll begin to have a better understanding of where certain players fit into the mold of the defense.
Florida State has and will continue to cross-train their players for mutiple reasons, all beneficial to the program. Why have a guy that can only play one position when you can have a guy that can do a number of things? Keep this in mind as we move forward this fall.
*Jimbo Fisher said that running back Mario Pender didn’t practice because he is waiting on a grade to be posted.
We'll also add the video of Jimbo post-practice once we get that.
Practice video and interviews via Seminoles.com
FSU Football Opens 2013 Fall Practice (via Florida State Seminoles)
Sights & Sounds: FSU Football Fall Practice Day 1 (via Florida State Seminoles)
Jimbo Fisher Interview: August 6 (via Florida State Seminoles)
Telvin Smith Interview: August 6 (via Florida State Seminoles)
Christian Jones Interview: August 6 (via Florida State Seminoles)
Jimbo Presser News:
The only thing I would consider "news worthy" from this morning's press conference was the announcement of Gio Newberry's move from defensive end to tight end. Jimbo claims that this move has been in the works for a long time, but I don;t buy it. Do I think it's going to be a decent move? Yes. But I believe this is more of a desperation move at filling voids at the tight end position. Newberry played basketball in high school, so he has the athleticism and obviously has the size. I don't necessarily see him catching many balls this year, but he is a big body that always seemed to be just a little too long at defensive end. All in all, I think it'll be a good move. But I'll be keeping my eye on that throughout camp.