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Florida State Football Practice Report: 9/30

The Noles kick off Maryland preparation in hopes to fix some problems on the defensive side of the ball.

Jim Rogash

The Florida State Seminoles took to the practice fields Monday for the first time since their 48-34 win over Boston College this past weekend. While they continue their perfect record, there are clearly some issues that need to be worked out - mainly on the defensive side of the ball. This was my focus today as Spencer and I kept an eye out for anything new. The players were in shorts and helmets, no shells.

Didn't notice any blue no-contact jerseys during our allotted time. Tyler Hunter was definitely hanging around but was not dressed and not participating. Neither was Ira Denson.

Mario Edwards Jr. was dressed out today but still seems a little limited.  He seemed very eager to get in the mix a few times and at one point Jimbo even came over to talk to him, but it looks like he'll be worked back into the mix as the week unfolds.

Wilson Bell was dressed out and fully participating.  This is good news for Florida State, as he seemed to be coming along nicely before his injury.

I kept a close eye as coach Haggins worked with his DTs.  He was putting a lot of emphasis on the technique it takes to shed blocks and penetrate the line. Nile Lawrence-Stample seemed to be getting the brunt of the discussion.

The defense was working on short yardage packages and gap discipline. Dan Hicks still struggling on the outside when is comes to his assignment. He was apparently picking up the wrong guy when coming off the edge, which then renders his outside arm useless. This is important for stop the run, to say the least.

Jalen Ramsey was running as the first team strong safety with P.J. Williams at first string corner.  Also, Ronald Darby was coming in on the nickel, and Nate Andrews was the money man on the dime.

They were also working Matthew Thomas in during the money to rush from the edge.

Jimbo will meet with the press after Tuesday's practice and we'll bring you those updates.