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Florida State football practice report: 8/18

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The 'Noles began their third and final week of fall camp on Monday. Next week is game week!

Grant Halverson

The Florida State Seminoles took to the practice fields during a gloomy Monday afternoon to kick off their third and final week of fall camp. While this week attempts to clear up some of the team's questions heading into fall, next week marks the beginning of preparation for the season-opener in Dallas against Oklahoma State on August 30th.

The Noles were in shorts and shells on Monday, and the following players were not dressed out: Markus Eligwe, Ryan Green, Ryan Hoefeld, Colin Blake, Tyrell Lyons, Matthew Thomas, P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby, Josue Matias and Cam Erving.

Dalvin Cook, Keelin Smith and Mario Pender were in blue no-contact jerseys.

Cam Erving and Josue Matias were wearing helmets, but they weren't in shells. Roderick Johnson was taking first team reps at left tackle with Erving out and Kareem Are continued to take those reps at left guard. And with Hoefeld out, Alec Eberle taking the reps as the backup center.

The Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers had scouts at Monday's practice.

John Franklin continued to work with the wide receivers and even came out early to put in work on the machine. It seems like some of the younger receivers have started to follow in Greene's footsteps in this regard, because Greene is usually one of the first players inside the facility before practice starts.

Travis Rudolph was working as a punt returner alongside Rashad Greene, Kermit Whitfield, Bobo Wilson and Mario Pender.

Mavin Saunders, who has been held out for a handful of practices, seemed to be taking quite a bit of reps.

The defense continues to get work to some of the backups in the absence of Williams and Darby. Marquez White and Nick Waisome have been at those corners.

Jimbo Fisher will speak following Monday's practice, as will a couple players.