Cowboys vs Seminoles coverageJimbo Fisher and his Florida State Seminoles returned to the practice fields Thursday afternoon as they began to round out their first week of fall practice.
So far this week, Florida State's staff has started to experiment with some of the freshman, while cross-training players on both sides of the line. As the following weeks progress, expect to see some of the freshmen step into bigger roles on this football team.
Ryan Green and Markus Eligwe remained sidelined and not dressed during Thursday's practice, and they were joined by Travis Rudolph. Also, Josue Matias, who was dressed out on Thursday, was not allowed to participate in any contact drills.
And with Josue Matias sidelined, Kareem Are got the call to step in at left guard. Are continues to impress the staff and coach Trickett, and is setting himself up for some decent playing time.
EJ Levenberry, who has been replacing Reggie Northrup in the nickel, seems to have replaced Northrup in the base set as well, at least during Thursday's practice. And Jacob Pugh seems to be stepping in as the jack during second team reps.
First team kick coverage seems to consist of the following players: Ronald Darby, Nate Andrews, Tyrell Lyons, Reggie Northrup, Matthew Thomas, EJ Levenberry, P.J. Williams, Ro'Derrick Hoskins, Jacob Pugh, Nick Waisome and Jalen Ramsey. I fully expect Markus Eligwe to be a part of this group once he's healthy, but it's good to see a solid group of youngsters in there.
Kick return, however, does not seem to be sorted out just yet. The following players are working as kick returners: Kermit Whitfield, Karlos Williams, Mario Pender, Bobo Wilson and Rashad Greene. I'd imagine, if at all possible, that they'd like to avoid having Williams and Greene in the mix, but it helps to push the younger guys to be ready. And obvious Whitfield has already proven himself explosive returning kicks.
Here's a quick little montage from Thursday's practice.