After an off day on Monday, the Florida State football team returned to the Al Dunlap Practice Facility Tuesday for another practice session as kickoff against Alabama draws ever closer. It was a beautiful afternoon and a scout from the Atlanta Falcons was in attendance to observe.
Matthew Thomas was once again missing, although Jimbo Fisher admitted that there are some “other things going on” besides just the previously announced virus he has been suffering from. That being said, Fisher doesn’t expect it to be anything that will keep him off the field into the season.
Redshirt freshman center Baveon Johnson, who had been working with the second team, was watching from the sidelines on Tuesday. Defensive end Jalen Wilkerson was also not participating in practice.
Junior defensive end Josh Sweat was working out on the side and not participating in drills, but Fisher has said before that his previous knee injury affords him scheduled rest days.
Still not participating in practice were sophomore linebacker Dontavious Jackson (knee), freshman tight end Alexander Marshall (finger), freshman defensive back Cyrus Fagan (knee), senior safety Nate Andrews and defensive end Adam Torres.
Freshman wide receiver D.J. Matthews has been inconsistently practicing as he rehabs a pulled hamstring, but he was working out on Tuesday.
D.J. Matthews has been in and out of practice with a pulled hamstring but he was out there today. pic.twitter.com/1GeDztcxlh— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 15, 2017
Another catch by D.J. Matthews, who seemingly hovers in the air for this one. pic.twitter.com/lLSwL3Ea62— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 15, 2017
The wide receivers worked closely with wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey on passes thrown their way just as they were getting their heads around on curl or hook routes.
Here’s your daily Nyqwan Murray one-handed catch:
Casual one-handed grab for Nyqwan Murray. pic.twitter.com/r725xuZ8hE— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 15, 2017
At offensive line, Cole Minshew, who was missing from Sunday’s scrimmage, was back in action on Tuesday. He worked first at right guard along with Derrick Kelly at left tackle once again, Landon Dickerson at left guard, Alec Eberle at center, and Rick Leonard at right tackle. Josh Ball also worked some at left tackle with Ethan Frith at left guard, Corey Martinez at center, Mike Arnold at right guard and Abdul Bello at right tackle.
Brian Burns’ work ethic comes through in practice working with the defensive end/outside linebacker group.
Late in the practice portion the media was able to observe, the linebackers were going up against the running backs in one-on-one coverage. The results of which group won each rep were mixed.
LBs went 1 on 1 in coverage at today's practice. Here's Cam Akers beating Emmett Rice for a catch. pic.twitter.com/Y6fsPPzr40— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 15, 2017
And here's an impressive one-handed pick by Jacob Pugh covering Zaquandre White. pic.twitter.com/06tViJbwY3— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 15, 2017
Ricky Aguayo continued his impressive fall camp with a 35-yard attempt which cleared the up-rights and then some.
Aguayo also hit without issue from 45 yards out.
FSU will hold a closed practice on Wednesday before the media is let back in to observe the beginning of practice on Thursday.