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FSU practice report: Multiple ’Noles return to practice

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Two highly-touted defensive linemen along with a talented freshman wideout were among those back at work on Tuesday.

On a dreary, rainy Tuesday afternoon, the Florida State football team returned to practice after its first off day of fall camp on Monday. In a practice which was forced inside the Indoor Practice Facility due to severe weather, scouts from the Jets, Browns and Rams were in attendance.


Not in attendance at Tuesday’s practice was freshman tight end Alexander Marshall, who was seen with a cast on his left hand at Sunday. Jimbo Fisher clarified after practice that he caught a pass which split one of his fingers open, requiring surgery to insert some pins. He has expected back in 4-6 weeks.

Additional new absences were by linebacker Matthew Thomas and running back Johnathan Vickers, both of whom were sick according to Fisher.

True freshman safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was once again sporting a non-contact uniform. Also missing from the secondary was Cyrus Fagan, who is out of action with a knee injury.

Defensive end Adam Torres was not working out, instead riding the workout bike off to the side. Freshman defensive tackle Ja’len Parks was also off to the side rehabbing on his own.

Brady Scott’s recovery from his foot injury suffered before fall camp carries on, but he was keeping a close eye on the offensive line during practice Tuesday.


Freshman wide receiver D.J. Matthews returned to practice, albeit in a limited capacity, after pulling his hamstring last week.

Former defensive back Malique Jackson seems fully converted to receiver at this point as he was working with the wideouts for the third straight practice session on Tuesday.


On defense, the Seminoles got significantly healthier as defensive ends Josh Sweat and Josh Kaindoh, who were both held out from Sunday’s practice, were full participants. Sweat was held out Sunday merely due to scheduled rest.

Additionally, sophomore linebacker Dontavious Jackson participated in his second straight practice, seemingly past the illness he was dealing with last week.

In the linebacker corps, defensive end Brian Burns worked with linebackers coach Bill Miller.

With Sweat getting work in at the strong-side defensive end spot formally occupied by DeMarcus Walker, the buck linebacker role may be Burns’ ticket to more playing time in 2017.

In unrelated news, defensive tackle Marvin Wilson is still a massive true freshman.

Special Teams

Ricky Aguayo and Logan Tyler were splitting field goal and kickoff reps, as they have been all fall, on Tuesday.

A look at FSU’s kick return unit showed Keith Gavin, Derwin James, Amir Rasul, Cam Akers, Khalan Laborn and George Campbell as the return men for the Seminoles.


The Seminoles’ next practice which the media will be able to observe is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.