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Florida State football practice report: 3/12

First day in pads.

The Florida State Seminoles were in pads for the first time this spring:

TN’s Brett Nevitt was on the ground, once again, and he put together this highlight package.

Here are some observations from FSU’s third practice:

  • Offensive line coach Alex Atkins is focused on every little detail with the OL. He makes a point of walking them through every single step of their blocks:
  • We also saw an “Oklahoma” multi-tier drill with high intensity from coaches and players:
  • Long-time defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews was in attendance.
  • Florida State’s quarterbacks practiced throwing on the run and worked on back shoulder throws, as well.
  • When going live, the QB’s have very little time to throw (water is also wet).
  • The running backs worked hard on blocking and training their eyes to find the correct hole to run through.
  • Freshman RB Ja’Khi Douglas looks good early.
  • Meanwhile, Anthony Grant still looks out of shape after missing last season.
  • Tamorrion Terry had a couple of punishing blocks in the Oklahoma drill.
  • Early enrollee WR Bryan Robinson continues to stand out this spring. He did a nice job this morning shielding defensive backs from the ball.
  • A couple of redshirt freshmen flashed: Malcolm Ray bull-rushed his way into the backfield, while Quashon Fuller looked lively off the edge.
  • Massive interior lineman Robert Cooper stood out on multiple occasions.
  • Amari Gainer did a nice job shedding blocks in the second tier of the Oklahoma drill.
  • The safeties were focused on recognizing QB arm angles for intermediate/deep passes.
  • We’ve pointed out how ball-security has been a major focus this spring. Today, the defensive coaches were stressing “high and tight” to their guys, as well.
  • Another major emphasis was special teams, specifically blocking and proper gap integrity.

Here is a photo gallery from Brett: