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Florida State football starts conditioning drills — wearing masks

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Coaches join players for workouts for the first time since spring.

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As questions still swirl of what a 2020 college football season will look like — if it happens — Florida State Seminoles football ran its first supervised conditioning workout since spring football was cancelled.

Players have been participating in voluntary workouts since June 1, but today marks the first day that coaches are allowed to be present.

The NCAA approved a six-week practice plan in the middle of June, laying out the following schedule:

July 13-23: Eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning and film study.

July 24-Aug. 6: Workouts can include walkthroughs and team and individual meetings.

Aug. 7: Regular preseason practice can begin.

The first news of the workout came today, from Director of Player Personnel Chuck Cantor:

Florida State tweeted out a video later in the day, showcasing not just the athletes and coaches but the gear they were rocking as well:

Players featured in the video, including quarterback James Blackman, are seen wearing balaclava-style athletic masks, while coaches like head coach Mike Norvell and defensive line coach Odell Haggins are seen rocking face shields.

It was a move that was emphasized, and that didn’t go unnoticed: