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Florida State: Wednesday’s practice notes

An up and down practice preparing for North Carolina

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

FLORIDA STATE- Today’s practice was decent with plays made on both sides of the ball. Lighting warnings and heavy rain minutes before practice brought all the warm-ups inside, and the team stayed there for the duration.

  • Starting with the two-minute drill, quarterback McKenzie Milton nails wide receiver Ontaria Wilson on the sidelines for a first down. A false start on the defense moves the offense five. Milton attempts a pass to wide receiver Malik McClain on the sideline, but defensive back Sidney Williams is all over him, and the ball hits McClain in the back for an incompletion. It looked like the defensive line got to Milton a little too quickly and disrupted the pass, but either way, McClain wasn’t turned around to catch it. Milton dumps it off to tight end Camren McDonald who gets stopped dead in his tracks. One thing I did notice on that play, however, is that offensive lineman Maurice Smith had his block solid and as things started developing the defender was completely out of the play.
  • Quarterback Chubba Purdy has been making strides in practice, and a lot of this has to do with his mobility. The third down conversion drill showcased that after getting 15-yards on a scramble, but he also showcased his arm. Purdy hit tight end Wyatt Rector for a 15-yard gain, before connecting with a wide open Ontaria Wilson for a touchdown.
  • In the one on ones (DBs vs WRs), there were noticeably more penalties. It seemed they were teaching hand technique and had the officials watching very carefully, although some of the flags were obvious. Wide receiver Jordan Young caught a touchdown from quarterback Jordan Travis and Jammie Robinson drew a flag. They seemed to be developing some rhythm together because he caught a second one from Travis in the red zone. Wide receiver Andrew Parchment caught a nice touchdown pass with defensive back Jarrion Jones in coverage, prompting Mike Norvell’s praise and critique. Another notable play was an interception by defensive back Kevin Knowles. Mike Norvell yelled, “Hey—he’s not allergic!” and congratulated him.
  • At the goal line in 11 on 11, Purdy got some nice blocking from his line and receivers and escaped the pocket for a touchdown. Later, he found Parchment in the very back corner of the endzone for another.
  • From the 20, running back Jashaun Corbin had a nice hole for a would-be touchdown, but it got called back.
  • Another notable play was in 7 vs 7. Jordan Travis threw a beautiful over the shoulder ball to wide receiver Keyshawn Helton for a touchdown. A defensive back was out of position before the play, and Travis took advantage.
  • The Seminoles face off against the North Carolina Tar Heels on the road this Saturday at 3:30 and you can catch the game on ESPN.