FLORIDA STATE -- The Florida State Seminoles took to the practice fields on Tuesday to prepare for the NC State Wolfpack this Saturday. There was a mixed energy today. The players still seemed engaged after suffering a loss to a very physical Clemson Tigers team and the coaches were coaching stern but also didn’t think twice about praising effort and technique.
11 vs 11
- The defensive front was able to get a lot of pressure on quarterback McKenzie Milton and really in the backfield altogether. Defensive tackle Fabian Lovett was able to shoot the B gap to bring down running back D.J Williams for a loss.
- More pressure from the line, Milton lost defensive back Akeem Dent in coverage and Dent was able to leap in the air to come down with an interception. I kept noticing Dent making plays all morning and paired with the interception I think he had an overall good practice.
- Amongst all the pressure, running backs Jashaun Corbin and Ja’Khi Douglas were able to find some running lanes and made five, ten, and 15-yards runs throughout the drill.
- At the goal line, defensive end Jermaine Johnson was able to get to Milton quickly putting his hands in the quarterback's face. Milton didn't scramble however and was able to find Douglas in the corner of the end zone.
7 on 7
Right around the middle of practice, I noticed the energy level pick up a bit and things became more physical. Linebacker D.J. Lundy is a big guy and is starting to come more into form at his position being right where he needs to be.
- Linebacker Kalen DeLoach showed good coverage skills closing in quickly to break up a pass by quarterback Tate Rodemaker.
- Rodemaker connected with Corbin down the sidelines for an easy touchdown leaving his defender in the dust.
- Jackson West showed his power catching a pass from Milton by lowering his shoulder and plowing through his defender. West also had a good practice today.
Linebacker Emmit Rice is getting more involved in practice participating in one on one drills and 7 on 7. He was only in for a few reps which coincides with what Norvell said today after practice about managing a player’s workload while working him back in the mix.
1 vs. 1 wide receiver and defensive backs
- Wide receiver Andrew Parchment made a highly contested diving catch on Jarvis Brownlee at the sideline prompting head coach Mike Norvell to yell across the practice field. He was pleased with the catch but didn't waste the opportunity to throw in some coaching.
- Defensive back Jammie Robinson had an eye-opening interception going up against Jordan Young. Young slipped a little bit on his route and the ball flipped off his hands into the air behind them. Robinson looked up, leapt backward, and the ball hit him in his hands while he was laying on the ground, fumbling and ultimately securing the ball. Norvell gave one of the biggest celebrations I've seen from him so far, running over to Robinson while he was on the ground congratulating and pushing him.
- Wide receiver Kentron Poitier had a good day in this drill catching the majority of the balls thrown his way.
- Tight end Jackson West had a nice touchdown reception blazing past his defender. He was probably five yards ahead when the ball was caught.