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FSU football practice updates: August 12

The Seminoles head to Jacksonville

Syndication: Tallahassee Democrat Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via Imagn Content Services, LLC

After spending the first two days of fall camp in separate units and then practicing under normal circumstances, Florida State Seminoles football is heading to Jacksonville to practice at the University of North Florida.

The reason behind the trip? Head coach Mike Norvell explained after practice yesterday that he wants his team to get a feel for a foreign environment in preparation for away games, and to maintain consistency despite outside forces.

Previous day updates

“Stay low, play low.” Mike Norvell told his offensive line unit at the beginning of practice number four.

It started out with warmups and then each quarterback running a two-minute drill. The first play of the drive running back Treshaun Ward takes a handoff from quarterback Mckenzie Milton, gets a nice block by pulling offensive guard Dillan Gibbons, and takes it to the house. Second play Ward runs up the middle for a short gain. Milton pulls and runs it for about ten. Back to Ward up the middle and he gets stuffed. In the following play, the offensive line held their blocks but got spread out and it looked like linebacker Amari Gainer was spying Milton because the second a hole opened up, he blitzed and got a sack. The field goal was good.

Jordan Travis on his first play, makes an adjustment at the line it looked like defensive back Travis Jay was faking a blitz, Treshaun Ward cuts up the middle for a good gain. On the next play Ward gets stopped in the backfield. Last play goes nowhere, the defense won that one.

Outside in drills defensive back, Akeem Dent gets a nice stop on wide receiver Anthony Weeden in special teams. The next rep, Weeden hits a nice juke move and takes off. Other players that received loud praise from head coach Mike Norvell were tight end Carter Boatright, defensive back Travis Jay, tight end Jackson West, Tight end Camren McDonald and wide receiver Malik McClain.

The quarterbacks were hard to see given the distance from where we were and they were. But same as the first three practices wide receiver Andrew Parchment stood out, along with wide receiver Keyshawn Helton. What I like about Parchment is he is always winning his blocks. From a distance it looked like the defense was constantly pressuring both quarterbacks, defensive lineman Jarett Jackson broke through on one play and almost got to Milton but Milton’s mobility shined and he was able to get away for a good ten yards or more. I’d say Milton’s leg has healed nicely. Linebacker Amari Gainer was able to record another sack in this portion of practice.

Defensive back Jarques McClellion breaks up a beautiful throw by Milton into a tight space but McClellion was able to get his hand in there at the last second.

Watching some of the offensive line going against the defensive line from above, defensive tackle Malcolm Ray got planted by offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons. Gibbons shook his hand afterward (such a nice guy.)

Defensive end Kier Thomas had a nice rep against offensive lineman Lloyd Willis slinging him to the ground.

Indoors, both quarterbacks participated in 11 on 11 and the defense stood out again.

A few notes from there, quarterback Jordan Travis hits wide receiver Keyshawn Helton for about 20 yards and would’ve been a touchdown but they blew the whistle and re-set.

Linebacker Amari Gainer got another sack spying on quarterback Tate Rodemaker. I’ve said this before but Rodemaker can move. This was only a touch sack and he probably would’ve gotten away.

I couldn’t get a clear view of who did this but either defensive back Caleb Blake or defensive back Shyheim Brown had a nice pass break up by coming through the wide receiver’s hands and deflecting the ball.