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VIDEO: Fuller, Papuchis highlight defense, special teams post scrimmage

Fuller pleased with defensive line: “They’ve made the necessary strides... they’re considerably better now.”

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Florida State football held their first scrimmage of the fall tonight, an energetic practice that pleased head coach Mike Norvell. After Norvell’s presser, special teams coordinator John Papuchis and defensive coordinator Adam Fuller each spoke to the media. Fuller was extremely pleased with his defense’s energy and execution in the first half of the scrimmage. He said, “It was a pretty good first scrimmage,” but mentioned their was some sloppy play due to fatigue in the later periods.

The defensive coordinator is pleased with the development of the defensive front, mentioning they’re ‘considerably better now.’ On the defensive line, Fuller said, “They’ve made the necessary strides, and now you can continue to see more growth.”

Hunter Washington was one of two true freshmen defensive backs that had an interception on the evening. Fuller described Washington as a ‘competitor.’ He said, “Since the day Hunter’s been here, he’s been confident but he’s willing to work... He’s got playmaking in him.”

For Fuller’s full presser, see below:

Papuchis said that punter Alex Mastromanno is much more confident this season in his second year of football. He mentioned that he’s shown up in every practice and that he’s now much more comfortable with the football in his hand. The special teams coordinator also mentioned that the kicking battle between Parker Grothaus and Ryan Fitzgerald is going to play out till the finish line.

For Papuchis’ full presser, see below: