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Florida State fall camp notebook: Updates from practice

DeWalt, Craftsman, Makita. We’re talkin’ drills baby!

The Florida State Seminoles returned from the University of North Florida on Saturday and had their first scrimmage of fall camp that day.

Overall, according to head coach Mike Norvell, it was a competitive albeit inconsistent performance, one that felt like “real football” but still lacked the execution he’s looking for out of his team.

“We’re excited about the competition we have and the depth that we’re starting to have. This is a critical week for the program.”

“One of the keys of what I hope we’ll see this week is the application of the things that we’re learning in the meeting room, the experiences that we see, things that work or things that didn’t work and how can we build upon that. From the scrimmage the other night, some guys were looking really good for the first six days [of camp] and they got out there, there’s no coaches around, they’re having to process, to put it all together and maybe take a little bit of step back [in their progress].”

Due to Tropical Storm Fred, there was no media coverage for the first practice of the week but today we are allowed in.

Check back here as well as our Twitter for updates from practice, followed by interviews with defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson along with other select players.


Overall, the defense won the day, it seemed that the guys (veterans and newcomers) who are rotating in and out of the defensive back position are building good chemistry.

Defensive back Travis Jay shined the most in tempo snagging an interception and breaking up passes thrown in his direction. He looked fluid in special team's drills and had another interception in 7 on 7 drills. Defensive back Jarvis Brownlee Jr. had an interception as well.

Kicker Parker Grothaus was thudding footballs against the side of the indoor practice facility on a few occasions.

Not to say the offense didn't have its moments. Chippiness came from all over the practice fields. Tight end Preston Daniel and wide receivers Joshua Burell and Keyshawn Helton all caught nicely thrown passes for touchdowns in the earlier portion of practice while wide receiver Malik McClain and Jordan Young caught some nicely thrown balls down the sideline. Running backs Lawrence Toafili and Jashaun Corbin both had touchdown runs in two-minute and red zone drills.

Defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson.

Defensive back Hunter Washington.

Defensive back Shyheim Brown.

Wide receiver Malik McClain.