The Florida State Seminoles defense won the day yesterday but not without a fight. Defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson had a lot of good things to say about newcomers, moving positions, and the overall mindset of his group.
“It’s always good to get the young guys reps and develop some good quality depth, there’s going to be some young guys that are going to help us this year, so it's really been good. The one thing that we’re going to have to continue to do is to have a consistent mindset with the way that we show up day in and day out, once we do that, we’re pretty damn good.”
Players are switching to new positions all around the field. Defensive back Akeem Dent has moved from cornerback to free safety and defensive back Travis Jay was focused on the cornerback position but was really used all over.
“He has grown up a lot, [Travis Jay] he’s had a really good camp thus far. We have him playing multiple positions because of his versatility and I like where he’s at right now from a down-to-down standpoint. He just has to continue to develop mental toughness, that's my message to him, once he does that he has all-conference potential.”
“Akeem Dent brings a lot of range. Akeem, he obviously played safety as a freshman, we had him at corner last year and we’ve made a decision to put him back at safety and I’ve been really impressed with the progress that he has made at free safety. He has made a lot of strides in making open-field tackles, the physicality is one thing that I challenged him with coming into camp and he has responded to that.”
Head coach Mike Norvell is scheduled to speak after today's practice along with select players. Check back for video updates and overview.
“I thought it was a good day, I’ve been trying to get a real good look at both of the young quarterbacks. I’ve really been pleased with both Chubba [Purdy] and Tate [Rodemaker] these last few days, we’ve had a big workload. When you look at the scrimmage, I would say McKenzie [Milton] and Jordan [Travis] took 85 percent of the snaps so we wanted to take a few days to get those young guys to show their growth from the scrimmage.” -Mike Norvell in his after practice interview.”
*The rest of his post-practice interview can be seen here:
In the red zone, the offense from the three-yard line looked great with lots of scrambles up the middle. Wide receiver Ja’kai Douglas caught two into the endzone with second effort reaches to the pylon.
Moving outside to one on one drills, a pass was thrown to tight end Camren McDonald but was intercepted by defensive back Brendan Gant. Later on in that drill, Gant gave up a nice toe-tapping touchdown to wide receiver Kentron Poitier in the corner of the endzone. Defensive back Jarvis Brownlee had some nice coverage and a good pass breakup thrown to wide receiver Ontaria Wilson. Ja’kai Douglas had another touchdown in this drill.
At the five-yard line, freshman defensive back Kevin Knowles II had some pass breakups and wide receivers Kentron Poitier and Keyshawn Helton both caught touchdowns.
In 7-on-7, defensive back Travis Jay showed off his tight coverage skills on Kentron Poitier and linebacker D.J. Lundy came down with an interception on a pass intended for running back Jashaun Corbin. Wide receiver Darion Williamson had a nice 20-yard catch along with tight-end Wyatt Rector. Running back Lawrence Toafili caught a nice pass for a huge gain in coverage. Other players that stood out in this drill were tight end Jackson west, wide receiver Malik Mclain, and defensive back Demorie Tate.
In 11 on 11, defensive tackle Dennis Briggs Jr. stuffed running back Lawrence Toafili running up the middle and also running back Treshaun Ward on a critical down. Jackson West had a couple of nice catches for first downs. Linebacker D.J. Lundy seems to be improving stuffing runs up the middle and stopping screens in their tracks. Players Travis Jay and Treshaun Ward both stood out.
All in all, it was a better day for the offense than yesterday. Both sides made plays, one thing you have to remember is that this is practice, players on both sides of the ball are in heavy rotation at all positions.