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FSU football fall camp notebook: August 26

Closing in on game week.

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

“People can talk about offense and defense. But if you want to see a team that has tremendous culture, tremendous passion, tremendous belief in each other, watch them on special teams.”

- Head coach Mike Norvell

Today’s practice was a shortened one for the Florida State Seminoles emphasized mostly on special teams both indoors and outdoors. The hands team got some significant attention towards the end of practice along with kick-off and return drills.

  • Alex Mastromanno’s punts are longer than his mullet with a beautiful hangtime to match.
  • The two-minute drill at the start of the day was won by the defense. A jump pass on a scramble from quarterback Jordan Travis to wide receiver Keyshawn Helton fell incomplete and an offensive time out came soon after, following a sack from defensive end Jermaine Johnson II. A completion to wide receiver Ontaria Wilson moved the offense for about eight yards and then another to tight end Camren McDonald got them to the first down marker. Defensive end George Wilson Jr. gets a sack followed by a low throw to McDonald broken up by defensive back Shyheim Brown. Dennis Briggs Jr. notched a sack as well.

*Gene “The Voice” Deckeroff made a cameo this morning and observed practice with us from the baseball stadium.

  • As for touchdowns in the red zone, there were a few. Quarterback Chubba Purdy got one into running back Deonte Sheffield’s hands in the endzone, one to tight end Preston Daniel and also one to Camren McDonald in tight coverage. Jordan Travis also was able to connect with Preston Daniel as well for a touchdown. Linebacker Cortez Andrews was good in coverage in this portion of the drill.
  • Defensive lineman Dennis Briggs Jr. was creating good pressure forcing a sack along with defensive end Marcus Cushnie with a nice cut move into the pocket that caused Jordan Travis to scramble backward, the play was then called dead.

WATCH: Defensive lineman Joshua Farmer talks after FSU practice.

WATCH: coach Odell Haggins discusses FSU defensive line.