2012 Spring Practice Story Tracker

Be sure to bookmark this page for spring practice, as it will serve as the hub for all of the content put together by our NoleDigest.com staff from the first workout through the Garnet and Gold Game.

Saturday, April 14

NoleDigest Video: Spring Game Recap
In these episodes of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the annual Garnet and Gold Game for Florida State. There are a total of two installments for your eyes and ears, one each focusing on the offense and defense. | Story

FSU 'very proud' of the spring game
For the most part, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was happy with what he saw Saturday in the Garnet and Gold Game. Particularly, the 'Noles look to have tight end covered with Nick O'Leary and Dan Hicks. | Story

NoleDigest Video: Seminoles Postgame
For this installment of NoleDigest Video, freshman wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, junior linebacker Telvin Smith and senior fullback Lonnie Pryor all answer questions after the Garnet and Gold Game. | Story

Chase's Collection: First Half Photos
Both the Garnet and Gold offenses got off to quick starts in the first half, but then the defenses began to get off the field. Here is a gallery of photos from the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium. | Story

ND Photo Gallery: Garnet 35, Gold 20
The Garnet team defeated the Gold team 35-20 in the annual spring game Saturday in Tallahassee. Here's a photo gallery from a beautiful -- long, though -- day of football at Doak Campbell Stadium. | Story

Seminoles Speak: Garnet 35, Gold 20
Cameron Erving, Greg Reid, Brandon Jenkins, Lonnie Pryor, Rashad Gholston, Kelvin Benjamin, James Wilder and E.J. Manuel all made comments to the media following the annual spring game. | Story

Game Day Chat: Garnet and Gold Game
If you really want to know what's happening with Florida State in the Garnet and Gold Game, hang with the Nole Digest team in the Doak Campbell Stadium press box for this interactive chat. | Story


Friday, April 13

FSU Recruiting: Spring Game Primer
On Saturday, Florida State plays its annual Garnet and Gold Game. Many prospects will be in Tallahassee, as it is traditionally a pivotal time for recruiting. How does the weekend look so far according to our resident expert? | Story

Garnet and Gold Preview: Spring Game
FSU plays its Garnet and Gold Game on Saturday, giving fans a chance to see how far the Seminoles have come this spring. Here are five questions that need to be answered at Doak Campbell Stadium. | Story


Wednesday, April 11

NoleDigest Video: 13th Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the 13th day of spring drills for Florida State. One of the topics covered is who lines up at gunner on the punt team, as well as an update on Jarred Haggins. | Story

McAllister taking advantage of reps
The 'Noles should be loaded with defensive tackles once fall comes around, but this spring the position is a bit thin due to injuries. Demonte McAllister is taking advantage of his extra workload. | Story

FSU's offensive line taking shape
Not only will Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders take all that experience to the pros, but they'll also leave quite a leadership void along FSU's offensive line. Josue Matias and Co. are the next generation. | Story

NoleDigest Video: WR Willie Haulstead
For this installment of NoleDigest Video, junior wide receiver Willie Haulstead talks to the Florida State media for the first time since sitting out all of this past season with post-concussion problems. | Story


Tuesday, April 10

Manuel's opinion of 'live' scrimmage
After the surprising news that E.J. Manuel and the rest of the signal callers were "live" in the second scrimmage, it turns out it was not such a surprise. Manuel let the media in on a secret Tuesday. | Story

NoleDigest Video: WR Christian Green
In this installment of NoleDigest Video, sophomore wide receiver Christian Green talks to the Florida State media about Monday's scrimmage and what the offense needs to do as a whole to get better. | Story


Monday, April 9

NoleDigest Video: Scrimmage No. 2
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the second scrimmage of spring drills for Florida State. Is Jeff Luc getting any shot at all to play middle linebacker with Vince Williams sidelined for a while? | Story

Chase's Collection: Scrimmage No. 2
Florida State held its second scrimmage of spring practice Monday. And while coach Jimbo Fisher was far from pleased, there is still time to get it all corrected. Here is a gallery of photos from Doak Campbell Stadium. | Story

Fisher makes QBs 'live' for scrimmage
Unhappy with his offense and defense in Monday's scrimmage, coach Jimbo Fisher surprised most everyone by announcing that his QBs were "live" during the workout and could be tackled to the ground. | Story


Saturday, April 7

NoleDigest Video: 11th Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the 11th day of spring workouts for Florida State. Chad Abram was getting some reps with the starters for the first time on the offensive side of the ball. | Story

Chase's Collection: Saturday's Workout
Florida State has now wrapped up 11 of 15 spring practices, which culminate with the annual Garnet and Gold Game next Saturday. Here is a gallery of photos from the intramural fields. | Story

Williams out for the rest of spring
The rotation at middle linebacker will not be much of a rotation any longer in spring practice. The job belongs to Telvin Smith for the foreseeable future, as Vince Williams is out with a broken leg. | Story


Friday, April 6

No specialization for FSU's receivers
Ridiculously deep at the receiver position, Florida State must find ways to get the ball into the hands of players like junior Kenny Shaw, who is believed to be the best route runner on the team. | Story

NoleDigest Video: QB Jacob Coker
For this installment of NoleDigest Video, redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Coker talks about, among other topics, just how different Florida State's offense is compared to what he ran as a high schooler. | Story


Thursday, April 5

NoleDigest Video: 10th Spring Practice
For this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the 10th day of spring workouts for Florida State. JUCO transfer Daniel Glauser was getting some first-team reps at left tackle for the very first time. | Story

Wilder has to earn back respect
James Wilder's legal dilemma has prevented him from getting a leg up in the Florida State backfield this spring, but now he's back in action and simply must continue his development as a ball carrier. | Story


Wednesday, April 4

Wilder could return to Seminoles today
Florida State has been thin at the tailback position during spring drills, but another ball carrier should be at Wednesday's workout. James Wilder's legal trouble appears to have been resolved. | Story


Monday, April 2

NoleDigest Video: 9th Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the ninth day of spring workouts for Florida State. What were the tight ends being asked to do? Who are the players to watch on the kickoff unit? | Story

Hopkins needs to adjust to new rules
One of Florida State's most potent weapons the last several years, Dustin Hopkins and his Howitzer of a leg on kickoffs, might be neutralized with the brand new rules put in place by the NCAA in 2012. | Story

Back to basics for Manuel this spring
Although he was a bit of a disappointment at times this past season, his first as a full-time starter, QB E.J. Manuel didn't have much of a chance due to a poor offensive line and a litany of injuries. | Story

NoleDigest Video: LB Telvin Smith
For this installment of NoleDigest Video, linebacker Telvin Smith discusses what he is trying to improve upon during spring practice and Christian Jones moving from strong side over to weak side. | Story


Saturday, March 31

NoleDigest Video: Scrimmage No. 1
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the first scrimmage of spring practice for Florida State. Among the topics of the day are Cameron Erving at left tackle and Telvin Smith at middle linebacker. | Story

Special teams a work in progress
While Florida State might have a difficult time replacing an All-American punter like Shawn Powell, special teams should be a strength once again with return men like Lamarcus Joyner making big plays. | Story

ND Photo Gallery: Out of the Tunnel
Saturday was the first of two scrimmages for the Florida State football team during spring practice. Here is a photo gallery as the 'Noles come out of the tunnel at Doak Campbell Stadium. | Story


Friday, March 30

NoleDigest Video: 7th Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the seventh day of spring drills for Florida State. There is new info to share on Bryan Stork, Austin Barron, Nick O'Leary, Dan Hicks and Rodney Smith. | Story

O'Leary lining up at several positions
Despite his grandfather, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, saying Jimbo Fisher didn't got him the ball enough last season, Nick O'Leary is confident he can catch plenty of passes in Florida State's offense. | Story

Chase's Collection: Offensive Line
The entire season for Florida State just may come down to Rick Trickett and how well he can build up a young and inexperienced offensive line. Here's a gallery of photos from the intramural fields. | Story

NoleDigest Video: C Austin Barron
In this installment of NoleDigest Video, sophomore snapper Austin Barron chats with the Florida State media for the first time and is rather honest about what went wrong in last year's Miami game. | Story


Wednesday, March 28

NoleDigest Video: 6th Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the sixth day of spring drills for Florida State. He discusses Willie Haulstead, Demonte McAllister and the new upbacks on the punt team. | Story

Hunter prepared to replace Harris
One name Florida State fans need to start getting more familiar with is Tyler Hunter. The sophomore backs up Lamarcus Joyner at safety and also has his sights set on winning the job at nickel back. | Story

Jones adapting to position change
A bit of an enigma during his Florida State career thus far, junior Christian Jones is switching from strong-side linebacker over to the weak side this year and should make more plays as a result. | Story

NoleDigest Video: S Karlos Williams
In this installment of NoleDigest Video, sophomore safety Karlos Williams chats with the Florida State media for the very first time since putting on the garnet and gold and basically lights up the room. | Story


Monday, March 26

NoleDigest Video: 5th Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the fifth day of spring practice for Florida State. What's the latest first-team unit for the offensive line, and who has been stepping in for Xavier Rhodes? | Story

Chase's Collection: Monday's Workout
Florida State received a big scare, as Timmy Jernigan injured his knee Saturday, but Monday we learned that he won't be out for long. Here is a gallery of photos from the Al Dunlap Practice Fields. | Story

Jernigan done for spring due to MCL
Florida State sophomore defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, a Freshman All-American selection this past season, will miss the remainder of spring practice with a bum knee. Luckily, it's not too serious. | Story


Saturday, March 24

NoleDigest Video: 4th Spring Practice
For this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the fourth day of spring practice for Florida State. There was another change along the O-line, plus one proposed position switch is yet to occur. | Story

ND Photo Gallery: Spring Ball, Offense
Florida State continues to focus on the run in the beginning stages of spring football, changing up the offensive line a bit. Here is a photo gallery of Saturday featuring the offensive side of the ball. | Story


Thursday, March 22

NoleDigest Video: 3rd Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the third day of spring drills for Florida State. Who are the leading candidates to get a shot at nickel back? Who could be in the mix as a kick returner? | Story

Thompson returns, cherishing the game
Florida State tailback Chris Thompson has been a welcome sight at spring practice, as the senior ball carrier dealt with two separate back injuries in 2011 and could have been done with football. | Story

Sky's the limit for Erving on offense
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher didn't ultimately decide to move Cameron Erving from defensive tackle over to offensive tackle solely to give himself another option. He truly believes the 305-pounder can be a star. | Story

NoleDigest Video: DE Cornellius Carradine
In this installment of NoleDigest Video, defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine gets a chance to talk to the Florida State media for the first time since putting on the garnet and gold after junior college. | Story


Wednesday, March 21

NoleDigest Video: 2nd Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the second day of spring practice at Florida State. One of his topics is the comeback of Henry Orelus and where he fits along the offensive line. | Story

NoleDigest Video: QB E.J. Manuel
For this installment of NoleDigest Video, Florida State senior quarterback E.J. Manuel gets loose Wednesday during the opening stages of spring practice. See for yourself how No. 3 looks. | Story


Monday, March 19

NoleDigest Video: First Spring Practice
In this episode of NoleDigest Video, JC reviews the first day of spring practice for Florida State. Among the many topics discussed is Cameron Erving and Dan Hicks switching from defense to offense. | Story

Chase's Collection: Spring Ball, Defense
The Seminoles were officially back on the practice field Monday for the initial day of spring drills. Here is a gallery of photos from the Al Dunlap Practice Fields featuring the defensive side of the ball. | Story

Chase's Collection: Spring Ball, Offense
The Seminoles were officially back on the practice field Monday for the initial day of spring drills. Here is a gallery of photos from the Al Dunlap Practice Fields featuring the offensive side of the ball. | Story

Dawkins thrilled about Stoops' return
Florida State began spring practice Monday, and a handful of Seminoles were made available to members of the media. Everett Dawkins spoke openly about Mark Stoops entertaining other job offers. | Story

Pender could be the star of spring
Despite the fact that he could still be walking the halls of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, early-enrollee tailback Mario Pender got a lot of praise from coach Jimbo Fisher on Day 1. | Story

NoleDigest Video: S Terrence Brooks
For this installment of NoleDigest TV, Florida State junior safety Terrence Brooks talks about possibly fighting for a starting job this season and which of the receivers has impressed him the most. | Story

Press Conference: Fisher and Manuel
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and quarterback E.J. Manuel took questions at the podium Monday for the first time in quite a while. JC was there and summarizes their most notable comments. | Story


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