Florida State Practice Report: 3/18

Florida State kicked off their spring practice today with quite a few questions on both sides of the football.

Florida State came out for the first practice of the spring in shorts. Defensive ends Chris Casher and Josh Sweat were not participating. Tight end Mavin Saunders, defensive tackle Adam Torres, and wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips were also not participating. Linebacker Terrance Smith was limited.

Running with the first team offense was Sean Maguire, Dalvin Cook, Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane, Jesus Wilson, and Ryan Izzo. The offensive line consisted of Roderick Johnson, Kareem Are, Ryan Hoefeld, Derrick Kelly, and Chad Mavety.

Wilson Bell, who Jimbo Fisher mentioned as one of the five offensive linemen in his press conference, was working at second team right guard.

The first team defense was in a 4-2-5 and consisted of Derrick Mitchell, Nile Lawrence-Stample, Demarcus Walker, Jacob Pugh, Terrance Smith, Tyrell Lyons, Trey Marshall, Tyler Hunter, Nate Andrews, Marquez White, and Jalen Ramsey.

Mathew Thomas was working with the second team as was defensive end Lorenzo Featherston, safety Derwin James, and cornerback Calvin Brewton.

Jesus Wilson and Kermit Whitfield were the first team kick returners. Backing them up were George Campbell and Travis Rudolph. The third team consisted of Mario Pender and Dalvin Cook.

The defense spent the open portion of practice on pursuit drills. The entire defense would go through the play and then sprint to one of the sidelines.

Post Practice Update

Jimbo was pleased with the way his team played with passion and tenacity and felt the team executed better than what he expected from the first day.

Jimbo was also very pleased with the way quarterback Sean Maguire practiced.

“I thought he had a great day,” Fisher said. “His temperament and demeanor. You can tell he’s been in the film room studying.”

“He looked like he wanted that job,” Fisher said. “It was day one, but very pleased with his execution and decision making.”

Jimbo also praised Rod Johnson, Kareem Are, Derrick Nnadi, Nile Lawrence-Stample, Ro’derick Hoskins, Jalen Ramsey, Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane, Ryan Izzo, Dalvin Cook, and Mario Pender.

Jimbo said he never noticed any of the early enrollees, but that was a good thing.

“I never noticed one of them from the standpoint of being lost or out of place or unathletic or from an assignment standpoint,” Jimbo said. “That’s shocking. It really is. You’d think one or two of them would be really lost. Derwin flashed at me, Jacques flashed at me at times, and I saw Calvin running and doing some things. Those guys all look normal, like they fit in already.”

Jimbo believes that Kelly has a chance to be a contributor and get playing time. He said he’s still got work to do, but he thinks he will be a very good player.

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