Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett absolutely raved about Cole Minshew at the Florida State Signing Day party back in February. Fast-forward seven months and it seems as if that praise was warranted. Minshew took reps with the first team offensive line at right guard during practice today, and did not seem out of place doing so.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with what he saw from the true freshman.
“For a young guy he’s very intelligent,” Fisher said. “He picks things up very well. He’s very physical and gifted, but his ankle is still not healthy. But the power and athleticism. He’s going to be a heck of a football player.”
Not only has Minshew impressed the coaches, but he’s also impressed another member of the offensive line.
“Pretty good freshman,” Left tackle Roderick Johnson said. “Of course he appears as a very, very big man. I think he’s coming along really well. His ankle’s pretty good. I see that he’s back out there like it never happened. I’m expecting big things from Cole Minshew… He’s a very powerful freshman, very powerful.”
Johnson was in that same position as a freshman last season when he was trying to earn a starting spot as a true freshman. He had some advice for Minshew.
“I just tell him to evaluate the film and see what he did wrong,” Johnson said. “See other film to see what you can do to better himself as a player. As far as that he’s doing pretty well. He’s adapting well with the speed and the strength. He’s latching on pretty good.”
It would be an amazing accomplishment for Minshew to earn a starting spot by opening day, but it wouldn’t be a surprise. At least not to coach Trickett.