Florida State concluded fall camp yesterday, and, even with the secrecy that Jimbo Fisher has around his program, there are still some things that we have learned from camp.
There is very little separation between Sean Maguire and Everett Golson. That's a very good sign for Golson considering he came into camp with a very large defecit.
Mario Pender still has durability issues, but when he's healthy he is one of the best athletes on the team. Jimbo has talked up his ability in nearly every practice that Pender has been available in.
Despite Jimbo being angry with the receivers over the last week i've been told that they haven't been nearly as bad as he made them out to be. They do need to be more consistent.
The offensive line has three spots set. Left tackle Roderick Johnson, left guard Kareem Are, and right tackle Derrick Kelly. Kelly is the surprise of the group, but he has been entrenched in that spot since the second practice of camp. Right guard is up for grabs between Wilson Bell and Chad Mavety. Bell has the leg up here. At center it's a battle between Corey Martinez and Alec Eberle. Eberle has been taking first team reps the last couple days, but some bad snaps in the scrimmage have put him on Jimbo's bad side for the time being.
The offense as a whole has actually been very good, especially in the running game, from what we've been told.
The defense has been very good against the pass, but not so much against the run. That's not really surprising considering the lack of depth at linebacker and the plethora of depth in the secondary.
The defense has also been able to generate a pass rush and it has been causing some big plays for the defense. Turnovers, sacks, batted balls, ect..
The linebacker group is extremely thin, but we've heard good reports about Lorenzo Phillips and Tyrell Lyons. Lyons is a little undersized, but has a nose for the football and can cover well. Phillips is still trying to get a grasp of the defense at this point, but the ability is there.
In the secondary it looks like Florida State will be playing a lot more dime this season and that will put Nate Andrews in the Money role. When that happens expect true freshman Derwin James to step into the first team safety role along with Lamarcus Brutus.
Because they will be running a lot of Dime this season stopping the run will be a major concern for this team, and something they haven't been able to answer yet.
Special teams, especially the return units, have been a point of focus for the Noles this camp, and they have seen significant improvement. Kermit Whitfield looks much faster, and lighter, than last season and seems to be moving very well.
Jason Staples contributed to this report.