FSU 8/29 Notebook: Cook, OC, WRs, and RT

Notes and news on a number of Florida State position battles and players.

Dalvin Cook making plays in return

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was reinstated to the team on Monday evening after being found not guilty of misdemeanor battery. Cook returned to the practice field on Tuesday, and since then he's made a big impact on the team. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has been pleased with his progress and noted that Cook made some big plays during practice today.

"He made four or five big time runs today," Fisher said. "So did Mario Pender though too. Both of them are running really well, but Dalvin's looking very good."

Cook has been working with the second team as he gets back into the groove of practice, but as he gets back in the swing he will likely move back into the starting role.

Brock Ruble working with the starters

Redshirt freshman Brock Ruble has been working with the first team at right tackle after Derrick Kelly went out with an ankle injury a few practices ago. Kelly was back practicing, but Ruble remained playing with the first team today. Coach Fisher was very quick to answer why.

"Ruble's playing the best," Fisher said. "Ruble's playing really good right now."

Even among the offensive line that has multiple members above 6-foot-6 Ruble stands out. He stands 6-foot-9, 320-pounds, but size isn't all he brings to the table.

"Brains, experience," Fisher said. "He's smart. He learns. He's long. He's playing really good football. It's nothing bad about Derrick, but Brock's healthy and he's playing really good football right now. 

Center has plenty of options, but no answer yet

Since fall camp began Alec Eberle and Corey Martinez have been battling it out for the starting center spot. Both have worked with the first teams at times, but Eberle was absent from today's practice. Head coach Jimbo Fisher said he would be comfortable with any of those two and added that Ryan Hoefeld has been playing well.

"We're still playing all those guys," Fisher said. "We've known. We're settled. We're very settled on what we are. We feel very comfortable with two, actually three guys now that Hoefeld's back in there right now playing really well. Along with Martinez and along with Eberle.

Coach Fisher said that he doesn't know when Eberle will be back to practice.

"He's got a little ailment," Fisher said. "He'll be out. Not long hopefully."

Wide Receivers making progress

Earlier during fall camp coach Fisher was not pleased at all with the way his receivers had practiced. Since then he has backed off that a little bit, but after today's practice he was very pleased with the way the receivers have progressed. 

"They've gotten better," Fisher said. "They've thrown and caught the ball much better."

Getting Ja'Vonn "Pigg" Harrison back has been a big part of that according to Fisher. 

"Yes," Fisher said. "Getting him back definitely does."

Harrison was working with the first team when they go to the three wide receiver sets. Bobo Wilson and Travis Rudolph continue to be the regular starters.


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