FSU Notebook: 4th Quarter Drills

Updates on Matthew Thomas, Injuries, team leadership, and more from 4th Quarter Drills.

Matthew Thomas Performing Well

Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas has been an enigma throughout his first four years in Tallahassee. He is arguably the most talented linebacker on the Florida State roster, but a year and a half of suspensions and a shoulder injury has stunted his production. Now he's on his last chance, and he seems to be making the most of it. 

"Doing really well," Thomas said. "He had a great camp. He runs so smooth and athletic. 227-230 pounds… Gives you a lot of depth. He’s such a space player. But he’s such a big guy, can come downhill, he can trigger, he can rush. He can do a lot of things."

Getting production from him will be a huge boost to the linebacking corps for the 2016 season.

Leaders taking over

Florida State had a lack of leadership during the 2015 season, but it doesn't look like that will be the case in 2015. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher listed three players initially that have stepped up as leaders this offseason.

"Demarcus, Dalvin, Derwin," Fisher said. "There are some excellent leaders in that group."

Fisher also listed Travis Rudolph as a player that has led by example this offseason.

“ ...But Travis, man from Day One, he’s been a joy to watch compete every day," Fisher said. "It’s just that maturity level of ‘I understand what you’re pushing me too every day.’ It’s almost, not easy for him, but he’s hit that groove where he knows how to do it and how to take himself there mentally. That ability comes out. He did not have one bad guy in the offseason.”

A number of players out for the spring.

There were a number of players that were out for the open 4th quarter drill session that Florida State had on Thursday. A number of those players will also be out for the spring.

OL Abdul Bello (Torn ACL):

“He’s progressing extremely well,” Fisher said.

DL Keith Bryant (broken foot):

“He did it in drills, the same break Bobo [Wilson] and Ermon [Lane] had," Fisher said. "And I’m going to tell you, Keith was doing outstanding. We were playing him at end a little bit, down to 282 pounds. I felt bad for him.”

LB Tyrell Lyons (Torn ACL):

“He’ll be in drills, but he won’t be in team," Fisher said. "Well be able to get him in individual drills and we’ll get him ready after spring.”

OL Ryan Hoefeld (shoulder)

OL Derrick Kelly (knee)

TE Jeremy Kerr (shoulder)

WR Da’Vante Phillips (core muscle issue)

DE Janarius Robinson (shoulder)

Position Changes?

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher indicated that there will be at least one position change for spring practice. He declined to say who was moving.

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