"We are getting people in the right place," Andrews said.
"We didn't have to repeat a lot of plays. We are probably in better shape as a team than we've been in a long, long time. What we asked them to do today was pretty darn tough. Folks that do that will win in the fourth quarter. But they will get better, too."
Andrews also made two notable position changes. He moved weakside linebacker Buster Davis to middle linebacker and safety Gerard Ross to cornerback. Plus, incoming freshman linebacker Ernie Sims‘ versatility was on display.
"He can play all three (linebacker spots)," Andrews said of Sims.
"Right now though he's at WILL linebacker. We moved Buster inside. Buster is a natural MIKE backer. We probably got more guys who are MIKE linebackers, true MIKE linebackers who are trying to learn SAM or WILL. They all hunt pretty good when the ball is snapped."
Of course, Andrews stressed the unit has plenty of time to build on its start.
"For the first day, we thought we got off to a good start," Andrews said. "But w didn't work any against the offense, so you can't judge it against the competition. Everybody looks good against the scout team."
Defensive ends coach Jody Allen also liked what he saw on the Seminoles' opening day. His group's biggest surprise may have been the emergence of Darrell Burston, a top-rated linebacker/defensive end out of high school who has added needed bulk since arriving at FSU last season.
"I have six guys who… it's kind of a big jumble now," Allen said.
"Darrell Burston has put himself in the mix. He is up to about 240 pounds now, and he's going to get a look. Now, how it will be, I don't know. Willie Jones has gained some weight. Those two are going to battle with Chauncey (Davis) and Kamerion (Wimbley) and Chauncy and Kamerion are going to battle with Kevin Emanuel and Eric Moore to see who starts. The thing is probably going to turnover three or four times before we get to that first (game). The competition is. …it's great to see right now."
Incoming freshman Antonio Cromartie made a lasting impression during the team's conditioning drills. In fact, many players whispered that Cromartie just might be the team's most talented cornerback. He has size, speed and toughness.
Cromartie, in fact, was thrilled to start practice.
"Us coming in and putting us (freshmen) in with the varsity, I think it's going to help us out because we don't have any choice but to keep up," Cromartie said.
"There's a lot of freshmen out where who really wants to play as a true freshman. I was very excited today because it has been my dream to come out here and play at Florida State. I wasn't nervous. Just very excited to be fulfilling my dream. I thought I did okay. The best thing is being out here with coach Andrews. I believe he's the best defensive backs coach in the country."
Andrews admitted he liked what he saw in Cromartie.
"He can run. Big body. He's got excellent quickness for a big guy. We've got some young kids who are going to be good players," Andrews said.