Two of the team's strongest players, each has held the upper hand at times. Take Saturday for example.
Broe pushed Dockett back towards the sideline during four-on-six drills. Dockett repaid the favor and slammed drove Broe over a blocking dummy and on his back during on-one-one.
A day earlier, the two went after each other -- and it wasn't to hug. Don't worry, there's no animosity. The two walked off the field together following practice, trading secrets on technique.
"We are always getting into it. It's a rivalry but it's friendly," Broe said and laughed following Saturday's practice.
"If I can take care of him, I can take care of anybody -- I am confident about that. Coach Sexton yesterday was laughing at us because we were fighting. But after practice we were out there working together. We are so competitive. I am not going to let him get the best of me, and he's not going to let me get the best of him."
Broe, a redshirt sophomore from Norcross, Ga., moves into the starter's role in place three-year starter Montrae Holland. Broe played in all 14 games last season in a reserve role, concentrating primarily on special teams, and then won the Second Effort Award during spring drills. He also dropped more than 40 pounds in preparation for this season.
Guess who his training partner was in the Seminoles' weight room?
"If he was doing shoulder presses, he would pump out eight 110s," Broe said. "I would go over and kill myself to get two more than him. And he's like, ‘Okay, that's the how it is.' I was like, ‘Yeah.' He would try to get like 12 the next time. Finally, we were like we might as well do the whole workout together."
Defensive end Eric Moore is pleased with his unit's progress during week one.
"We are looking pretty good right now," Moore said. "Everybody is looking like they are on the same page. Everyone is picking up the pace, learning the plays and feeling comfortable. We have some experience so that helps as well."
Moore says it's easy to see the biggest difference from last season.
"It's like the whole defensive line is quicker than it was last year," Moore said. "Plus, I think it's with the experience we have coming back, everyone seems to be on the same page. I think this can be a special defense. Everyone is motivated. Everyone wants to be out here."
Bryant McFadden has been concentrating on details thus far this preseason.
McFadden emerged as the Seminoles' starter at left cornerback during spring drills and has retained that role over Rufus Brown heading into the start of two-a-days next week.
"I am really trying to get a feel where both safeties are at, where the other corner is going to be if we end up on the same side," said McFadden, a junior from Hollywood, Fla.
"Each position of the secondary really needs to know the responsibilities of everyone around them. We are rotating in and out so much, so it's really important that all of us feel comfortable with each other."
Pointing to depth and experience, McFadden believes the Seminoles' secondary will be much improved from last season. He also says FSU expects to rely on more man coverage with a twist or two due to improvements to the ‘Noles' front seven.
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews had a simple message to the group.
" You can tell everyone is anticipating different (results). Everyone is really hungry," McFadden said. "Coach (Andrews) told us to forget about last year. Different things were going on last year. We just need to be held accountable for our performance this season. We are never going to get away from man coverage -- that's our thing here at Florida State -- but we also going to do other things as well."
McFadden, once considered the best prep defensive back in the nation, also has kept a close eye on incoming freshman Antonio Cromartie, a highly-decorated athlete from Lincoln High School. Cromartie is currently running third team at cornerback behind McFadden and Brown.
"He's coming along real well," McFadden said.
"He has great athleticism, probably the best athleticism I think that I've seen from a freshman since I've been here. He just has to put it together now. Body-wise, speed, and how he uses his technique -- he's going to be a great player."
FSU's renowned video production department -- Seminole Productions -- has been taping portions of practice for the team's preseason show that will air on Sunshine Network Aug. 18. Earlier this week, the crew concentrated on footage of first-year linebackers coach Kevin Steele. Also, coach Bobby Bowden wore a wireless microphone for sound bytes.
Once the season starts, Seminole fans will also be in for a treat at home games -- slow-motion replays on the stadium's big screen.
"We have some new digital slow-mo equipment that should be arriving any day now," said Mark Rodin, director of video operations.
"This will give us the ability to show all touchdowns instantly, whatever situation we want. Last year, we could pretty much show the last play and that's about it. We will have better capabilities with slow-motion (video) at the stadium this year."
The humid weather continues to take a toll on players, as around 10 players felt the affects of heat Friday. But the good news was nobody missed a significant amount of time and were worked back into drills. Cornerback Roger Williams suffered a slight subluxation of the right shoulder and his status will be re-evaluated.