Summer Workouts: Tuesday's Premium Notebook

Another day rendered another great turnout at voluntary conditioning drills and informal passing sessions on Tuesday. Click here for details on the condition of Ernie Sims and Aaron Jones, a short interview with new kicker Graham Gano and the latest drill that the training staff has implement to build team unity.

Once again over 90 Seminoles were working out on the practice fields. Tuesday, coach Jon Jost led the Tribe through a circuit workout in which players toted weights, pushed dummies and dragged sleds across the fields.

The team ended with another "Miami drill" like Monday's routine in which players paired off an dragged each other the width of a football field. Tuesday, the entire team had to hold pushup position in a row as each and every participant took turns bear crawling though the tunnel made by the line of players.

"It burned," quarterback Drew Weatherford said. "That was a serious workout."


Injured or not, every player took part in the "Miami drill". That included linebacker Ernie Sims, who says that he's ready to resume going full speed but is taking things slow at the orders of the medical staff.

Sims also made a few appearances in 7-on-7s (see observation report) and made a nice pass breakup in front of Rod Owens, who broke off a slant route when he saw Sims was in the way.

"They're letting me do this capacity stuff," Sims told Renegade "But they say I'm not quite ready to get out there and do everything the guys are doing at full speed. They know if they let me out there that I'll get competitive with the other guys and maybe get hurt again."

Sims said that the plan is to ease him in during preseason camp, closer to when the season starts. That means the junior likely won't pad out during two-a-days.

"Not so I don't hurt anybody," he joked. "Just so I don't hurt myself."

Even though he hasn't been given the green light to condition with the team, Sims says he's in great shape.

"They have me on that treadmill," he said. "That'll whip you into shape quick."


A huge opportunity exists for Aaron Jones this fall and he says he's ready to seize it. After a wrist injury forced him to redshirt during his first season on campus, the Edgewater product will be asked to step in at defensive tackle for the academically-innelligible Clifton Dickson and possibly Broderick Bunkley, whose injury and academic status are tenuous at best.

"I'm ready to do whatever I have to do to help this team," he said. "(DT coach) Odell (Haggins) has been telling me and Emmanuel Dunbar that this is our time to step it up and take our places."

Jones said that his wrist is back to 100 percent and that the only issue he has had recently was some soreness due to scar tissue.

"In my mind I just want to get ready for two-a-days, then focus on getting ready for Miami," Jones said. "I'm just trying to do everything the coaches want of me. This is Florida State, if you do what they tell you, they'll take you places."


For now, the answer for Graham Gano is both. The Pensacola-area standout said Tuesday that coaches have given him every indication that he will get a look at both positions.

"There's always an opportunity," Gano said. "I feel that I can compete doing both. We'll see what happens."

Gano – a first-team all-America selection by USA Today – connected on 9-of-18 field goal attempts in his senior season. The honor took him by surprise.

"It as a thrill for me, but at 9-for-18 there's definitely room for improvement," he said."

Gano said right now he is undeclared but might want to pursue a career in criminology or forensic investigation.


Sims didn't have any numbers on how many have signed on for his father's First Annual Ernie Sims Charity Golf Tournament but did have a partial guest list:

"Bobby Bowden and a bunch of doctors," he said. "I'm going to bring a bunch of the guys out there, too. I think it'll be a chance to have a good time – hit some balls in the water and at the trees and just laugh it up."

The event is scheduled for July 16 at Summerbrooke Country Club just outside of Tallahassee. The original date was of June 17 was rained out.

Sims said that he has hit golf balls once or twice and that the field really needs to watch for Buster Davis, who claims he's got a swing.

"I do alright for myself," Davis said. "Isleworth - down there in Orlando where Tiger Woods lives – I've played that course. We'll see what I can bring to the table."


- Kenny O'Neal was sighted for the first time.

- Hoops signee Casaan Breeden watched the workout and said that basketball conditioning was underway, as well.

- Weatherford said that his brother and Caz Piurowski would make the drive up to the FSU camp next week.

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