On what is customarily a day off, the Florida State football team took advantage of an overcast afternoon to hold its second voluntary workout since returning from the Fourth of July weekend.
The Seminoles went through their normal Tuesday routine of circuit training after conducting the first workout of the week on Monday. Another "Building the House" Miami drill closed things down before player-run workouts.
Usually begun by some one-on-ones and followed by skeletons, the player-led workouts featured a bit of a change on Tuesday. Over ten members of the offensive line worked with quarterback Xavier Lee and running backs Lamar Lewis, Jamaal Edwards, B.J. Dean and James Coleman on run-blocking schemes from various formations.
Led by John Frady and Matt Meinrod, the offensive line practiced assignments against members of the defensive front. For Frady Meinrod, Dumaka Atkins and Cory Niblock, the excercise provided another opportunity to practice OL coach Mark McHale's new schemes after missing the spring with injury.
"We're just trying to hammer (the assignments) home and make sure everyone is on the same page," Frady said. "We're trying to make this the best offensive line we can."
Frady said that his separated shoulder and broken hand ahve healed to 100 percent and that he's ready for the season.
Should FSU's injury problems up front continue, the Seminoles will be better equipped to handle the adversity now that McHale has brought zone blocking into the equation.
"It makes guys more versatile," Frady said. "You know one tackle, you know the other. You know one guard, you know the other. Under the old system, there were five different positions to learn."
Frady said that coaches haven't told him whether he would enter camp as a center or guard and said that he has no preference either way.
LAMAR HAS COME FAR
Seemingly overlooked last week when new freshmen flooded the practice fields was the return of reserve tailback Lamar Lewis, who is back on campus after spending the first half of the summer working out with former high school teammates in Jacksonville.
Lewis, who rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman, said he's feeling great after having an excellent spring.
"I'm a lot more confident because I know how things work around here and I know everyone around the program. I've learned a lot in the last year.
Lewis and Edwards carried much of the bulk in spring workouts and scrimmages as Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker usually took seats on the bench after a few carries. All four runners are ready and should be asked to contribute this season.
"We want to take the offense and put it on our shoulders," Lewis said. "We've got a good group of guys and we're ready to lead this team to a national championship."
- QB Drew Weatherford threw for the first time without his ankle brace.
- FSU will conduct its normal routines on Thursday and Friday to close out the week.
- NFC running back Marcus Sims and several other FSU campers were on hand.
- B.J. Ward, Craphonso Thorpe and Ray Willis were among the dozen or so NFL players at the fields.