Friday's Spring Football Practice Report

The Florida State football team held its final regular practice of the week Friday as the squad will devote Saturday to the first full scrimmage of the year. Working in shells as to avoid any hard contact before this weekend, starting quarterback Drew Weatherford was the victim of dropped passes in 11-on-11 skeleton drills with his lone completion on eight attempts being caught by sophomore Richard Goodman.

In 7-on-7 skeletons, Derek Nicholson and Myron Rolle recorded interceptions from the linebacker and rover spots, respectively.

In defensive line vs. offensive line drills, Everette Brown, as he has been all spring, was the star. The talented pass rusher blew by his defender on several occasions en route to the dummy quarterback. Defensive tackles Paul Griffin and Kendrick Stewart impressed as well. Offensively, Jacky Claude and Shannon Boatman performed strong for Mark McHale's unit.


With starting free safety Roger Williams being held out of contact at practice, Darius McClure has gotten his share of playing time so far this spring.

After not seeing much action last year in his first playing season in the garnet and gold, the rising redshirt sophomore is making the most of his minutes now by making a push for significant playing time, if not a starter's role, this fall.

"It's going real good out there. I feel like I know the system real good now," McClure told "I feel more comfortable than I did last spring and I am out there playing full speed now. I am out there playing reckless trying to tear something up.

"I am just trying to give it 110 percent every play," Dee McClure said.

Working primarily at free safety the first week of practice, the Alabama native has made the switch back to rover this week the position that he has played since joining the FSU football team in 2004.

And, as one can see from his desire to get out there and hit someone, the switch has been a good one.

"I feel a lot more uncomfortable out there at rover," said McClure, who will continue to rotate with walk-on Anthony Houllis at the first-team rover and free safety spots. "I like playing free safety but I feel a lot more like I am at home now. I like being in the box and playing the run. I just want to make plays."


Of the few surprises this spring, John Frady's return to the offensive line after shoulder surgery is one of the more interesting ones. Following Friday's practice, the Jacksonville native spoke briefly with about his return.

Q: How does the shoulder feel?

A: "I was telling somebody earlier that it's just as sore as the other shoulder so that's got to be a good sign."

Q: Are you ahead of schedule more so than you expected to be?

A: "I am not really sure. Once you have two surgeries on the same shoulder I guess anything is a head of schedule. I am just moving along and doing what I have to do."

Q: Are you able to work as hard as you'd like to out there or are you being held back a bit?

A: "Oh I am not limited at all. Obviously some of the weights are a little bit off but that's just a matter of getting the strength back because of the shoulder being injured."

Q: What about position wise? I see that you have been working out at primarily center.

A: "Just center now. I want to be playing center. That's what I am, a center."

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