Renegade Report spring practice updates

Preparations for the 2007 Florida State football season are underway in Tallahassee and Renegade Report is on hand for the Seminoles' spring practice period. Premium members have access to the most up-to-date information, news, tidbits and opinions as it happens on the practice fields. UPDATED MARCH 19.


Florida State practice for 28 periods and just like the first day, the intensity and the tempo is extremely high and face-paced.

Both Lee and Weatherford looked sharp throwing the ball today and I head Fisher working with them extensively on their throwing motion. I can tell you, he is a lot more intense with the guys and in their face and challenging them to get better and better as compared to the former quarterbacks coach.

Ponder also did some good things out there. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Richardson, who was not at the first practice because of baseball, was out there today and you can tell he was rusty. He didn't get many reps the rest of the day.

At tailback, I continue to be impressed with Ball. He makes very good cuts and is so quick with the ball. He is the fourth-team tailback but I expect him to have a role this season. I have heard he is penciled in right now as the candidate to return punts. One thing that startled me a little bit, however, was that he was limping around a little bit after practice. With his chronic knee problems, it will always be a gamble when he's out there doing his thing but hopefully he can avoid the injury bug because he is very talented.

I didn't get to see a whole lot of the defensive drills because of their positioning across on the opposite side of the field.

I took some stats from some of the day's activities and here's what I have:

7-on-7 skeleton running drills 1s vs. 1s:
(DW at QB) Smith nice run
(DW at QB) Weatherford fumbled snap
(XL at QB) Smith no gain - leads to skirmish between the offense and defense
(XL at QB) Smith very nice run

7-on-7 skeleton running drills 2s vs. 2s:
(DW at QB) Jamaal Edwards nice run
(DW at QB) Joe Surratt good gain
(XL at QB) Ball short gain
(XL at QB) Lee long run

Wide receivers vs. defensive backs:
Weatherford: 5-of-9
Lee: 4-of-8
Ponder: 5-of-8

11-on-11 skeletons 1s vs. 1s:
Busted play Weatherford complete to Preston Parker
Weatherford incomplete
Smith short gain, stopped by Dekoda Watson

11-on-11 skeletons 2s vs. 2s:
Lee complete to Parker
Edwards short gain
Lee incomplete to Damon McDaniel, good defense by Patrick Robinson
Marcus Sims short run

11-on-11 skeletons 1s vs. 1s:
Smith really long run
Busted play
Lee sacked
Lee long run

11-on-11 skeletons 2s vs. 2s:
Weatherford incomplete
Sims long run

For those of you that have been to a practice in recent years, I stronly suggest that you come watch how different things are now that the new regime of coaches is in place. For the first time in a long time, everyone is accountable. Nobody slacks off and everybody works hard on everyplay. On one of the 11-on-11 skeleton plays, Trickett went off on the offensive line because they didn't sprint down the field after a Smith long run. He was livid with them for acting like they were just going through the motions and lining up for the next play.

I spoke with a defensive player after practice that I will leave unnamed and he said, "Those offensive coaches are scary. It's about time."

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