Week One Super Seminoles

Week one of camp is officially in the books and NoleDigest looks back to see who made early statements. Overall, it was a good week for the team, but several individuals stood out with their performances. Find out who really impressed with their week one outing!

Offense:



QB Christian Ponder: Any talk of redshirt freshman EJ Manuel pushing Ponder for the starting job has been put to rest after the first week of camp. That is not a knock on Manuel at all as he has come out and played very well for his first real week of practice. It is more Ponder coming out and showing that he is ready to take the next step. He showed early in the week that he now has the ability to find receivers downfield and his numbers in the scrimmage further confirmed that. He may have been working against the second team defense, but any time a quarterback completes 75% of his passes, throws four touchdowns and doesn't turn the ball over, it's a good day. He is turning into more of a vocal leader and his skill set has improved which should set him up for a big season if his first week is any indication of what's to come.



RB Lonnie Pryor: During the first few days of camp, Pryor was just an afterthought. Once pads came on, three scholarship backs were forced to sit out due to minor injuries and Pryor made the best of the opportunity. With the extra reps, Pryor stepped in behind Jermaine Thomas and made a strong statement that he wants to be the number two back. In the scrimmage, he led all rushes with 51 yards on nine carries while picking up three first downs. Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher came away impressed and it is clear now that Pryor is officially a contender for playing time this season.



WR Jarmon Fortson: Fortson has all the athletic ability in the world and it shows on the field. At times, his immaturity shows and he has been challenged by Fisher a few times in the first week. What's impressive is the way that Fortson has responded. After getting chewed out by Fisher one day, Fortson went out and made several big plays. In the scrimmage, he had over 100 receiving yards on just three catches. He possesses a unique combination of physicality and shiftiness for a bigger receiver and will play a serious role in the offense this season.



The offensive line: It's hard to pick out just one guy here. The first team was expected to come out this season and dominate. So far, they have. Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel have looked great passing the ball and that's a credit to the time they have had to find their receivers. Also, the line is opening lanes for the running backs to run through and by all indications, should dominate defensive lines this season.

Defense:



S Jamie Robinson: Six interceptions in eight days. Two in the first live scrimmage of fall camp. His numbers speak for themselves. Robinson has spent a year at safety and is feeling more comfortable now which has allowed him to turn into a ball hawk that picks anything thrown his way. He is still facing some trouble with his tackling, but that will be taken care of after a few more days of full contact. He is creating turnovers and making plays, which is something the safety position has lacked in recent years.



LB Mister Alexander: Alexander has spent the majority of his career at Florida State injured and many had written him off. On Media day, senior linebacker Dekoda Watson said that Alexander is finally healthy and primed for a big year. Nobody listened, but after this first week of practice, people are starting to take a second look. He has made several plays in practice, many in the backfield. He is as athletic as they come and if he stays healthy, could add depth at linebacker when nobody thought he would.



CB Greg Reid:A prized recruit coming out of high school, many thought he would contribute this season and become a household name after a few years. With no one player really stepping up opposite of Patrick Robinson, he is looking at a chance to earn more playing time quicker than originally expected. He has been a blanket on all receivers he has faced coming up with several PBU's during the first week while giving up no big plays. He is a small guy, but more than willing to get up in the receivers face pressing him and being physical from the snap. If he continues to play at this pace, he will be pushing for a starting job sooner rather than later.



DT Jacobbi McDaniel: The most impressive freshman in camp so far. Many criticized McDaniel for showing up to FSU out of shape and thought it would be at least another year before he would contribute. In all fairness, you never see a freshman come in at the interior of the defensive line and make a serious push for playing time right away. Meet the exception. McDaniel has dominated in every drill and finds the backfield more often than not. He has already worked his way up to earning reps with the first team and is someone who has proven that he was worth every one of his five stars he was rated coming out of high school.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we will continue to bring you the best info from fall camp!

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