FLORIDA STATE — After a day off the courts and a day in the movie theater, the Florida State Seminoles were back for practice seven of fall camp. Scouts from the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins were all in attendance, along with Seminole legend Gene Deckerhoff, who later stopped in the early afternoon. midday.
* Jacksonville State transfer defensive back Malik Feaster was also in attendance today.
Today was a tough practice to glean as after piling on three great practices in a row, the offense fell short with inconsistent quarterback play carried only by splatter throws and a few big runs. Head Coach Mike Norvell said there were a few offensive linemen out or having light workloads giving some newcomers a chance to get reps with ones and both and I think that has a lot to do with it.
Here are some takeaways now that Day Seven is in the books.
Orange jersey sightings are rare
When you see orange shirts in Norvell training, it means everyone knows the player wearing one has messed up enough to be called up. One thing I noticed throughout the first seven practices was that other than the second day, when there was one, not a single piece of orange came out on the courts. FSU training ever since. I think this shows the support of the players and also the understanding of the expectations by the players. We’re only a week away, but I remember that time last fall seeing one or two every few days.
Some real freshmen more advanced than others
Just to start, I can only participate in one exercise at a time, so this is not an exhaustive list and it is not to say that all other freshmen are bad, these are some observations until now.
Defensive Back Azareye’h Thomas – Thomas has had a strong performance throughout the spring and now at fall camp. He was a little quiet today when it came to flashy interceptions and forced fumbles, but he showed good coverage in both the 12-on-(cough) 11-on-11 and one-on-one drills. He saved a potential touchdown from quarterback Tate Rodemaker to wide receiver Micah Pittman by being able to block the ball at the last second from Pittman’s hands.
Running back Rodney Hill – Hill is going to be good. He will only get bigger and his burst speed and ability to punch holes and take off will do wonders for the Seminoles in the future. Norvell praised Hill today in his post-workout interview.
Offensive tackle Julian Armella – The offensive line is tough to be a true freshman and if you can, you’d like to develop them before in-game action out of necessity. Armella has come in with the size and work ethic and shows that she can (at times) handle some of the most experienced defensive linemen. He and Jared Verse are already having fun watching the battle and we’re barely a week away.
Quarterback AJ Duffy – It’s safe to say that Duffy is way ahead in terms of progress. Watching him in the spring and now in the fall, he keeps getting better and steadily learning the offense and adapting to the speed of the game.
The defense of the veterans benefits
Taking on a few positions that gave the guys a lighter workload today, the veterans on the defensive line gave the newcomers everything they could handle. Defensive tackle Fabian Lovett had a few sacks that day, but more importantly, he was consistently able to generate pressure on Jordan Travis. That, coupled with good coverage in the secondary, caused quarterbacks to struggle all day.
Defensive end Jared Verse earned a reward against Armella today by gaining edge and delivering a few pancakes on fast passing drills and was quick on the edge in 11-on-11, providing consistent pressure on Travis. Verse, McLendon and Dennis Briggs were constantly throwing quarterbacks and causing losses.
The day ended with Knowles (not technically a veteran) blocking another ball from the hands of Markeston Douglas.
*Sydney Williams had a one-on-one pick thrown by Jordan Travis. He managed to turn around before the receiver was and played on the ball
Friday will be the last open practice until Aug. 8, with the Seminoles hosting their first scrimmage at Doak Campbell this weekend.