3 reactions, day 7: FSU football preparations for Saturday brawl

Florida After a day off in the fields and a day in the movie room, Seminoles, Florida They returned to her for the Seven of Autumn Camp practice. Scouting from Denver BroncosThe Tampa Bay BuccaneersThe New York Jetsand the Miami Dolphin They were all present along with Seminole legend Gene Dickerhoff who stopped by later in the early afternoon.

Defensive back Malik Pfister of Jacksonville State was also present today.

Today was a tough practice to glean because after stacking three great drills in a row, the offense was short with inconsistent quarterback play carried only by slick throws and a few big kicks. There are quite a few offensive line guys out there or they have light workloads, said Mike Norville, the head coach of the technical director, which gives a chance for some of the newcomers to get rep for those and two and I think that has a lot to do with that.

Here are some quick takeaways now that Day 7 is in the books.

Rare to see orange jersey

When you see orange shirts at Norville Training, you’re supposed to tell everyone that the player wearing the shirt spoiled enough to be called. One of the things I noticed during the first seven practices is that aside from the second day, where there was one, no bit of the orange has come out into the FSU practice fields since then. I think this is a testament to the players buying as well as to the players understanding the expectations. We’re only a week away but I can remember this time last fall when I saw a day or two every few days.

Some real freshmen are farther than others

Just to smooth this out, I can only be on one exercise at a time so this isn’t an exhaustive list and it doesn’t say all the other freshmen are bad, these are some notes so far.

Defensive full-back Azarier Thomas – Thomas has done well all spring and now in fall camp. He was a bit quiet today in terms of squiggles and forced fumbling, but showed good coverage in both 12 day (cough) 11 in 11 workouts and in one-on-one. He saved a potential relegation from quarterback Tate Rodemaker to wide receiver Micah Pittman by being able to muddle the ball in the last second of Pittman’s hand.

Running back Rodney Hill – Hill is going to be good. He’ll only get bigger, and his explosive speed, ability to punch holes and take off will do wonders for the Seminoles in the future. Norville Hill praised today in Meet him after practice.

Offensive tackle Julian Armella Offensive tack is tough to be a true beginner, and if you can, you’ll want to develop it before playing in-game out of necessity. Armella came up with the size and work ethic and shows that he (at times) can handle some of the more experienced defensive line guys. He and Jared Ferris are already enjoying watching the fight and we’re barely even a week away.

Quarterback AJ Duffy – It’s safe to say that Duffy is well ahead in terms of progression. Watching him through the spring and now into the fall, he continues to improve and steadily learns to attack and adapts to the pace of the game.

Veteran defense benefit

Faced with some situations that were giving players lighter workloads today, the veterans in the defensive line gave the newcomers whatever they could handle. Defensive intervention Fabian Lovett had several sacks a day but most importantly he was consistently able to put pressure on Jordan Travis. This, along with good secondary coverage, caused the quarterback to be in trouble all day.

Defensive end Jared Verse had some payback against Armella today as he won over the edge and made a few pies in the quick rush drills and was quick off the edge in 11-11 providing constant pressure on Travis. Verse, McLendon and Dennis Briggs were constantly shedding quarterbacks and causing eliminations.

The day ended with Knowles (not technically a veteran) jamming another ball from Markston Douglas’ hands.

*Sidney Williams had a one-to-one pick thrown by Jordan Travis. He was able to turn around before the receiver played the ball


Friday will be the last open practice until August 8, as the Seminoles hold their first brawl at Doak Campbell this weekend.