Aug. 14, 2011
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team capped off a long day of media and fanfare early Sunday evening with an open practice in shells inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
After meeting with the media for a few hours and then signing autographs and taking pictures at the Donald L. Tucker Center as part of 2011 Fan Day, the Seminoles coaches and players gave those in attendance at practice a rare glimpse at the squad’s preparations for the upcoming season.
Despite a steady Tallahassee rain, FSU ran through its usual positional drills to start the practice and then followed it with team stretching under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria. As usual, stretching commenced with Viloria’s and Ty Jones’ traditionally flying chest bump.
This will be the final day of observations from FSU’s fall camp; after all, we don’t want to give away too much of the ‘Noles’ strategy. In place of the observations, expect more feature stories and a link to the official practice report that the FSU Sports Information office will produce following each practice.
Day 7 Observations:
The offensive line has been a hot-topic among Twitter questions I have received this week and Sunday provided a great glimpse of the current state of the line.
The personnel can obviously change, but the current first team (according to the way they were lining up and working) appeared to be Andrew Datko (LT), Bryan Stork (LG), Jacob Fahrenkrug (C), Garrett Faircloth (RG) and Zebrie Sanders (RT). The second-team unit consisted of Josue Matias (LT), David Spurlock (LG), Austin Barron (C), Tre Jackson (RG) and Bobby Hart (RT). Spurlock is being limited in contact drills so that could ultimately change the starting lineup if he is cleared to go in time for the first game.
In 7-on-7 work, EJ Manuel found Nick O’Leary for a 15-yard touchdown and then tossed a 10-yarder to Willie Haulstead. Second-string quarterback Clint Trickett also had a touchdown pass of 10 yards to Bert Reed.
Freshman cornerback Tyler Hunter had a nice pass breakup and cornerback Avis Commack had two interceptions, one of which took place off a tipped ball.
In 11-on-11 drills, Reed hauled in another scoring pass. This time he grabbed a 35-yard touchdown from Manuel. Senior cornerback Mike Harris showed his tremendous cover ability by making a fantastic one-handed interception in the endzone that drew quite a few cheers from the fans in the stands.
On special teams, both Greg Reid and Lamarcus Joyner fielded kickoffs. Both of those student-athletes were the two kick returners last season. While Reid also handled punt return duties, true freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene also fielded punts.
Greene has been very impressive in his first week of practicing as a member of the FSU football team.
In board drills in which the offensive and defensive linemen go one-on-one with each other, Datko had a strong performance. Cameron Erving, Cornellius Carradine and Dan Hicks were three guys that caught my eye getting into the backfield as well. True freshman Timmy Jernigan, who has been getting reps with the first team on occasion, also performed well
The Seminoles will now hold their second two-a-day of the fall on Monday and will then scrimmage on Tuesday.
Make sure to keep checking Seminoles.com and the Doak Insider Page for more updates on the ‘Noles as the Sept. 3 opener against Louisiana-Monroe gets closer and closer.