TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fourteen practices are in the books and only Saturday’s Garnet and Gold Game remains before Florida State officially puts a bow on the first spring camp of the Taggart era.
It’s, as Taggart put it Thursday, “time to show up and show out.”
FSU’s first-year head coach left the practice fields Thursday evening – the team’s first and only evening practice thanks to a schedule change – pleased, both with the day’s effort and with what the program was able to accomplish over the last few weeks.
There’s still, however, one more opportunity for everyone to take one more step forward.
That’s when Garnet meets Gold at Doak Campbell Stadium (6 p.m., Watch ESPN).
“It’s game time,” Taggart said with a smile.
Here are the highlights from Thursday’s practice.
Final rosters unveiled: A few days after presiding over a draft that laid the foundations for the Garnet and Gold teams, Taggart on Thursday unveiled the full rosters for Saturday’s scrimmage.
They are as follows:
|Garnet Team||Vs.||Gold Team|
|10 Bailey Hockman, QB||10 Calvin Brewton, DB|
|11 George Campbell, WR||11 Nyqwan Murray, WR|
|11 Janarius Robinson, DE||13 James Blackman, QB|
|12 Arthur Williams, DT||13 Joshua Kaindoh, DE|
|14 Kyle Meyers, DB||14 Deonte’ Sheffield, WR|
|15 Carlos Becker III, DB||16 Tre’ McKitty, TE|
|15 Tamorrion Terry, WR||19 Jacques Patrick, RB|
|16 Dontavious Jackson, LB||19 A.J. Westbrook, DB|
|18 Stanford Samuels III, DB||20 Jaiden Woodbey, DB|
|21 Khalan Laborn, RB||21 Logan Tyler, P|
|23 Ricky Aguayo, K||21 Marvin Wilson, DT|
|23 Cam Akers, RB||22 Amir Rasul, RB|
|23 Hamsah Nasirildeen, DB||22 Adonis Thomas, LB|
|26 DeCalon Brooks, LB||24 Cyrus Fagan, DB|
|27 Ontaria Wilson, WR||26 Johnathan Vickers, TE|
|28 Levonta Taylor, DB||31 Kris Dixon, DE|
|29 D.J. Matthews, WR||32 Array Culmer, DB|
|30 Tommy Martin, P||35 Leonard Warner III, LB|
|32 Gabe Nabers, TE||36 Aaron King, DB|
|33 Amari Gainer, LB||37 Kameron House, DB|
|37 Blaik Middleton, RB||38 Izaiah Prouse-Lackey, DB|
|40 Ken Burnham, LS||39 Claudio Williams, DE|
|45 Delvin Purifoy, DE||41 Michael Barulich, WR|
|47 Joseph Garcia, LB||42 Garrett Murray, LS|
|49 Cedric Wood, DT||43 Joseph Schergen, DB|
|51 Josh Brown, LB||44 Chandler Marshall, LB|
|51 Baveon Johnson, OL||46 John Moschella III, DB|
|53 Ja’Len Parks, DT||54 Alec Eberle, OL|
|56 Emmett Rice, LB||55 Fredrick Jones, DT|
|59 Brady Scott, OL||57 Corey Martinez, OL|
|69 Landon Dickerson, OL||61 Grant Glennon, LS|
|72 Mike Arnold, OL||63 Tanner Adkison, LS|
|73 Jauan Williams, OL||66 Andrew Basham, OL|
|74 Derrick Kelly II, OL||67 Adam Torres, DE|
|80 Alex Marshall, TE||70 Cole Minshew, OL|
|82 Naseir Upshur, TE||75 Abdul Bello, OL|
|85 Tyrell Moorer, WR||77 Christian Armstrong, OL|
|90 Demarcus Christmas, DT||79 Josh Ball, OL|
|97 Andy Bien-Aime||84 Adarius Dent, WR|
|98 Tre Lawson, DE||89 Keith Gavin, WR|
|92 Cory Durden, DT|
|93 Peter Osimen, DL|
|94 Walvenski Aime, DE|
|99 Brian Burns, DE|
Notes: James Blackman and Brian Burns “signed” with the Gold team in “free agency” prior to the draft, while Demarcus Christmas and D.J. Matthews signed with the Garnet. Several players than joined their respective teams as free agents after the draft. They include:
Garnet: George Campbell, Arthur Williams, Carlos Becker III, Khalan Laborn, Ricky Aguayo, Tommy Martin, Gabe Nabers, Amari Gainer, Blaik Middleton, Ken Burnham, Delvin Purifoy, Joseph Garcia, Cedric Wood, Josh Brown, Baveon Johnson, Emmett Rice, Jauan Williams, Alex Marshall, Naseir Upshur, Tyrell Moorer, Andy Bien-Aime
Gold: Calvin Brewton, Nyqwan Murray, Joshua Kaindoh, Logan Tyler, Marvin Wilson, Adonis Thomas, Johnathan Vickers, Kris Dixon, Array Culmer, Aaron King, Kameron House, Claudio Williams, Michael Barulich, Garrett Murray, Joseph Schergen, Chandler Marshall, John Moschella III, Alec Eberle, Grant Glennon, Tanner Adkison, Adam Torres, Cole Minshew, Adarius Dent, Peter Osimen
Brooks carries on family legacy: For DeCalon Brooks, there’s no hiding from his last name. Not when his father, Derrick, is one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game – at Florida State or otherwise.
So Brooks, a redshirt freshman linebacker, is happy to embrace his heritage while carving out a place for himself in Florida State’s new-look defense.
“It’s great,” Brooks said. “My dad played here, and also my dad still calls me up and tells me things I can work on. It’s like still having him by my side.”
Getting tips from a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer has apparently served Brooks well, as he’s emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises of Florida State’s spring camp.
Operating as a “star” linebacker, the 5-10, 212-pound Brooks has proven proficient at covering lots of ground and making sure-handed tackles – two things required in that role.
It’s paid off so well that Brooks, despite having yet to take his first collegiate snap, has been a regular with the first-team defense for much of the past few weeks.
“I’m really impressed with what he’s done this spring,” said Taggart, who pursued Brooks while coaching at South Florida. “I saw that, throughout ‘The Chase’ (offseason conditioning), how hard he was working and how bad he wanted to show he can play at this level.”
Punt returners put through paces: It stands to reason that if a player can cleanly field a punt while already holding a football in either arm, then he can cleanly field a punt under normal circumstances. That’s at least the philosophy of special teams coordinator Alonzo Hampton, who on Thursday had Keith Gavin and Khalan Laborn tuck a ball under each of their arms and then instructed Logan Tyler to let the punts fly.
It took a few repetitions, but each player eventually got the hang of it. Gavin at one point had one of the highlights of the day when he juggled the punt twice, then kicked it up to himself before making the grab.
Extra highlights: Deonte Sheffield did a nice job hanging onto a fingertip catch in the back-right corner of the end zone during 7-on-7 drills, and it came via a pretty pass from Bailey Hockman. (Of note, center Alec Eberle snapped the ball on the play.) … Ontaria Wilson slipped through the defense and down the middle of the field for a smooth, long touchdown from Hockman. … Tamorrion Terry showed off some savviness to break free from a defender and bring in a falling catch down the right sideline. Defenders appealed to officials for a flag, but they determined the play was clean. … Laborn flashed some patience during team drills, calmly waiting for his blocks before accelerating around the left corner and taking off for a long gain.