Aug. 13, 2011
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Saturday was supposed to be the Florida State football team’s first day in pads. But after changing the schedule and starting the work in pads a day early, FSU instead had another first for the fall on Saturday: the first two-a-day practice.
The Seminoles began the double practice day at 9 a.m. The second of the two sessions was slated for Saturday evening.
Day 6 Observations:
One of the story lines that continues to play out this fall has been the shuffling of the offensive line. I wrote the past two days about the personnel being evaluated at the two guard positions.
As was the case on Friday, redshirt sophomore Garrett Faircloth continues to run with the first team at right guard while Brtan Stork is working on the left. The question is, where is David Spurlock? FSU’s senior guard is at practice; but because of his past concussions, he is being held out of team drills and is instead working on individual drills.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher said Saturday that this was the plan all along as the doctors wanted Spurlock to be brought back gradually. You never want a player to miss any action but the byproduct of his absence has been the emergence of Faircloth. He has been performing well at right guard and Stork has done well in his switch to the left side.
Spurlock is expected to make his full return at some point in the near future. In the event that he cannot, FSU has a good contingency plan in place.
Another senior that was not in action on Saturday was running back Jermaine Thomas, who has been dealing with migraines. Fisher said he was not sure when Thomas will be cleared to return. Luckily for the Seminoles, depth is not a concern at tailback.
Following practice, Fisher commented on the play of the wide receivers and backup quarterback Clint Trickett. He said that he has been pleased with the consistency of the pass catchers and that Trickett has been showing real signs of improvement as the backup to starter EJ Manuel.
Speaking of Manuel, he and the rest of the offense got their first taste of redzone drills on Saturday.
Defensively, the battle is still going on at one of the safety spots between veterans Terrance Parks and Nick Moody. Saturday they were still splitting repetitions with the first team. At the other safety spot, sophomore Lamarcus Joyner continues to impress; as does junior Greg Reid at cornerback.
Not much else to report from the practice fields today. The Seminoles will now take part in media day on Sunday and will then be at the Donald L. Tucker for 2011 Fan Day. Seminoles.com will have live and interactive coverage of the media day events and we invite everyone to follow along.
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