Aug. 15, 2011
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team returned to the Al Dunlap Practice Fields Monday morning for the first of two practices on the day.
After a long Sunday in which the team took part in media and fan day and then practiced in shells inside Doak Campbell Stadium, the Seminoles were back in pads. Following practice, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher had one word to describe his team’s eighth day of fall camp.
“Grind. They gotta grind,” Fisher said. “They had some tough moments. The excitement of two-a-days and the beginning is gone. You don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. But now like I tell them, now you start measuring football players … now you find who can play while they’re still banged up.”
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER FRESHMAN
Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has generated a ton of buzz since he stepped foot on campus in June — and rightfully so. Fisher’s newest weapon on offense boasts the size of a defensive end to go along with his wide receiver skill-set.
But lost in that hype has been the ‘Noles’ other freshman wide receiver, Rashad Greene.
While he’s not the physical specimen of his classmate, Greene brings a unique dynamic to the FSU offense. He’s shifty, quick and runs precise routes. Backup quarterback Clint Trickett has already called him one of the most polished receivers on the team.
“Rashad is a smart kid,” FSU offensive coordinator James Coley said. “He’s a threat with the ball out of his hands or in his hands. We are very happy with him right now. We are extremely happy.”
Through camp, the 6-foot, 175-pounder has impressed by quickly understanding the playbook and translating his grasp of the offensive gameplan to the practice fields. Fisher said Monday that Greene could have an impact on both offense and special teams immediately.
“I have very high hopes for him and think he can be an excellent football player,” Fisher said. “Special teams, returning, covering and playing offense.”
Following Monday night’s second session of the two-a-day practice, the Seminoles will scrimmage for the first time on Tuesday. The scrimmage will provide the coaching staff the opportunity to further evaluate the progress that the team has made thus far.
The coaches also want to see how the players handle adversity and in-game situations.
“I will be more interested in judging our players than I am if we are 20-for-20 [throwing the ball] or 8-for-20 or whatever it is,” Fisher said. “Decision making and situations. You are not trying to script for success.”
Senior running back Jermaine Thomas missed another practice while he continues to deal with migraines.
Starting right tackle Zebrie Sanders had a bit of a groin injury and therefore missed Monday’s practice as well. In his place, true freshman Bobby Hart worked with the first team.
Sophomore offensive lineman Henry Orelus also missed practice. The Belle Glade, Fla. native sustained a concussion a day earlier and his status is still undetermined.
Bert Reed and Chris Thompson both continue to wear blue no-contact jerseys for the offense.
Make sure to check out today’s photo gallery from the practice fields. Click here to see the Seminoles in action: Monday Photos