FLORIDA STATE — With day 4 of observe within the books, the Seminoles look forward to their final day in shells on Monday and their first day in full pads on Tuesday. Overall, head coach Mike Norvell has been happy with how his group has carried out this previous week and he and the gamers are amping as much as go full throttle.
Today’s observe was a teeter-totter of kinds with which aspect of the ball was the simplest, highlighting the competitors we have seen from the group over the previous practices. Quarterback Jordan Travis continues to work on and showcase an elevated recreation whereas AJ Duffy in all probability had one of his finest observe days passing.
That, and different takeaways from at this time’s observe:
(*3*)Freshman defensive again Azareye’h Thomas continues to impress
It hasn’t taken lengthy for the newcomer to show heads and has been doing so since spring. The Ball Hawk Award at this time with out query goes to Thomas who flashed quite a few instances in 7 on 7, 1 vs 1, and 12 on 12 drills. He’s listed at 6’2 and 188 kilos and has a really related body to former Seminole and LA Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey though Thomas is likely to be only a little extra humble
He got here away with a number of interceptions (Duffy) and simply confirmed outstanding protection all through the day. There was one play the place I feel he forgot that they have been simply in uppers as a result of he blew up working again Treshaun Ward in a drill that did not essentially require that a lot dedication. Ward fumbled and it was a “scoop and rating” by DB Travis Jay. Based on the pace everybody was flying round, I’m certain they’re all able to go full pressure subsequent week.
FSU quarterbacks are wanting higher and higher
Duffy, to this date, hasn’t actually been the very best at throwing the ball persistently, tending (as a younger quarterback will) to tuck and run in lots of conditions, however at this time it was good to see him sling it round a bit extra and throwing with some accuracy. The freshman errors are gonna come (see above) however what’s promising is that when he will get accomplished taking freshman lumps and adjusting to the sport, with such an extended stride and skill to eat up grass, he’ll flip into a serious asset for the Seminoles. He had a number of touchdowns on the day, one throw most notably to tight finish Brian Courtney after being flushed out of the pocket.
Duffy was additionally capable of time a near-perfect throw to huge receiver Joshua Burrell whereas he was chopping outdoors, however Burrell spent simply a hair too lengthy locked up with the DB and did not get his palms up in time. Despite the incompletion, it did not go unrecognized — Norvell yelled throughout the observe facility to inform Duffy how good of a cross it was.
Another play that stood out to me was a throw by Jordan Travis to Ward. It wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t a bomb 4th and 14 to ship the Canes residence of their cheesy gold bus with spinners on it, but it surely was a precision throw to Ward who was tightly lined a number of yards down the sector. It’s a throw that you just need to see your QB1 execute with ease and he did simply that. Elevating his capacity to throw gamers open shall be an enormous asset to the group.
(*4*)The Seminoles’ run protection stands tall
There has been lots of speak concerning the traces recently and, properly, that stood out at this time. The protection as a complete did very well however the two sides have been forwards and backwards by the air and actually solely let a number of big runs get away from them. Nothing was going up the center and Thomas (once more) was capable of safe a number of potential touchdowns from escaping charging in from the opposite aspect of the sector. One did get away when working again Trey Benson was capable of bounce outdoors of the pile and discover his manner upfield with simply security Shyheim Brown standing in the best way.
Linebacker Tatum Bethune, edge Jared Verse, and Cooper have been all important in stuffing the run and linebacker Kalen Deloach obtained a number of TFLs however obtained burned by Travis on one try. Travis let him comprehend it jokingly pointing at him on the bottom as he ran for the primary down.
Not run protection, however price mentioning: Defensive sort out Robert Cooper had a pleasant tipped cross nearly intercepted by sort out Jarret Jackson