3 takes, day 8: Analysis ahead of the first FSU football scrimmage

FLORIDA STATE — Today marked the final apply left earlier than the Seminoles’ first scrimmage on Saturday. Much like yesterday, the workload was lightened for some of the extra skilled guys and it was a shortened apply to arrange for tomorrow.

These reps are essential, particularly for the again finish of the offensive line, as a result of they’re giving an opportunity for a number of gamers to expertise high quality and an opportunity for some of the backups to step up. At the starting of apply, it was obvious that they had been giving the true freshman the bulk of the workload and an opportunity to compete on the offensive line. Linebacker Tatum Bethune was in a position to tip a cross at the line of scrimmage on one play and recovered a fumble off a nasty snap a couple of performs later.

Despite that, quarterback Jordan Travis was in a position to join with vast receiver Johnny Wilson twice to maintain the offense alive. One cross for about seven or eight yards and one other longer leap ball for about 10. Going for it on 4th, the line held up respectfully however the play led to a lob to the finish zone into a bunch of receivers and defenders for an incomplete cross .

Here are some takeaways from day eight of fall camp.

Johnny Wilson progressing with one other good apply

After flashing some in the spring it appears to be like like Johnny Wilson is progressing to take that subsequent step (if he hasn’t already, the relaxation of camp will inform) in his sport each catching and blocking.

Paired with the two catches he had at the begin of apply, Wilson had a really productive day and doubtless would’ve caught each ball thrown his method if it weren’t for defensive again Sidney Williams getting underneath him on one play in group drills.

Wilson is a giant goal at 6’7 and 235 kilos so it is essential for him to develop into a dependable hands-on man in the rotation and as we speak he was about as dependable as you will be. His blocking in the run sport and catching constantly might be one thing to stay up for all through camp and the season.

Norvell had this to say about Wilson in his post-practice interview and described his development in two phrases:

“It’s working.”

“He’s been constant in his work and he is persevering with to get higher and we’re persevering with to get to know him higher and so these are all issues which have proven up and (we’re) enthusiastic about the ingredient that he is dropped at this offense. “

Hustling is non-negotiable

We’ve been speaking about the offensive line quite a bit as a result of it is an important piece to the puzzle and after they’re perceived as not giving one hundred percent all the time — it will get corrected. Transitioning from group drills to place drills (I’m assuming from all the fairly language) that the line did not get to the place they wanted to be quick sufficient for offensive coordinator Alex Atkins. They spent the majority of the interval jogging in place and doing up-down exercises whereas he allow them to learn about his expectations. Head coach Mike Norvell additionally provided contact and go “phrases of encouragement” as he moved from drill to drill.

Whatever the case, this appeared to have sunk in after the interval was over as a result of there was no jogging after that. Offensive lineman Rod Orr was high-step working to the subsequent drill in entrance of everybody.

One factor that may be repeated was Atkins asking one of his linemen if he was getting group reps and the response was “No.” Atkins then requested him, “Why weren’t you first to the drill then?” and that stood out to me as a result of of the mindset he’s making an attempt to instill.

Despite a gradual begin, the offense responds

As the day went on and after the first three intervals the offense confirmed a response in the passing sport and the working sport turning it right into a forwards and backwards affair with the protection. Quarterback Tate Rodemaker had a couple of good lengthy balls in sequence drills to each receivers Kentron Poitier and Keyshawn Helton. The one to Poitier sunk proper into his arms with Azareye’h Thomas and Shyheim brown going up in the air with him on both aspect. Poitier is one other one of these huge receivers you should take one other step ahead however his progress is noticeable.

Running backs Trey Benson and Rodney Hill continued to hit holes for giant features with their means to make it downfield in a rush and each Lawrence Toafili and Treshaun Ward caught some good passes. They all confirmed that they’re working backs first and will not be afraid to run by way of a pile.


Tomorrow marks the Seminoles’ first scrimmage of the season and they are going to be underneath the lights inside Doak Campbell. The scrimmage is closed to the media, nevertheless coaches and gamers might be giving interviews afterwards.

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