Rookie cornerback Azareye’h Thomas picks off two passes and forces a fumble during team drills on Sunday.

During the previous two practices, the Florida State offense held its personal towards the Florida State protection.

On Sunday morning, the FSU protection largely held the offense down with a vice grip.

The Seminoles’ defensive backs locked down the receivers in each portion of the apply — 1-on-1, 7-on-7, 11-on-11 — and the linebackers and line of defense gained many of the battles up entrance as effectively

The outcome was a dominating effort and some sort phrases from FSU head coach Mike Norvell afterwards.

“I actually preferred the vitality of the protection,” he stated. “I assumed the (final) apply the offense did some actually good issues, aggressive performs. I assumed there was a actually good response from the protection immediately. I see guys flying round. I like what I’m seeing up entrance, that forcing unit within the front-seven.

“And I assumed the fellows within the again finish actually competed effectively.”

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Norvell stated there have been some “good moments” offensively Sunday, however only a few got here within the passing sport. Malik McClain had a good catch throughout the center for a 15-yard acquire on a cross from Jordan Travis, and Kentron Poitier had a 30-yard seize towards freshman cornerback Azareye’h Thomas, however aside from that, the receivers did little or no total .

Meanwhile Thomas continues to face out.

The four-star recruit was one of many eye-opening performers of the spring, and he carried that proper over into fall camp.

On Sunday, he had an interception on a deep cross try to Josh Burrell in one-on-ones. He compelled a fumble in 7-on-7. And then he had a pick-six in 11-on-11, the place it appeared like he got here off the receiver he was protecting to step in entrance of a cross close to the sideline and race uncontested into the tip zone.

Thomas did later surrender the lengthy cross to Poitier — he was working step for step with the receiver however the ball was underthrown and Poitier made the adjustment to return again and catch it — however Thomas has carried out effectively sufficient already that it appears obvious he’ll be getting a lot of taking part in time as a true freshman.

“Coming in, you knew the flexibility he has as a playmaker,” Norvell stated. “He’s a very fluid mover. He’s explosive. He’s obtained nice ball abilities. He finds a manner, he finds a knack for placing himself in a nice place. And he had a couple immediately that I simply love what I’m seeing.

“I’m seeing these optimistic steps. And he performs with a nice deal of confidence for a younger participant. Anybody can have a good angle when it is going good, however while you get beat on a play — and he is had a couple of these, too — and simply the way in which he is in a position to transition to the subsequent play. That’s a discovered talent for some guys.”

Not for Thomas apparently, who in line with Norvell has proven a outstanding capacity to flush the not-so-good performs and then go make some nice ones.

All of FSU’s gamers obtained extra alternatives to try this on Sunday as Florida State, for maybe the primary time since Norvell took over, used each apply fields concurrently for a couple of intervals of 11-on-11 to make sure everybody (first-teamers, second-teamers and third-teamers) obtained beneficial reps.

“What I like is the standard of reps we’re getting,” Norvell stated. “And there are nonetheless challenges when you might have newcomers and you break up them up … however I need these guys to get reps. And the standard of reps is what makes it very helpful.

“I feel we have nice competitors in that younger group. And some guys simply want (work). I imply, you have a look at some positions and we’re rolling with fairly good depth. Just to verify these guys are getting the standard reps they want.”

It sounded as if Norvell will proceed to make use of the two-field plan for the foreseeable future.

He additionally stated after yet one more apply in shoulder pads on Monday the team shall be in full pads beginning Tuesday morning.


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