August 23, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles safety Terrance Parks (4) during a practice at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Practice: Day 2


August 23, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) tapes his fingers before a practice at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s take a peak at what happened during Day 2 of Spring Practice.  Yet again, it was another exciting day of action, but we are also getting a lot of insight into how the coaches are going to work together.

Jimbo loves Lamarcus Joyner.  I’m sure Jimbo is thrilled that Joyner returned for his senior year.  Joyner has been willing to do whatever it takes since day 1.

This seems like one of the biggest differences between Stoops and Pruitt.  I could be wrong, but Stoops seemed to emphasize more of a finesse scheme whereas Pruitt is going to rely on having the better athletics and more physical players.

This is great insight into Kelly’s mindset.  It’s clear the coaches have sat down and figured out how they are going to work with one another.  For sure, it’s Jimbo’s program, Pruitt’s defense, and Kelly’s job to make sure Kelly works within Pruitt’s scheme.

This is yet again another distinct difference between this year’s staff and last year’s.  I’m not entirely sure what Greg Hudson’s agenda was but it seemed as though Stoops emphasized the linebackers’ ability to play in coverage.  The way Kelly talks, these linebackers are fast getting to the quarterback!

This must be why Jimbo has yet to name an OC, even if just a token OC.  Jimbo takes offensive system seriously and has put a lot of time into developing it.  He’s not going to hand it over easily, but he’d only hand it over once someone was able to master it to Jimbo’s liking.  It’s clear Sanders is still learning the new language and it will take time to start speaking Spanish fluently.

Well, this is not a surprise.  Trickett has been in the system the longest.  He’s also a coach’s son who has been around the game his entire life.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone for Trickett to win the job.  We obviously want the quarterback with the best blend of physical tools and mastery of the offense, but I think Trickett’s grasp of the offense will be what allows the offense to succeed.

This is consistent with Coach Kelly’s comments about the linebackers–Kelly said he was operating within Pruitt’s system.  Similarly, Sanders is operating within Jimbo’s system.  It’s Jimbo’s system and as long as Jimbo’s here, it will always be Jimbo’s system.

This much we also know.  Winston has a higher ceiling than any other quarterback on the roster.  The issue is Jimbo’s offense isn’t worth watering down.  Thus, it needs time to master–something that Winston doesn’t have because he’s splitting duties with baseball.  Even though Winston is not missing practice time because of baseball, that doesn’t mean he isn’t losing time in general.  While Winston is playing baseball, that’s the opportunity for Coker and Trickett to be studying the playbook, studying film, and bonding with teammates.

This was my favorite quote from the day.  Sanders was excited to be here and did whatever it took to get here.

A gallery of the practice can be found here.

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  • DRob24

    Man I’m so pumped spring football is here! That void between signing day and this is unbearable

    • http://twitter.com/Chop9399Chat Chop Chat

      In a weird way, the coaching hires helped fill the void. I’d say the void between spring game and fall practice is worse. FOUR MONTHS! Yuck, I don’t even want to think about it.