FSU football completed their second scrimmage of 2022 fall camp Saturday night inside the IPF.
Inclement weather forced the Noles inside, which was disappointing to FSU head coach Mike Norvell. However, he felt like the team had a great mindset going into the scrimmage with all the adversity thrown at them this week.
Here are some key takeaways:
- The second scrimmage saw Jordan Travis get a few series before giving away to Tate Rodemaker and AJ Duffy to get an opportunity with ones. Jordan Travis has had a great fall camp and looks to pick up from where he left off in the final three games of 2021. Rodemaker and Duffy seem capable of running the offense at a competent level, but we’ll have to see if that translates into actual games.
- The running backs will be a strength with a physical style. FSU coaches had some young guys on the offensive line getting reps who had some focus issues with penalties. However, Alex Atkins also had guys playing at positions they hadn’t normally seen action to challenge them and build on the adversity from the week. I think they know the starting five or have an idea of who they’ll be with injuries aside.
- The wide receivers are much improved over last season. Johnny Wilson, Mycah Pittman, and Malik McClain all made plays. Deuce Spann had a big play, and I think the coaching staff has an idea of the strengths of each of these players. The key will be putting them into situations to capitalize on those strengths. Markeston Douglas may emerge into a contributor at tight end.
- The defense had a better performance tackling-wise compared to the first scrimmage. FSU defensive coordinator Adam Fuller thinks they will have an opportunity to be more exotic and multiple to create more confusion for opposing offenses post-snap. The defense played fast and physical, and strong in the red zone.
- Trey Benson, Deuce Spann, and Sam McCall look to be kick return specialist. Mycah Pittman, Keyshawn Helton, and McCall could be featured at punt return. They have more overall speed on special teams compared to last year.
FSU coaches labled this team tough with a family aspect. They care about one another on and off the field, and genuinely want to see one another succeed. It seems like the team made it through the second scrimmage without suffering any major injuries aside from anything that’s transpired before.
They’ll have a couple of days to get treatment and look at film before picking things back up this week. This team appears to be in good spot to win games and surprise folks this year. How much they succeed will come down to how much they can execute all of the little things.