FSU football has its ninth practice in the fall and first scrimmage Sunday night inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
It was a game where FSU had most of its veteran players on a limited snap count, which allowed lots of young guys to get some valuable reps.
It sounds like the defense may have won the night overall, including an emphatic goal line stand, according to Mike Norvell.
However, the offense had some explosive plays and saw several guys standing out. Here’s a list of guys Mike Norvell mentioned by name with context:
- QB Brock Glenn is farther along as a freshman than they thought he’d be.
- Caziah Holmes and Rodney Hill had some nice runs. It sounds like Holmes looked explosive a few times with Lawrance Toafili and Trey Benson on limited reps. CJ Campbell flashed also.
- Jaheim Bell and Kyle Morlock had big nights, with Norvell describing them as valuable weapons.
- Keon Coleman and Destyn Hill were in at punt returner. Coach Papuchis likes Coleman there because of his size and speed.
- Mike Norvell feels good about the field goal kicking situation.
- Offense responded with a touchdown drive after the goal line stand.
- Offensive line working around some guys working their way back. They ran the routine plays well.
- FSU feels really good about the secondary and believes they hit on a number of those young guys like KJ Kirkland, Conrad Hussey, Edwin Joseph, and Ashlynd Barker.
- Gilber Edmond flashed, and Byron Turner Jr. will be the fourth defensive end behind Verse, Payton, and Edmond. Turner Jr. progressing in the right direction according to Coach Papuchis.
- Braden Fiske continues to be a dude, and Joshua Farmer flashed. FSU feels the interior of the defensive line can be special.
- Omar Graham is dealing with a little injury and didn’t play much.
FSU football ran over 100 players and seemed to escape the night relatively unscathed from an injury standpoint, which Mike Norvell mentioned is much better than they were a year ago.
It sounds like a lot of the young guys got a ton of reps, and they are building valuable depth across the board. It feels so good to know this program is being built the right way for the long haul.