FSU football practice observations: Marvin Wilson, Tamorrion Terry return to practice
Guess who's back?
Florida State got wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson back from injury Monday during practice.
Terry -- a redshirt sophomore from Ashburn, Ga. -- hasn't been available for the entirety of fall camp after undergoing knee surgery in July. Wilson -- a junior from Houston, Texas -- left practice with a sprained knee on Aug. 9 and has been out since.
Both players were in full pads and fully participating during the portion of practice that is open to the media.
Wilson and Terry weren't the only players to return to practice Monday.
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Christian Meadows and true freshman defensive lineman Malcolm Ray were also back at practice.
Meadows hasn't practiced since the very beginning of fall camp with a shoulder injury. It's the same shoulder injury that cost him his entire freshman season. Ray had missed the just over a week of practice with a lower leg injury.
It wasn't all good news on the injury front. FSU is still waiting to get buck linebacker Josh Kaindoh back from a hamstring injury that has plagued him for most of fall practice. He was not out at practice Monday.
Junior linebacker Leonard Warner III was not spotted at practice, along with senior safety Levonta Taylor.. Freshman offensive tackle Darius Washington was also not observed.
Inside run drills
The portion of practice that is open to the media began once again with the inside run drill. The drill pits three blockers and a running back against four defenders. The running back has to get to a certain point in order to "score" or it's a win for the defense.
Junior safety Hamsah Nasirildeen got things started off with two very good reps. He met running back Deonte Sheffield in the hold and drove him to the sideline.
The next three reps all had true freshmen standout.
Cornerback Travis Jay won the next rep for the defense. He stood up redshirt freshman receiver Warren Thompson and then forced and recovered a fumble.
Cornerback Akeem Dent followed Jay's rep up with a good one of his own where he red the play quickly and made the tackle.
Safety Brendan Gant made a great play on the next rep. He filled the hole quickly and took running back Deonte Sheffield out at the knees for a stop right at the line. Redshirt freshman defensive end Dennis Briggs, sophomore nose tackle Robert Cooper, and true freshman defensive end Quashon Fuller did a really good of standing up the offensive line blockers.
The offense got the win on the next rep with redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jalen Goss, true freshman offensive guard Dontae Lucas, and redshirt freshman offensive tackle Chaz Neal paving the way for Sheffield to score.
Redshirt sophomore running back Khalan Laborn had the play of the drill when he broke it to the outside and then hurdled Dent on the way to the end zone.
The offense spent the final open period working on its tempo.
The first-team offense was led by redshirt sophomore quarterback James Blackman.
He was working with junior running back Cam Akers, junior tight end Tre' McKitty, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ontaria Wilson, junior wide receiver D.J. Matthews, and senior wide receiver Keith Gavin at the skill positions. A number of players rotated in during those drills, but those were the players that took the first rep.
The first-team offensive line looked the same as it has for most of fall practice with redshirt junior left tackle Jauan Williams, redshirt sophomore left guard Brady Scott, redshirt junior center Baveon Johnson, right guard Lucas, and graduate transfer right tackle Ryan Roberts.
Graduate transfer quarterback Alex Hornibrook led the second-team unit.
The second-team skill positions featured Sheffield at running back, sophomore Camm McDonald at tight end, Terry at wide receiver, sophomore Keyshawn Helton at wide receiver, and redshirt freshman D'Marcus Adams at wide receiver.
The offensive line was Neal at right tackle, redshirt junior Mike Arnold at right guard, redshirt junior Andrew Boselli at center, redshirt freshman Christian Armstrong at left guard, and redshirt senior Abdul Bello at left tackle.
The offense was moving lightning quick during the drill with the ball lined up immediately after the next play began. The players seemed to be able to handle it well and were lined up and ready to go within seconds of the ball going down and the play ending.
Terry didn't look to have missed a step while he was out and the knee injury didn't seem to be bothering him at all during the drills. He was planting and cutting on it like it wasn't an issue.
Blackman hit Terry on a deep ball during route drills and Hornibrook hit Terry on a go-route in the hurry-up drill.
Willie Taggart spent a lot of time observing the defense when it was going through drills as a unit at Monday’s practice. This was while the offense was practicing tempo on the other field. Taggart’s trust in Kendal Briles has allowed him to truly embrace the CEO role he has desired for some time.
While with the defense, Taggart went above and beyond simply observing. He gave plenty of hands-on instruction to individual players or groups of players, taking a far more direct approach with the defense than he normally does.
The defense closed the open portion of practice going through a drill which saw the defensive backs and linebackers work together to fill coverage responsibilities.
The first-team secondary consisted of Stanford Samuels III and Asante Samuel Jr. at cornerback and Hamsah Nasirildeen and true freshman Raymond Woodie III – replacing the absent Taylor – at safety. The first-team inside linebackers were Dontavious Jackson/Emmett Rice and Jaiden Woodbey while the outside linebackers were Janarius Robinson and Josh Brown.
The second team had Brendan Gant and Cyrus Fagan at safety, Kyle Meyers and AJ Lytton at cornerback, Adonis Thomas and Amari Gainer at outside linebacker and Jaleel McRae and DeCalon Brooks at inside linebacker.
The third-team unit saw Brendan Gant and Isaiah Bolden at cornerback, Carlos Becker and Akeem Dent at safety, true freshmen Kevon Glenn and Kalen DeLoach at inside linebacker and true freshman Derrick McLendon II at outside linebacker along with a walk-on due to depleted depth at the position.
In his first practice back with the defensive tackles, they stayed on the blocking sleds for the entire open portion of practice, but Wilson appeared to be a full participant. He appeared to work out in every drill and had no extra brace on his knee aside from the usual braces all of the defensive linemen wear.
The outside linebackers also spent time working on an edge-rushing drill which saw them work around a dummy before trying to get to a quarterback stand-in.
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