Here's the run down from Wednesday's practice, which was open to the media.
My overreaction disclaimer: Remember, this is one practice of 15, and it's the spring. While this is a glimpse into what's going on and gives us (and you guys) some idea on what's going on, I would keep one practice in perspective.
-- The teams were split up with the 1's and 3's and the 2's and 4's for most of the day, meaning Clint Trickett (1) and Jameis Winston (3) were often working in the same drills together while Jacob Coker (2) and Sean Maguire (4) were on another field working together.
Keep in mind, everything is a rotation. During the early flex period, all four rotated with the first team offense. Point being, the order they are in now, according to Fisher, is part of the plan to give them all a shot at different levels. How they practiced today is in no way an indicator that anyone has "taken a lead." I think the coaching staff is very much in the evaluation period and wouldn't have anyone way ahead of the other at this point, four practices in.
-- Trickett was accurate in drills for most of the day, even against the first-team defense. Every quarterback, Trickett included, had issues with decisions Fisher didn't like. While it's obvious he doesn't have the arm strength of the other three quarterbacks, Trickett looks in control out there and, in my opinion, looks the most comfortable out there (which is to be expected given his experience, his fourth spring at FSU).
-- Winston showed a big arm and escapability in offense-vs-defense work. On one play in particular - Winston felt the big rush from his right, then moved left and stepped up into a deep throw, hitting Rashad Greene in stride. He had a couple of other plays where he avoided the rush, turned on the jets and made a positive play out of it. On offense vs. defense Winston faced mostly third-team defenders with a few starters peppered in. Winston did get a chance to work with the first team offensive line in o-vs-d drills. He made some great throws on Wednesday.
-- Because of the foot injury he had coming into spring, Coker didn't seem 100 percent. He was relegated to shotgun snaps and was obviously told to stay in the pocket. Coker still flaunted what I think is the biggest arm of the group. Fisher said Coker is still feeling the effects and isn't concerned because Coker has put his athleticism on display before.
-- All three running backs (Wilder/Freeman/Pender) look to be in great shape. I really liked Mario Pender's shiftiness. He had a couple of miscues on pass protection, falling in line with a common young RB mistakes, but you can see why many figure Pender to step into the Chris Thompson, "home run threat" role.
-- The most impressive receiver on Wednesday was Greg Dent. He was lining up all over the field and caught every ball near him, created space with a defender around him to make catches, his routes seemed polished and he made a handful of tough catches. It's way too early, but he's moving up my board as a breakout candidate in 2013.
-- Willie Haulstead is in much better shape than he was last season. He seems to be in a position to get back into the rotation.
-- The first thing I noticed is that there's lots of activity in the new Pruitt scheme. DB's go from the box to play like a safety and cover a deep half of the field, darting back just before the snap. Defensive ends Giorgio Newberry and Chris Casher stood up to cover a tight end on a couple of plays. The defensive lineman line up in different order across from snap to snap. Fisher said the new look has been a challenge for the defense. While the coaching staff has downplayed big changes to the defense in 2013, it shouldn't be hard to pick out some different looks rather quickly.
-- Lamarcus Joyner plays like you'd expect at cornerback - extremely, extremely physical and lightning fast. He made that clear from the outset, decleating a walk-on who caught a ball out of the flat.
Joyner got a lot of work against Dent and is also playing a lot of the "star" position, which was the inside/slot nickel cornerback in the defense when FSU goes to three cornerbacks. But there was some coverage rust when it comes playing the ball in the air and on some technique - Dent made a great play on an underthrown ball vs. Joyner who couldn't recover and Dent also beat him on an inside route fairly easily - but I still believe Joyner is going to be great at CB.
When Joyner slides into the 'star' spot in nickel, PJ Williams was getting the first team snaps at cornerback along with Keelin Smith on the other side. (Remember, Darby/Waisome/Hunter are out for the spring). Williams had a couple of nice battles with Kelvin Benjamin in one-on-one drills.
-- Karlos Williams was moved around (as mentioned in the story we posted today), playing safety and some "Money" linebacker - the linebacker in a six-DB dime package.
-- Breaking news: Telvin Smith likes to talk when he's on the field (and off the field). Smith looks comfortable in the scheme. In fact, during the practice, a couple of different upperclassmen came up to Smith to ask him about terminology and responsibility in the scheme and it seems like Smith didn't skip a beat. That's a good sign from FSU's starting middle linebacker.
-- Terrance Smith is still working as the starting strong side linebacker.
-- Jacobbi McDaniel seems to have a shot to factor in the DT rotation. He saw reps with the second team and the first team subbing in for Eddie Goldman. He looks to be in great shape and Fisher was complimentary of what he saw from McDaniel following practice.
The one-on-one blocking drills were fun to watch. Some of the best matchups among the big guys were Josue Matias vs. Eddie Goldman and Timmy Jernigan vs. Tre' Jackson. No one dominated, just fun to see those pairs go at it.
-- The running backs and linebackers were lively in their matchups: With Mario Pender vs. Telvin Smith, both were really barking at each other. Devonta Freeman really handled Markuss Eligwe one time on the final block of the segment and that really got the RB's fired up. Abrams, Wilder and others all rotated against LB's.
-- Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene rotated reps at punt return during the punt team portion.
-- Looks like a change is coming to FSU's punt unit - they've been practicing the emerging "spread" punt formation with three players forming a wall about seven yards behind the line of scrimmage.