Observations of FSU's quarterbacks during pass-heavy Monday football practice
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Observations from FSU football practice: Heavy focus on QBs, passing game

We went to a Florida State football practice on Monday, and a 7-on-7 tournament broke out.

Just kidding ... sort of.

With the Seminoles practicing just two days after conducting a lengthy scrimmage on Saturday, head coach Mike Norvell and his staff let the players practice in "shells" (shorts and shoulder pads) Monday afternoon, and they worked almost entirely on the passing game.

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Redshirt freshman QB Tate Rodemaker has looked good in spring scrimmages but had a tougher day Monday.
Redshirt freshman QB Tate Rodemaker has looked good in spring scrimmages but had a tougher day Monday. (Courtesy of FSU Sports Information)

The running backs got some work on Monday, but the vast majority of the team drills were focused on throwing and catching -- in 1-on-1s, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11.

That probably was a smart move for several reasons.

No. 1, after three weeks of spring drills -- and with the spring game still nearly two weeks away -- these have to be the dog days of the spring. The newness of spring practice has long worn off, and while the end is in sight, it's not exactly close enough to see the finish line. Norvell and running backs coach David Johnson both praised the players for bringing a lot of energy and the right mindset to Monday's practice, but the fact that it was a "lighter" day physically likely had something to do with that.

No. 2, the passing game was kind of a train wreck for most of Saturday's scrimmage, so I'm guessing the coaches wanted to help the quarterbacks and skill players get that bad taste out of their mouths. And for the most part, they did. There were a few dropped passes and errant throws, but there also were many, many nice connections.

No. 3, we still have this little quarterback battle to sort out. So it was good to see Jordan Travis, McKenzie Milton and Tate Rodemaker all get extensive reps throughout the various drills.


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