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NEW Spring Practice Observations (9:15 p.m. Thursday) - dcreeves 3/28 9:10 PM (show all)  Views 5017
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Absolutely fantastic insight into spring practice!  Very well done DC.  Love the details.
4/3 5:41 PM | IP: Logged

Awesome read.  Thanks DC.
3/29 6:20 PM | IP: Logged
Outstanding DC.  Can't wait to see Christian Jones in action in the spring game.
3/29 6:16 PM | IP: Logged
I seldom comment on the practice updates because I don't want to just chime in with all the other admirers and also because they can usually comment much better than can I.  However, these recent updates have been very, very enjoyable even though I don't usually follow every position promotion/demotion the way some posters do.  Good work DC'.
3/29 6:03 PM | IP: Logged

Great report! I'm really looking forward to April 13, but then it will still be a long wait until September....  
3/29 1:45 PM | IP: Logged

Absolutely outstanding practice reports.  Exactly what we need to get us through the Spring.  I hope this open practice is an indication of things to come.  Not only pleased that the practices have been open but also pleased with the fact that you guys are taking good advantage of it.  Well done. 
3/29 10:36 AM | IP: Logged

DC, thanks for the in depth info! I got kind of geeked up reading that Observation and it's not even close to Memorial Day!

Great Work!
3/29 9:32 AM | IP: Logged
DC - How different does the new defense look compared to what Stoops put on the field?

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3/29 9:40 AM | IP: Logged

DC,
What are your thoughts on the other young OL?


1. Is Lovelady a legit option at guard, down the road?
2. What are your thought on Carter?
3. Has Barron gained enough good weight to start at center this year if Stork slides out to RT?
3/29 9:01 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by Lambda Nole:

DC,
What are your thoughts on the other young OL?


1. Is Lovelady a legit option at guard, down the road?
2. What are your thought on Carter?
3. Has Barron gained enough good weight to start at center this year if Stork slides out to RT?
1. I think at this point, spring ball 2013, Lovelady has to be a legit option at guard. Come fall? Ira Denson gets here and it's hard to envision him not being on the two deep given the depth issues so the shuffle could be interesting. Lovelady has experience at center and guard and he even played tackle in high school at Navarre. He'll stay inside most likely, but long term I see him as a versatile reserve that gives Trickett options if there are injuries to the starters.

2. Haven't seen him much, but I like him. Not as big as Jackson/Matias (and he's not challenging them for their spots anyway) but what I'd be interested to see is if he could help out at tackle. Not sure on that yet. But he's worked at both guard spots during spring so again, perhaps more versatility behind the starting five.

3. From the looks of things in spring, the coaching staff feels Barron can start at center this year. If that wasn't the case, they wouldn't be giving Stork work at right tackle. In my opinion, though, the best-case for FSU is Hart to win the righ tackle job and to keep Stork at center. So yes Barron could do it, but I think keeping Stork there is the goal.



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3/29 10:05 AM | IP: Logged
Looks like Dent is ready to bust loose this season
3/29 9:30 AM | IP: Logged

I'm really interested in how Kevin Haplea continues to progress.  We didn't hear too much about him last season but he contributed often and seems to be getting mentioned more thus far this spring.  Could he become a more reliable TE option than O'Leary is?  Dot or dcreeves, if you get a chance, could you ask him to compare/contrast his football experience at Penn St. vs Florida State?  Thanks.
3/29 8:30 AM | IP: Logged
Mark my words: Greg Dent will be FSUs #1 Receiver this year



Hes a kid no one talks about here, his name will be known here in the fall. For good reasons
3/29 8:48 AM | IP: Logged
Wonder if we'll go into the season with two #1 qb's...

Trickett will start...Winston will be the change-up.
3/29 9:44 AM | IP: Logged
Dent is going to get drafted.
3/29 9:46 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by -Black:
Dent is going to get drafted.
Fully Agreed. I think he can have a Preston Parker type career sans the character issues coming in. If Parker hadn't gotten dismissed I think he would have gotten drafted much higher.
3/29 10:53 AM | IP: Logged
Booker!! haha
3/29 8:28 AM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by whitworth15:
Booker!! haha
You rang?
3/29 10:54 AM | IP: Logged
This is my first year on the forums and if these are the updates I have been missing, shame on me. Great update. Thanks for the info.
3/29 7:58 AM | IP: Logged
excellent. ..bravo guys

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Hey guys, first time post here. 

Just wanted to comment that I too would love to see the 1 v 1's--JWJ against Christian Jones, heck yes!! Just for general info I played my football at St. Thomas Aquinas for Coach Smith. I played O-line and started a couple years at a skinny 215 (yes it got hurt often). Played right next to Andrew Datko and a host of other Noles and future NFL guys, so if there are any STA alumni out there or South Floridians, shout out!

I also just can't wait to see the match up of Joyner and Coley for the UM game. Miami got some bigger names late in the recruiting. The TE from Texas A & M flipped late to the U, I think he was ESPN # 1 TE, Griffin. Their 5 star safety was hurt last year if I remember, anyways, can't wait for the rivalry to heat up again.

Should be a great Fall, I'll be watching it from North Carolina. Just got into Duke's School of Nursing. You bet when we play, it's all Noles!! I think we play Wake @ Wake this year. 

Love all the material and dedication of the website, truly great. PS. What a freaking staff Jimbo put together. Somebody better take away the strombolies from Sanseri, dude is huge!

-Joe
Class of 2011. 

3/29 1:03 AM | IP: Logged
Very fine work these past two days, DC.  Bravo!
3/28 11:30 PM | IP: Logged

Great stuff

3/28 11:14 PM | IP: Logged
Awesome work sirs!
3/28 10:55 PM | IP: Logged
Good stuff again thanks

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3/28 10:42 PM | IP: Logged
It'll be very interesting to see if Dent carries this into the fall. Exciting news.

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3/28 10:54 PM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by Shade Tree 55:
It'll be very interesting to see if Dent carries this into the fall. Exciting news.

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He was "the man" in fall camp last year according to Jimbo and really didn't stand out so I hope he carries it over too. It would be nice to have a legit threat opposite RG.
3/29 7:32 AM | IP: Logged
This is worth the monthly fee for Warchant... great stuff. 
3/28 10:24 PM | IP: Logged
Awesome info, but I hope that was a typo about Jacobbi McDaniel at right tackle. It can't be that bad on the OL. I sure hope not!
3/28 10:23 PM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by Slicknick83:
Awesome info, but I hope that was a typo about Jacobbi McDaniel at right tackle. It can't be that bad on the OL. I sure hope not!
Haha, yes. Long day ... just glad (most of) this is in English. 
3/28 10:36 PM | IP: Logged
Spring is a lot more interesting when Fisher gives you guys access.
3/28 10:15 PM | IP: Logged
That may be the best two days of reporting from Spring practice in 4 years.  Thanks DC and glad Jimbo opened it up a litlle.

3/28 10:29 PM | IP: Logged
I agree with dbnoles...

Thanks for your observations and insight. Solid breadth for what must be difficult to follow when the whole team is out there working simultaneously. Your analysis and vignettes on 1v1 battles or specific players that stand-out are a fun read. Well-written. Nice work.
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Originally posted by Maskoki:
I agree with dbnoles...

Thanks for your observations and insight. Solid breadth for what must be difficult to follow when the whole team is out there working simultaneously. Your analysis and vignettes on 1v1 battles or specific players that stand-out are a fun read. Well-written. Nice work.
Yea, I try to limit what I post here to real observations of actual plays, segments, drills, etc. I don't want to make sweeping generalizations about so-and-so being the next Charlie Ward because it's one throw, one run, one drill, one practice.

Not here to embellish, just keeping a bunch of notes and trying to relay what I'm seeing out there. Glad you guys enjoy it.

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Originally posted by dbnoles:
That may be the best two days of reporting from Spring practice in 4 years.  Thanks DC and glad Jimbo opened it up a litlle.


Thanks man, I appreciate the kind words.
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Originally posted by fsusox:
Spring is a lot more interesting when Fisher gives you guys access.
Please do me a favor: When that inevitable thread starts and all of these posters are "glad" we the media don't get more access to the team, please remind them of the difference between great access like the last two days and no access. 

I always try to explain that our subscribers saying that the media should have less access means less information for them.
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Originally posted by dcreeves:


Originally posted by fsusox:
Spring is a lot more interesting when Fisher gives you guys access.
Please do me a favor: When that inevitable thread starts and all of these posters are "glad" we the media don't get more access to the team, please remind them of the difference between great access like the last two days and no access. 

I always try to explain that our subscribers saying that the media should have less access means less information for them.



It's also very self serving. Which I have no problem with. I love the info myself, what I don't like is when Jimbo is made the bad guy for limiting access.

People here get mad at him for it because they can't get info and the media do because they can't get access. Jimbo does it because he believes its best for the team.

Just bothers me when he gets slammed as if he's wrong, when in reality it's because he's not doing what is wanted.

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Originally posted by SavageSteve:

Originally posted by dcreeves:


Originally posted by fsusox:
Spring is a lot more interesting when Fisher gives you guys access.
Please do me a favor: When that inevitable thread starts and all of these posters are "glad" we the media don't get more access to the team, please remind them of the difference between great access like the last two days and no access. 

I always try to explain that our subscribers saying that the media should have less access means less information for them.



It's also very self serving. Which I have no problem with. I love the info myself, what I don't like is when Jimbo is made the bad guy for limiting access.

People here get mad at him for it because they can't get info and the media do because they can't get access. Jimbo does it because he believes its best for the team.

Just bothers me when he gets slammed as if he's wrong, when in reality it's because he's not doing what is wanted.

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No, it's his program, I'm not bashing Fisher for that. Guys that open practice with any sort of regularity are rare these days, so to be critical of Jimbo would be unfair because it isn't like a lot of other people are doing it.

My point is that I think the perception of the media is funny sometimes, and from this side of the glass, it's sort of silly that a person who pays to know about his favorite football team would cheer the idea that his source of information be cut off as much as possible. 

It's not feast for famine - all open practices OR ELSE is not the only solution - but a little more access could go a long way. And who knows, maybe Fisher is becoming more open to that idea. 
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Originally posted by SavageSteve:

Originally posted by dcreeves:


Originally posted by fsusox:
Spring is a lot more interesting when Fisher gives you guys access.
Please do me a favor: When that inevitable thread starts and all of these posters are "glad" we the media don't get more access to the team, please remind them of the difference between great access like the last two days and no access. 

I always try to explain that our subscribers saying that the media should have less access means less information for them.



It's also very self serving. Which I have no problem with. I love the info myself, what I don't like is when Jimbo is made the bad guy for limiting access.

People here get mad at him for it because they can't get info and the media do because they can't get access. Jimbo does it because he believes its best for the team.

Just bothers me when he gets slammed as if he's wrong, when in reality it's because he's not doing what is wanted.

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The team is supported by donations. Hes obligated to be more open. It behooves him to do it.  When people here and read things they get excited, when they get excited they buy tickets, more tickets or better tickets, merchandise etc.

In a vacuum you are correct, but this is not a vacuum and Jimbo needs to understand that there is some PR involved with his decisions.
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...worth way more than this month's subscription price.  Great stuff.
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And just in case that sounded harsher than I meant it, the last two days of info has indeed been great. Well done.

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Brewster is the best thing to happen to O'Leary. He won't have a choice but to become an all around TE as opposed to just a receiver.
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Originally posted by QuaZ2002:
Brewster is the best thing to happen to O'Leary. He won't have a choice but to become an all around TE as opposed to just a receiver.



You're not kidding, O'Leary must think he's on a different planet with the coaching he's getting now.
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Awesome! Thank you
3/28 10:22 PM | IP: Logged

If Jimbo had more open practices, WC membership would go way up.  That's some great stuff right there.  Would kill to see the one v one drills.
3/29 9:01 AM | IP: Logged

I would love to see these 1v1's as well. I also agree that this is the best coverage i have read on Warchant... Keep it up...
PS some more pics of the IPF

Thanks
PK
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I am really impressed with warchant this year.  You guys are stepping it up.
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Originally posted by reerob78:
I am really impressed with warchant this year.  You guys are stepping it up.



+100000

Great job DC
3/29 10:09 AM | IP: Logged

Great post. Really excited about seeing Pender.
Excited about seeing the whole team . Go Noles
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We had another open practice on Thursday and I thought I'd feed you fine folks some more info from today's practice. Like my disclaimer on Wednesday, this is ONE practice, please keep that in mind. Just trying to be your eyes and ears out there.

The QB's were in the same 1/3's together, 2/4's together. QBs were in same order: Trickett 1, Coker 2, Winston 3, Maguire 4.

-- Clint Trickett had another nice day throwing the football, probably better than he did on Thursday. As with every quarterback on both days, Fisher corrected them on missed reads and checks, but Trickett had nice command once again. He wasn't as accurate near the tail end of practice but all four QB's had their ups and downs as you'd expect.

-- Jameis Winston was overthrowing receivers quite a bit early on, but he really settled in during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 work, making some impressive throws. His most memorable play on Thursday was a naked bootleg in 11 on 11 where he had wide open field and turned on the jets. In two days, it was the first glimpse of that second gear once he was in the defensive backfield and the speed is impressive. He had another nice run on the next play when he kept it on a zone read and shook a linebacker to create open space. Just like Trickett, Winston showed touch on a couple of flag routes to both sidelines, putting the ball on the receiver on the correct shoulder. Saw Winston run the option as well, and he looks like a natural.

-- Nothing much new with Jacob Coker today. Made solid throws and it's obvious that foot isn't 100 percent. Staying in the pocket, even walking gingerly after some steps. Doesn't seem to have lost any zip on the ball ? again, I think he's got the biggest arm of the group ? but you have to wonder if it's affecting accuracy. Any accuracy issues weren't noticeable, however. Coker did run on a zone read play late in practice but didn't get out of the pocket before being touched and stopping.

-- Sean Maguire showed that strong arm, but he also surprised with a little bit of elusiveness. Nothing like Coker or Winston, but he has enough quicks to buy time in the pocket or scramble for a gain. Not a statue back there.

-- Boy, Mario Pender can move. Today he showed his ability catching the football out of the flats, corralling it in stride and was deadly with his first cut against a safety or outside LB. On three separate plays I saw I heard the players on the sideline react to Pender's ability to shift in traffic and break free. Obviously the defenders are only wrapping up, an obvious advantage to the offense, but that doesn't take anything away from Pender's speed. All three running backs - Pender, Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. - look stellar so far.

-- Can't say enough about what I've seen from Greg Dent in two days. He looked polished in his routes and he's been as good as anyone adjusting to the ball in the air. He made another handful of plays on Thursday with a defensive back draped over him with strong coverage, but adjusted well to nab it. Dent made a heck of a catch over Keelin Smith for a touchdown, which may have been the best catch of the day. The opponent for catch of the day would be an acrobatic Rashad Greene grab over PJ Williams right against the sideline.

-- Really starting to expect a big contribution from Kevin Haplea this fall. He looks really steady and reliable. He blocks well. He runs strong routes. He didn't drop a pass. He can do everything this offense asks of a TE. Coaches were praising him throughout the day on Thursday. He may not have the athleticism/speed ceiling of Nick O'Leary, but he looks the part of a capable starter and an asset in two tight end sets. Keep in mind, Haplea didn't have a full year of preparation coming into last season after the transfer from Penn State so we're probably looking at a different player than we saw eight months ago.

-- O'Leary also had a great day and flashed his ability to separate from linebackers. He made some great plays in 11 on 11 work by the goalline.

-- Really enjoyed watching Kelvin Benjamin block Lamarcus Joyner during a wideout/DB run blocking drill. The size disparity is huge and Benjamin makes habit of mauling the smaller guys, but Joyner is relentless. Good battle to watch.

WR vs. DB 1 on 1's Highlights:

-- PJ Williams showed something against Rashad Greene. Greene put a great move on the young Williams on his break, Williams stumbled, but he recovered to break up the pass. Williams got beat some on Thursday, but that was a flash of the promise the coaching staff has seen from him. Williams held tough against Greene on the second attempt. He also made a great play in 7-on-7 work, almost intercepting a pass. Remember, Williams is getting plenty of reps this spring with all of the CB injuries.

-- Kelvin Benjamin really sold a hitch route and fooled Joyner for an easy catch. Joyner is a bulldog out there, but it goes back to Wednesday where I said it seems Joyner is knocking off CB rust and still nailing down the finer points of coverage. For my money, Joyner is the best pure football player FSU has, so I see no problem.

The one drill that's worth the price of admission

-- The 1-on-1 point of attack hitting drills pitting OL vs. DL, RB/TE vs. LBs and DBs vs. WRs. Because the RB/TE vs. LB's group was so lively on Wednesday while I was checking out a little of everything, I spent all of my time watching segment today. They didn't disappoint. Lots of energy and excitement among the players for this, which makes it so fun to watch.

-- The tight ends looked good as Nick O'Leary had the edge both times against Terrance Smith. Kevin Haplea was strong against Nigel Terrell both times as well. Markuss Eligwe seemed to get the best of Christo Kourtzidis.

-- Telvin Smith, who's very tough in this drill, pushed Devonta Freeman back both times, the first time pushing him about 20 yards out of the circle of players and coaches. (It was Telvin just messing with Devonta after about the first five yards). Chad Abram went against Reggie Northrup and that was a solid battle.

-- The best matchup pound for pound was James Wilder Jr. against Christian Jones. They split their two meetings. There was plenty of barking after each play, too. Not anger but they weren't joking around either. Just some competitive fire from both guys. At the end of the drill TE's coach Tim Brewster asked LB's coach Charles Kelly "who's the best you got?" and Kelly gave him Christian Jones. Brewster wanted O'Leary in there against the best and they squared off. It was a stalemate but you can see how strong both guys are.

-- Mario Edwards Jr. made some nice plays in 11 on 11, even getting audible praise from DE's coach Sal Sunseri for his effort (which doesn't seem very easy to do). Fisher called it MEJ's best day of spring so far.

-- Jacobbi McDaniel continued to get some first team reps at defensive tackle. Hard to assess assignment football in the trenches, but he's obviously impressing Jeremy Pruitt and Odell Haggins enough to get on the field considering there are solid options out there ? it's not like McDaniel is the last line of defense. Says something
about his effort to get back from that broken leg.

-- Still seeing Joyner at the slot corner in nickel situations and Joyner/Karlos Williams as the inside guys in dime situations. Even saw some three down lineman looks (2 DT, 1 DE) looks in those dime packages.

-- Think the defenders are still working their way through the new defensive scheme, which isn't unexpected given this is the first five days they've been through it. Lot of teaching moments from Pruitt and Co.

-- Saw some 3-4 style looks out there, more so Thursday than Wednesday. I asked Fisher about standing up Giorgio Newberry and Chris Casher in different looks with just three down lineman ? he said it's a little bit of what they did with Jenkins and Werner last season. It's still technically a 4-3 set, just offers a different look.

-- Roberto Aguayo has a big-time leg. We wrote about it early today, but I saw him boot one from 50 yards that cleared near the top of the uprights with probably 20 yards to spare. Fisher has talked about hearing that pure 'thump' from a solid kick and you hear it with this guy. New kickers are always an unknown, but FSU will not be losing any range with the new boot in place.

So there's your rundown.

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