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August 14, 2012

The Early Read: Taking a Look at the Schedule

Florida State will have a two-a-day today, I'll be checking out the first workout this morning and we'll get a shot to talk to Jimbo Fisher afterwards. I'll be interested to to hear about his plans for Wednesday's closed scrimmage.

In the meantime, let's take a look at the schedule for Florida State this season. There's been plenty of talk about how the schedule sets up nicely for the Seminoles and that's true for the most part. West Virginia opted out of what would have been the other marquee out of conference game (UF is being the annual one) because it wouldn't have fit into a prospective Big 12 schedule and the school was in the midst of jumping conferences. 

That left the Seminoles scrambling to find a suitable replacement after the majority of the scheduling had been done, the result is a couple of non FBS beaters to start off the season. It also makes for a much cushier schedule.

Another nice aspect is Florida State has seven home games to just five road trips. 

Florida State doesn't leave the state of Florida until October, when they head to Raleigh to square off with NC State in their sixth game of the season. They only leave the state twice more after that with road games to USF in Tampa and Miami accounting for the other two road dates.

Degree of difficulty is also favorable, in addition to the two non-FBS schools to open with, Florida State doesn't face its first true challenge until week four when the 14th ranked Clemson Tigers come to Tallahassee.

The following week the Seminoles travel to Tampa to face off with the Bulls at Raymond James. FSU won't likely face a tough test again until 10/20 when the University of Miami hosts the Seminoles.

Florida State's toughest game will be a Thursday night road trip to Blacksburg to face the Virginia Tech Hokies. Va Tech is brutal at night up in Lane Stadium, and they are even tougher on Thursday nights. When Vegas made odds for the season, this was the only game the Seminoles weren't favored in. Unfortunately for Florida State if they trip up in this one it's likely too late to try and rebound too, being as it comes the second weekend in November.

Florida State finishes the season hosting UF in what is always a hotly contested game. 

There are really three tough games to circle in Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech, but otherwise this schedule really does set the 'Noles up well to challenge for a BCS title if they can handle their business. 

Whether or not they actually can manage that is another story entirely though...

Sept. 1 MURRAY STATE (Hall of Fame/Varsity Weekend)
Sept. 8 SAVANNAH STATE (Youth Day)
Sept. 15 WAKE FOREST (Military Appreciation)
Sept. 22 CLEMSON
Sept. 29 at South Florida
Oct. 6 at NC State
Oct. 13 BOSTON COLLEGE (Parents Weekend)
Oct. 20 at Miami
Oct. 27 DUKE (Homecoming)
Nov. 3 OPEN
Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech (Thursday)
Nov. 17 at Maryland
Nov. 24 FLORIDA

 

August 13, 2012

Greg Reid Heads to Valdosta State

Greg Reid is headed to Valdosta State University, though he's not yet enrolled or registered in classes. The south Georgia university began their term on Monday and Reid was not there on the first day but administration did confirm that he will be attending the school this year.

I mentioned on Friday that Reid had visited Valdosta State's football practice, though at the time head coach David Dean was ambiguous about Reid's decision.

Valdosta State is a DII school, ranked 8th in the preseason AFCA poll.

Reid was dismissed from the Florida State football team after repeated violations of team rules, he is one semester away from graduating and was considered a mid-round draft prospect by the NFL.

In recent days player transfers after being booted from schools has been in the news a lot. Ray Ray Armstrong, formerly of the U announced today he's heading to a tiny school in Alabama called Faulkner College to play at the NAIA level. Tyrann Mathieu, per ESPN, wants to stay in Baton Rouge and try to play on LSU's team in 2013, though it remains to be seen if that happens.

(UPDATE: No chance Mathieu returns)

Reid chose to go back home and attend VSU, which as I mentioned Friday and I will mention again, I'm not sure was the best move he could have made for himself. Most of the bad infuences in Reid's life seem to emanate from Valdosta, Jimbo Fisher spoke for about ten minutes on Sunday about bad influences and what in kids' histories can cause issues, I wish I could have gotten his take on Reid potentially returning to his hometown (though he wouldn't have really answered).

Hopefully Reid has a quiet year, plays well and is able to focus on preparing for the draft afterwards. But any more missteps and his NFL future could be in serious doubt.

Vic Viloria, The Man Behind FSU Strength and Conditioning

Vic Viloria is not tough to spot on the Seminoles' sideline. With a shaved head and a dark pair of sunglasses, Viloria is amongst the most animated men on the field, jumping up and down, waving towels, greeting players with jumping chest-bumps as they come to the sideline, all while yelling the whole game. 

Viloria is FSU's strength and conditioning coach, the man tasked with developing and maintaining the bodies of an entire team of aspiring athletes. Without ever geting much mention he is one of the most important men on the entire staff.

And he's got a great mind for the job. Forget any conclusions you may draw from his boisterous, rah-rah sideline/practice persona, Viloria attacks training with a near-academic passion.

"Having a receiver squat 5,000 times at 5,000 pounds over and over probably wasn't the best thing for him. But we did it anyway because 'that was football,'" Viloria said somewhat sarcastically. "But the research has been done, the data is there. Coach Fisher has allowed us to use the information and allowed us to do more research in training our players."

Viloria is very quick to credit Fisher with creating the kind of environment that has allowed him and his staff more flexibility in training players. It all starts with getting away from some of the more conventional ideas associated with weightlifting.

"The big infatuation with the number on the bar, on the weights," said Violoria. "That has lead to a lot injuries in high school and college and the NFL, because our athletes today want to bench press 500 pounds, want to squat 500 pounds, or they want to clean a ton amount of weight."

But it all comes down to technique, doing it right, and doing it the smart way. Viloria is insistent that his guys establish the correct technique. The 33 year-old SMU grad and his staff preach that despite the fact it may not show ill-effects now, bad technique is cumulative and down the road years of doing an exercise the wrong way can lead to serious and oftentime chronic injuries.

"You know if I see a guy clean a whole bunch of weight but it's not done properly, it's not a clean," Viloria added. "I think just teaching athletes today how to squat correctly, how to show up on time, that's the hard part.

"The easy part is the athletic part."

Much like Fisher talks about on the field with creating the correct habits and techniques so that it becomes second-nature to do things right, that philosophy rings true with Viloria in the weight room. Viloria credits Fisher for the flexibility that has allowed him to tailor his approach to different players and achieve optimal results.

"Unfortunately some strength coaches are hired and fired based on numbers, and the change in numbers," Viloria explained. "So if the only thing that kept my job was if I get a guy's bench press up 100 pounds I'm not necessarily going to nitpick on his technique. Because of my relationship with coach Fisher it's not like that. I can give him information on the specifics and I'm not held accountable for just the numbers, because you know a 20 pound increase in his clean is not going to get him on the field. I think sometimes coaches sacrafice technique for additional weight and we will never do that."

Viloria isn't one to take credit for himself. Even asking him something as simple as how he changed the coditionioning program over the summer receives a long, thoughtful explanation that credits conditions around the program and other influences more than anything he does. 

"When you say changes I made, I don't make changes, I give the coaching staff what they need," said Viloria. "Sometimes the objective changes or sometimes the strategy changes.

"So with our guys because of what [the coaches] have recruited, they've recruited size, they've recruited strength, we can now start to focus more on speed, more on endurance and most importantly more on recovery."

Florida State has overhauled its roster and now looks little like the team Bobby Bowden handed over a few years ago in terms of size and physicality and more like an SEC-built football team. There's no better example than along the defensive line where what was once considered a weakness now boasts some of the best depth and playmaking ability in the country.

The shift reflects Jimbo Fisher's approach to building a team. Despite his offensive accumen, Fisher's time in the SEC has taught him that you win up front with big athletic bodies. That shift in philosophy has lead to different kinds of recruits, and a different kind of conditioning program.

"If you contstantly tear down the body it never has a chance to fix itself," said Viloria. "If you're constantly working on strength then you never will focus on speed, then you'll never get the power you want. This summer we've been able to make changes because of the past two and half years, because of the recruiting coach has done."

Regardless of how many big, strong bodies Fisher can bring to Florida State and put under the aupsices of Viloria and staff though, it ultimately still comes down to one thing.

Want-to.

"Number one is just consistency, we can have the best program on the planet and it can be researched by every scientist in the world but if they don't walk in the door it won't work," says Viloria. "If they don't do it regularly it's not going to work, we won't see results. That's probably step number one. I can't make you a hard worker unless you work hard once. I can't make you stronger unless you work on getting stronger once. And then repeat it."

Despite all the improvements to the approach without the work, nobody can get better.

"At the end of the day you can have all the devices but you still have to run, you can have the fanciest weights on the planet but they still have to lift it to get the results. So while everything is changing, nothing has really changed. The championship, the toughness, the effort, the discipline, the drive that Coach [Fisher] always talks about, that's still there. We're just being smarter so our athletes can do what they do longer."

The Early Read: Stork Talks Offensive Line

It's Monday morning and Florida State has the day off before another busy week of practice. I'm still going through some of the interviews from Media Day but in the meantime here's part of a brief conversation with redshirt junior OL Bryan Stork. Stork has been all over the line early on in camp lining up at tackle and center and providing stability at both. 

Here's what Stork had to say:

Now that pads are one how is line doing?

"We're doing very well, we're a lot bigger than we used to be a we're a tad bit mean."

Who is the most improved?

"I'd say Josue (Matias, G, So.) he's come a long way as far as knowing what he needs to, before he was just big and strong and bulky, now he's starting to understand the whole picture and he's really done a great job of doing that."

How long does it take for an offense line to gel?

"I think it takes a bad season. And it takes a good spring, and a good summer."

And you guys had that?

"Yep."

What has the line said amongst itself in regard to some of the pressure it faces this season?

"Do your job. That's the motto of the year."

Finally, do you prefer a certain spot along the line, team-first attitude not withstanding?

"I like playing them all. I'd say right tackle because you get to be in a two-point stance and you can see everything, but I really enjoy playing everything."

August 12, 2012

Miami Norland's Xavier Rhodes Talks Leadership, Freshmen and the NFL

Arguably the team's top corner in 2011, Xavier Rhodes is set for big things in 2012. The 6-2, 215 lb corner is entering his redshirt junior season having seen considerable playing time over the past two campaigns and ready to step up and become a leader in the secondary.

Asked about replacing Greg Reid, Rhodes barely seemed concerned, instead opting to turn his focus to the incoming freshmen, guys like Colin Blake, PJ Williams and of course, Ronald Darby (who has been earning rave reviews all week). 

"We're just teaching the freshmen the technique and the schemes of the defense," said Rhodes as if the loss wasn't as big deal as the media is making it. "We like that they listen to us in order the get [better] and they really really have a passion for the game, we think we're going to be a very good secondary."

Rhodes' laid back demeanor is perfect for a big-time corner, he's never too high or too low. Even something like trying to step up to replace the boisterous Greg Reid as a team leader doesn't seem to cause him much consternation.

"It's not hard because I know what I have to do with this team, with this secondary to get us better, to get us motivated," said Rhodes. "Having Reid there, seeing what Reid [had] done really helped me out to be a more vocal leader."

As for the freshmen he's guiding, Rhodes thinks the glowing reviews they're receiving are merited.

"Yeah," said Rhodes shaking his head empathically," Yeah, like I said the passion they have for the game, not wanting to get beat, always wanting to get better, they want to be perfect at everything and impress always, I just love that that, the passion to be good and great is really impressive."

When Rhodes was entering his freshman season four years ago he was actually a wide receiver. A three-star prospect out of Miami Norland Senior, Rhodes took a redshirt year and added nearly 30 pounds, picking up technique and learning the ins and outs of the position along the way to becoming one of the team's best defensive backs.

Even despite the position change, Rhodes sees a few similarities between himself and this group of freshmen.

"At that age theyre' the same as me, always rushing things not always understanding the patience because you want to be good at that moment, you really want to play," said Rhodes. "That's how every freshman comes in, but you have to have patience to succeed."

As for Rhodes the patience it took to switch from receiver to corner has paid off. With his size and speed, Rhodes could have been drafted if he'd left as a redshirt sophomore last season. At 6-2 220, Rhodes has the kind of size NFL teams love and he's proven an instinctual player with the ball in the air. A big year in 2012 could boost his pro stock considerably. Still, the big-bodied corner insists he's not thinking about the NFL, not even in the back of his mind.

"I'm just living in the moment. Right now I'm just trying to make it through camp and after I make it through camp, playing on September 1st," said Rhodes. "I know if I play good, play great, I'll be there, I'll get drafted. So I'm just worried about playing good for the season, winning an ACC championship and a national championship."

James Wilder Ready To Play Bigger Role on Offense

James Wilder is ready to put his freshman year behind him and focus on football and the future.

After making some unwanted headlines this summer for a violation of probation that landed him in a Leon County jail for 11 days, Wilder is back on track and ready for a big 2012.

"Yeah, [I had] a couple of those downfalls and setbacks off the field [and] I got them cleared up," said Wilder. "I can just focus on football. Just 100 percent [focus]."

The first order of business for Wilder is going to be establishing himself as a reliable ball-carrier in what is becoming a three-headed rushing attack for Florida State. With senior Chris Thompson and sophomore Devonta Freeman both recovering from back injuries that held them out of Spring, Wilder enters 2012 the only Seminole back with experience and no medical issues. 

And Wilder feels like he's poised to break out.

"I got the playbook down pat, I didn't really know it last year and that's what killed my playing time," said Wilder. "Now that I know it I feel like I can play a bigger role on this team. I have big expectations and my team does too."

In addition to better acclimating himself with the Florida State offense, Wilder has also been working on improving his quickness.

"[I've been] working on my footwork, getting a little bit quicker, I was a little sluggish last season," said Wilder. "I was great at breaking tackles and power, but getting a little quicker knowing we've got a lot of stretch plays and and a lot of outside plays, should help me to be able to adapt to that to be an inside runner and outside runner."

Wilder credits the tight-knit group of running backs, Devonta Freeman in particular, for pushing him and making him better. 

"We're out there, we're competing and making each other better. [But] we're not competing as rivals, he's not mad if i'm getting more carries I'm not mad if he's getting more carries," said Wilder.

"We're definitely pushing each other, we know we're going to be here, we're in the same class, we've got a lot more years to be [at Florida State]. We're already different kinds of runners, thunder and lightning type, I mean we're definitely pushing each other making each other better."

The difference in statures is striking, Devonta Freeman is short and a bit squatty, coming in at 5-9 210, while Wilder is tall and lean at 6-2 225. Freeman's nose for the hole and quickness are what helped him become the most reliable back in a meager (104th nationally) FSU run game. Wilder is more of a bruiser, but also boasts deceptive speed and the ability to give defenses a totally different running style than his counterpart. 

For Florida State to accomplish its title goals in 2012, they'll need them both – maybe even in the same backfield.

"Yeah we got a couple shotguns where we're both back there together, sometimes I block for him, sometimes he blocks for me, but we're always pushing each other," said Wilder of his relationship with his fellow sophomore. "I mean me and Freeman, we're very close, probably the closest out of everybody, so we're definitely pushing each other and just keeping each other right."

Wilder, who was also recruited as a linebacker, is more than comfortable helping his team in the passing game too, he especially enjoys a good screen.

"Oh yeah, I like to get out into the flats because once I get past the D-Line I'm the same size as the linebackers anyway," joked Wilder. "If I get past the linebackers I'm way bigger than the safeties. On the screens if I have the linemen in front of me that's just a great thing, I see the endzone from there."

Regardless of how the carries are split up between Wilder, Freeman and Chris Thompson it's going to be vital that the former Plant standout and son of a Buccaneers great, play a bigger role on the offense. Wilder knows it too, and in 2012 he has his sights set high.

"I'm not an individual type person, but mine is just go out there and every play, my personal goal is to get five yards per carry. End the season with five yards per carry."

A Few Thoughts From Media Day

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I've got loads and loads of interviews to go back over, but while everything is still fresh in my head I did just want to get down a few points from media day. I'll have quotes and interviews and stories later on, for now here are a few thoughts...

-Jimbo Fisher spoke for about 25 minutes and the coversation ultimately turned into a referendum on off-the-field problems and marijuana use. I'm going to do a long piece on this sometime in the next couple of weeks so I won't go too overboard now, but Fisher asked that a lot of the media empathize with Greg Reid and kids who make the kinds of mistakes that Reid and also recently Tyrann Mathieu at LSU have made. Much like Leonard Hamilton often tells reporters when a kid is in trouble, "I know you were all perfect at that age, but..." Fisher acknowledges that the socioeconomic backgrounds and the substance abuse histories of kids' families plays a huge role, much larger than we in the media often give credence to. Fisher believes marijuana use is rampant on campuses around the country, but also that the issue is no more grave than alcohol abuse and that the aim should be helping not punishing when it comes to enforcement.

-Fisher also made an interesting point about the state of recruiting, and by extension the game of college football. According to Fisher recruiting defensive linemen, the blue-chip, big-bodied, athletic sort (of which the Seminoles scored four this offseason), are as hotly contested as elite QB's nowadays. Jimbo attributes that to the devaluation of the skill positions, where there is an abundance of great talent to be had. There are a lot fewer elite linemen. And the competition for them is heated.

-Vic Viloria is far more insightful than you would think at first blush. You may have noticed him as the bald coach waving the towel and jumping around the whole game on the sideline. Viloria is a ball of energy in games and at practice, but the strength and conditioning coach is probably also a little ahead of his time in his approach to training. You can tell Viloria loves the intellectual aspects of training and building the human figure. Listening to him discuss how the strength and conditioning program evolved (he corrected me quickly when I asked how he changed it), you just get the sense that Viloria may be more important than any coach outside of Stoops and Fisher (recruiting not considered). 

-Mark Stoops is a great interview. I hate to break it to you Seminoles fans (if it wasn't already obvious) but if this season goes off the way Florida State hopes, Stoops will have his own head coaching gig next year. Hurricane fans need no introduction to the Seminole defensive coordinator, he coached some the best Hurricanes of the last decade,  and now Stoops has a defense at Florida State that finished in the top five last season and could be even nastier this year. Stoops built that defense, and somebody is going to want to give him the keys to their program if it's as good as advertised this year.

-Bryan Stork thinks it takes the kind of bad year Florida State had up front last season to really help an offensive line gel. If that's true, this group should be pretty tight. Stork says he prefers right tackle but is happy to play wherever he is needed and singles out Josue Matias as the most improved player on the line.

-Dustin Hopkins is always a great interview, he's classy and well-spoken and he has a pretty sharp wit to him also. Of all the players I spoke to about their individual goals for the year, Hopkins was the only one who really told the truth. After a couple years of finishing as a runner-up for the Groza award, the senior kicker admits he really wants that trophy. Hopkins has been one of the nation's top kickers for going on three years now, but consistency over a stretch doesn't win a Groza award, one fantastic year does. Hopkins will need to have that year in 2012 if he wants a Groza.

-Speaking of Hopkins, touching moment out at team pictures as Hopkins stopped to kneel and talk with a tiny little boy holding a football. The boy bore a serious looking scar on the left side of his head, and to be honest he looked a little bit timid as the massive bodies of the Florida State football team thundered out on to the field around him for positonal photographs. But Hopkins knelt beside him and said warmly, "I hear you're here to take my position." And the little boy's face just lit up. Afterwards EJ Manuel, Brandon Jenkins and a host of other players made their way over to meet the little boy and offer him words of encouragement, but nobody seemed to have the same effect as Hopkins. Not every player you meet is as nice or as genuine as we want to believe they all are, Hopkins exceeds your expectations. Great person.

-This defensive line is a fun group. You can tell they genuinely enjoy one another, they're big, they're strong, they're mean and they know they might just be the best group Florida State has seen in decades. People around this program think this line will be good but they're hesitant to expound on just how good. Call that humility or fear of hubris, but nobody at FSU has come right out and said they think they have the best defensive line in the country. Odell Haggins may have tipped his hand a little bit with regards to his true feeling about the Seminole line when he made it a point to ask for a copy of him and his unit during position group shots Sunday afternoon though. A physical photo, a big one, glossy, he said... The type you frame.

Time to start transcribing, I'll have a few more things for you later this afternoon and into the evening. So keep checking back...

The Early Read: Heading to Media Day

Today is a big day for Florida State football, this morning me and a group of other reporters will get a couple of hours with the Seminole coaches and players for media day. After the team finishes dealing with us they'll get ready for Fan Day at the Leon County Civic Center. Doors open at noon, and the event is open to the public. The team will finish its day with an open practice at Doak Campbell Stadium at 4. 

Fans, if you're in the Tallahassee area and you're looking for a chance to see the Noles, this is your only shot until the season opener on September 1st, and then it gets a bit pricier.

"Sometimes there's a lot of people that don't even get to go to games," said head coach Jimbo Fisher yesterday. "You know what I mean, may not be able to make it back and forth or afford it, whatever the reason, but they're still huge Florida State fans. And you let those kids get down there and watch the guys practice. I remember when I was that age, I'd have loved to go to see a practice I think that's good and it shows [the players] the level of appreciation people have for them and what it's like to give back some."

As for media day, I'll be there interviewing coaches and players all morning. Most of you likely won't be in the area and won't have a chance to see the Seminoles today, but if you have a question for a player or coach, or something you're wondering about the Seminoles, leave it in the comments or tweet it at me and I'll see what I can do.

At any rate, keep checking back throughout the course of the day because I'll have four or five updates headed your direction.

Have a great Sunday!

August 11, 2012

Quick Hits From Two-A-Days

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Florida State held its first fully padded practice of the season this morning. After a brief weather delay the Seminoles took the field a little after 10 AM and worked until 12:30. The practice was the first of two scheduled workouts on Saturday as the team continues to prepare for their September 1st opener against Murray State.

It was an overcast day with intermittent showers throughout the late morning and afternoon, but the storms held off long enough to allow the Seminoles to get their work in. The media was booted after the first half hour, but we did still have enough of an opportunity to catch a few things around practice.

-Junior LB Telvin Smith continues to lead both by word and example. Early on during special teams drills Smith was flying around, getting after teammates and begging coach Fisher to let him pop a return-man or two. Each time as Smith would hustle to the back of the line you'd hear him as he passed Fisher, "let me hit him just one time, coach!"

-Ronald Darby was flashing his ability again in the limited time we were permitted to watch. Every day it seems like the talented true freshman is growing a little bit more and given some of the praise he's been receiving from his coaches and teammates, I would be really surprised if Darby doesn't have a significant role on the defense by the start of week one.

-It was the first day that FSU did any redzone work. Coach Fisher said much of the period was spent ironing out details.

"That was the first day down there on [redzone] so we had to iron out a lot on both sides," said Fisher. "The coverages you've got to do and how they change, the routes and the runs, and blocking. It's a little quicker, a little faster, but for the first day I liked the attitude."

-Fisher said he was very impressed early on with the level of play from his offensive linemen once the pads went on.

"Extremely impressed, they're moving people, blocking people, the line of scrimmage is not coming backwards. I mean very, very pleased the progress they're making."

-The level of competition all over the field has been extremely high and that's something that Fisher is thrilled about. It's what him and his staff have been building towards.

"[You see that] on good football teams," said Fisher emphatically. "[It's] for pride. Those guys, if you're a really successful player you don't know how to turn that off, that [competition] happens naturally."

-Anthony McCloud will be out a few weeks with a partially torn pectoral, meanwhile Jacobbi McDaniels is yet to participate in team drills of yet and continues to rehab doing individual work off to the side.

Not a ton else to report, FSU has one more workout tonight and then will have Media/Fan day tomorrow. Fan Day is open to the public at noon at the Leon County Civic Center and the event will be followed by an open practice at Doak Campbell Stadium. 

Taking a Look Back at Week One of Seminole Camp

It's been a busy first week in Tallahassee as the 7th ranked Seminoles prepare for the start of their season on September 1st.

The Herald has been here covering it all, and putting it right here on the new Miami Herald Florida State blog. As of this posting (at 9:30) Florida State is going through the first of it's two Saturday workouts, so why not spend Saturday morning taking a look back over the first week of Florida State's camp and catching up on anything you might have missed.

Here are the highlights:

The week started with Jimbo Fisher addressing the Greg Reid dismissal.

We also found out more about former Penn State TE Kevin Haplea's decision to transfer to FSU.

Based on depth and his recovery from last year's ankle injury, senior Jacobbi McDaniel could redshirt.

Chris Thompson is back from a broken back and feeling better than ever.

Thompson is also using his experience being injured to mentor young players.

Bryan Stork and the O-Line are prepared to tackle expectations.

Jimbo Fisher sees the game slowing down for his senior class.

The Seminoles will not be using Twitter early on this season.

Lonnie Pryor may see more time at tailback thanks to depth issues.

And finally, freshmen Kelvin Benjamin and Ronald Darby have stood out so far...

Also, if you didn' check out this morning's edition of the Early Read, Lamarcus Joyner is ready to be a leader...

I'll have a practice update coming a little bit later this morning and couple of other updates for the evening. The Seminoles second practice is at 7:30 this evening. 

Florida State will be holding it's annual Fan Day event tomorrow, Sunday August 12th, at the Leon County Civic Center. Afterwards the team will hold an open practice at Doak Campbell stadium that fans may attend. It will be the only practice open to fans all season.

Check back in a bit...


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