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FSU Practice Notebook: Seminoles Gear Up for Scrimmage


A day after conducting their first two-a-day practice of the season Florida State eased up a bit in anticipation of their first scrimmage tomorrow. RBs James Wilder Jr. and a Devonta Freeman were both held out of contact and donned blue jerseys, though head coach Jimbo Fisher said afterward that was done for entirely precautionary reasons.

Freeman- who lead FSU in rushing as a true freshman and finished second on the team last year- may be having one of the best camps of anyone on the roster according to Fisher. With Wilder's size and fan's infatuation with the speed of Mario Pender and Ryan Green, Freeman is determined not to let Seminole fans forget what a dynamic writer he can be in his own right.

“Freeman’s quick and I don’t know why everyone says he’s small," said Wilder. "He’ll get under your pads and run you over.”

##- Fisher told reporters on Tuesday that motivation shouldn't be a problem at this point, even during the dog days of camp. Though there are some young players still learning the ropes, for the most part, "if you [have to motivate them], you've got the wrong team."

##- Tomorrow when FSU conducts their first scrimmage they will also be conducting their first truly live tackling of Fall camp. Up until this point Fisher has let his team pop a little bit, but not tackle to the ground. 

"When bodies hit the ground, people get hurt," said Fisher. "Almost nobody tackles [in practice] anymore."

##- Fisher and staff are still determining how they will run the headsets and maintain communication on the sideline this upcoming season. After having three seasons of continuity, Fisher is breaking in a group of new coaches in new roles and still toying with his gameday communication and who will be up in the box versus on the sideline. 

##- Mario Edwards has been lining up in a number of different places and will be showing a number of different looks this season, whether it's bringing pressure off the edge of the line, from the middle of the line or even dropping into coverage, Edwards will have plenty of chances to impose his will on opposing offenses this upcoming season.

"It's definitely different but after repping it and repping it becomes second nature," said Edwards on Media Day. "It’s fun and it messes with the offense because the don’t know if I’m rushing, dropping and it shows I’m versatile.”

After struggling with his weight early in his freshman season, Edwards is currently 278 pounds and in excellent playing shape.

##- Another player who will be given plenty of chances to showcase his versatility is LB Christian Jones. Jones has been lining up on the edge frequently and could be a major factor on Jeremy Pruitt's new defense. 

"He can move around, he can cover from there, he can rush from there," said Fisher. "He can do a lot of things."


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