3 takes from day 3 of the FSU football camp
FLORIDA STATE – Day three is here before the weekend Friday afternoon. The pads were on and the players were excited as they walked through the doors of Dunlap’s training grounds and the defense let everyone know.
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Head coach Mike Norvell mentioned how pleased he was with the team’s performance today during his post-practice interview.
“I was extremely satisfied with today’s training. It looked like, I say a real training, but it was the speed, the physical intensity that showed today.
Overall, it was a back and forth practice with plays made on both sides, but here are three things that stood out:
Receivers and tight ends made big plays
In the first 11-on-11, quarterback Jordan Travis opened the field with a bomb on receiver Malik McClain in tight coverage. It will be day three of this connection and McClain has shown he can step up and get passes against a stacked secondary. It will be interesting to see him in red zone games in the future, but he is emerging as a solid big body goto.
Johnny Wilson had a great day today, possibly his best day of spring or fall camp, he was extremely consistent, having maybe only one fall during all practice. But today he caught several big catches in full team drills, one-on-one and seven-on-seven.
Jackson West is in practice three and like McClain, he’s had some great takes, mostly targeted when he gets a one-on-one with a corner or perimeter safety.
The lines in particular on both sides of the ball brought the energy today and the competitive nature showed through the drills. In the beginning, offensive coordinator Alex Atkins was asking the offensive line to do “out-of-school” drills after the first 12-on-12 game and it seems that got the message across because the rest of the day, the battles of line position were fun to watch.
* Defensive linemen Patrick Payton, Ayobami Tifase, linebacker Amari Gainer, tight ends Preston Daniel and Jackson West were all scrappy the day they threw themselves in love with the toughness that comes with pads.
One of the linemen who encountered extra intensity was Byron Turner Jr. who had a field day in pass rush drills. The final play of the day actually ended with running back CJ Campbell cutting to the outside and Turner chasing him from behind near the line of scrimmage.
Fabian Lovett and Robert Cooper both had great days using their hands to spin around opposing offensive linemen. The offensive line wasn’t bullied and that’s what made it such a fun thing to watch. One play that stood out during individual drills was Cooper on Kayden Lines. Cooper tried to use his infamous spinning move but Lyles kept Cooper in front of him and was able to save him from being pushed into the quarterback.
The defensive field thrives
In the defensive field, we saw Azareye’h Thomas very active today, with a missed interception and a few pass breakups. He was also cover on a few catches, but overall he had a very impressive start to camp and doesn’t look like a freshman.
Today Kevin Knowles had an interception and continues to thrive in the nickel back role. Renardo Green was also very active today, getting his hands on the ball and allowing minimal catches.
So far the depth at the corner has been very good with little backtracking from the first group to the second group and even in the third level the Seminoles are very deep all over the defensive backfield.