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Notes: McCall shows playmaking ability, run game excels

While it was a good day overall for Florida State’s run game, a defensive back also stood out for his opportunistic plays late in the Seminoles’ practice on Thursday. Cornerback Sam McCall had two interceptions, including one in the end zone, and a pass breakup late in the practice.

McCall had a few interceptions of Tate Rodemaker late in the day in 11-on-11 situations.

“Sam is continuing to get better,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “A guy that definitely could be in high school this spring. As an early enrollee, each practice is an opportunity for growth. He has taken advantage of that. I thought he had a good day. Continuing to clean up the details, the fundamentals. That’s just going to come with time.”

FSU has a wealth of talent at cornerback even after losing starter Jarvis Brownlee to the transfer portal. Omarion Cooper started three games in 2021 as a true freshman, while Renardo Green has played safety for FSU but is now settled in at corner. McCall and another true freshman, Azareye’h Thomas, have held their own against FSU’s receivers.

Right tackle Bless Harris was consistently good in pass rush drills. FSU’s run game overall had a very good day, with Trey Benson breaking off a long run and Treshaun Ward continues to have a consistent spring.

“We’re just continuing to grow in the efficiency and what we’re doing up front,” Norvell said. “I really like our backs. I think we’ve got some explosive players. If you give them a seam, they got an opportunity to break some big plays. It forces the defense to be really tight on their fits.”

Up next: Second scrimmage on Saturday

FSU held its ninth practice of the spring on Thursday, with its second scrimmage to come on Saturday. While the first scrimmage was more situational, this one will more resemble a game.

“Saturday will have a little bit more of a game flow where it won’t be as scripted of where we are,” Norvell said. “So you’re going to have to react to results of drives. We’ll try to probably create a couple of situations, just to force it. … Be ready for the sudden changes, be ready for adapting as we’re calling plays.”

Norvell discussed a range of topics in his postpractice interview: