Cole Minshew missed nearly a year after suffering an injury in November 2018. The senior offensive lineman had offseason neck surgery and gradually worked his way back to the practice field during Florida State’s bye week.
Minshew returned to the field in the third quarter of FSU’s loss to Clemson on Saturday. He played just a few series, lining up at left guard, but the snaps were significant.
“It was six plays but it was almost a year I have been out,” Minshew said. “Just getting those six plays, it felt amazing.”
Minshew may not be the answer to FSU’s offensive line troubles but he could be part of the solution. Known as a tough run blocker, Minshew also brings 23 games of starting experience.
“Cole played He hadn’t played a ton of snaps this year, obviously,” offensive coordinator Kendal Briles said. “So his stamina is probably not where it needs to be. Hey, we weren’t on the field long enough to catch up to him. This will be another great week for him to work and get dialed in to what Coach (Randy) Clements is teaching.”
In the coming weeks, Minshew feels he is ready to contribute. He may not be prepared to start or handle the tempo of offensive coordinator Kendal Briles’ system, but thinks his conditioning will continue to build.
“It’s just a matter of getting back to the flow of the game again,” Minshew said.
Minshew praised the work of FSU’s training staff, led by Jake Pfeil for helping him in his recovery, from the neck injury in 2018 to prior ankle injuries.
“They’ve been with me the whole time,” Minshew said. “I owe everything to them.”
Henshaw on support staff
Former FSU offensive line coach George Henshaw has been hired as an analyst. He will earn $60,000 annually, according to a records request by the Osceola. Henshaw, 71, has been a frequent visitor at FSU’s practices the past few years.
Henshaw was FSU’s defensive line coach from 1976-78 and the Seminoles’ offensive line coach/offensive coordinator from 1979-82. He has also spent from 1988-2007 in the NFL with the Broncos, Giants, Titans and Saints as well as the 2013 season with the Titans.
Defensive back Cyrus Fagan was not observed during the open portion of practice. Levonta Taylor (knee) was working with the defensive backs. Wide receiver Keyshawn Helton made an appearance on the practice field on crutches with his left knee wrapped.
FSU’s first-team offensive line was (from left) Abdul Bello, Brady Scott, Baveon Johnson, Dontae Lucas and Ryan Roberts. Jauan Williams was working out with backups and had his left ankle wrapped.
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