Florida State welcomed back a familiar face recently as guard Cole Minshew returned to the field after missing the Seminoles’ first five games due to a neck injury.
Minshew was lined up at left guard and taking reps with the second-team offensive line during Tuesday morning’s practice. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior had offseason surgery but has gradually worked his way back.
“He’s one of my good friends, I’m excited for him,” guard Brady Scott said. “It’s definitely going to add on to help our o-line, so I’m excited to see him get out here.”
Minshew has played in 27 games (starting 23) in his FSU career.
It’s not immediately clear if Minshew is available to play against Clemson on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m. on ABC). But his return in the long term is a positive development for an offensive line that must continue to build depth through competition in 2019. FSU has allowed 19 sacks, ranking 121st among the 130 FBS schools.
FSU’s first-team offensive line in practice Tuesday was Abdul Bello, Scott, Baveon Johnson, Mike Arnold and Ryan Roberts.
Crank up the noise
There are few college football stadiums quite as loud as Clemson, which is appropriately referred to as Death Valley. The crowd noise will limit communication, but that may not be as big a consideration for some offensive players.
“Most definitely hand signals,” receiver Keyshawn Helton said. “But as a receiver, I’m watching the ball anyway. I move when the ball moves.”
Crowd noise will be intense when FSU has the ball. A good number of FSU players have experience playing in the 2017 loss at Clemson, including starting quarterback James Blackman, tight end Tre’ McKitty and some offensive linemen.
“Going there my freshman year was an awesome experience,” McKitty said. “Any time you can play a big game like this is a great feeling. Going away on the road in a big game and being able to shush the crowd, it is awesome, so looking forward to that.”
Playing with two QBs
It remains to be seen how much FSU will use Alex Hornibrook and in what role. When asked about the potential of using Blackman and Hornibrook, most Seminoles said that it doesn’t have an impact on how the rest of the offensive players do their jobs.
Helton noted that catching a pass from Hornibrook is similar with the only exception being that the left-hander’s passes spin the opposite way. In the end, there is confidence in what both quarterbacks can offer.
“We have two quarterbacks who can come in and take control of the offense,” Helton said. “Two great guys who work hard. Two guys come to practice every day and show leadership. Two guys who understand this offense.”