Florida State held a crisp, competitive practice on Thursday afternoon, its sixth of the spring and just two days ahead of the Seminoles’ first scrimmage on Saturday morning. Tuesday’s practice, the first since spring break, was often sluggish but this was one of the better days as far as quarterbacks completing passes and putting the ball in the spot for receivers to catch them. At the same time, it was also a good day for the defensive backs, who competed well in 1-on-1s with receivers.
“I really liked the spirit today,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “You see the depth that is starting to be created. Guys are making plays when they’re getting opportunities. I think we’re heading in the right direction in what we’re wanting to see from a practice standpoint. Just have to continue to build on the consistency of that.”
Observations from Thursday’s practice
Treshaun Ward stood out for his running and receiving. Ward caught a number of catches in space in red-zone drills and either scored or went down near the goal line. Ward also had a physical run from 10 yards out. He has consistently been the top performer in the running back group.
Mycah Pittman again laid out for a few receptions, including one in a red-zone drill at the end of the practice. Pittman has clearly set the bar high for the receivers and a number of them appear motivated to make plays more consistently. On Thursday, Ontaria Wilson caught a few downfield passes and Malik McClain also stood out for how he caught the ball in traffic.
Azareye’h Thomas and Sam McCall have shown they are in the discussion to play early at cornerback.
Tate Rodemaker had a good series late, completing passes to a variety of receivers. Rodemaker looks considerably better in practice 6 than practice 1 but still needs to be more consistent.
Verse discusses transition from FCS to FSU
Defensive end Jared Verse left Albany with the goal of pushing himself, maximizing his talent at the Power 5 level. Verse has shown off his athleticism and he has been a handful in one-on-one blocking drills.
“I’ve always prepared myself to play at this level,” Verse said. “Not just FCS, not just DII, DI, try to be the best, top. It’s been a smooth transition. These guys are definitely top tier. They’re at the FBS level for a reason. It’s definitely been challenging. But I’m getting a hold of it every day.”
The 1-on-1 battles with Verse and offensive tackle Bless Harris have been entertaining, with Verse praising Harris for how they challenge each other to improve. “I feel like we make each other better every day,” Verse said.