Florida State began practices ahead of the Sun Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
Here are some news and notes:
FSU interim head coach Odell Haggins said quarterback Alex Hornibrook and linebacker Dontavious Jackson are not with the team for bowl practices. They are both focusing on their workouts as they prepare for a pro career, Haggins said.
Wide receiver Tamorrion Terry was participating in full, running routes and catching passes. Terry has a difficult decision ahead as a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, but he appears to be committed to playing in the Seminoles’ bowl game on Dec. 31.
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Terry said. “I probably will make my decision after the bowl game.”
Terry said he is talking with his family about the decision. One positive for Terry is the return of receivers coach Ron Dugans. Terry had a 1,000-yard season in 2019 with help from Dugans’ coaching and the former Florida State star will be back on the sideline in 2020, coach Mike Norvell announced on Friday.
“It was great to see coach Dugans stay,” Terry said. “I love that guy.”
His first impressions of new coach Mike Norvell were positive.
“I love the guy already,” Terry said. “I feel like he is going to get the job done. … I do know he loves receivers. He loves to get receivers the ball. and I love the offense. it’s a little bit more pro offense. I saw a couple of his games. What I have seen so far, I’m going to love to play in it.”
The running back group looks very different. Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn were present, but neither are practicing. Akers declared for the NFL Draft earlier on Saturday. Laborn was suspended for the Florida game and it’s not clear if he is able to play against Arizona State. Deonte Sheffield and D.J. Matthews were running backs during group drills.
Cory Durden was working out with the defensive tackles.
Among the injured Seminoles who were observing are Marvin Wilson, Jaiden-Lars Woodbey, Joshua Kaindoh and Keyshawn Helton. Hamsah Nasirildeen was at practice but not dressed out. He will knee surgery next week, Haggins said.
Kendal Briles was present, working with FSU’s offensive players. Offensive line coach Randy Clements was not at practice, and Haggins said that Clements had been given time off to “take care of some business.”
Janarius Robinson and Abdul Bello were not present due to graduation, Haggins said. Receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison was not seen but he is reportedly in the transfer portal and pursuing his options.