Seminoles Return to Practice Field After Mondays’ Postponement

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL - A little cool weather and some overcast skies couldn’t keep the Florida State football team off the practice field Tuesday as the Seminoles returned for its first of four workouts this week. Inclement weather postponed the Noles’ originally scheduled Monday practice.

“I thought the intensity level was pretty decent,” assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett said. “One-on-one they were getting after each other on them boards pretty good - way better than it was the first time. I think we have so many young kids and new kids that their eyes are that big around. I thought the intensity level, effort and the jumping around was really good.”

Trickett filled in for FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher who had a prior commitment that wasn’t able to be changed causing him to miss Tuesday’s practice. Tuesday was an original off day for the Seminoles, but Monday’s practice was washed away.

The Seminoles practiced in full pads for just the second time this spring and have another full pad practice scheduled for Wednesday.

FSU will hold their first scrimmage Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. That scrimmage is closed. FSU will also welcome area coaches for its 2011 Coaching Clinic which gets started Thursday. The featured speaker is Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coordinator Clyde Christensen.

All practices are closed to the public. Fans can begin counting down to the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend Presented By Kia Autosport which will be capped off with the Annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be carried on ESPN3.com and replayed on ESPNU.

Season tickets are available now by visiting Seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public June 1; however a single game sale is not anticipated for either the Oklahoma and Miami home games.

MORE FROM TRICKETT

Here’s a little more from assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett on his offensive line this spring. FSU without the services of starters left tackle Andrew Datko and right tackle Zebrie Sanders. Four-year starting center Ryan McMahon has graduated and so has All-American right guard Rodney Hudson. So Trickett is working with a revamped line this spring with Henry Orelus and Garrett Faircloth working at tackle, junior college transfer Jacob Fahrenkrug at right guard and David Spurlock and Bryan Stork flip-flopping between center and right guard:

On the young tackles:

They’re doing better. We’re throwing the whole offense in so with different fronts and blitzes, their heads are spinning a little bit. They kind of know it in the meeting room but when all the bullets start flying…they’ll be better men for it. It’s kind of a baptism under fire. I think they’ll have a deeper appreciation for it. The thing I’m encouraged by is that Zebrie and Datko are doing a great job of coaching them and that helps me out a lot. I think hopefully it’s going to make those two guys, better players when they step in. When you start coaching it, you have to learn it and I think that’ll make those two guys better football players.

On junior college transfer Jacob Fahrenkrug:

Great run-blocker right now. [He’s] got some work to do on pass protection. Overly aggressive, gets out of position, but I haven’t had one in a long time that can do the boards like he does. He’s like a road raider. He just walks them out of there. He’s got a chance to be special I think.

On the center position:

If I had to play tomorrow, I’d probably go with Spurlock. One of those two will be the guy. This [Sterling] Lovelady kid has got a chance. He really does. He’s really a good pass blocker. He’s just a little light right now. I’m really encouraged by him down the road.

On usual right guard David Spurlock at center:

I thought he was a kid, whose played for three years and can make the calls, understands what’s going on a little more than Stork. Stork just started towards the end of last season. It was more veteran [related]. Maybe it’ll help him if he has a shot later at going on playing, he may be a better center than a guard.


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