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FSU Football Wednesday Practice Updates and Observations

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State dialed up the intensity on Wednesday as it continued preparation for its upcoming rivalry contest against Florida. The Seminoles, in 25-minute window open to media, were engaged and energetic.

Below are notes, quotes and observations from practice:

Pre-Practice notes

Head coach Willie Taggart, defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett met with the media. So did LB Dontavious Jackson, DT Marvin Wilson, LB Emmett Rice and DT Fredrick Jones.

– Taggart touched on a variety of topics — such as his commitment to going with Walt Bell as the play caller moving forward this season, the health of several players (DE Joshua Kaindoh and CB Levonta Taylor), and more — and ended his media session with a handful of rapid-fire questions on favorite Thanksgiving foods. He was non-committal to taking favorites, but said that his favorite side was “gator meat.” You can read more about Taggart’s interview here.

– Taggart said there’s an open competition at right tackle. Brady Scott came off the bench last week after Jauan Williams got the start in consecutive games.

Emmett Rice talked about his progress in coming back from a knee injury. Coaches commended Rice for his effort and energy, two traits that were on display against BC.

Not Observed/Limited

– DE Joshua Kaindoh was dressed out, but wearing a blue jersey (indicates various levels of limitations w/ contact). He left last week’s game against Boston College with an apparent upper-body injury.

– LB Jaiden Woodbey was dressed out and participating, but wearing a blue jersey.

– LB DeCalon Brooks was dressed out and participating, but wearing a blue jersey.

– OL Landon Dickerson (leg) was in attendance, but not practicing.

– OL Cole Minshew (upper body) was not observed.

– CB Levonta Taylor (hamstring) was practicing during individual drills.

– WR George Campbell was wearing a blue jersey.

Notes, Observations

The energy during ‘Nole Drills was excellent. It was the type of competitiveness you want to see during the week leading up to a rivalry game. What stood out, to me, was the confidence the offensive line practiced with in these drills. The OL certainly didn’t win every rep, but there was a clear bounce in their step and there were some convincing wins in the one-on-one battles against the defensive line. This is a group that FSU’s staff has tried to build up this year, and perhaps we’re finally seeing signs of improved confidence after a nice week against Boston College.

Here’s one particularly good rep from OL Derrick Kelly:

Arthur Williams held his own vs. DT Marvin Wilson in one rep and Alec Eberle had a draw in his rep.

There were a few other standout plays in ‘Nole Drills. Cam Akers and Anthony Grant both looked swift weaving in and out of traffic, and DE Dennis Briggs had an awesome rep when he went against fellow freshman Jalen Goss.

That’ll do it for practice coverage the rest of the week, but check back throughout the week for other articles and analysis on Noles247.

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