Florida State held their first spring practice today. Here are a few notes from the open session:
-Austin Barron took all the first team reps at center. He will replace last year’s starter Bryan Stork who graduated after last season.
-Mario Pender took the majority of the second team running back reps and as expected Karlos Williams worked as the number one back.
-Christian Green and Scooter Haggins each saw time working as the number two outside receiver. They will compete to replace the departed Kelvin Benjamin.
-Jameis Winston is expected to attend every spring football practice except the one this Saturday during which he will be in Clemson with the baseball team.
-Jimbo Fisher confirmed that offensive lineman Ira Denson is no longer a member of the team. Denson was arrested this week on theft charges stemming from an incident where he allegedly stole and used teammate Mario Pender’s credit card. Denson has not been with the team since December and Fisher said that “the door is closed on [Denson] returning.”
-After spending last season as a TE Giorgi Newberry has made the switch back to defense as a tackle. The news was first reported by Warchant.com and confirmed by Jimbo Fisher earlier today.
-Eddie Goldman, who started at defensive end last season, worked along side Nile Lawrence-Stample on the interior of the defensive line. Chris Casher replaced Goldman on the edge joining Mario Edwards Jr.
-Reggie Northrup took the first team reps at linebacker along side Terrance Smith, the only returning starter at the position.
-Jalen Ramsey continued to work at safety although it was mentioned that he would be moving back to corner. Joining him was Tyler Hunter who is returning from a neck injury. Fisher said that Hunter will practice fully during the spring, but will wear a blue non-contact jersey as he continues to rehab.
-Nick Waisome and P.J. Williams took the first team reps at corner. Ronald Darby, who is expected to start alongside Williams, is rehabbing an injury. Fisher said that Darby is on schedule and should return in the next couple of weeks.
-Multiple players including Jalen Ramsey and Mathew Thomas have changed numbers, but an official list of 2014 jersey numbers has not been released.
For a complete run down of what to watch for during spring practice check here: Spring practice preview