Florida State Spring Practice: Updates and Surprises
The Florida State Seminoles have completed the first week of spring practice. The defending national champions entered the spring with holes to fill on both sides of the ball and although questions still remain the picture has become clearer in some of the position battles:
-Entering spring practice one of the major battles to watch was who would emerge as a replacement for Timmy Jernigan at nose tackle. Nose tackle is one of the most important position in FSU’s hybrid 3-4/nickle defense, because the ability to clog the middle frees up the linebackers to make plays. Jernigan dominated at the position last season, but he is on his way to the NFL. So far in the spring the favorite looks to be Eddie Goldman, who spent last season as a defensive-end, but has worked exclusively as an interior lineman during the first week of spring. Goldman is a big physical lineman and has the potential to serve in the nose tackle position.
-The battle to replace center Bryan Stork has proven to be no battle at all. Senior Austin Barron has taken every first-team rep at center and Jimbo Fisher has said that Barron will start at center.
-The wide-receiver position has been very fluid during the first week. Veterans Scooter Haggins and Christian Green have spent time working at the number two spot along with sophomore Isaiah Jones. Fellow sophomores Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield have rotated at slot receiver.
-Spring practice has been low on surprises throughout the first week. There is no quarterback contest with Jameis Winston returning and the battles at receiver and linebacker have no clear leaders. One of the biggest surprises has been redshirt-freshman linebacker Ro’Derrick Hoskins emerging as a player to watch. Fisher has praised Hoskins and mentioned that he will be a key figure in the battle to replace Christian Jones.