Florida State defense rules the day in the first official practice of the 2022 football preseason.

It’s again, child!

We made it!

After an offseason that stretched on for what felt like a long time, the Florida State football group was again out on the practice fields Wednesday afternoon for the first practice of the 2022 preseason.

And I’m right here to supply some observations from the two-hour session. Although I’ve to throw out the qualifier that I at all times provide this early in practice: They aren’t in pads. Just helmets. And, of course, there isn’t a tackling. Or even thudding at this level.

As FSU head coach Mike Norvell mentioned afterward: “We’re principally in pajamas.”

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So, the first day is not the finest gauge of what a group or a particular participant will be. But it’s a gauge.

And with that in thoughts, right here we go.

The defense simply gained the day. That should not essentially be a shock. The unit returns the overwhelming majority of contributors from a season in the past, together with eight starters. It confirmed.

Not solely did the FSU offense basically do nothing in the 11-on-11 portion of practice (extra on that in a second), however the receivers had bother profitable one-on-ones as nicely.

I assumed sophomore Omarion Cooper (massive shock, proper?) was the most spectacular cornerback on the day. The man simply competes. And even when he is overwhelmed off the line of scrimmage, he at all times appears to have the ability to get again in the sport and make the move both actually arduous to catch or uncatchable.

I assumed the two extremely regarded freshmen, Azareye’h Thomas and Sam McCall, each had terrific first days as nicely. McCall had two PBUs in one-on-one drills and one other in 11-on-11, the place he got here on a blitz after which batted down a move to the working again.

Thomas additionally had some PBUs in one-on-ones after which made a terrific learn on the final play of 11-on-11, the place he was in a position to sniff out a display move, beat his blocker and make the play for no acquire. He appears to only see the area — and perceive the ideas — at a excessive stage for somebody so younger.

Sophomore Kevin Knowles additionally had a formidable day, recording the lone interception when he stepped in entrance of a deep throw from AJ Duffy to Mycah Pittman in one-on-one drills. Pittman appeared to have a step on Knowles, however the ball was a bit underthrown and Knowles made a really good play on it.

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