On Sunday morning, the FSU defense mostly stopped the attack with a vice fist.
The Seminoles’ defensive line locked receivers into every part of the exercise—1-on-1, 7-on-7, 11-on-11—and the linebackers and defensive line won most of the fights up front. we will.
The result was a dominant effort and some kind words from FA coach Mike Norville afterward.
“I really liked the power of defense,” he said. “I thought the (last) attack training did some really good things, competitive plays. I thought there was a really good response from the defense today. I see guys flying around. I like what I see up front, that force unit in the front seven.”
“And I thought the guys at the back end competed really well.”
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Meanwhile, Thomas continues to stand out.
The four-star recruit was one of the entertainers who opened their eyes in the spring, and he carried that straight into the autumn camp.
On Sunday, he intercepted a deep pass attempt for Josh Burrell in a one-on-one. Forced to fumble at 7 on 7. And then he had a pick-six on 11-on-11, as he looked like he got out of the receiver he was covering to jump in front of a fairway near the sideline and race unchallenged into the finish zone.
Thomas later ditched the long pass to Poitier – he was running step by step with the receiver but the ball went down and Poitier adjusted to come back and catch it – but Thomas did well enough already that it seems clear he will have plenty of playing time as a real freshman.
“When you walked in, you knew his ability as a playmaker,” Norville said. “He’s a very resilient mover. He’s explosive. He has great ball skills. He finds a way, he finds a talent to put himself in a great position. And today he had a couple who loved what I saw.”
“I see those positive steps. And he plays with a lot of confidence for a young player. Anyone can have a good attitude when things are going well, but when you get a win playing – and he’s had a couple of those too – and the way he can move on to Next play. This is a learned skill for some players.”
Not apparently for Thomas, who, according to Norville, showed a remarkable ability to weed out bad plays and then go on to make some great ones.
All FSU players had more chances to do so on Sunday as Florida State, perhaps for the first time since Norville took charge, used both training areas simultaneously for two 11-11 periods to ensure everyone (first team players, second and third team players) got Valuable representatives.
“What I love is the quality of the actors we get,” Norville said. “And there are still challenges when you have the newcomers and you split them…but I want these guys to have reps. And the quality of the delegates is what makes them so useful.”
“I think we have a lot of competition in that young group. And some of the guys just need[the work]. I mean, you look at some of the positions and we’re scaling in a good depth. Just to make sure these guys are getting the quality representatives that they need.”
It looked as if Norville would continue to use the Two Domains Plan for the foreseeable future.
He also said after another practice in the shoulder podiums on Monday, the team will be in full podiums starting Tuesday morning.
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