Nole notes from 4th quarter drills

As the first whistle blew for the start of the ‘Noles 4th quarter drills on Thursday, one thing was clear: this team is focused. Every player knew where to go, and there was no shortage of effort. Early-enrollees looked good in their first group action, aside from stamina which they will gain in time. RB Jacques Patrick looked like he dropped a few pounds, and Dalvin Cook looked fluid and most importantly healthy in drills. DE Josh Sweat still has a brace around his knee, but looked good in drills. WR George Campbell stuck out to me when running through drills because of his height (6’4) and superb athleticism. Derwin James appears to be shifting into more of a leadership role, as he was leading his stretch line through drills.

Speaking of leadership, DeMarcus Walker is the clear captain of the Florida State defense. Anchoring the defensive line last year, he enjoyed great success with 10.5 sacks. In 2016, he looks to improve his draft stock and lead the ‘Noles talented defense. It appears he’s already doing the leading part, as he was encouraging teammates to get back at it during “halftime” of the drills. Walker’s leadership is very important, as many FSU faithful have been itching for a vocal leader on that side of the ball since guys like Telvin Smith and LaMarcus Joyner departed. Only time will tell who else will rise as a leader. 

Ben Brewton

Writer at Nole Gameday covering football and basketball. FSU alum. Follow me on twitter (@Ben_Brewton) and we can talk sports. On the 8th day, God created college football.

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