Florida State Seminoles Work Out In Full Pads In Preparation For Week 1 Road Trip Against Virginia Tech

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ABOVE VIDEO: Head Coach Willie Taggart meets with the media before Friday’s practice. (Florida State Seminoles Video)

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Florida State Seminoles) – Six months ago, when Florida State held its first full-pads practice of spring camp, senior running back Jacques Patrick said it was time to separate the pretenders from the contenders.

The Seminoles on Saturday donned full pads for the first time this fall and, judging from coach Willie Taggart’s reaction, seem to have plenty of contenders up and down the depth chart.

“Whenever we go live and go ‘team’ (drills), these kids love playing football,” Taggart said.

“They show it. That’s what I love about them: Whenever you go 11 on 11, they’re going to play.”

Six months ago, when Florida State held its first full-pads practice of spring camp, senior running back Jacques Patrick said it was time to separate the pretenders from the contenders. (Ross Obley/FSU Athletics Image)

And, for maybe the first time this fall, Taggart saw a pretty even affair as both the offense and defense took turns making plays at the other’s expense.

The defense started to tighten up toward the end of Saturday’s session – still a normal development at this phase of camp – but by then Taggart had seen enough to feel encouraged about both of his units.

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“Both sides were having some success, especially early on in practice,” he said. “You know you’ve got something good if it’s back and forth.

“The tendency in practice, usually, is that the defense gets it first. But it was good to see both sides.”

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