TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A few quick notes for you from Thursday's news conference with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher:
The center position is one of the biggest questions marks facing the Noles following the graduation of Ryan McMahon. David Spurlock is injured and will participate in the early practices, but will be limited as contact increases. Bryan Stork has been working with quarterback EJ Manuel in Spurlock's absence, but Fisher will have to teach two or three players the position, including true freshmen Sterling Lovelady and Trey Pettis. “We'll train a lot of guys,” Fisher said.
Over the past two and a half months, not one player has missed his weight workout.
Injured players who will be missing when practices start on Monday: Defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel, offensive tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, linebacker Holmes Onwukaife, linebacker Jeff Luc, offensive lineman Blake Snider, safety Nick Moody, offensive lineman Rhonne Sanderson, and punter Shawn Powell (he has an injured disc in his back, which also bothered him last year, but Fisher said he should be close to ready by the end of the spring).
Running back Jermaine Thomas is still suspended, but it’s unclear how long that will last, according to Fisher. Last month, Thomas was arrested twice in one week for driving with a suspended license. “We’re still evaluating that,” Fisher said. “He’s doing well. I’ve been very pleased with his progress right now, the things he’s doing off the field, in the classroom. We’re evaluating that daily right now. I’ll make a decision on that here coming up. He may miss some, he may not. We’ll have to wait and see.”