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FSU Seminoles’ incoming freshman at home with team


Florida State’s incoming freshmen might be going through their first practices, but they haven’t looked out of their element.

“I really like how the freshmen incorporated themselves into practice; we put them in the fire real quick,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They’re just taking reps, being where they’re supposed to be, not running around like a chicken with their head cut off most the time. I’m very happy with their development very quickly in practice.”

Fisher credits his freshmen’s quick acclimation to the leadership of his upperclassmen.

• Freshman defensive end Demarcus Walker enrolled at Florida State early but wasn’t allowed to practice in the spring because of an issue with his high school credits. That didn’t stop him from getting ahead, though.

“He didn’t waste his time, especially not in the summer. I thought it was his office and not [defensive line coach Sal Suneri’s],” Fisher said in jest. “He’s up there watching film all the time. I mean, I thought he worked up there.”

• Freshman running back Mario Pender missed Tuesday’s practice waiting for a grade to post but was cleared to return Wednesday.

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