Sunday, September 23, 2018
Colleges

FSU takes team photos with and without suspended Dalvin Cook

TALLAHASSEE — The indefinite suspension of RB Dalvin Cook led to an awkward situation at Sunday's Florida State football media day.

The Seminoles took one set of team pictures with Cook, who remains suspended after being charged with misdemeanor battery.

After a few minutes, Cook left his aisle seat and walked down the bleachers so FSU could take another set of team photos without him.

"I don't have a crystal ball to rub on and look at, you know what I'm saying?" coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Just plan for both contingencies."

Fisher said nothing has changed with Cook's status and that he's still waiting for facts on the accusation that Cook punched a woman in the face outside a bar in June.

FSU continues to practice without Cook. Fisher said he has been pleased with RB Mario Pender and five-star early enrollee Jacques Patrick and that sophomore Johnathan Vickers has looked strong through the first few practices.

"I think that guy is a really, really good football player," Fisher said of Vickers. "Nobody talks about him. I'm talking about him. The guy can play at the next level."

Praise for Maguire: Much of the focus has been on transfer QB Everett Golson, but coaches continue to speak highly of his competitor, redshirt junior Sean Maguire.

Maguire said he bulked up to 230 pounds, about 10 more than last season. Quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders said Maguire would probably sleep better without the position battle, but he recognizes that competition makes everyone better.

"I don't know how much he really welcomed it, but he hasn't run from it," Sanders said. "…If he goes out and competes every day and wins the job, he's probably going to be a better player than if we just handed it to him."

Local watch: FSU has preached the importance of versatile defensive backs and thinks it has found one in Ryan Green.

The St. Petersburg Catholic product rushed for 194 yards in his first two injury-plagued seasons but switched to defensive back in the spring. Fisher said the early returns have been positive and that he could play multiple spots, including nickelback or cornerback.

"I think he has the capability of being a big-time corner (with) his change of direction," Fisher said.

Northrup recovering: LB Reggie Northrup is still working his way back from a torn left ACL sustained in January. Northrup has alternated full practices with less intense ones as he regains his strength.

"Just continue working on it," said Northrup, who led FSU with 122 tackles last year, "but it's feeling good."

More Golson: Golson said that in addition to Fisher's honesty, he chose FSU because of Fisher's track record with quarterbacks; three have become first-round NFL draft picks. He also liked the Seminoles' camaraderie when he watched them on the sideline in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl and played against them last October.

"These guys really play with passion," Golson said. "…I wanted to be a part of that."

This and that: DE Chris Casher left Sunday's practice with a knee injury, Fisher said. Fisher did not have more information after practice.

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