TAMPA — Shoves, smack talk and general chippy behavior were as prevalent for parts of Tuesday night's practice at the Morsani Complex, prompting coach Willie Taggart to subdue the skirmishes — but not the overall spirit — at one point.
Toss in the fact the hostilities, between offensive and defensive players, transpired during the second of a two-a-day session, and the two-plus-hour workout — heavy on seven-on-seven work — might have represented the highlight of the Bulls' preseason camp to this point.
"That was probably our best practice of fall camp so far," middle linebacker Auggie Sanchez said. "The defense probably led the majority of that period, but at the end the offense came back and capitalized and showed signs they can … be resilient."
Linebacker Jimmy Bayes said defensive coordinator Tom Allen noted eight takeaways by his unit in practice, though the offense seemed to rally from a non-eventful Monday afternoon workout.
Sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers found receiver Tyre McCants over the middle for a short touchdown in goal-line work, and later hooked up near the left sideline with Lakewood alumnus Rodney Adams, who turned upfield for roughly a 50-yard score. Flowers and Steven Bench scored on zone-read keepers up the middle in goal-line work.
"The part where I say (the chippy stuff) is good, it's a lot of energy. During the camps where it's hot … you want that energy," linebacker Jimmy Bayes said. "But it's bad because we don't want to start anything with our own teammates. We want to save that for Saturdays. Plus, it costs penalties."
FSU: Two-a-day sessions underway
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State held the first two-a-day session of preseason camp.
"It was a good hot day," coach Jimbo Fisher said after the first practice. "We got a lot of work done. A lot of these young guys are learning to work, camp is officially here. We've had three or four good contact practices (so) the bumps and bruises … the bangs, you see guys are learning to push through. I'm happy with the effort today, execution, getting better and how to get better."
Tuesday evening, the Seminoles returned for their seventh practice of camp.
Fisher said several veterans have impressed him during recent hot and humid practices, including junior receivers Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield.
"Some of the older guys have jumped out," Fisher said. "I think Bobo is playing phenomenal football right now. Kermit is really coming on."
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Oklahoma 'backer back: Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon said he planned to return to the Sooners after a one-year suspension following a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation, though he wondered at times if it would happen. Shannon said he owed it to his teammates and linebackers coach Tim Kish to return. "We always kept in touch with each other throughout the whole thing," Shannon said. In April 2014, an Oklahoma student accused Shannon of sexual assault. The Cleveland County District Attorney's office declined to file charges, but the university conducted an investigation and suspended Shannon, who went to district court for a temporary restraining order against the university. But the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in September that the school could enforce Shannon's suspension.
Tennessee: Guard Marcus Jackson will have surgery that could end his season. Volunteers coach Butch Jones didn't disclose the nature of Jackson's injury.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.