Practice notes: DL McCloud tears muscle

August, 11, 2012
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Defensive tackle Anthony McCloud will miss at least the next two weeks of practice after suffering a small pectoral tear during workouts Friday.

McCloud, a third-year starter, was participating in board drills -- one-on-one blocking drills against another lineman -- when the tear occurred.

"He tried to give an umph and there was a big guy on the other end, too," coach Jimbo Fisher said.

More serious tears can require surgery and sideline a player for months, with USC defensive end Devon Kennard a recent example. But Fisher downplayed the severity of McCloud's injury, calling it just a small tear. Fisher said he believes McCloud will be ready for the Seminoles' opener Sept. 1 against Murray State.

With McCloud out, sophomore Timmy Jernigan will pick up some of the slack at defensive tackle, while freshman Eddie Goldman could get some extra looks, too.

Senior Jacobbi McDaniel, who is recovering from an ugly ankle injury, isn't ready to push his way into the mix, however. He's been relegated to individual drills exclusively, and Fisher said the team is in no rush to get McDaniel into full practices.

"We're bringing him along slowly," Fisher said.

Glauser gets work

Daniel Glauser continues to get the bulk of the first-team reps at right tackle, as Fisher looks to find an answer at a position that's seen the depth chart change rapidly since the start of spring practice.

Bobby Hart ended the season with a seemingly firm grasp on the job, but Bryan Stork took over with the first team midway through the spring. For each of the past three days of camp, however, Glauser, a junior college transfer, has gotten the majority of the work.

"We've got plenty of good guys," Fisher said. "It's who can be the most consistent to let you know who you can count on and let you know how to plan, when does he need help, when does he not need help. Consistency is the key."

That's not to say Glauser has offered an answer to that question just yet.

"He's learning," Fisher said. "To say he's where he needs to be, no. But is he making progress? Yes, and I'm happy where he's going."

Line looks good

The right tackle spot remains a question mark, but overall Fisher said he's been thrilled with how his offensive line has played.

After serving up the most sacks to opposing defenses in the ACC last year, Fisher said the current lineup -- with Stork primarily at center, Cameron Erving at left tackle, and Josue Matias and Tre Jackson working at guard -- has looked much improved.

"I'm extremely impressed," Fisher said. "(They're) moving people. Blocking people. Line of scrimmage is not coming backward. Creases, holes -- very, very pleased with the progress they're making."

Secondary concerns

The depth among Florida State's cornerbacks continues to be tested early in camp.

Xavier Rhodes wore a bulky knee brace throughout practice as he continues to recover from an injury that kept him out the entirety of the spring, and Colin Blake was in a non-contact jersey during Saturday's morning session.

Meanwhile, Keelin Smith, who figured to be in the mix to replace dismissed starter Greg Reid, will miss the next couple of days of practice with a Grade 1 knee sprain, Fisher said.

"It's a very mild strain," Fisher said. "He'll be ready to go (in a few days)."

Newberry impresses

The early leader in the push for second-team reps at defensive end appears to be redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry.

While highly touted freshmen Mario Edwards and Chris Casher will continue to fight for regular playing time, Fisher raved about the strides Newberry has made since spring practice, and hinted that he had the inside track as the fourth defensive end in Florida State's two deep.

"(He's) just really coming in as that fourth guy right there to give you a lot of depth," Fisher said. "His body has changed a bunch. He's got burst, he's powerful, long. I'm very pleased with the way he's practicing."

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