A week ago, Jimbo Fisher shrugged off suggestions that he'd found a new look for his offensive line, assuring early practice shake-ups were simply a matter of getting a few different looks to see who could handle the job.
After Tuesday's morning practice session, however, Fisher sounded like a man who had found a lineup he thinks could stick for a while.
Fisher said junior college transfers Daniel Glauser and Menelik Watson are the only two players getting serious looks at right tackle for the moment, while last year's starter, Bobby Hart, has been relegated to the second-team left tackle spot.
"Those two guys (Glauser and Watson) are playing right now at right tackle, and they're doing some really good things," Fisher said.
Glauser has gotten the vast majority of the first-team reps since last Wednesday, with Bryan Stork moving inside to center, where he, too, appears to have established himself in the role.
"He's done a really good job at center," Fisher said. "A guy inside at 312 pounds, he's making the calls, doing a really good job."
Fisher didn't rule out the possibility that Stork could move back to tackle, where he ended the spring, or that Hart could still push for a job, but thus far he's been pleased with what he's seen from the two newcomers.
"Those two guys have really shown some good things at tackle," he said. "We've got four quality tackles in my opinion."
Brooks in blue
Starting safety Terrence Brooks was in a blue non-contact jersey for the bulk of Tuesday's early practice, though Fisher downplayed the significance.
"He's always had it on, he's had it since the first day," Fisher said. "He's fine. We're just limiting him. We have certain guys we don't want getting certain bangs or things or take a thud shot here until we get live."
Fisher didn't comment on the specific rationale for Brooks' limitations, and the junior safety has not been in blue during any of the workouts open to the media thus far this spring, including full practice sessions last week.
Whatever limitations might be in order at the moment, however, Brooks still has a firm grasp on the starting job, looking better in both the spring and early workouts this fall than has highly touted sophomore Karlos Williams.
"(Brooks) played the best going in, and you've got to see somebody behind him to move him out," Fisher said. "He's played the most consistent. He's still had some mistakes but he's doing some good things. He's a cover guy. He's making some plays."
The possibility still remains that both Brooks and Williams could be on the field together when the season starts, with Brooks potentially sliding over to the corner position vacated by Greg Reid.
Fisher said there have been discussions about moving Brooks, who played corner during previous seasons, but the plan is to give Nick Waisome, Ronald Darby and Keelin Smith a chance to win the job first.
For his part, Brooks said he'd be open to a move back to corner, but he's focused on developing at safety for now.
"If I had to go to corner, I wouldn't mind," Brooks said. "But I've been working hard to get in there and keep the same intensity (at safety), and we've been doing great."
Lacking on the line
Florida State upped the intensity at the line of scrimmage for Tuesday's morning workouts, with Mark Stoops' defensive line offering a lot more blitzes and movement up front than it had during previous workouts.
The result was a bit of a lackluster effort throughout, Fisher said.
"I thought we were soft on both sides of the ball," he said. "I didn't like the way the defense was going, the defensive line. I thought we were soft in our front seven. The offensive line didn't come off the ball like we had been the last few practices."
Part of the problem, Fisher guessed, might have been the later start time for the Seminoles, who took the field around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday after spending much of the first week of practice dodging raindrops at 5:30 a.m. workouts.
"Practicing at 5:30 in the morning, we've got to get them out here in the heat," Fisher said. "It's hurt us a little bit."
Fisher said he was pleased to hear Greg Reid had been accepted at Valdosta State, where the former FSU cornerback will join the football team within the next few days.
"Extremely happy for him, and I hope he does really well," Fisher said. "I wish him nothing but the best."
Fisher said sophomore tailback James Wilder Jr. has looked good so far in camp, which is a big step up from where the once highly touted recruit was a few months ago.
"He's done a really nice job of assignments," Fisher said. "He's been running very physical, catching the ball well, pass blocking. As a pass blocker, he's a big, physical guy. I have not had any complaints."