Practice notes: Hart sees work at tackle

October, 9, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Menelik Watson returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday after sitting out last week's game with flu symptoms, and while Watson still is not 100 percent, Jimbo Fisher said he's optimistic about Watson's progress.

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Courtesy of FSU Sports InformationCoach Jimbo Fisher expects Menelik Watson to play against Boston College on Saturday.
"He's still a little sick," Fisher said. "He's getting his strength back. It zapped him pretty good."

With Watson out last week, Daniel Glauser got the start at right tackle, but Glauser split reps with the first team during Tuesday's practice with sophomore Bobby Hart.

Hart was last year's starter at right tackle but lost the job this spring. He's been working at guard since the start of fall camp, but Fisher said he's been pleased with Hart's recent practices, and his game experience makes him an asset with Watson out.

"Bobby's played a lot of ball in the past," Fisher said. "You've got to have those guys ready in case something happens, and Bobby's earned some [time]. He's practicing a little bit better, and we have to keep him in the mix."

Glauser's performance Saturday wasn't singled out as particularly problematic, but in the two games he has started this season, Florida State has allowed seven sacks. In four games with Watson at right tackle, the Seminoles have allowed just three.

That makes having Watson back in the lineup a priority, and Fisher said he should be ready in time to face Boston College.

"He'll work his way back into it," Fisher said. "That would be huge, because he's such a good player for us."

Back to work: Fisher said he has tweaked the practice routine this week to test his team's ability to perform well in the second half -- a designed response to last week's loss at NC State when the Seminoles blew a 16-0 halftime lead.

The results were mixed Tuesday, as Fisher said the team practiced well early but had a few mistakes in the waning portions of practice.

"The energy level was really good, and the focus was really good," Fisher said. "There were a few slips at the end, which is kind of like what happened the other day. We've got to get those fixed."

Overall, however, Fisher said he has been pleased with how the team has rebounded from last week's loss. Players have been happy to move on but are also focused on finding answers for last week's mistakes.

"There was a lot more attention to the little things," Fisher said. "A lot of the things that hurt us in the last game, our guys addressed very well."

Fade patterns: At 6-foot-6, Kelvin Benjamin makes for an inviting target on fade patterns in the end zone, but Florida State has used the play just once this season.

That's something quarterback EJ Manuel said he'd like to see change, but Benjamin said he's not likely to lobby his coach for the opportunity.

"I'd probably throw it in there sometimes," Benjamin said. "But I don't try to do that."

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