FSU Notes: Ups and downs for Edwards

April, 3, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Mario Edwards Jr. might be the heir apparent to a trio of NFL-caliber defensive ends this season, but he's still got a ways to go to match the consistency of Bjoern Werner, Cornellius Carradine and Brandon Jenkins.

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Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY SportsMario Edwards Jr. has been up and down in his first spring at Florida State.
Jimbo Fisher said he's seen improvement in his sophomore pass rusher, but Edwards has struggled to put a series of good plays -- and more importantly, good practices -- together.

"He's still got to come on," Fisher said. "He's got to play much more consistent and get a little more of an urgency to him."

Edwards, who had five tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, in Monday's scrimmage, said he's trimmed 25 pounds off his frame since he arrived last summer, but new defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri said there's still room for improvement.

"He's finding out that with what I want to do, it's taxing and we've got to get him into better shape," Sunseri said. "He's going to fight through it, and he's going to be good. He's got a lot of talent."

Fisher echoed those sentiments, saying that while Edwards might not be where he needs to be yet, he's not far off from where Werner and Jenkins were at the same point in their careers.

"He's that guy, a young guy, but he can take off," Fisher said. "He's at that stage where a lot of those other ends were. But he's got to continue to grow and let us push him."

For his part, Edwards said he's far more comfortable now than he was eight months ago, and new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's defense has helped the adjustment.

"It's no more reading, it's just see it and go, more of an attack," Edwards said. "And being my second year, the speed of the game has slowed down. I'm feeling more comfortable."

Scrimmage numbers: Florida State released a handful of statistics from Monday's scrimmage, including passing numbers for the four men fighting for the starting quarterback job.

The big stats came from the two youngest passers, with Sean Maguire throwing for 214 yards and a touchdown, while Jameis Winston completed 11-of-18 passes for 239 yards and a score.

Both redshirt freshmen dwarfed their more experienced counterparts on the stat sheet, but playing time was divided and many of the younger quarterbacks' reps came against the second- and third-team defenses. Overall, Fisher said, each quarterback had a few highlights and a few miscues.

"Each had their moments, but there are some things they've got to work on," Fisher said.

Clint Trickett completed 10-of-20 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, and Jacob Coker finished the scrimmage 9-of-17 passing for 97 yards.

Extra points: Tailback Devonta Freeman sat out of Wednesday's practice with a sprained right ankle that occurred toward the end of Monday's scrimmage. Fisher said the injury isn't serious but Freeman is expected to miss a few more days. … Freshman Demarcus Walker still has not been cleared by the NCAA to begin practicing. … Fisher said that FSU's final scrimmage before the spring game will be either Saturday or Monday, depending on potential weather delays later this week.

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