Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State ended the 2011 season on a high note rallying from a double-digit deficit to defeat traditional power Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl for Jimbo Fisher’s second straight bowl win in his young tenure. The Seminoles look to carry that momentum into 2012 as they held the first of 15 spring practices Monday.
"Good day, effort was good, still a little rusty, you can tell we haven't played in awhile," Fisher said following Monday’s practice. "But the mentality was good, knowing what to do was really good. I was pleased with guys that switched positions and moved around, and you can tell that they've been looking at some things and studying on their own. “
The Seminoles worked in shorts and helmets for 2 ½ hours in 80 degree weather returning to the Al Dunlap Practice Fields for spring 2012. Last spring with construction taking place at the practice complex, the Seminoles used the intramural fields across from Doak Campbell Stadium. With a shorter walk on Monday, FSU slowly eased back into a groove which saw the Seminoles finish 2011 winning seven of their last eight games including a win at rival Florida – the first win in Gainesville since 2003.
“Our execution is nowhere where it needs to be, but that's to be expected,” Fisher said. “But I liked the practice, [we] worked hard, got some things done, and I like some of the moves of the guys moving around. I was very impressed and I think we made the right move with those guys."
Those position moves gaining the most attention on day one featured three veteran players – former defensive end Dan Hicks at tight end, former defensive tackle Cameron Erving at left tackle and safety Nick Moody at outside linebacker. Erving opened up working with the first team offense. Moody saw time as the starting sam linebacker with the first team defense, while Hicks spared starter Nick O’Leary for a few reps on the first team offense.
Florida State returns 19 starters – eight on offense and nine on defense along with one of the top kickers in the country in 2011 Lou Groza Award Finalist Dustin Hopkins.
The Seminoles returns to the practice field on Wednesday. FSU will wrap up the first week of spring practice with sessions on Thursday and Saturday. All practices are closed to the public. Fans can begin counting down to the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend Presented By Kia Autosport which will be capped off with the Annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium on Apr. 14. The game will be carried on ESPN3.com and replayed on ESPNU.
FREEMAN OUT for SpRING
Fisher announced at his pre-spring press conference that rising sophomore running back Devonta Freeman will miss the entire spring practice with a lower back injury. Freeman led FSU in rushing with 579 yards on 120 carries and eight touchdowns. His 579 yards were the fifth-most by an FSU freshman.
Spring Injury Report – Out for Spring Practice
OG Jacob Fahrenkrug (left shoulder)
OG Garrett Faircloth (hip)
OL Daniel Foose (lower back)
DT Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
DE Bjoern Werner (right shoulder)
RB Devonta Freeman (lower back)
SEASON TICKET RENEWALS, SALES
The deadline for Football Season Ticket Holders to renew seats for the 2012 season and maintain priority is Friday, Mar. 30. Visit Seminoles.com or contact the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE for any questions. At this time tickets to the Florida State vs. Murray State game are available as part of the seven game season ticket packages on sale. Single game tickets to FSU home games that do not sell out in season ticket packages will go on sale this summer. FSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame will recognize its seven inductees featuring legendary head football coach Bobby Bowden and quarterback Danny Kanell at the Sept. 1 season opener.
Lee Brice To Kickoff Spring Football Weekend
Florida State Athletics in conjunction with IMG College have announced Lee Brice as its headline for the "Friday Night Block Party" in Kleman Plaza on Friday, April 13, 2012 to kickoff Spring Football Weekend in Tallahassee. Brice's hit single "Love Like Crazy" was nominated for three ACM's in 2011 including "Song of the Year" and "Single of the Year". It was also Billboard's "Most Played Song of the Year" in 2010 and holds the record for the longest chart run at 56 weeks, peaking at #3. Brice also co-wrote #1 country music hits, such as Garth Brooks' "More Than A Memory" and Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl", as well as songs for Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Brice's current single "A Woman Like You" is Top 20 on Billboard. Other acts to perform downtown on Friday include Eli and the popular dueling pianos from Howl at the Moon. Additional acts will be named at a later date. This concert event will serve as the official kickoff to what ESPN has tabbed as the "Best Spring Weekend in College Football". At the conclusion of the music Friday night, fans will enjoy a firework show downtown. The fun does not end on Friday night. On Saturday, Seminole fans will get a chance to enjoy the annual barbeque cook-off on Langford Green before heading inside Doak Campbell Stadium for the 2012 Spring Football game scheduled to kickoff at 4 pm.
FLORIDA STATE IN A NUTSHELL
Lettermen Returning........................ 69
Lettermen Lost ................................. 19
Off. Lettermen Returning............... 32
Off. Lettermen Lost......................... 12
Def. Lettermen Returning.............. 33
Def. Lettermen Lost........................... 6
Specialist Lettermen Ret..................... 4
Specialist Lettermen Lost.................. 1
Starters Returning (19)
Jacob Fahrenkrug, Sr. (OG), Devonta Freeman, So. (RB), Garrett Faircloth, Jr. (OG), Bobby Hart, So. (OT), EJ Manuel, Sr. (QB), Lonnie Pryor, Sr. (FB), Rodney Smith, Sr. (WR), Bryan Stork, Jr. (C)
Brandon Jenkins, Sr. (DE), Everett Dawkins, Sr. (DT), Anthony McCloud, Sr. (DT), Bjoern Werner, Sr. (DE), Christian Jones, Jr. (LB), Vince Williams, Sr. (LB), Greg Reid, Sr. (CB), Xavier Rhodes, Jr. (CB), Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. (S)
Dustin Hopkins, Jr. (K), Dax Dellenbach, Sr. (LS)
Starters Lost (6)
OFFENSE (3): Zebrie Sanders, Sr. (OT), Beau Reliford, Sr. (TE), Bert Reed, Sr. (WR)
DEFENSE (3): Nigel Bradham, Jr. (WLB), Terrance Parks, Sr. (S), Mike Harris, Sr. (CB)*
SPECIALISTS (1): Shawn Powell, Sr. (P/HO)
*Shared starting position
2012 FLORIDA STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Schedule Note
Sept. 1 MURRAY STATE Varsity Weekend/Hall of Fame
Sept. 8 SAVANNAH STATE Youth Day
Sept. 15 WAKE FOREST* Military Appreciation
Sept. 22 CLEMSON*
Sept. 29 at USF
Oct. 6 at NC State*
Oct. 13 BOSTON COLLEGE* Parent’s Weekend
Oct. 20 at Miami*
Oct. 27 DUKE* Homecoming
Nov. 3 OPEN
Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech* (Thursday) ESPN, 8 p.m.
Nov. 17 at Maryland*
Nov. 24 FLORIDA
*Denotes ACC Game