TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 10th-ranked Florida State football team continued its preparation for Saturday’s home opener against Nevada (1-1) with a two-hour workout in full pads Tuesday at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. inside Doak Campbell Stadium and the game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher
On Tuesday’s practice:
“We had some good effort for the most part (today). We got some things done and accomplished for our game plan as we go. The players are working very solidly. It’s been almost two weeks, so we have to get ourselves in game mode, get going good and get flying around again.”
On freshman Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield getting reps with the No. 1 kick return team:
“We’re trying a little bit. We are making sure we get him in there so he feels comfortable so we can get him some opportunities when we think the time is right. We have to get him involved and get him going. (He brings) athleticism. He is a natural kick returner. We have to make sure he is ready before we put him in there. You just take a guess. You go by how they practice and how they prepare, and how their mental focus is. How many mistakes they make compared to how many they don’t make. How they read things and how they handle things. Then, you have to play it by ear. You never know until you know. He is getting there. He’s getting there. Sometimes you have to force-feed them a little bit.”
On Nevada’s no-huddle pistol offense:
“It’s the nature of ball today. That’s what everybody is doing. That’s football today. Everybody knows how to play it. You have to play it, and you have to play it consistently. It will be a great challenge. You have to have (depth) all the way across the board, because they can get some snaps in. The good thing is if you stop them, then they aren’t on the field very long. That’s a lot easier said than done.”
On senior receiver Kenny Shaw’s development as the punt returner:
“Kenny has done a very nice job. He is doing great on offense too. He has been solid all the way across the board. I told him, ‘Dadgum, I can’t even get on your butt anymore.’ I hope it stays that way. He has been playing very solidly in all phases.
“Your No. 1 job as a punt returner is ball security. And then you have to (gain yards). He’s got quickness, and he has developed into a very nice punt returner. He has always had quickness and those traits, but the first thing that attracted us to him was his ball skills. He won’t let the ball on the ground.”
· Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo is listed as day-to-day for Saturday’s game after suffering a sprained knee in the Wolf Pack’s 36-7 win over UC Davis. “We are preparing as if he is playing,” Fisher said after practice. “That guy has torched a lot of good people. He is going to be a test no matter who he is going against. The guy is a very good player – a heckuva player.”
· Florida State has a family four-pack ticket special for upcoming home games this season. Fans can get four tickets, four cokes and four hot dogs for $84 to the Nevada, Bethune-Cookman and Idaho games, or $140 for the NC State, Maryland, and Syracuse games. Visit Seminoles.com for more information. Florida State’s game with Bethune-Cookman is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN3.
· Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Dr. Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game on December 7 in Charlotte, N.C. Fans may purchase tickets through the ACC’s official website, theACC.com and through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $25 and $40 for Upper Level, $70 and $90 for Lower Level, and $150 and $175 for Club Level.
Florida State University Athletics will once again provide a rockin’ kickoff to home football weekends at Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee with its Friday Night Block Party series. It kicks off Sept. 13 and features Chris Janson and opening act Michael Ray. The Friday Night Block Party is the office tailgate event of FSU Football and will run from 5-10 p.m. the Friday before each home football game. Check out the 2013 Block Party dates and lineup here: http://www.seminoles.com/genrel/blockparty.html