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FSU Football Report: Intensity Rises at Wednesday’s Practice

By: FSU Sports Information
By: FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Head Coach Jimbo Fisher liked the intensity the reigning national champion Florida State football team brought to the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on Wednesday afternoon in the first practice since Monday’s scrimmage.

“It was much better practice today,” Fisher said. “The intensity was much better. It was a really physical practice and we got a lot more done. I thought we threw and caught the ball much better. We ran the ball much better and at times the defense did some really good things. The intensity was much better. It was more like a practice should be with developing the attitude in which we need. I am much more pleased, but it is still not where we want to be.”

The Seminoles entered the spring coming off their third national championship, but first since 1999. Fisher noted that’s it hard to stay at the top, and he and his staff are reminding the team that they have to motivate themselves.

“You have to remember to keep a chip on your shoulder and stay hungry,” Fisher said. “You have never arrived. There is no such thing as arrived. If you think you have arrived, you are going to fall. Whether you win a championship or not, staying at the mountain top is about how you play and the culture you create in your organization and we are not going to have bad culture, a lazy culture or a soft culture. We are going to do things the right way.”

The Seminoles will practice Thursday and Saturday of this week before entering the final week of spring practice which will culminate with the annual Spring Game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 12 at 3 p.m. (ESPN).

Jimbo Fisher Post Practice Quotes – April 2, 2014

Opening Statement:
“Much better practice today. The intensity was much better. It was a really physical practice and we got a lot more done. I thought we threw and caught the ball much better. We ran the ball much better and at times the defense did some really good things. The intensity was much better. It was more like a practice should be with developing the attitude in which we need. I am much more pleased, but it is still not where we want to be.”

On if he felt better after watching tape of the scrimmage:
“It was just what I thought. There were a lot of plays to be made there. What bothered me, what I saw on the film, was when both sides made plays. It wasn’t because the other side was doing it right and the guy just had a good route, or made a good tackle, it was because it was mental mistakes or poor techniques. Things that were just unacceptable. You have to make those plays, but that’s not good football either way. We played much better football today on both sides.”

On if the disappointment of the scrimmage were mental mistakes or lack of effort:
“Both. I didn’t like the effort either. They got the message. It was laziness. People do what you let them get away with. We are all human nature. You either coach it or you are letting it happen. We are not going to coach it and we are not going to let it happen. That’s my fault it happened. I am responsible for that. We are going to make sure it changes and they did a much better job.”

On staying on the mountain top:
“They have to motivate themselves. You have to remember to keep a chip on your shoulder and stay hungry. You have never arrived. There is no such thing as arrived. If you think you have arrived, you are going to fall. Whether you win a championship or not, staying at the mountain top is about how you play and the culture you create in your organization and we are not going to have bad culture, a lazy culture or a soft culture. We are going to do things the right way.”

On what Cameron Erving needs to do to improve his game:
“Everything in general. Knowledge of the game -- little things, little steps. Learning keys on defense that sets up things that allow you to be more precise in your movements. Gaining strength, gaining power and more consistency. He has all the things, he just needs to get better at all of them.”

On the improvement of Jameis Winston’s mechanics:
“He has improved at times. Not as much as I’ve wanted to see. I think part of it is that the guys around him aren’t playing as consistent. When those receivers are getting to their points that allows you to play fast and let those things happen. Our receivers did a much better job today, at least a small group of them did.”

On John Franklin III this spring:
“He has been solid. He is learning what to do. He needs to be more consistent but John [Franklin] has talent and he just has to keep progressing.”

On Nick O’Leary’s accident:
“He’s fine, just skinned up. He wrecked a motorcycle again. He’s got a swollen ankle and can’t practice, but he will be fine. He is out for the rest of the spring.”

On Kevin Haplea’s return from a knee injury:
“He’s been doing better. You see his leg coming back and him trusting it. The big thing is the mental part of it getting back to trusting it. Each day he is getting better. He made a few catches in the scrimmage and had a couple nice plays today.”


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