Fifth-Ranked Seminoles Prepare For Deacs’ Arrival

By: FSU Sports Information Email
By: FSU Sports Information Email

Tallahassee, FL - Back in full pads, No. 5 Florida State turned its sole focus to Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference-opening showdown with nemesis Wake Forest at Doak Campbell Stadium (12 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3D).

As is the case every Tuesday, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff began game plan installation, then capped off the heavy work day with the first offensive and defensive units squaring off. The two-hour practice wasn’t always precise, but it was a starting point for the Seminoles, who will try and open the season with a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005.

That was also the last season the Seminoles won the ACC Championship.

“I was very happy with the focus and intent of what they were trying to do,” Fisher said following practice. “We made plays on both sides of the ball in good-on-good situations, and the scout team situations for the most part seemed pretty good.”

The Seminoles shouldn’t have any trouble being focused for a date with the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe’s squad has won four of the last six meetings between the programs.

“They’re very sound; they’re very good,” Fisher said. “They make plays. The quarterback can scramble. … They can run the football. Defensively, they give you multiple looks; bring lots of pressures. They do a great job of making plays and creating turnovers. They’re just a good football team and do a really nice job.”

Despite running an offense heavy in motion and misdirection, and a defense that will show FSU’s line a three-man front for the first time this year, efficient execution – on both sides of the football – has been Wake Forest’s calling card. Fisher noted that the key to the Seminoles’ success on Saturday is merely a “matter of discipline.”

Redshirt junior cornerback Xavier Rhodes sat out Tuesday’s practice with flu-like symptoms…senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who suffered a season-ending injury in the opener, was spotted using a push cart to get around campus following foot surgery. “He’ll come to terms with things,” Fisher said of Jenkins. “I think that’s what he’s doing right now, but he’ll be well and back around and be a great leader for us.”…sophomore tailback James Wilder, Jr., who has two rushing touchdowns in each of the first two games, drew praise from Fisher for the way he has mentally prepared for the season. “[Wilder] has done a real nice job of studying his playbook and getting on top of things, and just being a dependable guy.”…While all units figure to be tested substantially by the Demon Deacons, Fisher said the linebacker corps – including the young reserves – have “all graded out pretty good” over the first two weeks…though the Sept. 22 home game with Clemson has been selected by ABC for its 8 p.m. slot, a handful of tickets are still on sale through the Florida State ticket office and online at

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