Tallahassee, FL - Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher termed Monday afternoon’s practice session a “wet-ball day” as the Seminoles battled through a steady rain to start off their final week of preseason camp.
“It was a really good day to get out here and practice in the rain,” Fisher summed it up afterwards. “The guys had good enthusiasm, practiced hard and got a lot done.”
With a “wet-ball” in tow on a soggy field, FSU practiced for just under 2 ½ hours at the Al Dunlap Practice Fields. Wanting to take advantage of the weather, Fisher wrapped up practice putting his players through true game situations in 11-on-11 drills from late game-clock management to points needed while trailing on the scoreboard.
“Usually, you have to create a wet-ball day,” Fisher said. “Sometimes, you go through camp and never get rain like that when you practice, because lightning usually knocks you out. It was really good to get out here in the rain because you play in the rain and you have to learn to take care of the ball, learn to catch it and throw it in the rain.”
Inclement weather through preseason camp has forced the Seminoles to change their practice plans almost daily. After only squeezing out roughly 45 minutes of work on the first day back on Aug. 6 which included three delays –the last resulting in practice being called, Fisher moved the final practices that week to 5:30 a.m., while the ‘Noles wrapped up final exams. Week two saw the Seminoles battle some hot, humid days including a toasty scrimmage. Now, the final week of camp started with more unpleasant weather, but just rain and no lightning this time around.
“They accepted it and didn’t use it as a crutch,’ Fisher added. “It’s an attitude. I used to look at it (rain) as a quarterback and think it was offensive advantage. We knew where we were going so we stuck our foot in the ground. It was a lot easier. On defense, one slip, one slide when you rush the passer, they have to be careful because those linemen now get a hand on and they slide. The first thing is mentality to play in the rain and understand it’s an advantage for you.
“The defensive guys moved well. I didn’t see a lot of slipping or falling down which is very encouraging. That’s where your technique comes in. In whatever position, you have to be very technique sound.”
FSU returns to the practice field Tuesday for what should be its final two-a-day practice. The Seminoles have an early 9:30 a.m. practice on the docket before a late night session at 7:30 p.m. FSU is slated for its final scrimmage Thursday.
Kickoff Luncheon on Tap
The Seminoles will take part in the 61st annual kickoff luncheon this Friday, Aug. 24, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program set to begin at Noon. For more information, call the Alumni Association at 850.644.2761 or register here.
Fisher notes following Monday’s practice:
· Fisher said defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel most likely will redshirt this season. “When you’re not redshirted early, you do have that luxury if you get injured later on in your career to get that extra year. Don’t get me wrong he wants to play. He’s doing a tremendous job as a leader with these young guys, but you have to give him that full year (to play healthy). We should have enough depth to be able to do that.”
· Redshirt junior Bryan Stork and junior college transfer Menelik Watson missed Monday’s practice. Fisher described Stork as having a jammed neck and Watson was held out with a stinger but both are expected back in a day or two.
· Fisher said redshirt senior defensive tackle Anthony McCloud is doing well, and he’s been happy with his progress in rehabbing.
Quotable Fisher as he joked about freshman wide receiver and elite sprinter Marvin Bracy when asked if he was getting back in the groove after missing time early on in camp:
“We got him in on a little reverse. It’s amazing how fast you can run when you’re scared to death. I told him that’s not a baton in your hand. They want it. They’re going to take it away from you.”