Seminoles Wrap Up Second Closed Scrimmage of Spring

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State held it second closed scrimmage of the spring Monday inside Doak Campbell Stadium as the Seminoles gear up for their annual Garnet & Gold Spring Game Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN3.com with a replay to be aired on ESPNU.

“I thought we played very poorly on both sides,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I thought the first scrimmage was better than this one.”

“On offense - no consistency; had some not smart turnovers at times. On defense – gave up a bunch of big plays, terrible on third down. At times both sides just dominated the other side.”

Fisher said at times during the scrimmage, he made the quarterbacks live --- wanted to see how the offensive and defensive lines played.

“A very poor scrimmage overall … on both sides.”

More details of the second scrimmage are expected to be released in the coming days. FSU will take Tuesday off before returning to the practice field on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. After losing a day last week due to inclement weather, the Seminoles will use a make-up date to practice on Thursday before Saturday’s spring game.

more from Jimbo Fisher after the scrimmage:

On whether it was poor play or just a bad day:

“It better not be a bad day. That’s a loss. They better learn to get that fixed. I don’t think right now we’re a very good team.”

On how much does it concern him that he didn’t see progression from the first scrimmage:

“It does. It should get better, not worse. We need to take a look at why. We’ll make some moves, make some adjustments; sit some guys down and play some other guys. There were some guys who did some good things, (but) not enough.”

“Another thing I was disappointed on both sides of the ball was we had some poor penalties, too; some not very smart penalties. Penalties will cost you a game. We had a drive stopped on defense and get a hold and a facemask. Make a big play on offense and jump offside – just silly things we haven’t been doing.”

On what the best way is to clean up the mistakes before Saturday’s spring game:

“Practice. You’ve got two practices left. I’m glad we’ve got two instead of one. So we’ve got to clean that up and get better.”

On the play of the receivers:

“KB [Kelvin Benjamin] jumped out and made some nice plays.”

On whether he’s happy with the progress of the starting five offensive linemen right now:

“I wouldn’t say I was happy. We’ve made a lot of progress; we’re a lot better. We’re nowhere where we need to be, are close to be(ing) and can be. I think we have a chance to be a very good group – I really do. At times they do some real good things against our guys who are real good players. We’ll get better.”

On the status of position battles:

“Every spot on this team is open – from receiver to tight end to quarterback to O-line to nose tackle to middle linebacker to safety. We’re going to find guys who are going to play winning football. There are too many talented players on this team.”

On seeing any improvement in punting from the first to second scrimmage:

“I thought it was real good today. Cason Beatty got a lot of the punts and I thought kicked well, and Dillon Kidd hit a couple nice ones. That was one of the things I was very happy with.”

On whether he saw some players attempting to step up and lead:

“Telvin, Amp – some of the guys on defense – EJ tried on offense. … You’ve just got to try and fight your way through those days. Sometimes I like to measure a team when you’re not having a good day. How do you react to that? There may be a day when you go out there and it’s not going right. Can you manage those tight situations and find a way to get yourself back in the groove and play winning football. You’ve got to win games we you’re not having your A-game.”

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.

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.


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