Tallahassee, FL - Florida State came a little closer to strapping on the full pads working in shells Thursday afternoon, but head coach Jimbo Fisher said after practice that his team needed to get tougher before Saturday’s first full pad practice.
“I was a little disappointed today really,” said Fisher. “I thought we were a little soft, not very tough. It wasn’t effort. I think it was toughness. I don’t’ think we put our face on people. I think we’re very soft. Execution is nowhere close to where it needs to be, but we got so many things on offense and on defense [going on]. We got five starters out on offense right now and three or four on defense. So as far as that goes, that’s kind of expected but softness, being soft, that’s not acceptable.”
The Seminoles were without the services of running back Chris Thompson and wide receiver Willie Haulstead Thursday. Thompson missed practice with tightness in his lower back.
“I don’t think it’ll be anything major,” said Fisher about Thompson missing. “He’s had some back strains here and there off and on since he’s been here.”
Haulstead is likely to miss a few weeks with a slight shoulder separation.
“He just jammed his shoulder,” said Fisher. “He’ll be fine. He fell on it – slight separation. He’ll be back in a couple of weeks and be fine. He dove for a football and made a great catch. Unfortunately, he fell on his shoulder.”
Florida State will take Friday off and return to the practice field on Saturday. The Seminoles are scheduled for their first day of full pads Saturday and not a scrimmage. FSU’s first scrimmage will be Saturday, Apr. 2. All practices are closed to the public. Fans can begin counting down to the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend Presented By Kia Autosport which will be capped off with the Annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be carried on ESPN3.com and replayed on ESPNU.
Season tickets are available now by visiting Seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public June 1; however a single game sale is not anticipated for either the Oklahoma and Miami home games.
Rising senior tailback Jermaine Thomas returned to practice Thursday after missing much of spring workouts after serving a team suspension. He returned to the practice field for the Noles and picked up where he left off.
“He did good,” said Fisher about Thomas’ return Thursday. “He was bouncing around and looked good. He was one of the bright spots I thought. It’s because he’s doing well. He’s doing things right. He’s a great kid and a good player. He made a mistake and we corrected it. I think he’s doing very well right now in all aspects.”
“He was away from the team a whole month in all aspects,” Fisher continued. “We wanted to see his dedication, what he wanted to do. Sometimes you have to get your priorities back in line a little bit. He did that and he’s doing a great job. I think he’ll be fine.”
Thomas was the team’s third-leading rusher in 2010 gaining 490 yards on 87 carries (5.7 yards per carry) and scoring six touchdowns.