TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team wrapped up its ninth practice session of the preseason Tuesday evening at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility in preparation for the Sept. 2 season-opener at Pittsburgh. The Seminoles practiced in shells – shoulder pads and helmets – for two hours:
· The Seminoles will hold their first full-fledged scrimmage Wednesday afternoon inside Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that the scrimmage format will place the 1st-team offense vs. the 2nd-team defense and vice versa. It will also mark the first time this season that there will be live tackling, if only for a portion of the scrimmage. Wednesday’s scrimmage is closed to the public.
· Fisher praised the play of his running backs at the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice, specifically citing junior Devonta Freeman. “Devonta is having his best camp; maybe the best camp on the team,” he said, adding that junior James Wilder, Jr. has also had a very solid preseason.
· While the veterans drew Fisher’s praise, he is also anxious to see how two of FSU’s younger backs - redshirt freshman Mario Pender and freshman Ryan Green – perform in the scrimmage. Fisher said Pender, who missed all of last season due to injury as well as the spring game, is back to full speed.
Practice Quotes – Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Head coach Jimbo Fisher
“Another solid day, guys getting a little banged and bruised which is typical of camp. But gotta keep grinding and get to where they gotta go to. (We’re) making progress, working a bunch of different situations today, so they’re getting there.”
On if this is the time in camp when the coaches have to push players:
“If you do, then you’ve got the wrong team. We ain’t pushing them… They’ve got to push themselves. As coaches, if you’re the guy pushing all the time, you don’t have what you think you have. They’re challenging and pushing each other. That’s what they’ve got to do.”
On what he’s looking for from Wednesday’s scrimmage, 20 days before the opener:
“To see if some young guys are ready to play, see if the old guys are taking leadership, and just consistency in what we’re doing. If they can execute the things they need to do and understand situations, and by situations (I mean) smart football. Whether you score a touchdown or stop them on defense, that’s one thing. But you’ll implement new things in your plan and see how individuals play. It’s more about individuals right now than it is unity of whether it’s offense or defense.”
On what LB Christian Jones brings coming off the edge:
“Athleticism; good athleticism. And he’s learning to be a very good pass rusher. He can move around and cover from there. He can do a lot of things.”
On DT Demonte McAllister being able to draw double teams:
“It frees guys up. You got to be able to hold the point. It creates a wad, frees linebackers up; frees people up behind them. You’ve got to have the strength and power to do it. And technique, it’s a lot of technique, too, believe it or not.”