FSU Opens Practice in South Florida

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Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Florida State football team opened practice in South Florida on Thursday. They wore their jerseys and shorts on the first day, but should go in full pads on Friday.

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said all players eligible in the fall will still be eligible to play in the Orange Bowl. There were also no injuries to note.

"This is a BCS bowl. We haven't been here in a long time," he said. "It's exciting for the school. Exciting for them as individuals. I mean, how many times do you get the chance to play in a BCS bowl game? I think the kids, they're feeling that exciting and the opportunity they have in front of them."

Florida State is a two touchdown favorite against Northern Illinois in next Tuesday's game.

"A lot of people are saying they're not that good and they're d-line's a little smaller and this and that," sophomore running back James Wilder, Jr. said. "But we don't overlook any opponent. We just have to go out there and execute on our plays and just do what we're supposed to do."

"Hopefully, we will create mismatches, but that's why you play the game," Fisher said. "We will gameplan and try to do the things we need to do. "They'll gameplan and try to do the things they need to do. In a week, we will find out who's right and who's wrong."

After practice the team met at Fogo de Chao, a restaraunt in Miami. It's one of several events the 'Noles will experience during their time in South Florida.

On Friday, they will have a beach outing from 2-6 p.m. But the Seminoles will be back out on the practice fields at Nova Southeastern starting at 11:30 a.m.

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