FSU's Fisher Praises ‘Physical’ Second Scrimmage

By: FSU Sports Information Email
By: FSU Sports Information Email

Tallahassee - As rain poured down outside for much of the afternoon, the reigning national champion Florida State football team didn’t skip a beat holding its second scrimmage of spring practice on Monday inside the Albert J. Dunlap Training Facility.

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher was impressed by several players on both sides of the ball and said that without a doubt the competitive nature was there during the practice session.

“Both sides made plays when the other side was doing things right,” Fisher said. “That’s what you have to have. We still have to be consistent - still have to get better. It was a very physical, good scrimmage. I liked it.”

Rising sophomore Freddie Stevenson is expected to replace Chad Abram at fullback in the fall, but the Bartow, Fla., native has been getting plenty of reps at tailback as the Seminoles remain thin at running back with injuries to early enrollee Dalvin Cook and rising sophomore Ryan Green.

Fisher also announced that rising senior running back Karlos Williams will be held out for the rest of the spring as a precaution. Williams rushed for 730 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 91 carries as a backup last season.

For the second straight practice, rising redshirt senior left tackle Cameron Erving got a few reps in at center. Fisher said he is happy with the play of expected senior starter Austin Barron at center, but noted that there is always a need to develop backups.

“Cam is an exceptional left tackle, but he can be an extremely big-time center,” Fisher said. “We’re happy with (Austin) Barron, we’re just doing things to develop guys as backups and get more snaps. I’m not displeased with Barron at all; Cam Erving is just so quick and athletic.

“Center is like quarterback. You can move guards and tackles and receivers, but centers and quarterbacks – that’s a learned profession. You have to have as many as you can.”

The Seminoles are scheduled to practice two more times – Wednesday and Thursday – before the annual Spring Game at 3 p.m. (ESPN) on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Fisher on Florida State’s refined logo:
“I have no problem. Our logo is our logo. They changed it. It’s still our Seminole head, it’s a beautiful head. It’s what it is. It doesn’t change Florida State and what our values are and what our systems are. I don’t see an issue with it. Now, did I like the old one? Yes. Do I like our new one? Yes. It’s our logo and it’s not drastically that much different. To me, and I haven’t been here that long but I’ve been a Florida State fan too, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. If the Seminole Tribe is fine with things and they like it, to me that’s great. It still doesn’t change our tradition, our values and what we are.”

Jimbo Fisher Post-Scrimmage Quotes – April 7, 2014

Opening Statement:
“A lot more intensity – more physical. More plays being made. For instance, a guy is covered and we make a great throw and catch. You can see in the open field a guy comes flashing through and makes a play. Better football was played. Both sides made plays when the other side was doing things right. That’s what you have to have. Still have to be consistent. Still have to get better. It was a very physical, good scrimmage. I liked it.”

On what he looks for in a scrimmage:
“How you compete and the culture you create when you play. And the consistency of how you play football. Everybody says, ‘well that guy made a big play’ … and that’s great. Well if it’s really just because the other side blew the assignment you really don’t know anything about your guys except they know what to do. Can they do it when the other side does it right and things like that. And I was looking for much more consistency and being much more physical in this scrimmage.”

On what players impressed:
“A bunch. I thought the whole scrimmage was like that. I will look at the film. I noticed (linebacker) Matthew Thomas a bunch on the goal line. (safety) Jalen Ramsey made some good plays. (quarterback) Jameis (Winston) made some good throws. ‘80’ (wide receiver Rashad Greene) made some catches. Bobo (wide receiver Jesus Wilson) made some really good catches. Christian Green on third down made some plays. Some of those guys emerged out there. I think (cornerback) P.J. Williams made a play or two. I’m trying to go off the top of my head. It was much better. There was tackling all around. There was some pop. No doubt the competitive nature was there.”

On the quarterback play in today’s scrimmage:
“Jameis threw the ball pretty well. We caught the ball well and played around him well and let him function.”

On rising sophomore running back Mario Pender:
“He had a couple nice long runs, and I think he got dinged in the head on the goal run. Freddie (Stevenson) ran well. He’s going to play tailback for us in certain situations.”

On the injury status of rising senior running back Karlos Williams:
“We’re going to hold Karlos out the rest of the spring. We know what we’ve got there. He’ll keep getting banged and bruised up.”

On whether they will draft again this year for teams in the spring game:
“We’ll wait and see how many people we have. We’ll see how many people we have left and match them and make sure we don’t get the O-line discombobulated. That’s what causes chaos in a spring game is the mismatching of offensive linemen.”

On the relative health of the team:
“We’re alright. We’re banged and bruised; it’s been a physical spring. On the O-line we are pretty healthy, seem to be anyways.”

On rising redshirt senior left tackle Cam Erving getting some reps at center:
“He had a series or two in there. Cam is an exceptional left tackle, but he can be an extremely big-time center. We’re happy with (Austin) Barron, we’re just doing things to develop guys as backups and get more snaps. I’m not displeased with Barron at all; Cam Erving is just so quick and athletic.”

On the importance of depth at center:
“Center is like quarterback. You can move guards and tackles and receivers, but centers and quarterbacks – that’s a learned profession. You have to have as many as you can.”

Rising Senior Wide Receiver Rashad Greene

On if it’s common to pick up more after the first scrimmage:
“Yeah, it’s usually that way. We’re not trying to do that on purpose, but usually it’s that way. You get into it and you get the feel of it and practice gets going and you get another week under your belt. It’s much better.”

On what he tells some of the younger wide receivers:
“Just play fast, know what you’re doing and be confident and trust Jameis (Winston). It’s about being in a relationship with your quarterback and you’ve got to have an understanding and most importantly, trusting in each other. Trust that you’re going make a play and trust that he’s going to make the throw.”

On if quarterback Jameis Winston and head coach Jimbo Fisher hold the receivers to a high standard after last year:
“Most definitely. Occasionally, Jimbo gets on to me too for not making plays that I should have made. Last week he kicked me off the field for not making a play I should have made. As a leader I understand what he was trying to do. He was showing the younger guys that it doesn’t matter, freshman, sophomore, senior, all of us are held to a high caliber and to come out here and practice and deliver and I respect what he’s trying to do and I understand what he’s trying to do. He gets on me too when I need that extra push.”

Sophomore Defensive Back Jalen Ramsey

On if there was improvement from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage:
“Definitely. Today was a lot better. A lot more intensity (and) toughness by everybody. Great competition out there today. (Everybody) wanted to compete. It just seemed like everyone was having fun and wanted to be out there today.”

On being one of the leaders on the defense and not taking criticism personally:
“I try not to take everything too personally because you just have to go out there and play and have fun. I feel like I need to step up in that area. I’m not really a vocal person, I just go out there and do it and try and do my job and lead by example more than vocally. I feel like I need to step up more vocally and I feel like I do sometimes.”


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