TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with the final full-pad practice of the spring on Thursday at the FSU intramural fields, as the Seminoles wrapped up their preparation for Saturday’s annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game.
Fisher praised the defense and also commended the offense for bouncing back following a Wednesday practice he called “sluggish.”
“I was proud to see some of the young guys rebound,” Fisher said. “The offense was really good at the end. I’d like to see the defense finish it. I was proud of the way they responded. Defense had a really good day for the most part. It was a good, tough, hard practice. We got through some things. We have to get better.”
Fisher said wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey and quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders will each call plays for one of the teams during the Garnet and Gold game, which will have the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense paired together against the No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense.
The Garnet and Gold game is slated for 2 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday and will be broadcast by ESPN3.
Fisher said he is looking forward to seeing how the players handle the pressure of a simulated game this weekend.
“You like to see if that atmosphere or environment bothers them or does it not bother them,” Fisher said. “And then their execution on the day. We’ll be much simpler in all phases on both sides on that day, because you have guys mixed up. You’re not going to run everything, and you’re going to have a running clock. From that point, it’s how you handle the atmosphere and environment, and how you execute.”
More from fisher following THURSDAY’s practice
On the team bouncing back with a better practice:
“I thought the defense, early, for about three-quarters of practice was really, really good. I was proud to see some of the young guys rebound. The offense was really good at the end. I’d like to see defense finish it. I was proud of the way they responded. Defense had a really good day for the most part. It was a good, tough, hard practice. We got through some things. We have to get better.
They did okay. Offensively, I thought we missed some things execution-wise here and there. The defense has a lot to do with that, and responded back in a competitive-nature. I like to see that. I don’t like for it to get so one-sided for as long as it did. Sometimes you will get spurts like that in a game when you play good people. We have a good defense, but we have a good offense, too. They responded back just a little later than I wanted them to, but they did do that so I was proud of them.
On the injuries at the end of spring:
It’s the only two times we’ve had tackling days. That’s why you have to be careful when you tackle – you really do. You have to scrimmage. That’s part of it, too. This is the same format that we’ve used forever. And everybody does. We actually only hit the ground two different times. We’re cutting guys and tackling. It was just one of those days. When you have good players on both sides, it happens sometimes because it’s the physical nature of the beast. A couple of them are – I don’t want to say – were freak things. There weren’t big hits. Sometimes they just happen.”
On what he looks for in a Spring Game:
In the spring game – how you handle being out there in front of people, with the clock on, with the lights on…your composure…how you execute and do the same things you were doing in practice. Carry it to the field. Even though it’s a simulated game, for some of these guys it’s the first time they’re being asked to action or really being counted on. You like to see if that atmosphere or environment bothers them or does it not bother them from that standpoint. And then their execution on the day. We’ll be much simpler in all phases on both sides on that day, because you have guys mixed up. You’re not going to run everything and you’re going to have a running clock. From that point, it’s how you handle the atmosphere and environment, and how you execute.
Seminoles send four to nfl draft
Florida State will have four players among the 23 top prospects in attendance at the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the NFL announced on Wednesday.
The Seminoles will be represented by QB EJ Manuel, DE Bjoern Werner, T Menelik Watson and CB Xavier Rhodes, matching Alabama for the most players invited to the event.
The draft kicks off with Round 1 on Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds 2-3 are on Friday, April 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. and Rounds 4-7 are on Saturday, April 27 at Noon.
THOMAS RHETT To Kickoff Spring Football Weekend
Florida State Seminole fans that have hoped for a spring football game and a FSU baseball game on the same weekend are getting their wish and much more beginning Friday. The Seminoles annual spring football game will be surrounded by more activities than at any time in the history of the game.
On top of the football scrimmage and a game featuring the seventh-ranked Seminole baseball team on Saturday, fans will be offered numerous free events and other entertainment options all weekend in an effort to provide the Seminole faithful with an experience that goes beyond just the games on the field.
“The spring game is a great time for our fans to get the experience of a full football weekend in the fall,” said FSU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing Jason Dennard. “We are excited to be able to coordinate so many events and options for our fans including the Friday Night Block Party. To have an event featuring three stages of live music headlined by Thomas Rhett is a way to treat our fans to top-level, free entertainment.”
Friday’s slate of events includes the lighting of the Spear on the Unconquered Statue, a 6:00 baseball game versus Duke and the widely popular Friday Night Block Party. Rhett was announced as the headline act for the "Friday Night Block Party" in Kleman Plaza to kick-off the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend presented by Kia Autosport. The concert event will serve as the official kickoff to what ESPN has tabbed as the "Best Spring Weekend in College Football”.
On Saturday FSU athletes take center stage with the Seminole Invitational track meet beginning in the morning, the spring football game kicking off at 2:00 p.m. and then the FSU baseball team taking on Duke at 6:00 p.m. The FSU Flying High Circus will also be performing that evening at 8:00 p.m.
“We are creating experiences for visitors to our city and campus,” said Dennard. “Our hope is to make Tallahassee a destination fans want to visit again this fall’.
For more information on the entire list of events with times, parking maps and links to ticketed events, please visit the official athletic site for Florida State at Seminoles.com.