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Fall-Camp Practice Report: Aug. 11
Courtesy: Seminoles.com
Release: 08/11/2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State could’ve had a letdown during Monday’s practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility. 

FSU had a packed Sunday that included the annual Media Day and Fan Day events in addition to a two-and-a-half hour open practice, and Tuesday’s scheduled first scrimmage was looming, but the Seminoles’ focus did not waver on the start of Week Two of fall camp.

“It was a very efficient practice of guys executing,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I love to see that especially this far into camp when you start to get tired. We have a scrimmage tomorrow. Today was a perfect day to get ready for tomorrow and have their mind go. That was to me, a very big sign that our team has maturity. I like what I saw out there today. I really do.”

Jalen Ramsey was dismissed from Sunday’s open practice, but Fisher praised the sophomore safety on Monday and said Ramsey’s emotions and physical play just got the best of him for a brief moment.  

“He had an excellent practice (today),” Fisher said. “We had a great talk. I get upset and I am emotional. Jalen does too. Jalen is as good of a football player as we have. One of the best ones I have been around in the secondary. He can play nickel and dime. He can play safety and play corner. He is a phenomenal player. The big thing is that he is a leader on our team. He is a great kid. He is intelligent and he is smart. He had an emotional moment and got upset. I got upset. That is ball and we move on. That kid is a great kid. He is a leader on our team. He is on our unity council and he had a great practice today.” 

Despite heading into only his second year with the program, Ramsey has emerged as a leader on the Seminoles. He started all 14 games and tallied 49 tackles last season, while nabbing several freshman All-America honors. 

Cornerbacks Held Out
Junior returning starters at cornerback, Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams, will be held out of practice for a few days following minor injuries. Both players are expected back soon. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Chris Casher also received a scheduled day off on Monday.

Eligwe Ahead of Schedule
Fisher noted that redshirt sophomore linebacker Ukeme Eligwe is ahead of schedule rehabbing from a Lisfranc injury. Fisher said the original target date for Eligwe’s return was the Sept. 20 game versus Clemson in Tallahassee. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native is expected to compete for a starting spot on the Seminoles’ defense. 

Franklin Logging Time at Wide Receiver
Redshirt freshman quarterback John Franklin III is in a battle for the back-up quarterback job with redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire, but has also been cross-training at wide receiver. Franklin’s speed makes him a viable option as a receiver. He captured All-ACC in track and field last season after running a leg on the conference champion 4x100 relay team in the spring. 

Florida State Post-Practice Quotes:

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher 

Opening Statement

“We had an excellent practice. We got a lot of situational drills in – a lot of third down, red zone, short yardage and goal line. I liked the practice. Today was one of the better practices as far as plays that were being made on either side because both sides are doing it right and somebody beat a block, or make a fit on a run, beat a guy on a pass rush or a guy was tightly covered and somebody made a great catch or a great throw. It was a very efficient practice of guys executing. I love to see that especially this far into camp when you start to get tired. We have a scrimmage tomorrow. Today was a perfect day to get ready for tomorrow and have their mind go. That was to me, a very big sign that our team has maturity. I like what I saw out there today. I really do.”

On what he looks for in a scrimmage:

“I look for guys that come out there and have alignment, assignment and technique. They can line up in the right place. They know what to do and they know how to do it. They are able to take it to the field and execute it. There will be some young guys out there that will have nerves tomorrow and do things. They need to just relax and make plays. You have to align, assign and have technique right off the bat. Then, the competitiveness and the intelligence to make plays. Even in practice, that’s why we do so many situational scrimmages, there are so much that happens that you just can’t always teach as a coach. You can’t go over all of those scenarios. They just have to happen, see if guys have instincts, how they make plays and where they go. That is what we look for in a scrimmage.” 

On sophomore safety Jalen Ramsey:

“He had an excellent practice. We had a great talk. I get upset and I am emotional. Jalen does too. Jalen is as good of a football player as we have. One of the best ones I have been around in the secondary. He can play nickel and dime. He can play safety and play corner. He is a phenomenal player. The big thing is that he is a leader on our team. He is a great kid. He is intelligent and he is smart. He had an emotionally moment and got upset. I got upset. That is ball and we move on. That kid is a great kid. He is a leader on our team. He is on our union council and he had a great practice today.” 

On redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston:

“I thought today he had one of the sharpest practices he’s had. He is really starting to get used to and fitting in with new receivers that we’ve moved around. We are moving guys from slot to outside because we are experimenting so early to how much they can learn and what their best positions are. I thought he was really dialed in today as far as getting used to those guys and how the run routes. He was also using the tight ends and the backs. His run checks have been phenomenal. He gets us in and out of the right play so much it is scary.”

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