FSU Practice Report: No. 1 Noles Focus on Little Things
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While slowly turning its focus on first-game opponent Oklahoma State, top-ranked Florida State continued to dwell on the little things in Monday’s practice to help its game preparation for the much anticipated AdvoCare Cowboy Classic.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher put the Seminoles through more situational work to help refine the little things that make a big difference in football games. Overall, Fisher was pleased with the way his team looked in various setups on Monday, and continues to praise the way his younger players are already absorbing the information.
“It was a really good practice. I really liked the focus and execution on both sides of the ball,” Fisher said. “We got more situational work in – third down, end of the game and how to manage the clock. We put a lot of young guys in there to manage those situations. It was a good physical practice, but we were able to stay off the ground and were injury free. A lot of the young guys are really starting to hone in on the details of things, offensively and defensively. I am very proud of that.”
Fisher and the coaching staff hope Florida State’s sharp play in recent practices carries over to Tuesday’s scrimmage held in the early afternoon. From there, the coaches will begin to evaluate their players even more heavily as their nationally-televised date with the Cowboys looms on Saturday, Aug. 30.
“We have our scrimmage tomorrow,” Fisher said. “We have started peaking at some film, but we will start game prep the day after our scrimmage.”
Florida State Student-Athletes, Spirit Groups and Band to Take Part in Bone Marrow Donor Drive Friday
Jimbo & Candi Fisher’s Kidz 1st Fund will hold a Bone Marrow Donor Drive this Friday, Aug. 22, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM in the Dunlap Indoor Practice Facility for athletics department staff, student-athletes, coaches and spirit groups.
Kidz1stFund is a nonprofit organization the Fishers established in August of 2011 after learning their son, Ethan, had a rare blood disease called Fanconi anemia (FA). FA causes bone marrow failure and leads to cancer in children and young adults. Along with FA, there are 70 other diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and multiple sclerosis that require a bone marrow transplant. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.
The Bone Marrow Drive is open to members of the media to cover as the Fishers’ continue to raise awareness and increase participation in the National Marrow Donor Registry.
FSU Coaches Continue Taking the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
Continuing the worldwide phenomenon of taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, several Florida State football coaches have made sure to contribute. Quarterback Jameis Winston got the ball rolling on Saturday when he accepted the challenge. Over the last few days, the entire FSU coaching staff has participated in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Video head coach Jimbo Fisher and members of his staff accepting the challenge can be viewed on Seminoles.com: http://www.seminoles.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32900&ATCLID=209611026
Florida State Post-Practice – Aug. 18, 2014
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher
“It was a really good practice. I really liked the focus and execution on both sides of the ball. We got more situational work in – third down, end of the game and how to manage the clock. We put a lot of young guys in there to manage those situations. It was a good physical practice, but we were able to stay off the ground and were injury free. A lot of the young guys are really starting to hone in on the details of things, offensively and defensively. I am very proud of that.”
On how redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean Maguire is progressing:
“He is learning to be consistent. A quarterback’s first job is to not lose a football game and to be able to distribute the ball to the right guys at the right times. He is understanding the running game and making the right decisions in the passing game. Even when he is missing with balls, he is missing in a safe zone and being smart with the ball. You can build trust with him and I am very proud of his knowledge of what’s going on.”
On how pleased he is with the offensive line:
“I have been very proud of them and we have mixed a lot of interchanging parts which is hard to do because they have to get used to communicating with each other. I have been very pleased with their production.”
On how freshman offensive lineman Roderick Johnson has looked in practice:
“I think he’s doing a great job. He is going to be a one heckuva football player. He is big, rangy, intelligent and physical. He has the chance to be a very good football player.”
On the injuries to senior offensive linemen Cameron Erving and Josue Matias:
“Cam [Erving] got tied up in a bunch the other day. It’s nothing. If we had to play tomorrow he could play. I know what I got there. I want to test some other guys in some situations. Josue [Matias] should be back here pretty soon.”
On how Maguire’s confidence has grown:
“It has. It’s like anything -- I know I know now and I know I can do this, now I just have to be consistent. You can see it in his eyes. You know he is confident because when he makes a mistake he can tell you exactly what he did wrong. From that standpoint, I think he is gaining confidence because of his knowledge and he is starting to execute.”
On how sophomore defensive back Marquez White has looked in practice:
“Marquez [White] is going to be a heckuva football player. I really like him. He can do a lot of things. He can’t only play corner, but he can play safety too. He has tremendous ball skills, speed and athleticism to get over the top. He is a big, long guy who is really starting to get stronger now. He has a chance to be a good player in the future. I am very pleased with his progress.”
On how White has been able to handle football after playing basketball:
“He is smart. He has a lot of intelligence and he is football savvy. I think it is very mature of him to handle what he has been able to do.”
On his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
“It was cold. It was warmer than when you get it in Charlotte or all those other places because it’s so daggone cold up there. I’d give them both [ice bucket challenge and money]. How are they going to make any money if they keep on doing ice baths? It was great. It was fun entertainment for our kids and they are enjoying it.”
On getting ready for Oklahoma State:
“We have our scrimmage tomorrow. We have started peaking at some film, but we will start game prep the day after our scrimmage.”