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Courtesy: Seminoles.com
Release: 08/21/2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In one week No. 1 Florida State will be departing Tallahassee for Dallas, en route to the season-opening AdvoCare Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium.

On Thursday, the Seminoles began preparation for their opening opponent, Oklahoma State, at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.

“We got some work done and got some things done on Oklahoma State,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Scout team work today was really exceptional. Good group. That’s the one thing that depth allows you to have when you get guys down there and get quality looks on the other end. The guys had a great attitude about it and worked very hard. Very proud of that. We’ll crank up practice a little more intense tomorrow.”

Fisher said his staff and players have great respect for the Cowboys and will not take their opponent lightly despite Oklahoma State beginning the year unranked in the Associated Press and Amway/Coaches polls.

“(They are) a very well-coached team that knows how to win and knows how to play hard,” Fisher said. “They can create a lot of points on offense, plays very physical on defense. A lot of pressures and different looks, eight-man drops to come and pressure the quarterback. A variety of things. They won 41 games in four years, so they are a very well coached, good football team.”

FSU spent most of the practice indoors because of inclement weather. This is the second fall Florida State has had the indoor facility which has been a major asset to the program and allowed the Noles to stay on track with their weekly practice plans. On Tuesday, FSU’s second scrimmage was also moved inside. Before last year, that scrimmage would likely have been made up or skipped – throwing off the week’s carefully planned schedule.

“It makes a difference,” Fisher said. “You don’t have to miss a beat. You keep the rhythm, you keep the same continuity of how you practice. You don’t have to go stretch again. Now that’s how a lot of injuries occur. You know, a guy gets loose and stretched out and then he goes back in and he don’t get stretched again when he comes back out. It changes the mindset of the game. It is very productive. Especially when school starts, too, because then there’s tutors and class, study hall, all those things that it is hard to adjust.”

Cornerbacks Return to Practice
Starting junior cornerbacks Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams returned to practice on Thursday and participated in 75 percent of the action. The pair of preseason All-Americans had been held out for the past week with minor injuries. Sophomore running back Ryan Green was also back participating in practice after more than a week out with a minor injury.

Florida State Student-Athletes, Spirit Groups and Band to Take Part in Bone Marrow Donor Drive Friday
Jimbo & Candi Fisher’s Kidz1stFund will hold a Bone Marrow Donor Drive this Friday 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 over 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 for Fanconi anemia and increase participation in the National Marrow Donor Registry.

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes

Opening Statement:
“Good day. We got some work done and got some things done on Oklahoma State. Scout team work today was really exceptional. Good group. That’s the one things that depth allows you to have when you get guys down there and get quality looks on the other end. The guys had a great attitude about it and worked very hard. Very proud of that. We’ll crank up practice a little more intense tomorrow. It was just two days off of a very physical scrimmage, so the next two days we’ll get after it really good before we get a break on Sunday. It’s been some very intense days, getting a lot of work done. Pretty solid day.”

On if the guys on the scout team will have a chance to run with the twos:
“It can be. We’ll rotate back and forth. You know with guys rotating from twos, back down to threes and getting some different looks. If (the opponent) got a different package they could be used in. It could be on offense or defense, but they can still get work, yes. They aren’t assigned to that for the rest of the year.”

 On what Oklahoma State shows on film:
“(They are) a very well-coached team that knows how win and knows how to play hard. Can create a lot of points on offense, plays very physical on defense. A lot of pressures and different looks, you know, eight-man drops to come and pressure the quarterback. A variety of things. They won 41 games in four years, so they are a very well coached, good football team.”

On if these days of practice are different than a normal week in the middle of the season:
“Not a lot. These will be hard, physical Tuesday/Wednesday-type practices where you get a lot of physicality. The good thing is you get extra meeting time to be able to study film because you aren’t in school. So from that standpoint it is very good. But it is still going to be a very physical Tuesday/Wednesday-type practices.”

On if the team will be nervous to play on the “big stage” in Dallas:
“National Championship was a big stage and a lot of them got to play in that one. They got to play in the ACC Championship, they got to play at Clemson. But the opening jitters of a first game is always going to be there. That’s all part of sports, how you handle those situations, how you handle those arenas. But we’ve been in a lot of big games.”

On having to move inside for practice several times during fall camp:
“It makes a difference. You don’t have to miss a beat. You keep the rhythm, you keep the same continuity of how you practice. You don’t have to go stretch again. Now that’s how a lot of injuries occur. You know, a guy gets loose and stretched out and then he goes back in and he don’t get stretched again when he comes back out. It changes the mindset of the game. It is very productive. Especially when school starts, too, because then there’s tutors and class, study hall, all those things that it is hard to adjust.”

On how good it is to see the increased ticket sales:
“It’s really good. When you get our kids, and I say this all the time, I want all our kids to walk out there (to a full stadium). And the fans appreciate them, but they appreciate the fans, too. I want us to play in full arenas every time we play. Because if we are going to play in big arenas, like going to Dallas, going to the National Championship, going to playoff games, going to major bowl games, when you walk in those arenas you got to say, ‘Hey, it’s just like practice. It’s just like at home. It’s just like we play in this all the time.’ Don’t think that doesn’t matter. Kids get used to that environment and comfortable in that environment. The more it is sold out and the consistency of it, the better it is for us to be able to play on those kind of stages.”   

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