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No. 1 Noles Have Right Mindset Entering Season Opener
Courtesy: Seminoles.com
Release: 08/28/2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said he likes No. 1 Florida State’s mindset heading into Saturday’s AdvoCare Cowboys Classic clash with Oklahoma State to open the season.

“Glad to get to a Thursday practice before a game,” Fisher said. “It was very productive. We got a lot of situations worked in. I liked their execution. Hopefully we can get into a good mindset which I think we are in right now, but we need to get our minds right between now and the ball game. We have a lot of time -- 48 hours. It will be very important to get into that place where we can play, so we can turn it loose and have fun. I am very happy with things. We are pretty injury free. We are healthy. I am looking forward to going out there and playing.”

The Seminoles spent the entirety of Thursday’s practice indoors on the turf of the Albert J. Dunlap Indoor Practice Facility and will depart Thursday night for Dallas in preparation for the season-opening game.

The site of the Cowboys Classic, AT&T Stadium, also has turf and is the state-of-the-art home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

“I think it is good to get your kids out in a venue which is kind of bowl-like, or an atmosphere that is big like a playoff game -- those neutral site types, which all of those games will be,” Fisher said. “I think the more times you can put yourself in that situation, the better it is.”

Injury Report vs. Oklahoma State – Aug. 30, 2014
Out For Game

DB      Colin Blake (shoulder)

LB      Ukeme Eligwe (foot)

RB      Ryan Green (Hamstring)

LB      Matthew Thomas (ankle)

Out For Season

LB      Delvin Purifoy (ankle)

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Quotes

Opening Statement:
“Glad to get to a Thursday practice before a game. It was very productive. We got a lot of situations worked in. I liked their execution. Hopefully we can get into a good mindset which I think we are in right now, but we need to get our minds right between now and the ball game. We have a lot of time -- 48 hours. It will be very important to get into that place where we can play, so we can turn it loose and have fun. I am very happy with things. We are pretty injury free. We are healthy. I am looking forward to going out there and playing.”

On if he gets nervous before playing the first game of the season:

“I get nervous every game. I mean it’s not nerves, but it is butterflies. That is why you play. Have you prepared these kids to have success? That is the key and that is what it is all about. You question if you have dotted this? Have you done that? It is not really nerves. It’s that excitement that you want to play. Once you lose that feeling then you don’t need to do it anymore.”

On if he would rather play neutral site games versus home-and-home matchups:

“I’d say yes, probably. I think because of the finance part of it. Also, I think it is good to get your kids out in a venue which is kind of bowl-like, or an atmosphere that is big like a playoff game -- those neutral site types, which all of those games will be. I think the more times you can put yourself in that situation, the better it is.”

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