No. 1 FSU Ready for Home Opener
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State held a spirited practice indoors in preparation for this weekend’s opponent, The Citadel, on Thursday at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.
The home-opening contest has already been announced as a sell out.
“It is awesome,” head coach Jimbo Fishe said. “I am looking forward to getting into Doak Campbell and playing our game, doing the things we do. It will be good to see the fans and it will be awesome to have a sellout. That would be tremendous.”
Florida State opens the home schedule against the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. on RSN. The Seminoles are 54-13 all-time in home openers, including 4-0 under head coach Jimbo Fisher in which FSU has outscored those opponents 224-16.
The Citadel runs a triple-option run-first offense similar to what Georgia Tech has run under Paul Johnson. The Seminoles defeated the Yellow Jackets in the 2012 ACC Championship, 21-15. Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly had the same role with Georgia Tech in that game which Fisher said has helped immensely during preparation this week.
Fisher said the front-seven will be key in stopping the Bulldogs’ offense.
“They are going to get a bunch (of opportunities),” Fisher said. “I’ve been pleased with the way they’ve been doing things. They need to get discipline and do the things they have to do. That first group especially has been playing very well this week. Gap control and pitch responsibility. You can’t get greedy in this one. You have to play my gap and my responsibility, but you have to chase that football at the same time.”
Fisher announced preseason All-American cornerback P.J. Williams will be held out of Saturday’s contest with a hamstring strain. Senior Nick Waisome (14 career starts) and sophomore Marquez White are expected to replace Williams with the first team alongside junior cornerback Ronald Darby.
Injury Report vs. The Citadel – Sept. 4, 2014
Out For Game
LB Kain Daub (Toe)
LB Ukeme Eligwe (foot)
RB Ryan Green (Hamstring)
LB Matthew Thomas (ankle)
CB P.J. Williams (Hamstring)
Out For Season
DB Colin Blake (shoulder)
LB Delvin Purifoy (ankle)
Fisher to be Honored as Rawlings Coach of the Year
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was named the 2013 Rawlings FBS Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly following the Seminoles’ 14-0 national championship season. He will be honored by Rawlings in a pregame presentation before Saturday’s game versus The Citadel.
List of Channels for Regional Sports Network
Fox Sports Carolinas, SUN Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network Plus, Fox Sports Indiana Plus, Fox Sports Sand Diego (Delayed Broadcast), Fox Sports Midwest Plus, Fox Sports West (Delayed Broadcast), ESPN3 (Subject to Blackout), Fox Sports Detroit Plus, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (Delayed Broadcast), ROOT Sports Rocky Mtn. (Delayed Broadcast), MSG Plus, Fox Sports Ohio, SportsSouth.
Florida State Hall of Fame to Induct 37th Class on Friday
On Friday, the Athletics Hall of Fame of Florida State will induct seven new members including former standout running back Amp Lee and all-time leading tackler Aaron Carter. The 2014 class will be formally inducted at a banquet the night before the Seminoles’ first home football game against The Citadel. A very limited number of tickets to the event are available to the public for $75 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 850-556-0433. In addition to Lee and Carter, the seven member class includes softball star Jessica Boulware (formerly van der Linden), coach and administrator Harlien Johnson, swimming and diving All-American Sara Linke Valentine, former Seminole Boosters chair Russ Morcom and outfielder Jeremy Morris. The 2014 Florida State class will mark the 37th class in the Hall of Fame’s illustrious history.
Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes
On what he is looking for against The Citadel:
“How well we play. How consistent we play. How hard we play and the consistent execution we need.”
On the amount of action the front-seven will expect to see against a triple-option offense:
“They are going to get a bunch (of opportunities). I’ve been pleased with the way they’ve been doing things. They need to get discipline and do the things they have to do. That first group especially has been playing very well this week.”
On what the front-seven needs to do to prevent big plays:
“Gap control and pitch responsibility. You can’t get greedy in this one. You have to play my gap and my responsibility, but you have to chase that football at the same time.”
On a sellout for the home opener:
“It is awesome. I am looking forward to getting into Doak Campbell and playing our game, doing the things we do. It will be good to see the fans and it will be awesome to have a sellout. That would be tremendous.”
On junior cornerback P.J. Williams’ status:
“P.J [Williams] won’t play. He had too much wear and tear from that last game so we are going to have to sit him this week. He couldn’t play. It was a big strain. If we played down there [Dallas, Texas] this week he probably wouldn’t play. He didn’t pull anything there. It was just the wear and tear. It was a long game.”