No. 1 Florida State Continues its March to Dallas
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State wrapped up another productive practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Training Facility on Tuesday in its lead up to the season opener against Oklahoma State in the Advocare Cowboys Classic on Saturday.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday’s practice was much improved following Monday’s session that coincided with the first day of classes.
“I liked both sides of practice much better today,” Fisher said. “Yesterday was the first day of classes, it was ok. But today was much better. The young guys are learning how to practice and the older guys I was pretty pleased with for the most part.”
The Seminoles head to Dallas with all eyes on the defending national champions. Last season, Florida State set the national record for points scored with 723 points, but will replace starting wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw. The duo combined to catch 108 passes and 21 touchdowns a year ago.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Christian Green will be looked upon to help replace the pair’s production. The Tampa native is expected to start on Saturday alongside senior Rashad Greene.
“It’s a different offense of course,” Green said. “It’s our job to score points. The little things are going to get us there. Its different personal and different scenarios, but we definitely will look to put up a lot of points.”
Sophomore Kermit Whitfield made a name for himself last season by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a score in the BCS Championship, while also leading the nation in kick return average (36.4) by over six yards.
This season, Whitfield is expected to start in the slot and the speedster said he wants to be known for more than just a special teams so he will continue to practice hard.
“I’m still working like I’m second string,” Whitfield said.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher announced that freshman linebacker Devlin Purifoy dislocated his ankle and will be out for the season.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes
“Good productive work day. I liked both sides of practice much better today. Yesterday was the first day of classes, it was ok. But today was much better. The young guys are learning how to practice and the older guys I was pretty pleased with for the most part. A lot of situations, a lot of scenarios, but productive practice. Very productive and executed pretty well.”
On the play of Freddie Stevenson:
“The last week and a half, I have been very pleased. Early he was playing good, but just in the last week and a half was starting to fly around and get his blocks and running the football well, catches the football. You know, all of the things a fullback needs to do and getting better and better each day. I have been very pleased with him.”
On Kermit Whitfield as a receiver:
“I have been very pleased and Kermit is doing a real nice job. Inside, outside, understanding how to sit in holes and separate. A lot of times those guys need to learn how to play fast without the ball. As he’s learning what to do and how to do it and where the holes are going to be, he’s playing faster and faster without the ball. When he runs, he can run.”
On Kermit’s blocking ability:
“Oh he’s strong. I mean, he is short but he’s not little. If you look at his legs, he is a powerful guy. So he does a real good job.”