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FSU Ready for Showdown With Miami

Seminoles.com | October 08, 2015

Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes Below

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Thursday, No. 12/8 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC) put the finishing touches on its final practice of the week leading up to Saturday night’s rivalry game against Miami (3-1, 0-0 ACC) under the lights inside Doak Campbell Stadium in front of a national audience on ABC.

The Noles are looking for their sixth straight win over the Hurricanes as Florida State is a perfect 5-0 against Miami with Jimbo Fisher as head coach. Florida State has also registered 26 straight wins over ACC opponents and 17 consecutive victories at home. A win on Saturday would give Florida State a 5-0 start for the fourth straight year.

Last year against Miami, Florida State overcame a 16-0 deficit in Miami Gardens behind Miami-native Dalvin Cook’s seven-carry, 92-yard, two-touchdown performance. Cook’s 26-yard TD run with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter gave the Noles a 30-26 win. Roberto Aguayo drilled three field goals including a crucial 53-yarder in the fourth quarter. Jalen Ramsey claimed National Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording three tackles, 1.0 TFL, a forced fumble, four pass break-ups, a blocked PAT and an interception in the fourth to seal the come-from-behind victory for the Noles.

Through the first four games in 2015, Florida State has done a tremendous job of limiting the turnovers and is one of just three schools to commit only one turnover on the year (LSU, Navy and FSU). The Seminoles are the lone school in the country that hasn’t committed an offensive turnover this year. FSU enters Saturday’s game ranked 14th nationally in turnover margin, while the Hurricanes lead the ACC and rank second nationally with a turnover margin of 2.25 forcing 12 turnovers on the year.

Marvin Jones Jersey Retirement
Florida State will retire the jersey of two-time consensus All-American linebacker Marvin Jones (1990-92) at halftime of Saturday night’s game. Jones won both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards as a junior in 1992 and finished fourth in the balloting for the 1992 Heisman Trophy. The Seminoles finished fourth in the Associated Press poll in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, the ‘Noles finished 11-1 and ranked second in the country after a 27-14 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

Jones was selected fourth overall by the New York Jets in the 1993 NFL Draft and played his entire 10-year professional career with the team, totaling 1,022 tackles in 142 games. Jones will become the 10th football player honored with the retirement of a number/jersey in school history.

Prior to the game, Jones will join Doug Mannheimer at the Sod Cemetery for a very special edition of Sod Talk. Festivities will begin at 6:30 pm in front of the Sod Cemetery located just outside the gate entrance to the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.

SOLD OUT!
After all student tickets were claimed on Tuesday afternoon, Florida State has officially announced a sell out for Saturday’s primetime match-up against Miami. Three of the top 5 crowds all-time inside Doak have come with the Hurricanes in town. The 2013 showdown between No. 3 Florida State and No. 7 Miami drew 84,409 fans – the largest crowd ever in Doak Campbell Stadium history. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 41-14. The other two were 2005 (84,347 – FSU d. UM 10-7) and 2003 (84,336 – UM d. FSU 22-14) – good for third and fourth, respectively.

Florida State Injury Report vs. Miami – Oct. 10, 2015
Questionable
DB      Nate Andrews (knee)

Out For Game
RB      Mario Pender (pneumothorax)
LB      Terrance Smith (ankle) 

Out For Season
OL      Abdul Bello (knee)
DB      Ryan Green (shoulder)
LB      Tyrell Lyons (knee) 
TE      Jalen Wilkerson (shoulder)

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher post-practice quotes – Oct. 8, 2015

Opening Statement:
“Solid practice. Energy was good. I liked it. I liked the week we’ve had. I really have. We’re progressing in the right way. I’m anxious to see us take the field. We’ve got a big time opponent in Miami, they’re going to play well, they’re well coached. They’ve got good players. We need to play well. It’s one of the great rivalries in college football. It’s a pleasure and honor to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to having that honor on Saturday. Looking forward to it. I’m pleased with where we’re at and I’m anxious to see where we’re going Saturday.”

On what he’s seen from the offensive line this week:
“Again, a lot of consistency. Growing from it, coming off the ball better, making calls and being more decisive. Playing with more aggression, playing faster and the knowledge of what they’re doing is better. They’re getting the calls quicker and being able to process that information better.”

On how sophomore running back Dalvin Cook looked in practice today:
“Good. He’s (still) day-to-day, but he was fine. He took some reps. (We’re) just waiting. All of that is day-to-day. You have to see how it affects him the next day and we gave him more and more as the week went on because the trainers said so. Again, you have to wait and see how sore he is tomorrow, how it affects him and all of those types of things. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m not displeased at all.”

On junior defensive back Nate Andrew’s status:
“Nate will be available for this game. The brace they put him in is taking a load off of him and he was running around taking reps. I don’t know if he’s going to start, I won’t do that but he could be available for this game. It’s amazing. There’s another tough son of a gun. That sucker right there is tough as nails. He likes to play. It’s important to him and (it’s) shocking, he’s in there rehabbing every second he can be in there. He wants to play.”

On the time table for Andrews’ injury originally being a few weeks:
“I did. It’s totally mind-boggling. A lot of guys have a different pain tolerance. The thing you can’t judge, you go by general – an injury what it takes for guys, but everybody’s body is different. People heal at difference paces. I’ve been around them where little things can go from a week to four weeks and I’ve been around guys that go from four weeks to two weeks. It’s just each individual and their toughness level.”

On having Nate Andrews out there:
“No doubt. Just having him out there and his presence on the field and the sidelines and he gets in the game and having him around, the guy is a winner. Big time winner.”

On redshirt junior Kareem Are limping after practice:
“He gimped up, but I think he’ll be alright. I think. We’ll have to wait and see. He’ll be day-to-day.”

On redshirt junior OL Chad Mavety:
“Mavety has been excellent. He’s been really coming on and I’ve been pleased with him and (Ryan) Hoefeld came in and played well.”

On redshirt junior running back Mario Pender’s stay in the hospital:
“He’s out. He’s back. He was sitting in the meeting room – yesterday he was bright-eyed and his personality, he’s down about 18 pounds but he’ll pick that back up pretty quickly. Yesterday, he was moving around, talking and in great spirits and just had a good look in his eye; made me very happy to see that.”

 

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