March 26, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A few days after challenging his team to be tougher, Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher hoped his message sunk in with his team. Turned out, it did as the Seminoles responded with a spirited and more up tempo practice Saturday morning, which was the first day in full pads for the team.
"I was very pleased," Fisher said. "We had toughness and we had effort today which I questioned the other day and I was very pleased. That was one of the first real practices we've had. I liked what I saw on both sides of the ball - kids competing when everything wasn't right, guys making some plays on both sides. Effort was good. I thought we had a good day on special teams. I liked the way we practiced today."
The Seminoles wrapped up their first week of spring practice on the intramural fields across from Doak Campbell Stadium by strapping on the full pads. The addition of the pads seemed to make for that tougher practice that Fisher was looking for Thursday.
"We were putting our face on people," Fisher said. "Not turning our head and shoulders and when somebody was looking at each other, we were butting each other in the mouth."
Junior defensive tackle Everett Dawkins echoed Fisher's thoughts. "It was pretty good, pretty intense," Dawkins said. "The offensive line and defensive line just battling back and forth together had a lot of people energetic out there and running around to the ball. It felt real good."
Florida State will take Sunday off before returning to practice on Monday. The `Noles will practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week before holding their first scrimmage next Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. That scrimmage is closed. FSU will also welcome area coaches for its 2011 Coaching Clinic which gets started next Thursday. The featured speaker is Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coordinator Clyde Christensen. With a busy next week, Fisher said his Seminoles better carry that intensity from Saturday over to the next day.
"It better be the same every day," Fisher said. "We better not compromise intensity. Intensity needs to be high every day. If it isn't, we're going to have a problem. That's what I had a problem with the other day."
All practices are closed to the public. Fans can begin counting down to the SunTrust Spring Football Weekend Presented By Kia Autosport which will be capped off with the Annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be carried on ESPN3.com and replayed on ESPNU.
Season tickets are available now by visiting Seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public June 1; however a single game sale is not anticipated for either the Oklahoma and Miami home games.
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