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Bouncing Back

April 7, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - On the heels of the second scrimmage of the spring, Florida State bounced back from a subpar Wednesday practice with a spirited work out Thursday that satisfied head coach Jimbo Fisher on a hot day on the intramural fields across from Doak Campbell Stadium.

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"I liked the effort," Fisher said. "I thought the offense responded much better today - practiced and made more plays. The defense did some good things also - [overall] looked a little better. It was a hot day today, lot of reps, lot of guys doing a lot of sweating."

While the temperatures stayed in the low 80s, FSU grinded out another tough workout in shells - fine-tuning some things for that second scrimmage of the spring, which is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Fisher said that scrimmage will be a little different than the first.

"Adding new things, new situations, moving on,"said Fisher, when asked if Saturday's scrimmage will be fixing mistakes from the first one. "Hopefully, we've corrected those during practice this week. We'll call the scrimmage differently and try to emphasize some different things in the scrimmage probably on both sides of the ball. We got to get them in, get them on film and get it looked at. Don't matter if you win the scrimmage."

One of the standouts of that first scrimmage was running back Jermaine Thomas, who missed much of spring workouts after serving a team suspension. Thomas rushed nine times for 121 yards in that first scrimmage. His return has lifted the running backs group, whose without the services of last season's leading rusher Chris Thompson, who is resting his back.

"He's always worked hard on the field," Fisher said about Thomas. "He's been more consistent out here since he's been back and I think he's been much more consistent off the field which is what we were more concerned at."

"He's had a great attitude. Sometimes you say you want to be noticed but sometimes not being noticed is a great thing too because you're always running around correcting things. Not calling his name out is also good too. He's done a very nice job."

Florida State will take Friday off. The `Noles will scrimmage Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium at 10 a.m. That scrimmage is also closed.

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 and replayed on ESPNU.

Season tickets are available now by visiting 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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Here's a little of what running back Jermaine Thomas had to say about the spring thus far:
About running behind an inexperienced offensive line:
"In a way if you are not used to a certain group you may not have your timing down, but they are working really hard out there getting their steps, counts and reads down. I think all the running backs are adjusting to it really well, and it might be stressful at times, but we will get it down pat and it will get better."

On early enrollee running back Devonta Freeman:
"I just like how he goes about things, his mentality. That joker, he's fast and strong. He gets between the tackles, he is a good downhill runner; he's elusive with it at times. He's a kid that wants to learn, so I try to help him when I can."

On coming back after missing time:
"I made a mistake, but with the help of Coach Fisher and the rest of my coaches, they are helping me get back. It was an eye opener for me, and I am just focusing on football now."

"It was good motivation for me to be away from football. It showed me what can be taken from me, and not wanting to go back an old life where I used to live, that is where my hunger and motivation came, and when I came back with them on the field I was able to see that within myself and in my play."

"It's one of those things I had to make sure that I still needed to take care of things class wise, still working out and stuff like that. It was most definitely a devastating process, but it was something I had to take care of. Once I was able to get back it was a relief."

On being without Chris Thompson:
"He is keeping a positive attitude. Just knowing how competitive he is, it kind of reminds me of myself wanting to be out there so bad. He has this little injury stopping him, but he is taking it better than most people would, getting his rehab done and film, just stuff he always did when he was fresh, so him getting back out there would really help us and push the competition even more. I am just praying for him and hoping he can get back as fast as he can."

On small things he needs to focus on:
"Just taking the proper steps for every run play and locking up my hands on a defender when it comes to pass blocking. Making sure I am at the bottom of the numbers, or top of the numbers on my flares. Even when I am lining up, just making sure I use tight turns which we focus on in drills when we work on with Coach [Eddie] Gran. Just being able to call out different blitzes when EJ, Clint or Will make checks and being able to process those calls in my mind quicker than I used too - those kind of things."

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