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.
"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 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.
MORE FROM Jermaine Thomas
On early enrollee running back Devonta Freeman:
On coming back after missing time:
"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:
On small things he needs to focus on: