Aug. 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's been a few years since the Florida State football slogan was Carpe Diem - Seize the Day - but Jimbo Fisher did exactly that Tuesday, when he saw a break in the weather.
After Monday's camp-opening practice was wiped out by foul weather, Fisher was anxious to see the Seminoles get their preparation for the 2012 campaign started. A short time after a mid-day thunderstorm buffeted the campus, the sun popped through and the Seminoles hit the field, about an hour ahead of their scheduled practice time.
"I was excited to get back out here," Fisher said, after the `Noles completed an uninterrupted, 90-minute workout. "It felt good. We had to ad lib around the weather. We saw we had a little window and decided to jump in there."
Fisher's practice schedule alterations won't be limited to Tuesday. The Seminoles will be back on the field Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. in an attempt to dodge what is expected to be another rainy afternoon.
"We're going to do what we have to do," Fisher said.
The early morning session will enable the players completing the final week of summer school to be free in time to get to class.
"I guess you got to get it in when you can," said FSU senior defensive tackle Everett Dawkins. "It's going to be interesting - 5:30 in the morning. You got to get out there and handle your business."
As a whole, the Seminoles were ready for business when the horn sounded to start Tuesday's practice. The players were spirited from start to finish, concluding with a choreographed chant as the team broke their post-practice huddle.
"I liked our attitude," Fisher said. "I thought we competed well in the practice. We were into the practice; were coachable. It was a good wet ball day. ... Knowing what to do was good. We've got to continue to do better.
"I saw a team that was together. I saw a team, as I said before, had a quiet confidence about it, and when it made a mistake it didn't repeat it a lot. I think that's a sign of good players and mature players."
The Seminoles will continue to work their way through the acclimatization period of preseason camp through the week in shorts and helmet, before adding shoulder pads and game pants.
Additional post-practice comments from Jimbo Fisher
On upperclassmen helping out the underclassmen and how that helps the coaches:
"It shows the leadership. Those guys know they need all of those young guys to win the championship. They're going to play and do the good things, but they've got to have quality backups and quality reps, and guys competing for the job. That's one thing we've created is that competition. Our older guys are doing a really good job of acclimating those young guys into how we do things."
Did RB Chris Thompson look like his old self in his first practice?
"He did. Him and Devonta, for guys that were sitting down with back issues, they've said their backs have felt as good as they have in a long time, maybe even when they came in. ... We've changed the training of them and how we did things behind the scenes. I was really pleased. Contact will make a difference, but that's the first time they were out there and had bounce in their step and explosion."
"Chris is so resilient. He's one of the guys on this team. He's the glue. He's not only a great player talent-wise, but he's a glue guy in terms of work ethic and character. What he represents, when you think of a Florida State football player, that's what you want to represent. He's going to work. Whatever Chris needs to do, he does."