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Seminoles Encourage Fisher Following First Scrimmage
Clint Trickett worked up a sweat leading the first team offense in EJ Manuel's absence Thursday.


Clint Trickett worked up a sweat leading the first team offense in EJ Manuel's absence Thursday.

Aug. 16, 2012

There were just enough big plays made on both sides of the football to encourage Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher after the Seminoles held their first preseason scrimmage inside Doak Campbell Stadium Thursday afternoon.

The Seminoles took on the mid-day heat and each other in a session that stretched over three hours from warm-up to the final whistle. And while the action was far from flawless, Fisher was genuinely enthused with what he had witnessed.

"We did some good things on both sides of the ball," Fisher said. "I really like the way the offense came out early; was very physical and ran the ball well... Defensively, we gave up a few things, then went back and did some things well on third down. I was pleased with their third-down effort."

With starting quarterback EJ Manuel sitting out the scrimmage after suffering an ankle sprain at the end of Wednesday's practice, redshirt sophomore Clint Trickett took all of the repetitions under center with the first-team offense and made them count. Fisher said that Trickett, who made two starts a year ago but has returned bigger and stronger, has solidified his spot as Manuel's back-up.

"I don't think there's any doubt about that," Fisher said, citing, "the knowledge of what he's doing and the way he played today."

As for Manuel's injury, Fisher did not seem overly concerned.

"If he had to play he would have played," he said. "He just got fell on his ankle in the two-minute drill and was swollen up. He would have been out there hobbling and would have probably aggravated the heck out of it."

Manuel is expected to be back at full speed in two or three days at the most.

All in all, the `Noles handled the heat of the day from a physical standpoint, as they received a full blast of hot sun from start to finish. It was exactly what the coach wanted to see.

"It's planned for it - right in the middle of it," Fisher said. "We've got to get in this heat. This has got to be our advantage, not a disadvantage. We've got to thrive in this environment - like the (Minnesota) Vikings in the cold."

The Seminoles will return to the practice field Friday in shells for what will be a light workout, with the focus primarily on cleaning up the mistakes the coaching staff was able to pull off the scrimmage film. The team is scheduled for a two-a-day session again on Saturday.

Notes shared by Fisher:

  • Senior TB Chris Thompson came away from his first full-contact work since suffering a season-ending back injury last year at Wake Forest earning solid marks for his performance;
  • Sophomore TB Devonta Freeman also saw his first full-contact work in live situations after missing the spring with a back injury and came away from the scrimmage healthy;
  • Transfer RT Menelik Watson played the entire way with the first unit, which functioned well with him in the game;
  • Freshman CB Ronald Darby continued to garner attention, both for the plays he made and the way he rebounded after a poor play and was able to correct his own mistakes;
  • Plans to practice again Friday in shells after a lengthy scrimmage, focusing on cleaning up mistakes and have a two-a-day practice session on Saturday.

The following players did not participate in the scrimmage:

QB EJ Manuel (ankle), OT Daniel Glauser (foot), WR Greg Dent (elbow), TE Dan Hicks (knee),CB Keelin Smith (knee), DT Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle), DT Anthony McCloud (chest), OL Garrett Faircloth (hip)...OL Jacob Fahrenkrug suffered an ankle sprain during the scrimmage.

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