By Florida State Sports Information
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.