Credit: Florida State University Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team wrapped up its ninth practice session of the preseasonTuesday evening at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility in preparation for the Sept. 2 season-opener at Pittsburgh. The Seminoles practiced in shells – shoulder pads and helmets – for two hours
“Another solid day, guys getting a little banged and bruised which is typical of camp, said Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “But gotta keep grinding and get to where they gotta go to. (We’re) making progress, working a bunch of different situations today, so they’re getting there.”
The Seminoles will hold their first full-fledged scrimmage Wednesday afternoon inside Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that the scrimmage format will place the 1st-team offense vs. the 2nd-team defense and vice versa. It will also mark the first time this season that there will be live tackling, if only for a portion of the scrimmage. Wednesday’s scrimmage is closed to the public.
“To see if some young guys are ready to play, see if the old guys are taking leadership, and just consistency in what we’re doing, said Fisher, when asked about Wednesday’s practice. “If they can execute the things they need to do and understand situations, and by situations (I mean) smart football. It’s more about individuals right now than it is unity of whether it’s offense or defense.”
Fisher praised the play of his running backs at the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice, specifically citing junior Devonta Freeman. “Devonta is having his best camp; maybe the best camp on the team,” he said, adding that junior James Wilder, Jr. has also had a very solid preseason.
“They’re challenging and pushing each other, he also said. “That’s what they’ve got to do.”
While the veterans drew Fisher’s praise, he is also anxious to see how two of FSU’s younger backs – redshirt freshman Mario Pender and freshman Ryan Green – perform in the scrimmage. Fisher said Pender, who missed all of last season due to injury as well as the spring game, is back to full speed.