GAME PREVIEW: #7 FSU vs. Murray State

By Marcus Joseph

The Preparation for Murray State Begins Now. 


It’s game week in Tallahassee, as the Seminoles begin their game preparation for their season opener against the Murray State Racers.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA – The Seminoles will be kicking off their 66th season of college football against the Racers in their 2012 opener. FSU is 49-16 all time in season openers, and 29-6 in home openers.

“They like to blitz, and they are not afraid to come after you,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher when asked about Murray State. “They bring presser which makes you pick things up. They have a good defensive coordinator, he also said.”

The Racers were picked to finish in third-place for the 2012 season in recent OVC preseason poll.

Starting QB EJ Manuel, who was named the most accurate QB in FSU history and to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, will be entering his final season as a Seminole. Manuel is one of 10 Seminoles who have already received their undergraduate degree.

When asked about QB EJ Manuel, coach Fisher said that he noticed changes from his starting quarterback this summer.

“His priorities off and on the field is better,” said coach Fisher.

This will be FSU’s first meeting against Murray State. MSU finished their 2011 season (7-4) overall and (5-3) in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers are returning 16 starters and 45 lettermen from last season’s team.

QB EJ Manuel spent his off day from practice Sunday, watching film of Murray State.

“I watched a lot of film on my computer at home yesterday of Murray State, instead of just watching TV,” said EJ Manuel.

He also stated that he noticed changes in the offensive line. Not just with their size, but also with their confidents.

“I want them to be able to let me know what they see and what’s going on,” said EJ Manuel.

Florida State head coach Fisher, who is entering his 25th season and third as Florida State head coach, will be looking to get back on track from where the team left off last season in Orlando.

The season opener will also give the younger guys a opportunity to see and experience FSU football. Head coach Fisher is looking forward to seeing how the younger guys handle the new experience.

“We will still get one more week of practice,” said coach Fisher. “They will have to deal with film study and on the field practice in preparation for the game. We feel very comfortable.”

Fans can probably expect to see what type of identity that Florida State Seminoles where care on through the season.

This will not only be the season opener, but also be the induction ceremony for the Athletics Hall of Fame at Florida State. Florida State will have seven new members in the 2012 class come this Saturday, including legendary head coach Bobby Bowden and quarterback Danny Kanell.

The game is scheduled for Sept. 1 at 6pm on the Bobby Bowden Field.

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