‘Noles Get Back to Action after One Day Off

Sophomore running back James Wilder Jr. returns to the practice field.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A late afternoon threat of inclement weather passed through the Tallahassee area, but the Florida State Seminoles still managed to get their 10th practice in of the spring. The Seminoles worked through their usual 2 ½ hour session at the intramural fields across from Doak Campbell Stadium one day after having a practice cancelled due to weather.

“Not a bad practice today,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “You could tell we had been off. Sometimes when you get off two days (in a row), I hate that, but we got going. The offense played real well on the goal line today. The defense, I like what we’re going blitz package-wise. We’re going to bring a lot more pressure. … We picked some up and made some plays. “The goal line went really well.

The offense went 3-for-3 down there, which was really good.” The Seminoles are scheduled for their second scrimmage of the spring Saturday. FSU did welcome back rising sophomore James Wilder Jr., who was suspended from team activity while facing a legal matter. “Wilder was out there,” Fisher said. “We’ll take care of everything internally now.

He’s still got some work to do for me, so we’ll get that taken care of. Just his presence, his enthusiasm on the field, and that big body running through there now is different.” Fisher was asked to access the play of his quarterbacks thus far this spring. The trio of EJ Manuel, Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker combined to complete 47-of-81 passes in the last scrimmage. “Clint really jumped out at me today,” Fisher said. “I think [Jacob] Coker has had a nice spring. EJ, we’re trying to get a little more advanced with some things – he’s always been advanced; all the checks he carries to the line – but he’s playing solid. He made some good throws today. There were a couple he missed that I wish he’d made, but he’s getting aggressive down the field, which I like. We’ve got to snag some balls for him. We’re not making enough plays down the field right now.”

The Seminoles will take Friday off before returning to the practice field on Saturday. The second scrimmage of the spring is currently slated for Saturday morning, but with FSU cancelling Wednesday’s practice, a change to Saturday’s practice could come tomorrow.

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