TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State settled right back into spring practice Monday at the Al Dunlap Practice Fields donning full pads for the second straight practice. While Mondays during the regular season are usually a light workout in shells, the Seminoles got right back into their groove with another two-hour plus session with plenty of live action and contact.
“Good practice, a little better,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We’re getting there, making a lot more drills live and getting after it, finding out and trying to make sure these young guys still want to play. There’re still a lot of mistakes, but there’s still some good things happening. Guys are making plays, progressing, putting them in some situations to see. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s been a solid spring so far. I don’t want to say spectacular. We’re getting there.”
Fisher quickly addressed a few injuries that occurred in last Saturday’s practice. Freshman All-American defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan suffered a knee injury and will miss the remainder of spring practice.
“He had an MCL tear, slight meniscus tear,” Fisher said of Jernigan. “He’ll be out for about 4-6 weeks and he’ll be fine. He’ll miss the rest of spring practice, but he’s fine. It’s relieving. After I saw it on film, I didn’t feel as bad. It was a deal where someone fell from behind.”
Fisher also said junior wide receiver Josh Gehres who missed most of last season with a knee injury suffered a slight MCL tear and will be out the same time period as Jernigan.
Florida State will take Tuesday off before returning to the practice field on Wednesday and Friday before the team’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. All practices are closed to the public. Fans can begin counting down to the annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium on Apr. 14. The game will be carried on ESPN3.com and replayed on ESPNU.
FISHER PUTTING THE NOLES THROUGH AN “OLD-FASHIONED” SPRING
Pleased with his team’s practice on Monday, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher quickly termed spring practice 2012 as an old-fashioned one. In Fisher’s eyes, he and his staff want to be even more prepared for any unexpected injuries or setbacks going into the 2012 season.
“This is going to be an old-fashioned spring,” Fisher said. “We’re going to find out who wants to play and can play. I don’t want to go into fall guessing and hoping, find out who’s tough. We’re going to know. These practices have been like scrimmages or close to it, a lot more on the ground stuff, a lot more getting after it.”
Fisher and his staff have installed more live action periods in practice thus far, so in other words more offense vs. defense periods and more guys playing multiple positions within their own unit to gain experience in case they have to play at another spot within their unit during the season if someone goes down.
“If some of these young guys get stuck in positions where they’re counted upon, like for instance Timmy Jernigan gets hurt, Amp McCloud is hurt and if one of those other linemen get hurt, like we had with the offensive line last year, I want to know if these young guys are ready to take some of these things over. It’s risky. It’s chancee. In the big picture of things, it’s what’s best.”
Fisher pointed to the fact of missing some of his key players already on defense this spring like defensive end Bjoern Werner and now Jernigan to go along with Anthony McCloud being limited. If he had four starters out on defense or offense now, Fisher said he wants young guys to be more than ready when their number is called.
“I want to know if those other guys can hold up and we can be that same defense or offense,” Fisher said. “If we lose some more linemen or whatever position it is, I want to know if these young guys are ready to play.”