Sixth-ranked FSU continues home-stand Saturday against Tigers.
By Franchise Sports
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –No. 6 Florida State used Thursday’s practice to put the finishing touches on its preparation for its second game of the season, according to Florida State reports.
“Really good Thursday…liked our whole tempo, liked our focus – that was one of the most focused Thursday’s we have had in a long time, “FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I like the way this team is learning to practice and put itself together. It’s been a good week and I think they finished it off today with a good week.”
The Seminoles host Savannah State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Saturday in a game added late after a would-be meeting with No. 8 West Virginia was cancelled due to the Mountaineers move to the Big 12 Conference.
Savannah State fell at No. 19 Oklahoma State, 84-0, in their season opener, and a 1-10 2011 season. This is the first ever meeting between Florida State and Savannah State and the first meeting between the Seminoles and a school from the Mid-Eastern Athletics Conference.
Florida State’s season-opening 69-3 victory over Murray State was impressive on a number of levels. The Seminoles will look to improve their game this week against Savannah State.
To begin this game week against the Tigers, coach Fisher expressed on Monday that it was not about who the Seminoles matched up against, but how they faced them.
“I think it’s part of it – I don’t say it’s more important but I think it’s just as important,” said Coach Fisher. “You have to learn to create a habit in the way you prepare for things. I was very pleased with that, I really was. To me it’s one of those little signs – like you say as a parent with your kids sometimes – you see little things that trigger then you know things are going in a good way and are in a good place. It shows me where our mind is and how we are learning to do things.”
On offense, Florida State will be looking to contain defensive lineman Leroy Cummings, who was named to the 2012 Phil Steele Preseason All-MEAC Team. He led the Tigers with six sacks in 2011 and totaled 28 tackles and 9.5 TFLs. He had three tackles, including one for a loss against Oklahoma State.
On defense, Florida State will be looking to slow down sophomore tight end Kris Drummond, who was named to the Preseason All-MEAC Second Team.
Florida State starting QB EJ Manuel and reserves Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker all saw action in the Seminoles week one game against Murray State. The Trio combined to complete 25 of 35 attempts for 321 yards against the Racers.
“It will be interesting,” said coach Fisher, on QB Jacob Coker. “I am anxious to see it. If we can get that far, everybody has us getting that far. I want to make sure we can get that far and do the things we’ve got to do. I have been very pleased, he took some reps today in practice like he has been and look sharp. He’s a very talented young man.”
As far as the Seminole ground attack, sophomore tailback James Wilder, Jr. should be a huge factor this week in helping the Seminoles to victory. He posted the first 100-yard rushing game of his career last week over Murray State.
What to look for on Defense
On defense in the secondary, the Seminoles are stacked with talent especially among the starting group. The Seminoles opened the season against Murray State with a preseason All-American (Xavier Rhodes) and a candidate for the Dednarik, Nagurski and Thorpe awards (Lamarcus Joyner) at the corner and safety position.
But, the Seminoles secondary is one of only four schools without a senior in the secondary. There will probably be a player that has never started a game at the corner and safety position. ‘
As far as the defense line, coach Fisher said this on Casher and Edwards, “They (Chris Casher and Mario Edwards, Jr.) are both going to play. They are going to play throughout the season.”
He also stated this on their preparation this week for Savannah State, “They always were in a good place. I liked where they were. You couldn’t justify enough reps with those (other) three guys because they were so good.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Doak Campbell stadium at the Bobby Bowden Field, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Florida State Injury Report
OL Daniel Foose Back
DL Anthony McCloud Chest
DL Moses McCray Head
DL Jacobbi McDaniel Ankle
DL Derrick Mitchell Back
OUT FOR THE SEASON
TE Dan Hicks Knee
DE Brandon Jenkins Ankle
RB Mario Pender Sports Hernia
*Quotes from Florida State Sports Information