Florida State worked its way through a soggy day of football Wednesday as the Seminoles returned to practice after their first scrimmage of the spring and a day off. The Seminoles spent time working on corrections from that scrimmage, before capping off its 10th practice of the spring.
"Today was just okay," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I was disappointed a little bit today. I didn't like our total focus. We've got to get some more consistency in some guys than where we were at today. We've got to bounce back and have a real strong day tomorrow if the weather doesn't get us. If not, we'll just go on Friday. I don't know if we will scrimmage on Saturday or not. We'll have to look at the rain and see what we can get in. Today was the first day I didn't think we had enough spunk in our step to do the things we needed to do."
Monday's scrimmage presented the first simulated game situations for FSU's new quarterbacks and new-look defense. While all the quarterbacks got at least a series with the first team unit, redshirt junior quarterback Clint Trickett worked primarily with the first team offense which went up against the first and second team defenses. Trickett completed 10-of 20 passes for 142 yards and touchdown. Redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker completed 9 of 17 passes for 97 yards working mainly with the second team. Redfreshmen Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire shared time with the third and fourth team offense, but both mixed in with first and second team offenses. Winston completed 11-of-18 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown and ran for 55yards. Maguire went 10-of-19 for 214 yards and a touchdown. Rashad Greene hauled in six receptions for 144 yards and a score while Kelvin Benjamin (6 catches, 166 yards, 1 TD) and Greg Dent (6 receptions, 95 yards) also had good days.
Defensively, Telvin Smith led all tacklers with 12 tackles and two tackles for loss while redshirt freshman linebacker Ukeme Eligwe added eight tackles. Sophomore cornerback P.J. Williams led the secondary with seven tackles to go along with six tackles from safety Terrence Brooks and five tackles from Lamarcus Joyner.
FSU returns to the practice field Thursday weather permitting. All practices are closed to the public. Fans are just now 10 days away from the spring football weekend which will be capped off with the annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game at 2 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium on Apr. 13. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and replayed on ESPNU.
MORE FROM JIMBO FISHER AFTER WEDNESDAY'S SCRIMMAGE
"The other day, I thought the defense did a really nice job in the red zone. I thought the offense did a real great job at the goal line and coming off the goal line. They ran and scored on the goal line. Two-minute drill – the 1s moved it pretty well, but didn't end up making a score. It was pretty good work in two minute. Overall, it wasn't bad. We still have a long way to go. We've got a chance to be a pretty good football team. I believe that. We've just got to get some urgency in some guys. We've got to get some of these young guys to understand they're not backups anymore."
On Monday's scrimmage:
"Looking at the scrimmage Monday, there were some good things in there – some guys stood out to me. On defense, Lamarcus Joyner did a really nice job. I thought Telvin Smith did a great job. I thought Terrence Brooks probably had his best day of the spring. P J Williams really played well. (Ukeme) Eligwe had quite a few tackles – flashed at times. Mario (Edwards) – he made a few plays, but he wasn't consistent. (Chris) Casher – he had an interception. On offense, I think Greg Dent is playing exceptional, and did again today. He and Rashad Greene are playing their tails off. Nick O'Leary is playing his tail off. (Kevin) Haplea is doing great. In the scrimmage, Cam Erving and Bobby Hart were the two best linemen we had. They did a real nice job. You can win with those guys the way they played in that scrimmage. Devonta Freeman had a solid day – got an ankle sprain right at the end of the scrimmage. He'll be out a few days. (James) Wilder was OK. I thought the quarterbacks each had their moments. There are some things they need to work on, but I'm pretty pleased with some things they did. Roberto (Aguayo) – counting pregame – he was something like 8-of-9. He missed one from about 57 and it was just a hair wide. I thought we punted the ball well. We worked on some returns and guys are catching the ball well.
On Bobby Hart coming on strong this spring:
"I do (see him coming on). At the end of the day in the scrimmage I saw him get tired and get ‘lax.' He is improving a lot. Run-blocking was better. Pass-blocking was pretty solid for the most part. He's been getting much better and improving. He has to get more consistent. Those guys around him are forcing him to. I thought he and Cam Erving played the best in that scrimmage. It's a shame that you couldn't redshirt him, but that's the dilemma we were in. He can be a very good player. That's a good thing."
Jimbo Fisher Interview - April 3