Seminoles Bounce Back on Thursday

Florida State held its final practice in full pads before Saturday's Garnet and Gold game.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with the final full-pad practice of the spring on Thursday at the FSU intramural fields, as the Seminoles wrapped up their preparation for Saturday's annual Garnet and Gold Spring football game.

Fisher praised the defense and also commended the offense for bouncing back following a Wednesday practice he called "sluggish."

"I was proud to see some of the young guys rebound," Fisher said. "The offense was really good at the end. I'd like to see the defense finish it. I was proud of the way they responded. Defense had a really good day for the most part. It was a good, tough, hard practice. We got through some things. We have to get better."

Fisher said wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey and quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders will each call plays for one of the teams during the Garnet and Gold game, which will have the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense paired together against the No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense.

The Garnet and Gold game is slated for 2 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday and will be broadcast by ESPN3.

Fisher said he is looking forward to seeing how the players handle the pressure of a simulated game this weekend.

"You like to see if that atmosphere or environment bothers them or does it not bother them," Fisher said. "And then their execution on the day. We'll be much simpler in all phases on both sides on that day, because you have guys mixed up. You're not going to run everything, and you're going to have a running clock. From that point, it's how you handle the atmosphere and environment, and how you execute."

Other notable quotes from coach Fisher:

On the team bouncing back with a better practice:

"I thought the defense, early, for about three-quarters of practice was really, really good. I was proud to see some of the young guys rebound. The offense was really good at the end. I'd like to see defense finish it. I was proud of the way they responded. Defense had a really good day for the most part. It was a good, tough, hard practice. We got through some things. We have to get better."

On the injuries at the end of spring:

It's the only two times we've had tackling days. That's why you have to be careful when you tackle – you really do. You have to scrimmage. That's part of it, too. This is the same format that we've used forever. And everybody does. We actually only hit the ground two different times. We're cutting guys and tackling. It was just one of those days. When you have good players on both sides, it happens sometimes because it's the physical nature of the beast. A couple of them are – I don't want to say – were freak things. There weren't big hits. Sometimes they just happen."

On what he looks for in a Spring Game:

In the spring game – how you handle being out there in front of people, with the clock on, with the lights on…your composure…how you execute and do the same things you were doing in practice. Carry it to the field. Even though it's a simulated game, for some of these guys it's the first time they're being asked to action or really being counted on. You like to see if that atmosphere or environment bothers them or does it not bother them from that standpoint. And then their execution on the day. We'll be much simpler in all phases on both sides on that day, because you have guys mixed up. You're not going to run everything and you're going to have a running clock. From that point, it's how you handle the atmosphere and environment, and how you execute.


You can view the full interview with coach Fisher HERE


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