HEAD COACH Jimbo Fisher
"Finished out spring ball - very pleased. We made a lot of progress in all three phases. Defensively, I thought we were really picking up what we're doing in the new schemes that we've added. I thought the offense made some progress. I like the development of what we're doing up front. Quarterbacks all had their talents and do some really nice things. They're developing nicely. Wide receivers are being more consistent which allows the quarterbacks to play more consistent. They're making plays, being where they are supposed to be, getting those one-on-one battles. The kicking game's come on. Roberto (Aguayo) got nervous on the first one then he settled down and you saw the talent - kicking the ball well, kickoffs were good. For the most part Cason (Beatty) punted well. Overall for spring we were good. We got banged and bruised but I don't think that we're going to lose for the fall. We'll get back to full strength and get our freshmen in and I think we have a chance to be a really good football team. We're heading in the right direction. I like the team. I love the work ethic, their attitude, their competitiveness - they go at it and then they understand that they're family. There is a lot of camaraderie within each group on each side of the ball."
On what he saw behind the ball from the quarterbacks:
"Well standing behind the ball in the huddle you can tell who has poise and presence and who's got something and how they handle the huddle - talk and interact. We'll look at the film. We had some nice plays out there. All of them made nice throws and all of them had a touchdown at one point. Very pleased with the progress."
On if Jameis Winston has something special:
"I hope they all do, but I hope he does. He came in there and like I said, he took advantage of opportunities. That's what you got to do. You've got to go make plays and he's done a nice job of making plays. He took the opportunity to take the day with the stage he had and I thought he played pretty well for the most part. We'll have to take a look at the film. I thought he stepped up and played well."
On Kenny Shaw and the receivers:
"I thought our receivers caught the ball well- got banged inside on some throws. When you go across the middle, that's part of it. I thought Rashad (Greene) had some nice plays. Christian Green had some plays. KB (Kelvin Benjamin) came on. He had the one where he pushed off, but he made some nice plays. Consistently running routes and being dependable. I was pleased with him. (Kevin) Haplea caught a few balls nicely at tight end. We have a good group there."
On Bobby Hart:
"He moved there in the two-minute but he seemed to play pretty well for the most part."
On the Defense:
"I was pleased. I thought we covered well. P.J. Williams made some nice plays. They got beat, but that's part of it. It's like quarterback, when you get beat, you've got to come back out there and play. I thought defense played well. I'm very pleased with those guys."
DEFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES
On the game
"It was very competitive, very exciting. It's always good to be out there after a very long, tough spring, and learning a new defense. It was good to get out there and compete, going up against the ones on offense, and watching our young guys out there working very hard trying to make plays."
On running a new defensive scheme
"It was very important, to get us in that groove, to get us in that confident state of mind going into the summer where you keep learning, and keep running stuff into fall camp. Getting out there, getting those calls we've been working on so hard during our spring practices and getting out there and executing, get them right, and run them right. It's probably one of the most important things that I've done here so far is basically learning a defense in the spring and actually play in it in the spring."
On his interception
"I was just in the right place at the right time. Me and Clint [Trickett] talked about it after the game. He said he had a wrong read and didn't think I was going to be there, so I just stepped into it. It was kind of like the ACC Championship, being in the right place at the right time."
On the game
"I'm a senior and this is the most fun spring game I've had since I've been here. It felt like a family. It was competing, but at the same time we're a family. We're one team out there. It was great. A lot of competitive plays from both sides, white team and garnet team. The most fun experience I've had in a spring game since I've been here."
On the new defensive scheme
"We're an aggressive defense now. We now deliver the blow instead of taking it and that's great. We play a lot more zone, man, and we can do a lot of things with the defense. I'm looking forward to the fall and playing in this defense."
On watching guys make plays
"It was great and that's how you build a team, get confidence for both sides. One guy makes a play and then you make a play. That's how you build a program and that's how you have everybody clicking on all cylinders."
CB P.J. Williams
On coming back after letting up a big play and getting an interception
"As a corner back or a defensive back, you have to have a short memory. You have to be able to bounce back real fast. I pretty much got that out of my head. I was trying to make a play, trying to make up for it. Play hard."
On his position battle in the spring
"It was a great opportunity for me to come in and step up and try to make plays and get in the mix. To show them that I can be that starting cornerback, be that cornerback that can get a lot of playing time. It was a big spring for me."
On what he needs to work on going into the fall
"To work on my technique because we have this new technique with Coach Pruitt, so craft my technique and come into fall a much better player."
OFFENSIVE PLAYER QUOTES
On the experience of playing in front of the crowd today
"It was fun. That tops it all. It was fun. It was great going out there and competing against those guys. It was different in a good way. Our competitive level was high. A lot of things were clicking on both sides of the ball. The defense was playing the way they were supposed to and we (the offense) were doing our thing the way we are supposed to. It was a great atmosphere. A lot of stuff went well for us today."
On the great catches made by the receivers today
"That's what you need. You always need your coaches to have options. You can count on this guy and this guy. As a receiver you don't want to get doubles. Whenever we are out there on the field they can't double one of us because the other guy will get open. It creates opportunities for all of us."
On his TD pass from Jameis Winston
"It was a back-shoulder throw. He trusted me that I would make the catch. After that it is football, it's sandlot again. I just try to get in that paint. Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey always teases us about getting tackled inside the five yard line so it is my job to put it in the paint so I won't get teased in the film room."
How do you assess the way Jameis Winston played in his first real action today?
"I know it was exciting for him just like it was exciting for everyone else on the team to see that young guy go out there and do what he did. I was just impressed with all the quarterbacks. All of them stepped up. What stood out is they seemed so comfortable doing what they were doing. They were comfortable with the play calling and the throws. It was just a great game. It is just great playing with those guys."
What does the offense need to work on going into the fall?
"Being consistent with drives. We don't need to drive it down and then the next one is three-and-out. We have to try and be as consistent as possible. We all know we need to do this and it's what we have to work on."
QB Clint Trickett
On Bobby Hart:
"Bobby did a great job today and all spring. A lot of people were watching to see how he performed and I think he did a great job."
On his performance:
"I felt inconsistent, up and down. There were times when I threw a good ball and then there were times when I was like `what are you doing,' especially with the pick, but that's part of it. You've got to try and manage it, you can't force things."
QB Jacob Coker
On spring performance:
"I definitely got better. I got better over the spring obviously but I wasn't happy at the end of it. Had a good spring overall."
On the fans overanalyzing:
"I'm sure but I don't really think about that kind of stuff. I never read it or see it. I may see it ever once and a while but I'll go out of my way to see it."
QB Jameis Winston
On first touchdown play as a Seminole:
"It was fun. I had confidence and my offensive line they were like, `let's go Jameis, let's do it.' I was prepared and I had confidence in my whole offensive line. They gave me confidence and I just did what Coach Fisher's offensive prepared me to do."
On being out of the field for the first time:
"It was fun being out there in the stadium with the big Seminole head in the middle of the field. It was a good atmosphere and turned out real good."
On his performance:
"I got to get better. I still have to get better on my reads and play recognition, it's just so many different things and different aspects of my game that I have to improve on. I don't really have a comfort zone with my performance right now."
OL Bobby Hart
On the defensive game style:
"They can come, let me just say that. They can come. When you go to that field and they get ready to get glitz, you have to have your head screwed on."
On how practicing against our defense contributes to his game:
"It helps out tremendously. Coach Trickett does a great job on giving us keys on glitzes and everything so we are not going to get to many things that we haven't seen in practice."
On what he gets out of the experience:
"You're in Doak (Campbell Stadium) and anytime you get in Doak it's just another element of things and we know it's a competition. The scores are getting up, the yards are getting marked and basically you just want to win."
WR Kenny Shaw
On Jameis Winston:
"Jameis, he looked real good out there. He had a couple drives that he moved the ball down the field very quickly. For a young guy it showed a lot of leadership. Some of the things he was doing in the huddle for as calling plays it showed a lot about his leadership and how he wants to win and go out there and compete and get better and I really enjoyed playing with him today."
"Yeah, in my eyes he's further along than any other redshirt freshman and that's good for a guy like Jameis. He has a lot of humor about him and he's always excited. He gets you going and that's what you need from a quarterback, someone that will get you excited and that's the same with Clint (Trickett), all of them have a way of getting you going, Jake (Coker), Sean (Maguire), Jameis and Clint. It was just good seeing all of them out there and competing to get better."