Early enrollee Jacques Patrick has only been on campus for a couple months, but he’s already making a name for himself. Florida State went through their first scrimmage of the season and Patrick impressed his coach, star left tackle, and top defensive player.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher was extremely pleased with the way Patrick ran the football.
“I thought Jacques Patrick had one heck of a day,” Fisher said. “I thought he ran well.”
Patrick is listed at 6-foot-1, 230-pounds and was regarded as the top big back in the country last recruiting cycle. He finished his high school career with 7,922 yards and 103 touchdowns, which was good for fifth and third all time in Florida high school football.
Left tackle said that Patrick has been really good in short yardage.
“From what I’ve been seeing and hearing I’ve heard he’s been pounding the rock real good,” Johnson said. “Like a real good running back, fullback, whatever you need. If you need short yardage he’s going to get the job done. He runs hard every play. No plays off and he’s going to be a very good factor in the team this year.”
Defensive back Jalen Ramsey said he wished that he had been able to go against him today.
“I’ve not went up against him this spring, but after seeing what he did today I’d love to go up against him,” Ramsey said. “I know that won’t happen against me. When I was watching him he looked really good. He made some big plays, ran over some people, hit the hole nice, made some nice cuts. He looked really good out here.”
Even the former players attending the Florida State practiced were impressed with him. Former defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel tweeted this out during the scrimmage.
Number 9 the freshman RB is a load.. Dude ran somebody over so nasty...— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) March 30, 2015
The Seminole offense will lean heavily on the run game next season while breaking in a new quarterback. If Patrick can learn the playbook quickly enough he will see plenty of carries in the fall and provide a change of pace from the smaller, quicker Dalvin Cook and Mario Pender.