Florida State is getting ready to kickoff the 2015 season and there are a ton of questions that still need to be answered. The Florida State offense has just one senior, transfer quarterback Everett Golson, and will play only five upper classmen regularly. The Florida State defense doesn’t have as many question marks as the offense, but will have to deal with a very depleted linebacking corps and a pass rush that only produced 17 sacks in 2014.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher knows how young this team is and, while he is not exactly tempering expectations, he is realistic about where this team is currently.
“From what I’ve seen its been very encouraging,” Fisher said. “I like where we’re at. Our goals and aspirations as a program never change, our expectations never change. What we have to do is let this team develop its own personality and attitude, that’s just not on the field that goes for off the field too because well rounded people make better players.”
There were some questions about leadership on the 2014 team, but according to Fisher multiple players on both sides of the ball have stepped up to be leaders. He does have a concern about whether this team has the right chemistry.
“The biggest concern is just making sure we have the right chemistry,” Fisher said. “Everybody talks about the leadership. I’m not worried. The cohesiveness of our unit is very good, but at the same time it’s one of the better things I feel comfortable about going into camp. Now, I hope it continues. I’m telling you, this team is a very, very conscientious, hard-working group of guys. I would have a lot of respect…if it was one person, it would be a friend of mine. I like the demeanor of this football team. I really do. I really, really like the personalities, the people, the work ethic, the toughness. I like all the intangibles. Now we all have to go play football, but I like that part of our team.”
Despite the personnel losses from last season and how young this team is Fished did seem very excited about this upcoming season. He was also very pleased about how the team did during summer workouts.
“Attendance, lack of tardiness, and, according to players, a lot of the voluntary things that they were doing on their own had high, high attendance levels,” Fisher said. “That’s usually great indicators of hunger, discipline, and wanting to do the right thing because football is a game that you love to play, but it’s not fun to do all the things it takes to play.”
There were questions about the 2014 teams hunger after winning the National Championship in 2013. While it is way too early to tell just what type of mentality this Florida State team has they definitely are on the right track.