Jimbo Fisher calls it the "porch light look" and it might have turned off for the Seminole offense - and with a new light have flickered to life.
The players' struggle to learn the nuances that come with a new coaching staff has highlighted much of spring practice and their performance on the field – sloppy and seemingly uncoordinated at times – has gone a long way in showing just how difficult that can be.
But Saturday, fans that watched the Seminoles' first full scrimmage of the year saw a glimpse of a team that is starting to understand and embrace a new offensive philosophy.
"For a few days there when we were calling plays and saying things, you know when you look in a guy's eye – I call it the porch light look -- the lights on and nobody's home," offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "But (Friday) when I started calling things and saying things you could tell they were clicking. You can tell in somebody's eyes when he understand what they're doing."
Quarterbacks Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee both looked comfortable directing the offense. Starting tailback Antone Smith finished the day with around 100 yards of total offense.
"(The offense) sort of had our number. They were throwing a lot of plays, a lot of misdirection and new stuff at us," said starting safety Myron Rolle, who recorded the interception. "It was a little harder for us and we paid for it by running about 50 gassers after practice."
The new offensive looks feature a lot of Smith, who steps into the unfamiliar role as the Seminoles' feature back. In year's past, FSU has utilized a running back by committee approach that drew its fair share of criticism.
That philosophy has been scrapped with the hiring of the new coaches and should provide Smith the opportunity this year to be the first Seminole rusher since Warrick Dunn in 1996 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
"It's no pressure," Smith said of carrying the load in the backfield. "It's why I came here to Florida State."
FSU now has two weeks before the conclusion of practice at the annual Garnet & Gold spring game on April 14. In that time span, Fisher hopes the team can progress now that all the new information is beginning to be absorbed.
"We are nowhere close and we have a long way to go but for (the players') sake I feel good," Fisher said. "Now they can let their abilities take over and their technique can get better because they know their assignments better."
Did the light come on for the FSU offense?
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