Officially Fisher

It was announced that Jimbo Fisher was going to take over as Florida State's head coach this past December and Fisher officially took over in January following the Seminoles successful trip to the Gator Bowl. Tuesday afternoon, Fisher took another step forward as he held his first ever practice as the head coach at Florida State University.

For the first time in over three decades, someone other than Bobby Bowden was in charge of the Florida State football team as they hit the practice fields to open spring ball. It marked the start of a new era for the Seminoles as they now turn all focus to the 2010 season.

"It was great," Fisher said, at the end of his first practice as FSU's head coach. "The effort was good. The tempo was good and the attitude was good."

Although he is new to the head coaching ranks, Fisher says his team treated him the same.

"It helps that I have been here and they all know me and what I am all about," Fisher said. "They know what to expect from me and know they better give it their all the whole way and I think they did that today. We aren't where we want to be execution-wise yet but the effort is definitely there."

Linebacker Kendall Smith will be returning for his final season in 2010 and couldn't help but to admit it was a little strange without the two longtime legends coaching on the field.

"It was a little weird without Coach Andrews and Coach Bowden being out there today but it's time to go full force and that's what we're doing," Smith said. It's a change but we will all get used to it.

Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher

News and notes from day 1.

Dekoda Watson, Patrick Robinson and Jamie Robinson all attended today's practice.

Christian Ponder participated in the full day of practice and said everything felt good. He is still rehabbing but expects to be 100% soon.

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