No. 2 Florida State Faces Louisville in Thursday Night Clash




seminoles_louisvilleThe undefeated Seminoles meet the nation’s top-ranked defense

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State travels to Louisville to face the Cardinals on Thursdaynight (7:30 p.m., ESPN) at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said he expects the Seminoles to be prepared for the nationally-televised game following four consecutive days of practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.

FSU shifted practice this weekend during the bye week and treated Saturday like a Mondaypractice to simulate a regular game week. Additionally, the Seminoles practiced with piped-in sound to prepare the team for what is sure to be a raucous crowd in Louisville.

Thursday practice went pretty well,” Fisher said following Tuesday’s practice. “An ordinaryThursday as far as that goes, getting ready for Louisville. It should be a great game. Again, they’ll present a lot of problems offensively, defensively, special teams. They are getting healthy, getting their team back together and it should be a great game on Thursday. So we are looking forward to an outstanding game.”

The Seminoles are 2-1 on Thursday nights under Jimbo Fisher, winning their last Thursday clash 28-22 over Virginia Tech in 2012. Senior wide receiver scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in the contest, while redshirt junior safety Tyler Hunter made two interceptions against the Hokies.

“I think all games are concerns,” Fisher said. “We won the last one against Virginia Tech.Thursday night games are always tough, what are we, 9-5 overall? I think something like that. We are 2-1 in the four years we’ve been here. We lost at NC State, (28-24), beat Boston College 38-7 and beat Virginia Tech 28-22. When you play good teams, they are all tough. This is a good team and all those teams were good teams.”

 

Running Back Karlos Williams Will Play
Fisher said nothing has changed with senior running back Karlos Williams’ status and he is expected to play on Thursday night.

 

Florida State Injury Report at Louisville – Oct. 30, 2014

Questionable

DT      Demarcus Christmas (ankle)

 

Out For Game

OL      Austin Barron (arm)

LB      Ukeme Eligwe (foot)

LB      EJ Levenberry (concussion)

RB      Mario Pender (ankle)

LB      Jacob Pugh (concussion)

 

Out For Season

DB      Colin Blake (shoulder)

DT      Nile Lawrence-Stample (pectoral muscle)

LB      Delvin Purifoy (ankle)

 

 

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes

 

Opening Statement:

Thursday practice went pretty well. An ordinary Thursday as far as that goes, getting ready for Louisville. It should be a great game. Again, they’ll present a lot of problems offensively, defensively, special teams. They are getting healthy, getting their team back together and it should be a great game on Thursday. So we are looking forward to an outstanding game.”

 

On who will be the backup quarterback against Louisville:

“John Franklin. Sean (Maguire) is ready to play though. We have John ready, but Sean played at the end of the week, so we feel very comfortable getting him in the game, too. He is throwing the ball really well.”

 

On the biggest problem Louisville presents:

“I think all of them. I think they are a very good offensive and defensive team, and they do great on special teams. Their whole team gives us problems. I mean that sincerely. They do a good job, they have a good team, they’re a talented team. It’s going to be a great game.”

 

On if there is any concern about playing on a Thursday night:

I think all games are concerns. We won the last one against Virginia Tech. Thursday night games are always tough, what are we, 9-5 overall? I think something like that. We are 2-1 in the four years we’ve been here. We lost at NC State, (28-24), beat Boston College 38-7 and beat Virginia Tech 28-22. When you play good teams, they are all tough. This is a good team and all those teams were good teams.”




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