Seminoles Staying Sharp for Eagles




Jimbo Fisher, Head Football Coach
Jimbo Fisher, Head Football Coach

Florida State overcame a 17-3 deficit to defeat Boston College 48-34 last season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State was back on the practice field Tuesday and took full advantage of the indoor Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on a cold afternoon in Tallahassee as it prepares to face Boston College for Senior Day on Saturday.

“A very good Tuesday, got a lot of work done,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Really liked how we practiced as far as tempo, attitude. [Boston College] brings a lot of challenges with different looks it does on defense, different things it does on offense. We’ve got to be mentally very sharp and be very physical. A very athletic group. I liked the focus we had in practice the last two days and the attention to detail.”

Last year in Chestnut Hill, the Seminoles overcame a 17-3 deficit to defeat the Eagles 48-34. Sparked by a hail mary pass from Jameis Winston to Kenny Shaw that gave FSU the lead going into halftime, the Noles were able to handle the unique offense scheme ran by Boston College.

“They do a great job at throwbacks, the overs, the wheels and all that type stuff,” Fisher said. “They’ll get you in hard run action and very multiple formations. Four-man sides, five-man sides, six-man sides. They really make you adjust.”

 

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes

 

Opening Statement:

“A very good Tuesday, got a lot of work done. Really liked how we practiced as far as tempo, attitude. [Boston College] brings a lot of challenges with different looks it does on defense, different things it does on offense. We’ve got to be mentally very sharp and be very physical. A very athletic group. I liked the focus we had in practice the last two days and the attention to detail.”

 

On senior tailback Karlos Williams getting back to returning kicks:

“He’s getting healthy again. He’s got a big body and that ankle is really getting fully healthy where he can hit those things. He’s a great kick returner. Not that…and (Jesus Wilson) is getting so much work on offense, you know and when you are splitting time with those backs, just getting more reps and touches for him in that regard is big.”

 

On if there needs to be extra preparation for trick plays and misdirection from Boston College’s offense:

“Oh, there’s no doubt. They do a great job at throwbacks, the overs, the wheels and all that type stuff. They’ll get you in hard run action and very multiple formations. Four-man sides, five-man sides, six-man sides. They really make you adjust.”

 

On what he does to prepare for the misdirection:

“Study. Study film and have your calls and make your adjustments. That’s why I say it’s not only physical, but mentally you have to be ready to play.”

 

On if last year’s game helps give the team experience on how to face them this year:

“I think it will. You are exactly right. They had a week off this week and so there’ll be some things this week that we probably haven’t seen, so we’ve got to get ready.”

 

On the status of redshirt junior linebacker Terrance Smith:

“He’s fine. He’s been practicing every day. All of them are limping about this time of year.”

 

On if redshirt freshman linebacker Matthew Thomas is getting healthy:

“Oh yeah, he is. He’s healthy and ready to play. We’ll see a lot of him.”

 

On how successful he thinks the offensive line can be:

“We’ll see. We’ve had one game and we played pretty well. Hopefully it’ll carry over into this week and we’ll continue to grow. The thing about football, especially this time of year, is that you have to get better. You have to improve and that’s what we’re looking for. Hopefully we’ll continue to (improve) this week.”

 

On if freshman defensive end Lorenzo Featherston was held out of practice:

“Yeah, he was still banged. The doctors are still evaluating him.”

 

On if the nickel back position has changed over the years, or if it was always for players like sophomore Jalen Ramsey:

“That’s the way (Lamarcus) Joyner was. Nickel guys are very unique players, they’re different, they’re smart, they’re intelligent. You know, it’s a whole different position.”

 

On if he’s seen a better freshman running back than Dalvin Cook:

“I’ve been around some pretty good ones. Dalvin is doing well and we just need to see if he can continue to do well. I hope he does and I expect him to. He’s practiced well.”




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