Tallahassee, FL---Florida State is through the first scrimmage of the fall and coach Jimbo Fisher seems pleased with his team's effort in that scrimmage Wednesday.
They prepared to play that scrimmage on the field at Doak, but eventually had to play the scrimmage in the indoor facility.
Coach Fisher praising the players afterwards saying he liked the effort, adding "A lot of young guys jumped out at me on both sides of the ball, just the athleticism, making a mistake or two, but just their ability; there are some young guys that can help us in the mix."
He says he also liked what the quarterbacks did as far as being able to organize the huddle, get plays from the sidelines, get us in the right formations, and so on.
Fisher also saying Wednesday backup senior receiver Scooter Haggins by the way, likely lost for the season with a knee injury, he could still redshirt. For the team that's mainly a depth concern given previous injuries to other receivers and tight ends.
Below are the quotes from coach Fisher as compiled for the FSU football practice report Wendnesday by FSU Sports Information.
Coach Fisher's Opening Statement:
“I liked the effort. A lot of young guys jumped out at me on both sides of the ball, just the athleticism, making a mistake or two, but just their ability; there are some young guys that can help us in the mix. I liked what our quarterbacks did as far as being able to organize the huddle, get plays from the sidelines, get us in the right things. If some adversity hit they were able to overcome it; it didn’t bother them, they were able to go to the next play. Defensively, liked some of the young guys that can rush, guys that can cover and run. I saw some guys flying to the football, making great contact, tackle pretty well. Offensively, we ran the ball at times. Devonta (Freeman) didn’t scrimmage. James (Wilder, Jr.) got some limited reps. (Mario) Pender got banged up a little bit. Ryan Green got his money’s worth, he had some good carries. We ran the ball effectively; we still got to keep working situations. Converted some third downs today which was nice on offense; on defense we have to clean that up. Defense did a pretty nice job in the red zone. Both sides really had some wins and losses down in the zone. It was a 50/50 scrimmage, it really was. Two-minute situations got better on both sides of the ball. Two-thirds of today’s scrimmage was ones-on-ones, twos-on-twos and threes-on-threes. For the most part, I was relatively pleased, but I will have to go back and review the film.”
On the expectations of the offense following the first scrimmage:
“They were getting plays in and out of the huddle. Get up there on time; make sure you’re getting a hat to a hat, not having guys turn loose. We had a lot of blitzing; we’ve been blitzing our young guys to death because I want them to be ready for the blitz. That is one thing you have to have, a quarterback that can be able to handle that and I thought we handled it really well. You just have to be able to give yourself a chance to execute with your athletes.”
On the defense’s ability to create a lot of turnovers:
“You don’t want to see them (in the scrimmage), but there are good turnovers and there are bad turnovers. Couple tip balls, there was an interception or so, guys got to the ball. But they were creating a lot of havoc that way. I wasn’t disappointed with the defense at all.”
On the team’s ability to tackle:
“We tackled pretty well. We have some guys on our side [offense] that can skedaddle. We have some guys that can run with that ball; some of those young guys can scoot now and create some plays. But they [the defense] tackle for the most part pretty well. There weren’t a lot of miss tackles. But I will have to review the film.”
On the play of the quarterbacks:
“They handled themselves well. Each had some really high moments; each had a couple tough moments. But I liked how they handled it; bounced right back. I will look at the film to see who was more consistent. Both at times had good days and some really good plays. They handled third down and blitzes really well. That is what concerns you with young quarterbacks; can you throw it when everyone knows you are going to throw it? When they are bringing that blitz in there, can you stand in there and take the heat and do those things? From that standpoint, I was pretty pleased for the most part.”