Hopefully for Seminole fans today wasn't an ominous sign, but Florida State cancelled their first practice of the season after heavy rains caused flooding on the practice fields.
Initially slated to begin just after 4:30, the 'Noles were just about to go through warm-ups when a lightning delay forced the team back inside and pushed the start of practice back to 5:30. After the heavy rains kicked in though, there wasn't much point.
The practice fields had more than their fair share of standing water when the team returned around 6:30 and Fisher was not happy with the field conditions, opting to send his team back into the lockerroom once again. A lightning delay a little later ended all hope of getting any work in.
Unfortunately that means we didn't get to see a whole lot on day one.
I was anxious to see Mario Edwards, Chris Casher and Justin Shanks up close but it looks like we'll have to wait until tomorrow to catch our first glimpse of this talented class of freshmen. I also wanted to see Bjoern Werner who is reportedly down below 260, looking leaner than ever but with more quickness and raw strength than last year. Considering how dominant the German defensive end was at times in 2011, a slimmed down, souped up version could be a scary prospect lined up opposite Brandon Jenkins this year.
If anything, this underscores Jimbo Fisher and Florida State's continued push for an indoor practice facility. Neither UF, nor FSU have one and in a state held hostage by summer thunderstorms, tropical weather and the remarkable ability to rain while it's sunny out, that can make getting a consistent practice routine challenging.
The Seminoles have made a concerted fundraising effort towards building an indoor practice facility, but as of yet have not announced any concrete plans to break ground on one.