You can tell the students have started to return to Tallahassee. Florida State held its final scrimmage on Thursday and amongst the throng of media were more than a few students and eager fans trying to catch a glimpse of the Noles with the start of the season now just days away.
Jimbo Fisher spoke after the scrimmage and was very happy to have avoided any injuries during the afternoon. The team took several precautions to try and ensure they got a healthy team to the start of the season. Several starters like Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins were given limited reps from the start. As Fisher said on Wednesday, nobody gains much if those guys get 100 snaps so the emphasis was on keeping them fresh.
Rodney Smith and Chris Thompson were both held out for precautionary reasons as well.
The team also didn't tackle. They popped one another but didn't drive anybody to the ground. Fisher gave an explanation of how he believes just "thudding" can sometimes be more beneficial than full-fledged tackling because it can better emphasize fundamentals.
Anyway, here are the quick hits from the scrimmage:
-Ronald Darby is not going to redshirt, that much is obvious. Whether or not he starts remains to be seen, Lamarcus Joyner said after practice that technique-wise Nick Waisome is a little ahead of Darby at this stage, but either way Darby will get plenty of PT in 2012.
"He's going to play, and play a lot this year," said Fisher.
-Clint Trickett will be the number two. He had a very good scrimmage and Fisher spoke extremely highly of his progress.
-EJ Manuel had five drives and scored touchdowns on four of those.
-ACC official Ron Cherry was on hand to officiate the scrimmage.
-Jimbo Fisher admitted he wasn't aware of any impending hurricane action until Thursday morning. It's possible Tallahassee and the Florida panhandle could be hit sometime on Monday, which would be in the middle of the Seminoles first regular week of the season. Not exactly ideal for establishing a routine.
-Florida State hasn't nailed down a practice schedule for the weekend, but tomorrow is their annual Fan Luncheon at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. If last year is any indication the team may take Saturday off and begin getting into their regular season schedule starting on Sunday.
I'll have more later today including some good stuff from EJ Manuel and Lamarcus Joyner.Follow @PatrikNohe_MH