I just left today's Florida State player availability and was greeted outside by a torrential downpour. Normally that would be highly irrelevant but as Florida State begins its first full week of practice, the weather could potentially threaten the Seminoles workouts through the rest of the week. Right now FSU is just trying to get in practice number one.
Yesterday, much to the chagrin of Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles finally had to cancel practice after several delays for lightning and flooding.
Today in Tallahassee, the rain has continued and streets at several points near the state's capitol have begun to flood. According to the national weather service the chance of precipitation is well over 50% through Friday, meaning Florida State could potentially lose more practices.
That's hardly ideal for the first week of the preseason when practices are even more crucial.
"It's frustrating, but we've been through that before," said quarterback EJ Manuel when asked about the delays that lead to Florida State heading in and out of the lockerroom and attempting to start practice several times before ultimately cancelling practice.
"It is tough, but I was just saying it happens in games, you have to go inside and wait and still come out and play well."
Aside from the practical lessons though, Florida State desperately needs all the reps they can get.
With the Seminoles entering the season ranked 7th nationally and bearing the weight of considerable expectations, they can't afford to lose any more practices to inclement weather.
Of course at this stage in the season, what team can?
I'll have a few more things coming up a little later this afternoon... As for whether or not the Seminoles practice today, in the words of aspiring weatherman EJ Manuel:
"We're looking forward to [practicting] today, but looking outside right now, I don't know how [the weather] is going to be today too, so we'll see," said Manuel earlier this afternoon.
"But whenever we do get the chance to practice, we'll be ready."