Florida State was hard at work during practice on Sunday morning, just two days out from their Orange Bowl matchup with Northern Illinois. It was a brisk day, cold by Miami standards, but the sun was shining and the sky was cloudless for the Seminoles as they put the final touches on their preparations for the Huskies.
“Good cold Thursday, it was cold today, I even had to put my sweater on," joked Jimbo Fisher after practice. "The wind was blowing pretty good, but it actually warmed up. The guys had a very solid practice, did some nice things. I like where we’re at mentally, I like where we’re at physically, now it’s just a matter of going and playing the game.
“We’ve just got to- during the last 48 hours- make sure we’re dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s and understand all situations and be ready to go.”
What exactly does that entail?
“Just knowing what to do and relaxing and just doing it," said Fisher. "It’s just like anything, the more you know it, see the film, see how the guy covers you or how he’s going to block you or whatever it is and maybe get a read or whatever it’s going to be. It’s not just knowing what you’ve got to do, it’s knowing how you’ve got to do it.”
Josue Matias Update
Left guard Josue Matias was out at practice with his ankle taped up, he is still expected to play on Tuesday though.
“He’s good, he’ll be fine, he took reps today and everything, we just rested him a little bit today. He’ll be fine. He should be 100%," said Fisher. "[It was] just a little tweak and we wanted also get some reps in there for Bobby [Hart] too, we moved him in to guard a little bit because he’s been a guard and tackle, we wanted to get him some reps in there because you’re always trying to play some situations and Bobby’s had a good week of practice.”
Last Practice for Seniors
Today was the last day of practice (ever) for Florida State's senior class, but Jimbo Fisher was quick to caution that a player's last practice, last game or even senior day itself brings with it a wealth of unwanted emotions.
"You can't worry about that, you see that's the thing about these last practices," said Fisher. "It's like senior day, hate to say [this], senior days a great thing, but it does nothing to help you win a game. Every emotion you have on senior day or the last practice is actually opposite of what you [need] to make you play good. Because you don't want those feelings, you think about this when it's all over, you have to learn to put this behind you and play the game. You reminisce about all the old things after everything's done."
So how was the final practice?
"We bounced around, we had fun. You all peeked in there," Fisher joked with reporters. "You all watched them, they're competing and running around. Guys were having a good time."
Florida State will approach tomorrow like the typical Friday before a Saturday game, including its meetings and walkthrough.