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April 11, 2013

Casher Looking To Bounce Back From Blown Knee


Chris Casher has had a bizarre couple of seasons.

After missing his entire senior year of high school over an eligibility issue, he decided to leave his home state of Alabama and enroll at Florida State.

“It was really important because they kind of stuck by me through my trials and tribulations and it just made me want to stay dedicated," said Casher.

But things didn't get much easier for him. Casher started the season under the impression he would redshirt before an injury to Brandon Jenkins changed that decision. Shortly after learning he would play as a true freshman, he blew out his knee and had to miss the season anyway.

“For my senior year, only one word really sums that up, I just had to sacrifice," said Casher. "As far as last year me getting hurt, stuff happens for a reason. I look at it like maybe that’s the Lord’s way of telling me I have to slow down, learn more technique, study more film and learn a little bit more.”

So Casher has gotten back to basics, refocusing on the fundamentals and techniques he feels will give him the kind of foundation he needs to be a good college player.

Keep in mind, Casher didn't come to FSU as a defensive end. 

“He’s showing the athleticism but you’ve got to remember in high school he was a wideout and an outside backer," said Jimbo Fisher. "He’s never put his hand in the dirt and taken those kinds of snaps.

“It’s good for Chris to get back out there and play. Chris has a chance to be a very good player he’s just got to keep coming and doing the right things, this will be a nice step for him.”

As Casher learns his new position, the 6-4 250-pound redshirt freshman also needs to regain confidence in his knee. Physically he's around 100 percent, but mentally, it's not all back.

“I try talking to him all the time," said DE Mario Edwards Jr. "Chris is a great athlete, he still like thinks about it with his leg but I try to tell him you’re 100% good otherwise you wouldn’t be out here so you just have to go back to the feel of it and just do what you normally do. He’s definitely getting back to his speed.”

“There’s times where sometimes I feel like I still do favor it but I still have a long way to fall so it will come around," said Casher.

For now, Casher has plenty of time to keep focusing on learning the defense and learning to trust his knee again. As he said, the Fall is a ways off. The next thing he's worried about is the Garnet and Gold Game

“I’m really looking forward to it man," Casher said on Thursday night. "When I leave here I’m going to go study my playbook and make sure I’m ready.”


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Jameis Winston Turning Heads in Seminole Camp


He's all over the place.

One minute Jameis Winston is on campus taking a class. The next he's lining up under center at Florida State's Spring practice taking snaps with the first team. Then he's jetting to Coral Gables where he's striking out Canes with a mid-90's fastball.

The legend of Jameis Winston grows by the day.

Coming out of high school the two-sports star was part of ESPN's Elite 11, considered to be one of the top recruits in the country. Since coming to Tallahassee all he's done is catch the attention of teammates in not one, but two sports.

“He works at it, he works at both sports," said Jimbo Fisher after Florida State's most recent scrimmage. "He’s not the guy who has the talent and goes back both ways, he’s spending time in the film room and he’s spending time at baseball and he goes and gets treatment on his arm and then he comes back out. He wants to do it, it’s in him and he’s doing a good job. But it really doesn’t surprise me.”

“I don’t have a social life anymore," joked Winston. "It’s hectic but I’m a kid, you know? That’s fun. Everyone dreams of doing multiple things, doing as many things as they can, possibly and this helps me stay out of trouble. You know I’d rather play multiple sports than get involved in stuff I don’t need to be involved in.”

It's a lot for anyone to handle, even a high-energy 'kid' like Winston. Between classes, studying, learning a football playbook, team meetings, practice, baseball practice and ballgames, Winston rarely has a free moment. 

But he's not worried about burnout.

“That’s mental, that’s from the mental part of everything. So I don’t think it can," said Winston. "Well, I know it probably will be on my body, on my arm and everything but as long as I’m out there having fun that’s the last thing on my mind.”

The only thing on the 6-4 215-pound redshirt freshman's mind these day (when it comes to football, at least) is winning the starting quarterback job. Something he has already made progress towards.

Winston's rare blend of arm strength and athletic ability are impressive enough in and of themselves, but he's also demonstrated leadership on both the diamond and the practice field. Whether it's being the last guy off the field to work with teammates after a bad practice or calling the team together before a rally when the baseball team is trailing, Winston is already demonstrating his leadership ability.

He's also shown off an "it" factor to some of his teammates.

“I mean that boy's good, he puts the ball on the money, even his deep balls," said S Terrence Brooks. "He throws that ball right as they come out of the breaks so it makes it a little bit harder for us, he does a great job of looking us off and just having us on the edge at all times.”

“[He shows it with] just the ability to escape dangerous situations when the rush comes, his ability just to work with you," said WR Kenny Shaw. “He shows some signs that EJ had shown, that’s probably where his “it” factor comes from is his feet and ability to make decisions.”

If Winston plays the game a little bit like EJ Manuel did, thats with good reason. Manuel played a major role in mentoring Winston last season.

“EJ helped me a lot his first year just because he liked the fact he was my mentor and stuff like that," Winston said. "So he knew he had to do his job but he also knew ‘ok I got a little brother right here, let me help him out, fill him in on some stuff.’ He helped me a lot last year.”

Winston and Manuel worked together on a lot of things, but more than that Winston credits EJ with showing him what to expect at this level and how to handle it with dignity. After watching Manuel handle his own trials and tribulations all freshman year, Winston has already begun to apply those lessons to his own career.

For instance Winston really doesn't care about hype or pressure.

“EJ didn’t care either," he said. "You see where EJ’s going to finish up now. He’s going to get drafted. He didn’t care. He was just out there doing his job the whole time.”

“It’s easy to ignore because last year I sat the bench the whole year and didn’t see the field. So that was real easy to get over. I just really worry about winning, all that hype and all that other stuff that’ll come when you prove yourself.”


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Jacobbi McDaniel Ready to Take Out His Frustration on Opponents


Jacobbi McDaniel came to Florida State amid considerable hype. He was a top recruit who was supposed to help turn the Florida State defense around and bring the Seminoles back to respectability.

Then in the middle of 2011 he got hurt and ended up missing all of 2012 on a redshirt. In that time the Florida State defensive line has rocketed back to respectability, the Seminoles have climbed back to the top of the ACC and a number of other highly-touted recruits have come to FSU and pushed McDaniel to the back of the fanbase's collective memory.

Now he's ready to change that. And he's hungrier than ever.

"I feel like I have something to prove to coming off a devastating injury like that," said McDaniel. "I just have to go back out and just prove myself and play football.”

McDaniel suffered a badly broken ankle against Duke and hasn't played since. He's been through a lot the past two seasons, but now he's just happy to be back out on the field.

“It’s been a blessing, you know, it’s been a real joy," said McDaniel. "I’ve been out two years and you really don’t know how much you enjoy something until something like that happens to you. It was a scare man but just to get back out there in Spring practice is a blessing. I didn’t miss any practice, I’m proud of that, that shows my ankle has come a long ways and just going out there and practicing every day and getting better."

McDaniel is battling for time at defensive tackle where he feels he can contribute a lot this year. 

“Big time man," he said. "I’m going out every day taking pride in myself, taking pride in my craft, not going down, not going out there with my head held down because I just came off this injury I’m going down there to get reps, practice and do what I have to do to better myself and get more confidence in my ankle.”

“He’s back. He’s stronger than before when he got hurt, he’s quick as a cat," said DT Tim Jernigan. "He’s going to play a lot for us this year.”

It didn't always seem like McDaniel would get back to this point though. He admits he went through some pretty dark periods but credits his family for always sticking it out with him and giving him a new purpose to play for throughout his recovery.

"My family was there the whole time to keep my head up, to keep me motivated, to keep me strong," said McDaniel. "So anytime I went into rehab, I thought about my family. I don’t want to do this only for me, I want that purpose, I had a purpose during my rehab. My purpose was I don’t want to let my family down. And they were there the whole time so I don’t want them to feel like there time went unnoticed, it’s just that motivation man, your purpose.”

On Saturday that will come full circle when McDaniel takes the field for the Garnet and Gold game and plays football competitively for the first time in two years.

And the people who have been their supporting him through his rehab will be in the house to see it.

"Everybody’s coming this Saturday," said McDaniel with a massive smile. "I think it’s the first time they’ve come to a Spring game.

"It’s going to be big, man.”


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Kenny Shaw Happy to Fly Below Your Radar

The Florida State fanbase loves its wide receivers.


After all Fred Biletnikoff himself, the namesake of the trophy given annually to the nation's top receiver, was a Seminole. Peter Warrick is perhaps one of the most well-remembered Seminoles of all-time. Florida State loves its receivers and they gravitate to certain ones as if they're magnetic.

Kelvin Benjamin. Rashad Greene and lately Greg Dent have all received considerable hype and attention from the Florida State fanbase.

All the while Kenny Shaw just keeps on producing consistently.

But the lack of attention doesn't really bother him.

"As a player I just want a championship number one, and then number two I just want to be the best guy I can be to my teammates," said Shaw. "When you hear things like that I just throw it to the side because there’s always going to be little things like that to throw you off your game.”

Shaw has been on his game pretty consistently over the course of the last two seasons. He had 34 catches in 2011 followed by 33 in 2012. His receptions dropped by one, but his average improved. Over his career he's got 70 catches for 986 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Now headed into his senior year Shaw is looking to break out and finally claim some of the hype and acclaim that seems to find his teammates so often.

Shaw is one of the better technical route-runners on the team, he gets in and out of his cuts well and is very smooth catching the football. But more importantly he's good with making his reads at the line, he's open a lot.

He's also tough. Fans rememebr the shot he took in the Oklahoma game in 2011, one which could have ended another player's season. Shaw was taken to the hospital and made it back to the sideline by the end of the game. Two weeks later he was going over the middle again, getting blown up again and there wasn't a glimmer of hesitation in him.

That's a fearlessness that can't be taught.

At 5-11 170, Shaw is neither the biggest, nor the fastest receiver on the Seminole offense, but he's got a good combination of skills and consistency and he's blue-collar. So far that's helped him this Spring to lead the team in receptions at the scrimmages as well as to develop a good relationship with the quarterbacks currently vying for FSU's starting job.

Come Fall that could mean big things for number 81.


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Clint Trickett Is Shutting it All Out


You can cruise Florida State message polls for hours or search high and low on Twitter, there's not a ton of Seminole fans openly pulling for Clint Trickett to win the team's starting quarterback job.

“I thought the fans liked me, everytime I’ve gone in I’ve heard cheers," joked Trickett. "Coach Fisher deals with it, if the fans don’t like me I wish they would."

As the backup to EJ Manuel the past two years Clint Trickett is used to hearing the cheers when he came into the game. His arrival typically meant the Seminoles had blown the doors wide open and created enough space to warrant getting the back-ups some time.

But as a starter? A lot of Seminoles fans haven't bought into that quite yet.

"That comes with it," said Trickett. "I’m a three-star guy out of high school, there’s nothing I can do about that I just have to go out there and play.”

In a football city where the back-up quarterback is all too often the most popular guy in town, Trickett could soon find himself the victim of a role reversal. This time finding himself as a starting quarterback with a highly-recruited quarterback prospect sitting behind him.

“I know how Ponder and EJ both dealt with it and I’ll deal with it the same way," said Trickett confidently. "I hear the stuff that’s being said and I try to be oblivious to it but it’s a different world we live in now with the social media and everything and with my dad being on staff I knew that it would be even worse but you just have to deal with it and leave it behind you. I’m a tough-skinned kid, that’s the way you have to be one you grow up with my father.”

Trickett's father is Florida State's offensive line coach, a fiery, curse-loving, hard-nosed coach. But in many ways that sort of upbringing will likely be Trickett's biggest blessing as he attempts to be the Seminole starter.

Trickett has several advantages already. Aside from the thick skin, he's the only guy who's actually taken competitive snaps in a game.

“I have had some experience but I haven’t had a lot," admitted Trickett. "I don’t want to think I’m a veteran or anything, I’ve played in like six games. To some point I am but to some point I’m not. I’ve got a lot to learn but I do have that experience in my back pocket.”

But regardless of how much experience, the fact Trickett has started and won at Florida State in the past gives him the respect of his teammates. That's been obvious this off-season as it was Trickett who organized offensive team activities opposite Telvin Smith.

Trickett is one of the players who has been instrumental in helping the younger players get comfortable in the Florida State offense since last season ended. That even extends to the other quarterbacks he's competing with.

“I help them, I’m not going to be that guy who holds anything back," said Trickett, doing his best to channel Brian Piccolo. "If I’m going to win, I want to win being the best. If they need something then I’ll let them know and then I’ll still try to beat them.”

Trickett entered Spring as the starter, the job isn't necessarily his to lose, but he also may have the best shot. He knows the offense, he makes good reads, he understands the concepts and he's won before.

In other words he's the safest pick. If it's Trickett he will run the Florida State offense efficiently, even if it never hums on all cylinders under him. He will be steady.

“I had a time where I was once the first guy so that was good experience," said Trickett. "It is a little different [competing this Spring] but it’s still football. You’re still playing for coach Fisher, every day it’s a battle. I’m competing against them but the way I like to look at it I’m just competing against Coach Fisher. If he believes in me and he wants me to be the guy alright, and if not, well, hopefully he will.”

Whether or not Seminoles fans will want him to be is another story. But not one Trickett or Fisher are likely to lose much sleep over.


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April 10, 2013

Unhappy Fisher Ends Sloppy Practice Early


Jimbo Fisher did not like what he saw on the practice field on Wednesday afternoon as Florida State conducted one of its final practices before Saturday's Spring game.

After attempting to impart a message about toughness and being a hard-nosed football team just two days ago, Fisher watched his team turn in one of its worst practices of the Spring on Wednesday afternoon

"It kept dragging and dragging and getting worse, so before somebody fooled around and got hurt," said Fisher. "It just got to be a waste of time at the end there.

"Defense wasn't lining up right, then the offense would get confused and run a play and it was going back and forth. And it was just, 'if you don't want to play, we'll go again tomorrow.' It happens one, twice, three times a year in whatever sport you're in. they go and feel sorry for themselves, and they've gotta go wake up."

Florida State held its second scrimmage of the Spring on Monday. It was a tough, hard-hitting affair that left the team bruised and battered. Fisher tried to get his team to play mean, hard-nosed football without provocation, he wanted them to come out and swing hard first.

"The overall thing he said was he didn’t want it to be like we have to get busted in the nose first before we take it to that level and get hard-nosed like that," said RB James Wilder. "He wants us to come out like that from the beginning."

The team did a lot of goal-line work during the scrimmage, a lot of running between the tackles to be specific, and they really exchanged some vicious blows.

“That was the biggest practice, scrimmage, everything since I’ve been here," said Wilder afterwards. "Towards the end it was just crazy. I mean just straight hard-nosed, no pass plays, just straight hard-nosed up the middle. Even when you don’t get the ball there’s not going to be a play that you just don’t get hit. You’re going to knock somebody’s helmet off or somebody’s going to knock your helmet off. And you’re tired so you just have to dig deep and go. It was definitely the toughest practice I’ve had so far.”

Apparently the hangover on Wednesday was pretty severe.

Mario Pender took a shot to the head and left early on Monday, he was not on the field on Wednesday either. James Wilder also aggravated a rib injury that plagued him at the end of last season too and will miss the rest of Spring. With Devonta Freeman doubtful for Saturday with a high ankle sprain, FSU could potentially be without all three of their backs.

The bigger disappointment to Fisher though was that his message about toughness- one which he thought got through on Monday- didn't carry over to the next practice.

On Wednesday, Fisher's team did not display the toughness he was looking for.

"You've got to bounce back," said Fisher. "Back in the day, you'd go 20, 25 days, went live and tackled every day. It's a mentality. Our kids today, we get softer and softer. Our society gets softer and softer and it trickles down. When it's time to work, it's time to go to work.

"Turn it up from the first play to the last. Play the whole time. You can't pick and choose. What were we, a handful of plays last year from winning every game? Five or six plays? How do you know what five or six plays those are? If you don't turn it on in practice every day, how do you know what you're turning on in a game? You don't."

After witnessing enough sloppiness and mental errors Fisher opted to end the practice prematurely, sending his team back to the lockerroom after a thorough tongue-lashing.

With just one practice remaining before Saturday's Spring finale there's a good chance the Seminoles are in for a very tough day tomorrow.

Hell hath no fury like an angry head football coach.


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Receivers Looking to Pick Up Quarterbacks For Once


The questions for Florida State in 2013 is not whether they have any receivers.

No that's never been a question. Whether or not someone can get them the ball consistently could be an issue, but the Seminoles enter the season with considerable depth at the receiver position.

Rashad Greene, Greg Dent, Kenny Shaw, Kelvin Benjamin and Christian Green have all had solid Springs for the Seminoles and that's important because the Florida State quarterbacks are going to need all the help they can get as they fight to replace EJ Manuel.

“I think Dent and Greene are playing the best, by far playing the best," said Jimbo Fisher recently. "I think Christian Green is making progress too.”

Greene has been the Seminoles best receiver the past two seasons. The junior receiver from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas broke on to the scene as a freshman before injuries derailed his season. Last year he lead the team in receiving again. 

Greene isn't getting complacent. His goal is to lead the team in receiving for a third year in a row.

“I'm just always trying to chase perfection, you’re never too good to get better," said Greene. "I can always work on the little stuff as far as things I’d done last year as far as not going deep enough on a certain route, you know analyzing those things and getting those things down pat because you know that can take you a long way, just having those fundamentals.”

“Greg Dent’s been having a blowout Spring too," added CB Nick Waisome. "He’s just been making catches out of no where, you know amazing catches.”

Dent is heading into he senior year and most players will tell you he has been the most transformed of any player in camp. He's been making big plays all over the field and really making a case for significant playing time come next season.

“He’s stepping outside of his role of what he was when we were coming in as freshmen," said Kenny Shaw. "He’s just a different guy.”

Kenny Shaw continues to be consistent as well. He lead the team in receptions during the last scrimmage. Of all of Florida State's receivers he may be the most workmanlike. Despite not getting some of the same hype as the other receivers Shaw makes the right reads at the line on a consistent basis and is usually open. 

Kelvin Benjamin continues to try to live up to his potential, Fisher says he needs to see more consistency from the 6-5 receiver, but has also been encouraged by some of the plays he's made on the field.

All of the receivers have been working to try and build a rapport with quarterbacks to ensure that whoever wins the starting job is on the same page with them. It sounds like it would be difficult to keep switching in and out, constantly trying to catch balls from different guys, but they insist it hasn't been.

"It’s all about making that QB feel confident," said Greene. "When he throws you the ball he knows you’re going to try your best to get the ball and you’re going to catch it, and that’s my job to go out there every day, I try to get reps with all the quarterbacks and just make them feel comfortable.”

It's a bit of a role reversal from when they were all young players but the lessons are largely the same.

“We were the inexperienced ones when EJ was here so it’s our job to take that role now," said Greene. "We have to pick them up when things aren’t going good and make those plays when the ball is not so perfect for you.

"Just make them look good.”


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April 09, 2013

Seminoles Commit Comedy of Errors in 4-3 Loss to Rival Gators


Florida State University (27-6) entered Tuesday night's game with a chance to finish a season sweep of the University of Florida (16-18) at home in front of the sell-out crowd of 6,719 fans- the fifth highest turnout in school history.

But the Seminoles couldn't get out of their own way in the series finale against the Gators, committing four errors and allowing the final two Florida runs to score without a hit. 

If it's possible for one team to gift-wrap a game for another, the Seminoles did their best to accomplish that on Tuesday night.

"To sit here and smile takes an awful lot because I'm awfully disappointed," said FSU head coach Mike Martin after game. "We did not deserve to win, they played better, they didn't walk as many as we did, they didn't make four errors [like] we did. And when you do that you're going to get beat."

Asked about the Seminoles' errors and the fact the final two Gator runs crossed without a hit, Martin just chuckled.

"I really appreciate you bringing that up. It really made my night,"  he joked.

"All I knew is I saw that run coming across, it was- from a fan's standpoint- it was a good ballgame it was just we happened to be on the losing end. When you make four errors and walk four times as many as they did, you deserve to lose."

Florida State struck first when LF Marcus Davis launched a two-out double off the wall in right-centerfield to score CF DJ Stewart in the bottom of the first inning. But the Gators evened things up a couple of frames later when a sacrifice fly from CF Richie Martin scored LF Harrison Bader in the top of the 3rd.

In the top of the 5th the Gators took their first lead of the series when SS Cody Dent scored on a bloop double to shallow rightfield by Martin.

Without starter Josh Delph in right the Seminoles have been forced to go with Brett Knief, that potentially cost FSU an extra base on Martin's hit. Delph is day-to-day with a viral infection.

The Gators' lead was short-lived though. Stewart collected his third hit of the evening in the bottom of the 5th inning when he connected with a 2-2 pitch from new UF pitcher Justin Shafer for a solo homerun over the right-field wall. The swing removed Bobby Poyner as the pitcher of record for UF, leaving the sophomore LHP with a no-decision.

Poyner finished the day with 4 innings pitched, 4 hits allowed, one earned run, three K's and two walks but left the game before the start of the fifth inning as a result of a controlled start and was forced to watch Stewart undo his claim to a win from the bench as the ball traveled over the wall and tied the game at two just moments after he was replaced.

Florida State starter Peter Miller also failed to factor into the decision despite a solid outing. Miller pitched five innings, gave up five hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out a batter. He was replaced by Gage Smith with the game tied heading into the sixth inning.

"[Peter] had a good outing, he really did I was very, very pleased with him," said Martin. "He just had a couple of pitches [not go his way], I mean one was not hit well at all and that should have been another error because we threw to the wrong base."

In the bottom of the 6th inning the Seminoles retook the lead when DH Jameis Winston doubled to right-centerfield and scored Casey Smit from third, but once again the lead was short-lived. The following inning the Gators scored from first without a hit on a stolen base, an error and a wild pitch to tie the game at 3. 

Both teams had a chance to pull ahead in the 8th. The Gators used an error against Winston (who came on to pitch at the start of the 8th) and a single to put two men in scoring position with one out. After issuing an intentional walk to load the bases Martin opted to replace Winston with Robbie Coles who managed to get out of the jam for Florida State without allowing anybody to cross.

In the bottom of the inning C Stephen McGee lead things off with a single and Casey Smit was able to draw a one-out walk, but after McGee advanced to third on a wild pitch Jose Brizuela couldn't manage to elevate a ball to the outfield and drive him in, instead hitting into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.

Things got worse for Brizuela as the ninth inning started. After fielding a hard grounder to third the sophomore made a throwing error across the infield that allowed Bader to reach and advance to second. Robby Coles made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt moments later which let Bader advance to third with no outs.  After that 2B Josh Tobias had no problem hitting a ball to right field to score Bader and give Florida a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.

The capacity crowd at Dick Howser tried to urge the Seminoles on in the final inning but it wasn't enough. Florida State went down 1-2-3 as Florida closed the game out, escaping Tallahassee with a win and leaving the Seminoles with a sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs.

"I really, really like this groups of guys, and this baseball team," said Martin. "This too shall pass, the sun will come up tomorrow and we will play Friday God willing.

"But I am disappointed."

Florida State hosts Duke this weekend for a three games series starting on Friday evening.


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Seminoles 2014 Schedule Looking Potentially Brutal


Back in January when Florida State announced its 2013 opponents I wrote that the home schedule left something to be desired.

With the best two games on the slate coming on the road at Florida and Clemson and the toughest home game against Miami, the Seminoles have a fairly favorable schedule ahead of them as this season approaches.

2014 will be another story.

Florida State opens the season with a neutral site game against Oklahoma State in Cowboy Stadium. Unfortunately for the Seminoles that plays out as more of a homegame for the Cowboys than they'd probably like to admit.

It doesn't get any easier from there either. 

Now, according to several reports, Florida State will also play host to Notre Dame during the 2014 season. 

That means the Seminoles will start with OK State, host Florida, Clemson and Notre Dame and also travel to Miami and potentially Louisville during the course of the season. That could potentially be the toughest schedule in the entire country. 

Without Notre Dame in the mix, the opener against Oklahoma State is a solid decision. It's early enough to shake off should the Seminoles drop the game, and it's also a good out of conference game against a bona fide opponent. But with both Notre Dame and Oklahoma State on the schedule and the obligation to play Florida at the end of the year, the Seminoles are going to really have a brutal route ahead of them.

The schedule is a great way to ensure you get national respect. But it's also a great way to potentially go 8-4. 

Granted, a lot changes in two years. But as of right now it doesn't look like Florida State is going to make things easy for themselves come 2014.


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April 08, 2013

Florida State Conducts Brutal Second Scrimmage


Florida State didn't hold anything back in Monday's scrimmage, the second and final one of the Spring.

After conducting a typical scrimmage at the opening though, Jimbo Fisher decided to challenge his team's toughness at the end by having them run a brutal goalline set at the end. The offense and defense lined up and just pounded on one another.

"Coach has gotten worked up and been like 'it's live' before [in practice]," joked LB Christian Jones afterwards. "But this was completely different."

“That was the biggest practice, scrimmage, everything since I’ve been here," said RB James Wilder. "Towards the end it was just crazy. I mean just straight hard-nosed, no pass plays, just straight hard-nosed up the middle. Even when you don’t get the ball there’s not going to be a play that you just don’t get hit. You’re going to knock somebody’s helmet off or somebody’s going to knock your helmet off. And you’re tired so you just have to dig deep and go. It was definitely the toughest practice I’ve had so far.”

Wilder was the only back toting the ball over the final moments of practice as a result of injuries to Devonta Freeman and Mario Pender (who got dinged earlier in the scrimmage). 

It was a back and forth affair with neither the offense nor the defense consistently gaining the upperhand.

“It was tough, but it’s good for us," said Jones. "We don’t get too many chances to hit like that at practice so it’s good to get that out of the way.”

The point of such a brutal exercise was to try and challenge the team to play a more hard-nosed, smashmouth brand of football from the outset. Fisher wanted to see his team compete at the highest level for as long as they could

“If they don’t want to create [competition], then I’ll create it a bunch of ways," said Fisher. "If you’re the right guy it comes from within. It comes from you. I saw guys doing that today. I think you’re starting to see those young guys grow up.”

“We’re always a physical team but towards the end we were doing goal-line and just straight runs plays, just hard-nose football and he said he didn’t care what the result was he just wanted to see when you’re tired are we going to quit are we going to fake hurt are we going to lay down," said Wilder.

"We really took a lot of reps on the goal line just to show toughness and just execution and just straight competition. I mean he made a point and we all showed a point that we were going back and forth, offense and defense, offense and defense, but the overall thing he said was he didn’t want it to be like we have to get busted in the nose first before we take it to that level and get hard-nosed like that. He wants us to come out like that from the beginning.

"Overall we just looked tough.”

Here are the stats from the second scrimmage:


Clint Trickett: 17-28, 195 yards, 2 TD

Jameis Winston: 8-15, 129 yards, 1 INT; 2 rush, 16 yards, rush TD

Jacob Coker: 10-17, 162 yards, 1 INT

Sean Maguire: 8-15, 102 yards, TD


James Wilder Jr.: 13 carries, 69 yards TD; 1 catch, 40 yards
Chad Abram: 5 carries, 24 yards, TD; 3 catches, 31 yards
Mario Pender: 6 carries, 20 yards


Kelvin Benjamin: 6 catches, 131 yards
Christian Green: 7 catches, 130 yards
Kenny Shaw: 11 catches, 115 yards, TD
Willie Haulstead: 5 catches, 51 yards
Rashad Greene: 2 catches, 63 yards

Mario Edwards Jr.: 6 tackles, 1 TFL
Nile Lawrence-Stample: 6 tackles
Lamarcus Joyner: 9 tackles
P.J. Williams: 8 tackles, TFL
Karlos Williams: 8 tackles, TFL
Colin Blake: 6 tackles
Eddie Goldman: 4 tackles, 3 TFL
Giorgio Newberry: 3 tackles, 2 TFL


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