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August 21, 2013

FSU Practice Notebook: Second Scrimmage Ends Fisher's Evaluation of QB Competition


Florida State was scrimmaging for the second– and final– time of their preseason camp on Wednesday afternoon and there were two major themes throughout the afternoon.

The first was the quarterback competiton. All Spring and for the past few weeks of August, Jacob Coker and Jameis Winston have been vying to replace EJ Manuel as the next starting QB at Florida State. Winston looked to have an edge in Spring and is the fan favorite at the end of camp, but whether he is actually the starter remains a question.

A question that Wednesday was purportedly supposed to answer. Of course Jimbo Fisher wasn't going to announce a starter right at the end of the scrimmage, but you figured you might be able to get some kind of indication over which way Fisher was leaning based on his comments, right?

“I will wait to [watch] the film. I was pleased," said Fisher, before putting on his best poker face. "I thought (Sean) Maguire played well when he got in the game.

"But I was pleased with Jameis and Jacob today just [from] standing on the sidelines standpoint. I’m sure there are some things I’ll see when I look at the film, but I thought both guys handled the huddle well, made plays, got the ball down the field vertically and dumped it off.

"I was very pleased with how they played in the scrimmage.  I’m going to look and we are going to make a decision. I know one thing – we have got two very good quarterbacks.” 

So there should be an announcement soon on that, right?

“I won’t put a timetable, but it could happen," said Fisher. "I’ll wait and look at the film and we will talk to the staff again. We have talked two days as a staff and kind of reevaluate things- what everybody’s opinion is, what they are seeing- and we’ll have a staff discussion and we will go through it.”

So there you have it. Florida State should have an announcement on a starting quarterback... soon-ish.

The other theme of yesterday's scrimmage was the health of the team. Florida State is fairly thin at a couple of key positions– namely their offensive line and receivers– and it was evident they are trying to keep the players at those positions healthy.

Several players were in blue 'limited-contact' jerseys as a precaution in addition to a couple of players being held out completely to nurse injuries as Florida State prepares to close camp. Rashad Greene and Jacob Fahrenkrug were both held out on Wednesday with minor injuries and DT Derrick Mitchell was given the day off to rest his back.

“[It] was bothering him a little bit. It’s that time," said Fisher. "The big guys have been getting pounded on for about 16-18 practices. He’ll be back.”

Fisher did say the team managed to avoid anything major on the injury front during Wednesday's scrimmage. The team is off on Thursday.


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