Football is officially here today and with it came the first Jimbo Fisher press conference of the young 2013 college season. The presser was chock-full of classic Jimbo witticisms and hyperbole– Jimbo-perboble, as I've joking dubbed it in the past– as well as plenty of new information on Fisher's Seminoles as they head into a new year.
First and foremost OL Trey Pettis will be transferring from Florida State before the start of the season. The 6-5 350-pound redshirt sophomore from Deland, Florida struggled to gain traction on the Seminole offensive line and will look for an opportunity to play elsewhere in the future.
Florida State also lost another offensive lineman to a medical inegilibility.
"Dan Foose, we've actually officially medicaled him," added Fisher, "But he's been medical for probably two year now. We just wanted to give him a chance to come back physically, it's just going to be a tough one. Now he'll just get his degree and [hopefully] do well."
Down two offensive lineman already on the first day of Fall camp, Fisher bristled when asked what he would do about an already thin offensive line getting thinner.
"You know how many offensive linemen they carry in the NFL?" Fisher asked the room full of reporters. "Eight."
And while he maintained he would prefer not to get down that low on his roster, Fisher also took the opportunity to talk up some of his incoming freshman and tout the veterans he has returning. With the exception of Menelik Watson, FSU returns all four starters from a solid 2012 unit, behind that Florida State has very little experience along the line.
##- Giorgio Newberry will be moving from defensive end to tight end. I'll have a full article on that later today...
##- Fisher says he is extremely happy with the progress Dan Hicks has made as he recovers from the knee injury that kept him out during last season. Hicks had made the transition from defensive end to tight end last year before flipping back to defensive end this Spring. Now with a newfound need at tight end (following Kevin Haplea's injury and Christo Kourtzidis' transfer), Hicks appears entrenched on the defensive line. He seemed like the obvious candidate to switch to tight end given his history, but Newberry it is.
##- Fisher spoke at length about his belief in the evolution of the game towards bigger sets and more specialization. Two examples in particular were having larger blocking tight ends to help assist in rushing sets and utilizing the fullback position differently. Fisher raved about how important it would be to have big bodies on the edge given how good defensive lineplay has gotten. He also mentioned using big-bodied players (for instance DT Jacobbi McDaniel) at fullback in some sets while also using two-back sets more frequently.
##- In a preview of tomorrow's print feature: Jimbo Fisher has definitely not handed this team to Jameis Winston. Jacob Coker will be given every chance to win the starting quarterback job over the coming weeks and Fisher didn't rule out heading into the Pitt game with both quarterbacks if this battle isn't decided to his liking by September 2nd.
##- I'll have a write-up on the new Indoor Practice Facility tonight, but for now, here's a quick tidbit. Whereas a decade ago players may have had to switch cleats and go through a ten-minute transition period switching from outdoor grass to indoor astro-turf, the advent of field-turf or synthetic grass means the Seminoles will waste no time changing shoes heading between the indoor and outdoor surfaces at their practice facility.
##- James Wilder is apparently now running a 40-yard dash in the high 4.4's. If true, this could mean the 6-2 230-pound back will be even more of a load to bring down this year.
##- Fisher said he is yet to see the race between RS Fr Mario Pender and newcomer Ryan Green, but it's between them for the fastest tailback.
##- Finally, the Twitter ban (more on that tonight, as well) came from FSU's Unity Council– comprised of players– not head coach Jimbo Fisher.
I'll have more for you throughout the day...
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