« October 21, 2013 | Main | October 23, 2013 »

5 posts from October 22, 2013

October 22, 2013

FSU Practice Notebook: Seminoles Seeking Redemption Against NC State


The rain pelted Tallahassee all day on Tuesday but that didn't stop the Florida State Seminoles from getting their work in at practice.

“A good Tuesday workout. A very physical day, tough day," said Jimbo Fisher afterward. "Guys grinded it out, got a lot of work done. Proud of the way we worked today. Got good work inside, glad we stayed inside. Looking forward to this weekend, but still a lot of work to be done between now and then.”

Florida State may be fortunate to have NC State where they are on the schedule, Fisher admitted as much on Monday. In another year -- coming off a big win over rival Clemson and looking forward to Miami in two weeks -- it would be easy to sleep on this weekend's game a little bit. Not with the NC State Wolfpack headed to town though. Florida State isn't about to overlook the team that ruined their national title hopes around this time last year.

“It’s a bitter taste, you don’t want to be like that. Last year I felt like we were supposed to be in the national championship. We should have," said Devonta Freeman on Tuesday evening. "And the team that was in the national championship, I feel like we were better than them because we beat them the year before that in the bowl game. I feel like they stole our place, but with NC State we let it happen so it’s on us. And I just feel like we can’t let that happen anymore.”

"Everytime someone even says [something about the NC State loss] it kind of turns my stomach a little bit still to this day," added Terrence Brooks. "Even the guys that all got drafted if you still say NC State to them they're still going to cringe up a little bit."

Florida State is determined not to let that happen again this year and a large part of that -- as Jimbo Fisher likes to remind everyone -- is preparation. 

"I mean we better get ready to play because NC State is going to be ready to play," said Fisher. "They have lost two games in a row. They are going to try and get their season back to where they want to go. They’re going to bring their ‘A’ game in here and come at us, so we better be ready to play.”

More From Practice:

##- As I reported earlier, Matthew Thomas is done for the season. The freshman linebacker will have surgery on his shoulder in the coming days. He may still be eligible for a redshirt though (per Fisher) because he's only played in four games this year.

“He is done," said Fisher. "He is going to have shoulder surgery. He has got to get that fixed.”

As for the rest of the linebacking corps, Fisher feels good about his depth there.

“I like our linebacker group. They have played well," Fisher added. "We have a good group in there. And we got plenty of guys to play in there.”

##- Roberto Aguayo has had a tremendous start to his career. As in, he has not missed a kick through his first six games and is on pace to crush Dustin Hopkins' NCAA career points record for kickers by the end of his junior season.

“He’s doing a great job. He’s got a lot of poise and composure. He’s doing it in practice. It doesn’t surprise you if he is doing well because that’s the way he kicks in practice," said Fisher. "I mean he misses very few kicks in practice. He has just been very consistent. He has a good head on his shoulders, he works very hard. He has a chance to be a very good player. He is very mature, he handles things very well. I’m sure he is nervous inside and he admits it every now and then but he is relaxed and has had a very nice year. He has been very key for us [on] kickoffs and everything.”

##- And here's your obligatory Jameis Winston quote, this time on how he handles himself with poise even during an interview:

“It is easy to be genuine and say things that you truly believe. And I think that is where his sincerity comes from. That’s the way he looks at the game. He understands the game and that he can’t do what he does without everybody else. That’s what the guys who make an impact on this game and last a long time truly grasp. [His teammates] know he is getting attention but at the same time they know he gives it back to them. When he is with them, he’s one of them. He doesn’t look at himself above them and I think that’s very critical.” 


For all the latest Florida State news and updates follow Patrik Nohe on Twitter...

Devonta Freeman: "Come on, I'll Block You"


Devonta Freeman is a jack of all trades. The 5-9 203 lb back is leading Florida State in rushing (as he did as a freshman and nearly did again as a sophomore), he can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can stay in and block and he even talks a little trash.

Those last two things came together quite memorably last Saturday as Florida State played Clemson.

If you haven't seen the play I'm referring to, take a look below (h/t Mike McGourty). Freeman appears to be taunting a blitzer before the snap.

I talked to Devonta about it on Tuesday and asked him if he likes to talk a little bit of trash.

“Not really I just know when the team -- sometimes, it depends. But I try to focus on my assignment," said Freeman, then he thought about it for a second and changed his tune a bit.

"I do talk trash sometimes. It was a blitz, I knew he was blitzing and I was just like ‘come on, I’ll block you,’ and he came and I blocked him, easy. It was obvious.”

So you know the play I'm talking about?

“Yeah I know exactly what you’re talking about,” he said, laughing.

I also asked Devonta what the trash talk was like in last weekend's matchup. Prior to the game Clemson WR Sammy Watkins had said that the smack talk between the 'Noles and Tigers was always on another when the two play. A few of the Seminoles I spoke with confirmed that, but given that it was before the game they weren't really willing to go into too much detail.

But on Tuesday -- after FSU won 51-14 -- Freeman was willing to recount how the trash talking had gone on Saturday.

“It was a good game, at first they were talking trash, we were talking trash back, but they stopped talking trash," said Freeman. "It was like they shut up [when] we started hitting them in the mouth."


For all the latest Florida State news and updates follow Patrik Nohe on Twitter...

Former Booker T. Washington Standout Matthew Thomas Done for the Season


Matthew Thomas' season is over. 

The freshman linebacker has had a tumultuous past six months. Last summer reports surfaced that Thomas had requested a release from his letter of intent. Six months earlier, per Thomas, he had rushed his decision to sign with the Seminoles and after several months passed started to have second thoughts. That saga continued for a few weeks before Jimbo Fisher and his staff were able to make a trip and smooth things out.

Thomas enrolled on time and quickly made it on to the field as reserve DE/LB -- notching four tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack -- before a shoulder injury sidelined him.

"He's done, he's going to have surgery," said Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday afternoon. "He's got to have surgery and get that fixed."

Asked if Thomas could still redshirt Fisher said, "yeah, I think so, [because] he only played in four games."

The 6-3, 215 lb freshman will likely have surgery in the coming week.

"He's fine, he understands it's part of football," said Fisher. "He's disappointed but I mean not devestated or anything, he's growing, but he handled it pretty well."

Fisher also said moving forward he still feels good about the team's depth at linebacker.


For all the latest Florida State news and updates follow Patrik Nohe on Twitter...

Jameis Winston's Pregame Speech Like You Haven't Seen it Before


If you had the television on for Saturday night's Florida State-Clemson game, chances are you caught a glimpse of Jameis Winston standing in the center of the lockerroom giving FSU a pregame speech. But you probably haven't seen it like this. Seminoles.com has a better angle of Florida State's dynamic quarterback's inspirational pregame pep talk. 

If you had any question as to how a redshirt freshman could possibly be the unquestioned leader of a top five team just a little over a year after arriving on campus -- this might help answer those.



For all the latest Florida State news and updates follow Patrik Nohe on Twitter...

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FSU-Clemson (Presented by ACC Digital Network)

Looking for a fantastic retrospective on last Saturday's FSU-Clemson game? The ACC Digital Network has put together an excellent behind the scenes look at FSU's 51-14 win in Death Valley. If you didn't have a chance to make it up to Clemson, SC or if you just want to get a sense of what the atmosphere was like -- or just want to kill eight minutes at work -- check this out.



For all the latest Florida State news and updates follow Patrik Nohe on Twitter...



Powered by TypePad