“Good, hard Tuesday practice. [I] thought the defense did some really nice things and were sharp. Offense was OK, needs to get a little sharper but still had a good day," said Jimbo Fisher Tuesday evening as FSU left the practice field.
"Ran a lot of different things on offense; a lot of different formations and blitzes on defense…a lot of pressures. They’ve always pressured us in the past, we’re expecting that again. Need to be able to handle those things but still be balanced and do what we have to do. Be ready to mentally play. It’s always a game up there."
Florida State can little afford complacency if they hope to keep pace with Alabama and Oregon in what has effectively become a three-team race to the end of the year. That means playing Wake well and being ready for any trickery that the Demon Deacons are ready to throw the Seminoles' way.
“We prepare the same for all these teams all the time," said Fisher. "We work on those things a lot and spend a lot of time in that area.”
It's looking more and more like FSU will be without Terrence Brooks -- who suffered a concussion on Saturday -- against Wake. Keelin Smith and Nate Andrews have been getting Brooks' reps this week.
If Fisher is sweating missing one of his best defenders, he sure doesn't seem like it. That's because FSU's youth has already gotten considerable experience this year. The Seminoles' first team D has played a full game just twice all year -- against Miami and BC.
“I think we’ve played about 14-15 of the guys we signed this year," said Fisher. "And we’ve done that since we’ve been here. We mix them in and play them. Those guys are good players and can learn and do a great job. When we practice in two-a-days when we split the team in half it gives them the reps. Because for those guys it isn’t ability, it’s knowledge that allows them to get enough reps and be able to do it. Fit it, show it and have a history of showing it consistently.”
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