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FSU Practice Notebook: Defense Making Strides During Bethune Week


As Florida State came off the practice field on Tuesday afternoon, Jimbo Fisher took the chance to praise the Seminole defense and the progress they're making learning Jeremy Pruitt's new defense.

“Got a lot of work done, got some things in, the defense was really good today," said Fisher. "I was really impressed with a lot of things they did today I thought they were really sharp, sharper than usual.”

Asked to elaborate on what - in particular - the defense did so well this afternoon, Fisher added:

"I just thought they [looked good] in general. I was really impressed, I thought they flew around, they were very lively, legs were alive today I thought, I thought they had a really good day.”

Here are a few other tidbits from FSU's Tuesday practice:

##- Austin Barron is back at practice, but he wasn't there on Tuesday.

“He never practices on Tuesday, he’s got class," said Fisher. "He’s got to do that to graduate, he’s got to graduate, but he had a great day yesterday.”

##- Backup left tackle Wilson Bell, a true freshman, had an MRI on his knee and will be out 4-6 weeks after damaging his MCL.

“They said it’s not an ACL, which that’s what I said [it was]," said Fisher. "It looks like an MCL, they said maybe 4-6 weeks, something like that but it was not as bad as we thought, we thought it was an ACL when he first went. He’s still got a lot of rehab but it wasn’t as bad.”

##- A moment of unexpected candor came when Fisher was asked about the progresson of his freshmen. While several are really making an impact early on, others have started to slide.

“Some of them are regressing a little bit," FIsher admitted. "Getting a little tired, getting that freshman-itis, I’m not saying I’m disappointed, it’s kind of typical.

Then he added, "[But] I’m very pleased with them overall.”


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