No. 1 Florida State got its first taste of game action on Tuesday during a spirited and competitive scrimmage on Bobby Bowden Field inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Seminoles practiced specific third down, red zone and goal line plays in addition to two-minute drills and several multiple-play segments.
“It’s fast football now,” senior running back Karlos Williams said. “Coach is not standing behind you telling you what to do, giving you pointers, tips and stuff like that. You’re pretty much on your own playing fast, free football, just like you would be in a game.”
The Seminoles won’t play in an actual game until Aug. 30 against Oklahoma State in the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic. Still, head coach Jimbo Fisher is impressed with the progress Florida State is making coming off of an undefeated national championship season.
“I think our kids know how to work,” Fisher said. “It goes back to the point I say we know how to do things. We know what to expect. (They know) what’s tolerated and not tolerated and I think we’re doing a very good job of staying above that line and staying very consistent. I think the leadership of this team is continued to push and do a good job.”
Fisher was pleased with both sides of the ball and mentioned several players who jumped out at him on Tuesday, including Williams, quarterback Jameis Winston, wide receiver Rashad Greene, safety Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Terrance Smith.
“I liked the competition,” Fisher said. “I thought both sides at times flashed. (It was) pretty consistent on offense for the most part for an early scrimmage. We were able to run the ball and some things – (do) some formations and different things that we haven’t done. I was very pleased with that. The defense at times, did a good job on third down – red zone. It went back and forth. (We played) a lot of 1-on-1’s on the day. Some 1-on-2’s, 2-on-1’s, but it was a good mix of both. So we had competition.”
Fisher also lauded the performance of junior defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who continues to step up as a leader on the defensive line for the Seminoles.
Edwards Jr. was no slouch last season either, starting 11 games and capturing All-ACC honors. He was a key component of last year’s team and has said the 2014 Seminoles could also be special.
“We are way past where we were a year ago,” Edwards Jr. said. “This time now we’re clicking a whole lot better and picking up on keys that we weren’t picking up on last year at this time.”
Following 10 consecutive days of practice, the Seminoles will have an off day Wednesday before getting back on the fields of the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on Thursday.
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