Aug. 27, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Florida State football team officially closed the books on preseason camp Saturday morning with a brisk 1-hour, 45-minute session in shells.
“It was a good day today,” Fisher said. “We got a lot of work done; some game plan done. We finished up camp well.”
It certainly helped that the Seminoles went to work with its entire offensive line participating, which has been a rarity over the past three weeks. Starting tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders and guards David Spurlock – all of whom missed time in the preseason – were joined by guard Bryan Stork and center Jacob Fahrenkrug with the first unit.
That’s a luxury quarterback EJ Manuel has never really enjoyed since taking over the reins in the spring.
“I think it’s going to be huge, especially this week,” Fisher said. “[EJ] hasn’t had it in the spring and he hasn’t had it in the fall. … I think the next week will be huge and you’ll see a comfort zone with him. I did today, just having Datko, Zebrie and Spurlock back helping those young guys. … It put me in a comfort zone.”
Fisher gives `Noles a passing camp grade
Hard, tough, physical, mentally and physically grueling – those were the words Fisher used to describe what his second FSU football team had been through over 24 preseason practices.
After pushing his team to the limits on every front, Fisher was pleased with what the Seminoles accomplished over the past 20 days.
“The guys responded very well and they fought through and pushed,” Fisher said. “I am not unhappy one bit. At times the execution would go, but that would happen. That’s a part of where you have to take yourself, where you haven’t been before.
“We had a lot of young guys in there at times because some of the older guys were banged and bruised, so it does affect that. … You’ve got to go to those points to find out who you are.”
The Seminoles figure to be stronger for having persevered in the face of adversity.
Before breaking the team huddle at the conclusion of the final camp practice, Fisher reminded his team to make good decisions and hold each other accountable.
When the `Noles gather again on the field it will be Monday of game week; just six days before the Sept. 3 opener against Louisiana-Monroe.