TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jimbo Fisher met with the media Monday to recap Florida State’s win last week at North Carolina State and look ahead to Friday’s home game against Boston College. Here are five things you need to know from that conversation.
1) Bad news for Bobo
Fisher confirmed the worst when he announced that senior receiver Jesus “Bobo” Wilson had surgery on Monday to repair a foot injury suffered three weeks against Wake Forest. He will miss the remainder of the season, which means his collegiate career is over.
Fisher said that Wilson’s surgery went “very well.”
“It’s a shame that a guy at the end the end of a senior year – was having a really good senior year – to have that happen,” Fisher said.
A Miami native, Wilson finishes with 133 catches for 1,562 yards and eight touchdowns. Wilson was also an accomplished punt returner – he returned one 89 yards for a touchdown earlier this season.
Fisher said that Wilson had spent the last few weeks rehabbing the injury in the hopes that he could play again. But as time went on, it became clear that his foot would not heal without surgery.
“He knew it,” Fisher said. “Of course, he’s sad.”
Wilson is the third Seminole to suffer a season-ending injury this season. Fellow senior Nate Andrews tore a pectoral muscle at Miami, and freshman guard Landon Dickerson tore an ACL during practice last week.
2) James making progress, but still in recovery
Safety Derwin James’ status has remained unchanged for several weeks, but when videos of James running and cutting during pre-game warm-ups hit the internet on Saturday, it sparked speculation that James could be nearing a return.
Fisher, however, said Monday that doctors are still monitoring James’ progress, and it sounds like he is unlikely to play Friday.
“It’s all on the doctor’s own timetable,” Fisher said. “It’s what they feel.”
Fisher was asked if he would consider simply ruling out James for the rest of the season, but he declined to do so.
“There’s no gauges for cartilage,” Fisher said. “It’s just the amount of time on it to heal and make sure it sews up. That’s the issue. He’s dying to go.”
3) Friday game presents challenges
While being at home helps, playing on a shortened week still presents some hurdles for the Seminoles.
FSU will condense its practice schedule into three days, cramming three days’ worth of preparations into two, then treating Wednesday’s practice as a typical Thursday.
“That’s the world we’re in,” Fisher said. “So everybody’s got the same boat to deal with.”
This will mark FSU’s first Friday home game since 1957, although the Seminoles played at BC on a Friday last year.
FSU won that game, 14-0.
4) Senior Day set for Friday
Florida State will recognize its senior class during Senior Day ceremonies on Friday, and this year features some significant names in recent program history.
Honorees include DeMarcus Walker, Marquez White, Sean Maguire, Kermit Whitfield and Wilson, among others.
“A couple have two or three ACC titles, a national title,” Fisher said. “Been some really good, productive guys that have play a lot of great football here at Florida State.”
5) Noles best at bouncing back
With their win at NC State, the Seminoles ensured yet another week without back-to-back losses – something they’ve been startlingly good at under Fisher. FSU has gone 72 straight weeks without losing two straight games, a stretch which reaches back to the 2011 season. That’s the longest such streak in the country.
Fisher said that’s a result of strong mental preparation and not placing too much emphasis on individual games.
“I think you’ve got to be careful building games up too big,” Fisher said. “Because if you build a game up so big, it’s your Super Bowl, and all of a sudden it’s the middle of the year and something happens, you lose it and you’ve got five games left to play. There’s a lot to play for. Then … you go on a two-game skid.”