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Mixed Bag

Aug. 23, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A mixed bag of big plays – made and surrendered – during Florida State’s Tuesday scrimmage inside Doak Campbell Stadium left football coach Jimbo Fisherlooking for more from the Seminoles with the season-opener just 11 days away.

“Both sides gave up big plays,” Fisher said, after the `Noles wrapped up sun-baked, 2 ½-hour session. “It was a feast or famine deal. We need more consistency from both sides.”

Fisher did not vary from the standard scrimmage script, pitting first-team players against second-team for the bulk of the action. The Seminoles often match up starting units in third-down situational work and around the goal line.

“I didn’t like the inconsistency,” said Fisher, who is about to ramp up preparation for the Sept. 3 opener against Louisiana-Monroe. “The defense would make two good plays, then give up a big play. … The offense, the same way.

“We’ve got to play better than that.”

After reviewing the game film, the Fisher and the coaching staff will put together a depth chart as they turn their attention to the Warhawks, who are coming off a 5-7 campaign, which included a loss to FIU in the Sun Belt Conference championship game.

“We’ll start on them tomorrow,” Fisher added. “It’s game week now. It’s time to go.”

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher

On Tuesday’s scrimmage:

“Both sides gave up big plays. It was a feast or famine deal. We need more consistency out of both sides, but there were some good plays. That’s a good thing – to make a big play. That happens sometimes. You get good players on both sides, they make plays. We just need more steadiness from both groups.”

On if any players stood out:

“You will have to wait for the film for me to tell you who did what. It was OK. I didn’t like the inconsistency – not enough on certain drives. Defense would make two good plays and then give up a big play. Offense was same way. Two or three drives we’d piddle around and get a first down, then all of the sudden you hit a big play and score. We have to play better than that.”

On the possibility of holding senior offensive lineman Andrew Datko out of the first game:

“Shoot, no. We’ve just given him a couple of days off. He went hard that first week-and-a-half. He is a little sore. He’ll be fine. We can’t play without Datko. He should be back tomorrow or the next day.”

On how freshman defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is holding up as camp continues:

“He’s is (holding up) about like the rest of them. He’s had his good and his bad days. He has his moments. He’ll flash and then take some plays off. He’s like the rest of them. They all grind.”

On how the wide receivers performed in the scrimmage:

“Not very good. The receivers today weren’t as impressive as they have been. They didn’t make enough plays. They made some big plays, but we had some guys open drop balls. It’s all timing. We’ll take a look (at the film). It’s feast or famine on both sides … not enough consistency on both sides of the field.”

On if the Seminoles will begin preparing for Louisiana-Monroe this week:

“Oh yeah, we will start on them tomorrow. It’s game time. It’s game week, now. It’s time to go.”

On EJ Manuel’s performance in the scrimmage:

“He had a solid day. It’s hard to tell. He was under a lot of pressure today. He had to throw a lot of balls away. He had a couple of balls dropped. He threw a couple of really nice balls. He threw a couple of touchdown passes. It was a solid day. We’ll go back and look at the film. There were a couple of times he got flustered in the pocket a little bit. We’ve got some guys that can rush, though, and that’s a good thing.”

On junior running back Chris Thompson, who has missed most of fall camp with a back injury:

“With a back, you don’t know. What we found out is just, now how much pain can he take? He’s fine. He’s healed. He just needs to get back in the groove of it. That’s the good news. There’s nothing more the doctors can do. He can do it – it’s just a matter of getting him loosened up to play. He’s a tough kid.”

On how senior running back Jermaine Thomas played in the scrimmage:

“Jermaine had a couple of good runs today. He caught my eye a couple of times. We’ll go back and look (at the film). He caught the ball out of the backfield. He did a good job. He’s only been out here three days so he should be fresh. Hopefully, he’ll be consistent like Ty (Jones) has been.”

On if he thinks most of the expected starters will be ready for Week 1:

“I think so. I’m anticipating – we’ll see how Chris (Thompson) is. Now he is OK to try to get back in the groove. He is the only one.”

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