March 23, 2016 - by

Noles Continue to Improve During Second Week of Practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State returned to the practice fields in full pads on Wednesday and put forth a hard, physical practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility. The effort continues to improve each day but the Seminoles know they have to continue to get better if they are to build off the success of the program over the last six years.

“Good, long practice,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We have to continue to get better in a lot of situations. A lot of short-yardage today, which we’ve got to improve on. Did two-minute (drills), got a lot of stuff in. We got a lot of work for a lot of guys. We just have to get them out there and get them going. Just keep focusing.”

The Seminoles focused a lot on short-yardage on Wednesday getting a lot of players experience in different situations. Fisher hopes that the offensive line, who returns nine players that made at least three starts last year, will continue to grow as a unit and improve on their communication up front.

“Not bad,” Fisher added on the play of FSU’s offensive line during the short-yardage situations. “I’m going to go and review the film. Sometimes you get the result, whether it’s good or bad. It seemed to be pretty good today in short yardage. We ran the ball really well.”

Roderick Johnson and Wilson Bell were the only two offensive linemen to start all 13 games last year. Johnson and Jesus ‘Bobo’ Wilson will enter the 2016 season opener against Ole Miss in Orlando making 18 consecutive starts – the longest active streak on the offensive side of the ball. The Seminole offensive line helped pave the way to Dalvin Cook’s record setting, single-season performance for both rushing and all-purpose yards. The Seminoles finished the 2015 campaign fourth in the ACC in scoring (31.7 points/game) and fourth in total offense (424.0 yards/game).

Florida State will return to the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on Thursday, March 24 before wrapping up the week on Saturday, March 26.

Tickets for Spring Game Going Fast
Tickets continue to go fast for Florida State football’s Garnet and Gold Spring Game presented by SunTrust. Over 23,000 tickets have already been sold for the event which be held at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on April 9.

General admission tickets remain available for $5 each in advance and $11 day of game. A limited number of club seats are available, as well.

Kickoff for the game will be at 3:00 p.m. Construction at Doak Campbell Stadium moved the game to Orlando, but many of the highlights that make a Seminole game special will travel with the team, including Osceola and Renegade, the Marching Chiefs and the Seminole Cheerleaders.

Florida State and FCSports will be sponsoring several additional events surrounding the game, including the Friday Night Block Party which will be held at I-Drive 360 from 5-10 p.m. and feature the Velcro Pygmies.

For more information on the event visit Seminoles.com. Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Spring Game on ESPN3
ESPN announced on Wednesday that Florida State’s spring game on Saturday, April 9 will be one of eight college football games streamed live on ESPN3 this spring. The Seminoles will play their annual spring game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl due to ongoing construction inside Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU’s spring is slated for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher post-practice quotes – March 23, 2016
Opening Statement:
“Good, long practice. We have to continue to get better in a lot of situations. A lot of short-yardage today, which we’ve got to improve on. Did two-minute (drills), got a lot of stuff in. We got a lot of work for a lot of guys. We just have to get them out there and get them going. Just keep focusing.”

On sophomore defensive back Derwin James progressing with his leadership:
“Seems to be doing well. Very vocal, playing a lot of plays. Taking reps with the ones and twos. He’s learning two spots and seems to be having pretty good practices. I can hear him a lot.”

On redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Brock Ruble:
“He may have improved as much as anybody up front. I really like where Brock has been. He’s at 295, but stronger, controls his body better. He’s putting weight back on, but doesn’t have to be a huge guy. He’s made a lot of progress in a lot of areas up front. Right now, he’s improved as much as anybody up front. He makes some mistakes, but I like the progress he’s making. He’s done some really nice things.”

On junior offensive lineman Rick Leonard:
“Ricky’s going to be a really good player. Ricky can be at center some, just for a body. He’s an athletic, big body. He can help us. He can help us.”

On continuity helping the offensive line:
“I hope so. It’s got to. Your communication and just getting better in general, we have to do that. We have a lot of work to do.”

On the centers:
“[Redshirt sophomore Corey] Martinez has made a lot of improvement. I’ve been very pleased with Martinez. [Freshman Andrew] Boselli is learning at center and getting better. He’s going to have a chance to be a really good player in there.”

On defensive players reflecting the attitude of defensive coordinator Charles Kelly:
“I hope so. That’s what he’s in charge of, so [the players] are going to take a lot of that personality. Charles does a really good job. He loves his kids, coaches them hard and is very knowledgeable.”

On the offensive line in short-yardage situations:
“Not bad. I’m going to go and review the film. Sometimes you get the result, whether it’s good or bad. It seemed to be pretty good today in short yardage. We ran the ball really well. Fought. Again, I’ll have to look at the film.”

On junior offensive lineman Roderick Johnson:
“Rod’s got a lot of things to work on. Rod’s a good player, but to really be an elite player, there’s some steps and things he’s got to do a lot better at. I don’t mean that in any negative way, but hopefully he’ll really take some steps to be a really good player. His run blocking, knowledge of the game, how he’s picking things up. Communicating. He needs to learn to be a better communicator. He’s very smart, but he doesn’t talk enough. He’s a guy that knows it but needs to be more vocal.”

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