TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the annual Garnet & Gold game just three days away, the Florida State football team hit the practice field on Wednesday at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility looking to improve off last Saturday’s scrimmage inside Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles will head down to Orlando on Friday with the spring game being held on Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. inside the Citrus Bowl.
“Good practice, really intense; a lot of situations, a lot of guys in there, I liked the practice,” said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher on the team’s effort following Wednesday’s practice. “We’ll check the film, (correct) some mistakes. I thought today was a good, solid day as far as effort. The execution is getting better. Guys are making plays, throwing, catching, running, covering. Good day.”
Fisher has been pleased with the intensity he has seen since last Saturday’s scrimmage mentioning that the team is picking things up and doing a lot better in practice. But it’s the high standard he wants the Noles striving to achieve every time they are out on the field not only this spring but heading into fall camp as well.
“There’s a level, a standard that we’re going to play at,” added Fisher. “I’m not going to lower that standard. They have to get to it, and that’s part of coaching.”
Cook Out After Shoulder Surgery
Fisher announced All-American junior running back Dalvin Cook had surgery to repair his right posterior labrum on Tuesday. Cook is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to practice when fall camp begins in August.
“Dalvin had surgery on his shoulder,” said Fisher. “We cleaned up a little bit of stuff in the back of his shoulder. He’ll be ready and ready to go in a couple months. There were some things that, when we had him checked, was questionable to do it or not so we went ahead. Nothing drastic.”
Spring Game to Air Live on ESPN3 and WFTV-9 in Orlando
Florida State’s Garnet and Gold Spring Game this Saturday (3 p.m. ET) will be televised live on ESPN3 and WFTV-9 in Orlando. The annual game will also be broadcast on a tape delay on WRDQ-27 in Orlando. On radio, the game will air on the Seminole IMG Sports Network Tallahassee flagship station – 103.1 FM and Orlando affiliate WDBO 580 AM. The audio will also be streamed on Seminoles.com, TuneIn and the Florida State Gameday App.
Tickets for Spring Game
Tickets continue to go fast for Florida State football’s Garnet and Gold Spring Game presented by SunTrust. Over 32,000 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.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher post-practice quotes – April 6, 2016
“Good practice. Really intense. A lot of situations, a lot of guys in there. I liked the practice. We’ll check the film, (correct) some mistakes. I thought today was a good, solid day as far as effort. The execution is getting better. Guys are making plays, throwing, catching, running, covering. Good day.”
On the intensity picking up ahead of Saturday’s spring game:
“They are, they’re picking it up, and the guys are doing better. I wasn’t totally disappointed (with last Saturday’s scrimmage), but there’s a level, standard that we’re going to play at. I’m not going to lower that standard. They have to get to it, and that’s part of coaching.”
On rising junior running back Dalvin Cook:
“Dalvin had surgery on his shoulder. We cleaned up a little bit of stuff in the back of his shoulder. He’ll be ready and ready to go in a couple months. There were some things that, when we had him checked, was questionable to do it or not so we went ahead. Nothing drastic.”
On rising redshirt senior quarterback Sean Maguire:
“Hopefully by June (for his return) he’ll be ready to go full speed. They’re looking at him again, he’s about 60 to 70 percent on conditioning and putting weight on it.”
“He’s extremely involved. All of our meetings, our talking, our teachings. He’s been involved.”
On rising sophomore running back Jacques Patrick:
“Jacques had a better scrimmage on the day. I thought he ran with more power and pad lean; still got to get down there better, but he’s doing better and better.”
On the team’s getting picked for Saturday’s spring game:
“We let the seniors draft, divided the seniors and they got to draft. It’s a whole different animal when they have to pick. If you draft the left guard, then his backup automatically goes to the other team. Each team is balanced out.”
“I love seeing what they think of each other. It’s been offense (vs.) defense the whole spring, which I hate. I hate that. I think that’s bad for your team because you can divide it too much. You have to be as a team. As soon as this draft happened, defensive guys stopped talking to defensive guys in their own group. The point of it, too, is we have to have each other. When we have camp here in the fall, and you stay offense vs. defense so long, you can divide yourself if you’re not careful. You want to beat the guy on the other team. Winning out here isn’t going to help us. Offensive guys can be the best coaches for defense, and defensive guys can be the best coaches for offense. ‘This is what we do, this is what we see’ and trying to get our guys to interact that way to learn football better.”
On the maturity of linebackers Ro’Derrick Hoskins and Matthew Thomas:
“More consistency and trying to take more of a leadership role. As a linebacker, you have to make those calls and they’re doing a better job.”