September 22, 2014 - by
Practice Report: Fisher ‘Extremely Proud’ of Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State returned to practice on Monday at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility focused on its next opponent, NC State, but still coming down from the excitement of the Seminoles’ first overtime victory in over 10 years.

FSU came from behind to defeat No. 22 Clemson, 23-17, when senior running back Karlos Williams ran for 12 yards around the left side for the touchdown in the extra period.

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Jimbo Fisher said he was impressed by the improvement the team is making and the heart it showed to grind out the victory.  

“The thing of it that emerged that I am extremely happy about – we’ve got a lot of work to do in all three phases, but I think we made a lot of improvement especially on the defensive side of the ball and in the kicking game,” Fisher said. “What I was proud about was how we competed in the game, how resilient we were, how we played situational, smart football and we were able to creative a lot of negative plays and situations for it and be able to do the things on offense enough to win the game and figure it out.”

The Seminoles will face NC State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. Last year, FSU jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter before cruising to a 49-17 win over the Wolfpack in Tallahassee. However, in their last trip to Raleigh in 2012, the Noles lost to NC State, 17-16. FSU hasn’t lost to an ACC opponent since.

“They’ve got very good players and I think they have very passionate fans,” Fisher said. “The field sits close to you, it’s down in a pit, so it’s a little different and they have a passionate fan base and they have very good players and they’re coached well. You combine all those things it makes for a tough venue.”

Fisher Addresses Winston Dressing for Warmups vs. Clemson
Fisher said there was a miscommunication that led to Jameis Winston dressing out for warm-ups during Saturday’s game.

“I want to clear up with a statement with the Jameis Winston situation about dressing,” Fisher said. “That was a miscommunication between us and the locker room because with the late night suspension, he was scheduled to dress the next day and the stuff was put out in the locker when he went in to dress, he assumed he was going to dress and warm up and he went out and I never saw it, it got miscommunicated. From our part we never should have had the things in the locker and that’s exactly what happened with that. We saw it, corrected it. He was great about it, came back out and did what he was asked to do. That was our fault internally for communication and we were making adjustments and moving around and that one that slipped through the cracks and getting that information down to the locker room, equipment staff of not putting his uniform in.”  

Greene and Goldman Capture ACC Player of the Week Honors
Senior wide receiver Rashad Greene was named ACC Receiver of the Week after totaling nine receptions for 135 yards and a 72-yard touchdown in the win over the Tigers. Green’s 72-yard score tied the game 17-17 with 6:04 left. He had eight receptions for 132 yards in the second half alone to lead FSU’s charge back.

Greene leads the ACC in receptions (24), yards (418) and yards per game (139.8). This is his second ACC Receiver of the Week honor this season and fourth of his career.

Junior defensive lineman Eddie Goldman captured ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after he was a force against Clemson. Despite nursing an injured ankle that knocked him out of the previous game, Goldman made two of the biggest plays against the Tigers. With the game tied 17-17, under two minutes left on the clock and Clemson driving at the FSU 18-yard line, Goldman forced a fumble that gave the Seminoles the ball back and vaulted the game to overtime.

In the extra period, Goldman sacked Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson for a 4-yard loss and spearheaded a 4th-1 stop two plays later.

It’s Goldman’s first ACC Player of the Week honor of his career.

Jimbo Press Conference Transcript – Sept. 22, 2014

Opening Statement:
“(I’m) very proud of our team after the Clemson game. I thought they showed a lot of resiliency in how they competed in the game, dealing with situations, playing every play. We challenged before the game “who are we” and what are we going to be and this team starts to identity itself. The thing of it that emerged that I am extremely happy about – we’ve got a lot of work to do in all three phases, but I think we made a lot of improvement especially on the defensive side of the ball and in the kicking game. What I was proud about was how we competed in the game, how resilient we were, how we played situational, smart football and we were able to creative a lot of negative plays and situations for it and be able to do the things on offense enough to win the game and figure it out. (We) stayed very poised as a team, stayed together in the moment, our assistant coaches did a heck of a job keeping our kids in the game, making corrections as we went. Clemson is a very good football team – they have a good defensive front, multiple skill guys on offense in the way they cover, did a great job. (I’m) very pleased with how our team competed but at the same time, not satisfied in the fact that we’re still a work in progress as a team which has me excited.  We’re still finding ways to do those things and have a lot of room to grow. But there is still a lot of improvement in a lot of areas and we got better in some areas. I want to clear up with a statement with the Jameis Winston situation about dressing. That was a miscommunication between us and the locker room because with the late night suspension, he was scheduled to dress the next day and the stuff was put out in the locker when he went in to dress, he assumed he was going to dress and warm up and he went out and I never saw it, it got miscommunicated. From our part we never should have had the things in the locker and that’s exactly what happened with that. We saw it, corrected it. He was great about it, came back out and did what he was asked to do. That was our fault internally for communication and we were making adjustments and moving around and that one that slipped through the cracks and getting that information down to the locker room, equipment staff of not putting his uniform in…I had to clarify that. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to NC State. (It’s) a great challenge. NC State has done a great job this year, they’re 4-0 and scoring a lot of points, moving the ball, throwing the ball, Jacoby Brissett had done a great job, they can run it, they’re running it very well. Shadrach Thorton is physical and they have other backs that can really run the ball. Defensively, they’ve got some really good front guys. Guys that have been around a long time and some excellent new guys in that predicament. They’ve got some great young linebackers that are covering and in secondary so they’re very similar to how they were a year ago, they have a lot of experience. You can see they’ve done two years in the system, 4-0, making the plays and getting better each game, each week. It’s going to be a heck of a challenge. We’re going to have to forget this last game, move on, get better this week and have a great week of practice and go play a great NC State team at 3:30 (p.m.) on Saturday.

On the emotions of last week:
“It’s toll on anybody when circumstances are out there. It’s not just coaches, it’s myself, it’s the team, it’s everybody.  That’s one of the reasons why I am proud of the whole organization for being able to withstand that. That’s what I talked about, infrastructure and things to be put in place for players and as a family unit, we like to look at ourselves and pull together and do the things we were able to do and be successful. It was trying but that’s what adversity brings.”

On if that was one the more emotional times when he was in the locker room:
“By far. Because I knew how much it meant to the kids and the look in their eyes and how hard – when you saw our kids on the field playing, that’s one thing, you can sense the intensity in the crowd, but when you’re down looking in a guy’s eyes coming in off that field whether its offensive linemen, defensive linemen, kickers, returners – everybody involved.  You could see the intensity and “want to” for them. I think emotions came from not just us, but for them achieving something for them – I say that you remember the things that were very hard for you. You had to fight, scratch and claw for and that’s why I was as proud of them (for) growing as human beings as much as anything.”

On Defensive Ends Coach Sal Sunseri giving him the game ball and what it meant:
“It meant a lot, which I’ve never taken a game ball and I’m very proud to have done it.  I think it came from the players and coaches and everyone involved and to me, we rally to each other and they do a great job of supporting me and all the different things because my time was spent in different areas at different places at the time during that circumstance and trying to make up that time and get enough here and there but hey, that’s why you’re the head coach. That’s part of your job. People don’t care what matters, it matters that you get the job done and our assistant coaches and players really picked that up.”

On redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean Maguire:
“I thought he did an outstanding job as far as handling his emotions as far as the presence. He made some really good plays; he made some plays that weren’t as good. That’s typical for a first-time starter in a game of that magnitude and the situation and the opponent – the quality of the opponent especially with a rush that can affect you the way they do. Just him as a competitor and watching him handle it and coming off and making his corrections, going back and handling it well. Extremely proud of him. That’s a heck of a way to get your first inclination into college football when it mattered and for him to do that and what it stood for I was really happy for him and it will really help him through his career.”

On how he feels about Maguire going forward:
“A guy that you knew that you felt good about, you felt comfortable about and now I know and there is something to knowing that’s compare to still not knowing. There was nothing he could control until he actually gets out there, you look in that guy’s eyes and you know he went through the battles and trials of a game of that magnitude and the ups and down of it and came out successful. I have tremendous respect for him.”

On redshirt sophomore defensive end Chris Casher stepping up when junior defensive end Mario Edwards jr. went out:
“I think when you get to competing, it’s not when you need to, they just know they got to. There’s a difference you should and you’ve got to. The urgency of having to do that and I think it goes back to what we have to do to be successful. That’s what I say, when one guy goes down, other guys just keep stepping up and that’s what great teams and great organizations are able to do. Eddie Goldman was, wow. I might need to hurt his ankle more often. That guy was dominant. That’s one of the more dominant performances we’ve had around here and that was like how we had that other guy around here a year ago (Timmy Jernigan) that could really dominate inside and play with length and do some things. Chris Casher really stepped up and Reggie Northrup, I thought inside, Nile Lawrence (Stample) and all those guys up front stepped up, but Eddie and Casher and those guys did a tremendous job in that resolve. Eddie was dominant.”

On if he believes that senior wide receiver Rashad Greene has a clutch gene:
“I don’t know if it’s a clutch gene or it’s the power of preparation gene. The guy prepares for moments like that. He practices like that, he trains and thinks like that. He gets the players around him to think like that. This is not just a big moment situation, that’s the way he lives this life every day.”

On if he thinks the suspension of redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston will help him think differently:
“It does. I think anytime you’re called out and you make a mistake it does. We have to learn and process and move (on).”

On how much it hurt Jameis Winston to miss the game:
“Tremendously. I think you can see it on the sidelines and his ability to affect guys was still in a good positive light. He was a great influence for Sean and the other guys on the sideline. It wasn’t show or go, it was heartfelt and they feel that way towards him. I think it really (hurt), there’s no doubt.”

On the offensive line and how they felt to play without Jameis Winston and if it was a relief knowing they can do it:
“It really is. It lets you know because you still wonder. If this guy ever got in, knowing this guy has been in there, he’s been with us, it’s happened it lets you sleep better, it lets them know what they’ve got and know that it’s only going to get better in the future. I think it gives the whole team a lot of  confidence and it gives me confidence and knowing how you train them in practice and where you can take him to and what will he do and not do because as a coach you still plan and train but you never know until he gets in there. I think it gives the whole organization a whole lot of confidence.”

On the fight in this team:
“I think we try and prepare that way and that’s the way we’ve been around here as far as competing. But I think we’re learning to play smarter and what we’ve done and with the defense we’ve challenged them to be better on third down. They were tremendous in the red zone and in tight zone downs there, keeping points off the board.  Short yardage. You can play well at times and play situations poorly and lose the game. I say this all the time or you can play average at times, which we did at certain points and play situational football well and win games – turnover battles, things like that, short yardage, goal line, big plays things. I think we’re getting smarter, playing smarter football, now we’ve got to be consistent and cure some of these problems. I think we have a chance to be a really good football team but we have a lot of work to day.”

On junior punter Cason Beatty’s performance:
“I’m going to tell you, what he did right now was awesome. I thought he really stepped up and met a challenge. Hitting punts, three punts inside the 20, his average, hang time and almost no returns and anything he did from a guy that was in the line and pushed and challenged by myself to get better and he accepted that challenge and he was a huge part of our success the other night and I am very proud of him.”

On how much it helped having the depth on the defensive line to help close the game out:
“We kept the rotation. We got these young guys who we got a lot of practice and they got into the game. We played five or six interior guys, four or five ends. You saw [Lorenzo] Featherston, [Jacob] Pugh and all those guys out there and I think it made a huge difference at the end of that football game. I think we were as fresh a team or maybe a fresher team than they possibly could have been. I don’t mean that as any ill will toward them, but I felt that we were fresh and ready to compete. I thought we were very physical at the end of that game. We actually got more physical as the game went on.”

On if there is a drop off on the offensive line from last season:
“It is continuity, unity, tag team, calls, and pressing. Austin [Barron] is playing well. Is he playing great? No, but I don’t think any of them are right now. Sometimes you just have to play yourself into it. Sometimes you can be a hair off on the rhythm and the timing. That is what is going on with our running game at times. There is no consistency even with our [running] backs. Even when there are big chunks – three or four times all of a sudden you get a couple runs, you get your confidence, you start blocking and you start doing things. We are just out of whack. They miss one, we miss a cut or the back is ready to make it and we miss a block. There is that little bit of rhythm there that we have to continually fight, scratch and claw for. We have to keep staying fundamentally sound and get it in there. We are just out of rhythm.”

On if some of the sacks were also because of having an inexperienced quarterback:
“There were one or two of those, yes. There was one where you scrambled out and he could have thrown the ball away. I thought he could have gotten rid of two or three of those balls, but that was a first time starting. With Jameis [Winston] that probably wouldn’t have been [a sack]. There was a couple where we just got beat. They had pressure. One time we missed a blitz pickup by a [running] back. We missed a blitz pickup off the edge, off a corner fire that we had an over route coming that was busted that could have been possibly a touchdown. I am talking about a big play. We just missed a common block that we had made every other play in that game on the same protection. That just happened to be that guy slid inside to block somebody and should have been on the edge when their nickel back came off the edge, and we missed it. We had a huge guy wide open on the play. That is football. All 11 guys have to execute.”

On redshirt freshman quarterback Troy Cook being the second string quarterback because of the Jameis Winston suspension:
“He is a walk-on kid who is developing himself. It is a shock that he is not on scholarship somewhere. He has done a great job. J.J [Cosentino] is learning and getting into the system just hasn’t had enough of it. We would have used John [Franklin] too. John could do it, but John’s best future is going to be at receiver as a skill guy because he is so fast and so athletic down the road for what he can do. He came to us at camp and we were thinking the same because he has a chance to be a really good player out there. We bring him back at times to do certain quarterback things to keep it fresh because you always want to keep four [quarterbacks]. He can still run the base, 15 pass plays and all the run plays of our offense and feel really comfortable with him. He could have been in there too. Troy [Cook] is a guy who is smart, throws the ball very well and has played extremely well in all the scrimmages in which we’ve had. I am talking about a guy with limited reps he knows as much as anyone. He is extremely intelligent, knows our offense and makes good throws.”

On if the offense was changed because of the game suspension of quarterback Jameis Winston:
“Yes because there were things we had to take out that we worked on all week when we though he [Jameis Winston] was going to play in the second half. We had to change some things and find some different ways to create shot plays and big plays that we thought in the first half we would have a limited number, but then Jameis would be able to handle the whole package in the second half. That had to change, so we had to add some things and change some things. Not majorly, but some significant time we had to get it done.”

On what this win does after everyone thinking this was all Jameis Winston’s team:
“That is what I am glad to see. Jameis [Winston] is a tremendous football player. There are a lot of great football players here. This is a team. This team is going to have a lot of guys playing at the next level at times when their careers are over, but it is still a relatively young team as crazy as that sounds. On the offense, you have some experienced offensive linemen, a receiver and a tight end, but other than that there is not a senior on the starting defense. There is only two in the top 22. For them to step up and meet a challenge like that and do what they did. The kickers and the punters to do that, and some of the young offensive players to make plays in the game. We can do this if Jameis wasn’t here. We want him here. I am not saying that, but at the same time we are a team. We can be great football players too. I think the rest of the country saw that we have that.”

On playing at NC State and it being a tough place to play:
“Let me tell you what everyone tells you that their places are tough to play, first of all what makes it a tough place to play is when the other team has good players. They’ve had good players.  You go back to Russell Wilson and tons of wideouts and skill guys and defensive ends and defensive backs, they’ve had lot of guys get drafted or play in the NFL – very productive guys. They’ve got very good players and I think they have very passionate fans. The field sits close to you, it’s down in a pit, so it’s a little different and they have a passionate fan base and they have very good players and they’re coached well. You combine all those things it makes for a tough venue.”

On if he’s talked to this team about what happened two years ago:
“We talk about that all the time. At different times when I see us lacking I bring those issues up of different games where we haven’t performed that well.

On sophomore wide receiver Bobo Wilson:
“I’m very pleased with him- one-on-one, can get open, run different routes, really (he’s) able to be moved around different positions and he’s still learning and getting better but he’s got a lot of potential. He’s going to develop into a heck of a football player. I’m proud where is right now. I like the steps he’s taking.”

On NC State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett:
“Strong arm, physical guy, great competitor. When you sack him you’ve got to get him on the ground because he’s so strong. (He) can reach all the throws across the field, deep, short, intermediate. You think of him as a big guy but how well he runs. He moves around well for a big guy. He’s a tough guy and a leader and he’ll be ready to play. He’s from the state of Florida and transferring up there, knowing the guys on our team he’s an excellent player. He’s the difference in their offense in one year.”

On the challenges after an emotional win:
“I think you put this one behind you. This one is over with. Learn from it and move on. Don’t be relieved that you won, understand why you won and go on. Now, our chance is to get better because this isn’t where we want to go. We’ve got to practice better and keep improving as a team to go the next step and do the things we need to do and we have to challenge them with that.”

On senior tight end Nick O’Leary helping Sean Maguire when things weren’t working:
“He did. Nick’s always a guy that’s going to get open, he and Rashad (Greene) got that going and then Bobo (Wilson) got in. We got into a rhythm and changed some calls and got the ball out of his hand a little quicker and go him some confidence in what he had to do.”

On sophomore defensive back Nate Andrews’ and his ability to be in the play:
“The other thing is, you look at it and I don’t know if he didn’t make every dadgum tackle. Other guys forced plays but he ended up making tackle after tackle and he made a bunch of them.  He has an instinct to play the game. He can feel things, see things, be in the right place and he makes mistakes – he gave up some over routes sometimes and made some bad plays, but that guy is a competitor.  He puts it all out there and he has an instinct to play the game and like you say, when the ball is on the ground he happens to be in the middle of it every time.”

On being one of the only ACC teams ranked in the Top 25:
“I don’t care and I don’t mean that in a negative, I think it’s bad because I think the ACC has a great league. It’s not that I don’t care, I can’t control. All I can control is getting our guys to play well and getting us where we need to be. Keep the main thing the main thing and control what you can control. I’ve got enough problems with everything we’ve got going on as far as getting our team better. BC (Boston College) won (over) USC. We’ve got a lot of good football teams in this league. The only way I can change perception is to play well.”

On if it took a while for Nate Andrews to come out of his shell:
“When Nate’s coming over here hadn’t been recruited, had one or two offers. He’s coming into it with a group of guys that have been recruited all over the country. And you’re thinking if I’m a young man, I’m confident, but deep in my soul I’m thinking, ‘Can I really do this, am I good enough to play with these guys?’  Then all of a sudden he gets out there and he forgets all of it and just competes. I think once he got on the field, it’s a 100 yards long, 53 yards wide and goal posts on the ends, we put pads on – just being they said those guys were great, I’m pretty great too. I think it’s a matter of time until he got his reps and fit in.”

On if defensive tackle Eddie Goldman was underappreciated:
“I said that last year. Last year, he was a much better player than we thought because we were so enamored with Timmy (Jernigan) and Telvin (Smith) and the other guy. Now, you still have Mario (Edwards Jr.) and all of those guys, but he’s starting to play like it. He’s always had the ability and done it in a solid way. Now he’s starting make exceptional plays.”

On the adjustments that were made at halftime after struggling on offense:
“We were losing first down, we weren’t getting enough yards on first down to be able to convert on third downs. Everyone worries about third down sometimes but we were bad on first down. We tried to throw it early and we wanted to make sure they respected it and then we went to running the ball a little bit and we didn’t have many possessions. We went out and said how can we get one first down, get the ball to play makers get into a rhythm and let our guys know they can pass block and they can create big plays in the game and get a rhythm on offense so we can get the ball controlled, passing game – getting three-five step strikes and getting the ball to play makers and spread the field on the move and try to run it and things we did and get Sean some confidence and they had to respect him and made some runs and did enough to do what we needed to do.”

On NC State not having a tough schedule but if it’s important for them to get wins under their belt:
“No doubt. Like I said, we won a National Championship out here – we could have won it in 2012, but won that ACC. Those are huge steps going forward to what winning feels like and how you prepare and do the things you’ve got to do. I think there are steps. We all want to get to the end result, there’s a process and a mountain to climb.”

On if the loss two years away was a turning point:
“I don’t know if it was a turning point, it was some awareness and wakeup call knowing that you had a game and let it slip away. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again. Those are tough situations that are learning curve things that you have to move on from, don’t say it’s a turning point, it was a very good learning point.”

On if Jameis Winston’s off the field actions having any effect in the locker room and his leadership on the team:
“No. They love it. I say that because they see those parts. You can’t do this because it affects all of us, but at the same time they also see how hard he works, how he prepares and how diligent he is with them at times. It has not affected that part.”

On how that loss to NC State two years ago felt at that time:
“It was very tough, very frustrating, and very point blank. It was another thing we had to go through to make us the team we are now. I think that loss may have had a huge impact on what happened the other night. The guys at that time had chances to do some things then that when we aren’t playing our best we still have to figure out a way to play a situation, play smart, not give up and not give in. I think it had as much to do with how we played the other night as anything because I think we learned from that.”

On if what they learned from that NC State loss was similar to what they learned after trailing to Auburn in the National Championship Game last year:
“That was different though. That was different in that we were actually trying too hard early in that football game. That was a game of wanting something so bad that we didn’t do base things. Again, I keep telling you, “You made unbelievable adjustments at halftime.” I didn’t adjust anything, not defensively or anything else. Calm down, be where you are supposed to be and do what you are supposed to do. I know that sounds crazy, but that was totally different. Now the resolve to keep competing and finding way – it’s easy to say just make your changes. Think about this, it is like when you get mad or upset. All of a sudden, within three seconds, change it, be happy and fix what is fixed. Well sometimes it takes you a couple hours to unwind from getting upset or whatever it may be. At that point of the Auburn game about being able to make adjustment, seeing what was wrong, take a deep breath, going back to your fundamentals, play and do that. I think from that standpoint, most definitely. We are learning to do that. Not even learning, but believe that we can do that, still make a difference in the game and still be victorious in the game.”

On what he learned as a coach from the loss to NC State two years ago:
“You learn how to find ways to affect them and get them back in that mode. How to coach them better and make better adjustments or whatever needs to be done, whether they are adjustments, emotional adjustments. Maybe pulling a guy for a couple plays to get his bearings back. Whatever it may be, how to maybe change a call, change something you are doing. To just keep self-evaluating everything and process all the different phases around you to be able to get out of it. It is tough. It is extremely tough.”

On if he saw the defense playing more physical against Clemson than they have played this season:
“Yes I did. I thought we were much more physical, took blocks on better and made plays. Especially you could see it in on the short yards, red zone and goal line situations.”

On if the defense grew up in the second half:
“I think they definitely did. They really did. You saw a lot of want to, love and caring in there. You heard them saying, ‘We are not losing this game. We are not losing this game.’ It was a look. I guess that is why some of the emotions you talked about earlier because you saw guys making that commitment to laying it all out there.”

On if Rashad Greene had the Clemson cornerback setup on his touchdown catch because he was catching short and medium passes previously in the game:
“We actually hit that play a couple of plays before. What happened if you remember Rashad [Greene] snapped [his route] it off, the [Clemson cornerback] guy went high and he hit it for about a 20-yard gain. He caught it and went out of bounds. It was the same route. Again, fielding the same route, he played him a little bit more low-hip. We have the ability in all of those routes to adjust them high-low or the angles based off the leverage. That guy low-hipped it, Rashad gave him a little head nod and kept it high. It got him off balanced and we scored. We had hit that play two or three plays before and he gave up a big gain there, so your natural inclination is that he was going to work it low, so I play it low. That is what experience does.”

On the freshman Clemson cornerback going up against one of the best senior wide receivers in Rashad Greene:
“That is why we went back to it at the end of the game. We had to find ways to get No. 80 [Rashad Greene] and No. 35 [Nick O’Leary] the ball if different situations and if they were one-on-one. If not, we had to go away but if they were one-on-one we had to get balls to our playmakers.”

On if his play calling was based on getting a feel of what quarterback Sean Maguire was comfortable with:
“Yes it was. How we could protect, how he could move in the pocket, and taking shots. The bad part about it was that we had some shots open early that we got sacked on. He couldn’t get that confidence. He let one slip one time. We had a couple posts that he didn’t see. We had one of them that was big, big time open. There was a guy about 10 yards behind a guy, but that is what happens with a new guy and getting him into that groove – what you can see. Your eyes are the most important thing and if he could handle the play action. He did them well. Overall that guy [Sean Maguire] played very good. We left opportunities out there because of our offensive line, our [running] backs and because of him too. That is going to happen.”

On Jameis Winston saying he has to be ‘me’:
“He has to be ‘me’ under the context that he needs to be ‘me’ and be smarter about the decisions and the things he says and does. That is the way we have to be in society today because you can have fun but you can’t do it at the expense of others, circumstances or situations. That is the rules of the game. That is society. I would love to go out there, be carefree and fun loving. You can’t do that. There is an example and a respect that you have to have for your organization, your family and the things that go on that you just cannot allow to happen. You can’t do that.”

On if Jameis Winston fully understands the responsibility that goes with that:
“Yes. I say he does. At the same time, he has carefree moments and when he does spontaneous things that he has to make better judgments on. I say this, and it is not out of defense. I do not condone, I said the other day, but Jameis [Winston] is not a bad individual. He makes some poor choices on some spontaneous situations to getting, not attention, but to make people laugh and other people feel comfortable. He does like interacting with students and things, that he is not a guy who is a jock that I can’t relate with you, I can’t be with you. He needs to continue to do that, but he needs to do it with better judgment.”

On if he has ever seen this much attention on one college football athlete, Jameis Winston:
“It is the perfect storm. What I mean is, the way things are now. His situation of being such a very good player and we being No.1 in the country. The situations he puts himself into from the acts and the things he says. It is just a perfect [storm]. That is our media world today. That is what it is. They are doing their job. We have to be smart and do our job and represent Florida State, our program, himself and his family very positively. Again, he has made some poor choices at times.”

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