October 8, 2014 - by
Practice Report: Noles Preparing For Carrier Dome

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –No. 1 Florida State continued preparation for its third appearance in Syracuse’s Carrier Dome at practice on Tuesday at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.

The Seminoles face the Orange at Noon (ESPN) on Saturday.

“It was a typical Tuesday,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I really liked the defense. I thought they were really sharp today. I saw a lot of energy out of them. Execution from some of the young guys continue to get better. You see them starting to grow and take off. Offense had a solid day, a typical solid day. But the defense really jumped at me. We kicked the ball well, too, today. A good Tuesday practice.” 

FSU will make its 19th appearance in a dome all-time, but the second time this season. FSU opened the season against Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, winning 37-31.

The Seminoles are 12-6 all-time in domed facilities, but have won 12 of their last 14 appearances.

Florida State is 2-0 against Syracuse on its home turf, beating the Orange in 2004 (17-13) and in 1989 (41-10).

“There will be a different noise level,” Fisher said. “They say that there’s no air conditioning sometimes, the heat in there gets bad and guys have a tendency to cramp up so we’ll have to hydrate a lot. And then you have depth perception [problems] and things like that. We’ve played inside before, so we’ll be happy to get up there.”

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes

Opening statement:
“It was a typical Tuesday. I really liked the defense. I thought they were really sharp today. I saw a lot of energy out of them. Execution from some of the young guys continue to get better. You see them starting to grow and take off. Offense had a solid day, a typical solid day. But the defense really jumped at me. We kicked the ball well, too, today. A good Tuesday practice.

On how redshirt freshman center Ryan Hoefeld looks with the first team offense in practice:
“He’s doing good. I mean, he had a solid day. Made calls and did some nice things. We’ll look at the film and evaluate everything, but he functioned very well.”

On if his shotgun snaps are under control:
“Yeah, they are going to be high for a while. We had those with [former center Bryan] Stork, we had those with [senior center Austin] Barron. Shotgun snaps are always a little here and there.”

On how freshman quarterback John Franklin III looks at quarterback again after making a move to wide receiver earlier this season:
“I liked it. He’s throwing the ball good and made some nice checks today. I mean, he had a little rust on him, but I think he had a solid day.”

On Franklin being a raw quarterback coming out of high school:
“They used his athletic ability. He had to great arm, but a lot of the fundamentals and fine-tuned things of the passing game…That’s just not what they did. But he was very effective.”

On if senior wide receiver Rashad Greene is making progress from his concussion:
“Seems to be. I mean, he is still under the doctor’s guidance and he said he feels very good…You still have to go through the protocol.”

On the status of senior running back Karlos Williams:
“His ankle – most likely won’t be able to play.”

On redshirt junior linebacker Terrance Smith coming back to practice after not playing versus Wake Forest:
“He was flying around and had a good day. I noticed him; he flashed at me.”

On how redshirt sophomore running back Mario Pender and freshman running back Dalvin Cook performed in practice:
“Good. I thought they had solid days. When you don’t notice them, as far as messing up, that’s a good thing.”

On the unique aspects of playing in a dome:
“There will be a different noise level. They say that there’s no air conditioning sometimes, the heat in there gets bad and guys have a tendency to cramp up so we’ll have to hydrate a lot. And then you have depth perception [problems] and things like that. We’ve played inside before, so we’ll be happy to get up there.”

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