Oct. 23, 2010
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher walked off the practice field Saturday pretty happy about his team’s effort after a two-hour session.
“Daws, don’t you think that was one of the best practices we’ve had in a while,” Fisher said to passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
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After taking Friday off, the Seminoles returned to the practice field Saturday and spent the session continuing to prep for next Thursday’s pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division showdown at NC State.
“It was a very good practice today,” Fisher told members of the media after practice. “The tempo was up. Attitude was up. Execution was up. I was very pleased today. I liked the whole demeanor of everything we did today.”
The Seminoles donned shorts and helmets. FSU practiced in full pads on Wednesday and Thursday. Three more practice days are left before the team departs for Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday afternoon.
“Our kids are doing a good of job preparing,” said Fisher. “They knew today was Monday. Today wasn’t Saturday. Today was Monday. That’s what we preached to them. They came out there and got their work done. It was an extended Monday. We did more than we normally do on a Monday, because we’re farther advanced and got more stuff in. I was very pleased at how they bounced around getting ready to play.”
The bright spot of Saturday’s practice was the return of senior quarterback Christian Ponder to throwing drills. Ponder, who sat out much of practice this week while recovering from a swollen right arm, participated in several drills Saturday.
“He threw the ball well,” Fisher said. “He did 7-on-7. He did red zone 7-on7. He did forced drill and team. I cut some back, because we have so many. He did inside drill. I was shocked at what he did throw. They [athletic training staff] expected him to go some today and then tomorrow be harder. But, he went out there and threw all kind of balls. He threw it down the field. He threw it deep. Tomorrow will be a normal day for him.”
Thursday night Games
Fisher was asked Saturday to recall some of the Thursday night games that have stood out in his career. Besides the ones he’s been involved with at Florida State, Fisher mentioned the 1997 season opener while he was at Auburn – a Thursday night affair featuring Auburn and Virginia and current Seminole quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig.
“We opened up at Virginia one year. That’s when they had Aaron Brooks, [Germane] Crowell, [Anthony] Poindexter, [Patrick] Kerney, Thomas Jones. They had a whole crew up there. We went up there and Dameyune led us to a victory in Charlottesville on a Thursday night. It was a big time game.”
Fisher also mentioned the last meeting at NC State in 2008 also on a Thursday night.
“That was a real good win for us. We had to battle back and finally won 26-17. We had to kick a field goal late to kind of secure it. They were ahead early in the game. If I remember right, we had about eight holding calls in the first half. Every time we did anything, we went backwards. That was the first time that year, we played outside the state of Florida.”
Florida State’s last two Thursday night games have resulted in wins for the `Noles. Besides the win in 2008 at NC State, FSU adds a 30-27 win at North Carolina last year to that slate.
“We’ve won the last two. But it’s a ball game. They’re going to line up and play on a 100-yard field. The lights will be on. It’ll be 60 minutes and we’ll line up and play. It’s going to be a challenge. It’s going to be tough. They’re a good team. It’s a good environment. We’ll be ready to play.”