August 19, 2014 - by

Scrimmage Report: Receivers Making Strides

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Inclement weather forced No. 1 Florida State indoors in the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on Tuesday, but the Seminoles still held their second scrimmage of fall camp.

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said he was pleased with the competition and the performance of both the offense and defense during two hours of live action.

 “I think both sides made plays and did things as far as having success, and then would have some adversity and would overcome it and keep playing,” Fisher said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I really liked the progress we’ve made since the last scrimmage and it will be very important how we go from here on. The rest of this week, to me, is going to be very critical. We have a day off tomorrow to heal up and rest, and then we’ll go hard Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Then we’ll break camp and see where we’re at. Overall a good day. And the good thing, I don’t believe we had any injuries.”

With 15 starters returning, FSU doesn’t have a lot of question marks or position battles. However, the Seminoles must find replacements for productive wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin (first round pick) and Kenny Shaw (graduated) to use with preseason All-American Rashad Greene.

On Tuesday, Fisher addressed the wide receiver position and said he would start redshirt senior Christian Green alongside Greene if there was a game today. Fisher added that he has been impressed with all eight scholarship wide receivers including true freshmen Travis Rudolph, Ja’Vonn Harrison and Ermon Lane.

“I feel very comfortable with eight guys in that rotation,” Fisher said. “I really do. I say that’s not playing them all, but I feel very comfortable if they had to go into the football game. Those three young receivers had some mistakes today, but they are really starting to understand how to play.”

Six-Game Ticket Packs Sold Out
Florida State, the reigning national football champions, released Tuesday that in addition to a complete sell out of all full season tickets all 3,400 six game packs have now sold out as well.

Florida State announced in June that all 47,000 full season tickets had sold out for the first time since 2003.  The Seminoles have also sold their entire ticket allotment for the Cowboy’s Classic in Arlington, Texas to start the season.  The only remaining tickets now available are a limited quantity of single game tickets for The Citadel, Wake Forest, Virginia and Boston College.

The No. 1 ranked Seminoles open the season August 30 against Oklahoma State in a nationally televised game on ABC.  The Seminoles open the home season a week later against The Citadel with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally.

FSU’s remaining single game tickets are available on-line at www.seminoles.com/tickets or by calling 1-888-378-NOLE (6653).

Greene Comfortable in Role as Mentor
Greene, the senior leader of the wide receiver corps and FSU’s leading receiver the past three seasons, relishes his role as a mentor to the young receivers.

“It’s been easy for me,” Greene said. “At the same time I feel like all of the guys respect me; all of the guys respect my game and like the way I get things done.  It’s easy to get across to the just by showing by example what I am all about.  I’m not much of a talker but I will explain to them what they need to get done and how they need to do it.  A lot of guys take to it and a lot of guys look up to me.”

Greene, who spoke to media members following the scrimmage, added that several players on the defensive side of the ball will also seek out his advice.

Ramsey Continues to Lead
Sophomore safety Jalen Ramsey was dismissed from Florida State’s open practice on Aug. 10, but the preseason All-American and all-conference player never lost the trust of his teammates or coaches, including Fisher, who praised Ramsey the next day to the media, calling him “a great kid” and “a phenomenal player and leader.”

Ramsey spoke to reporters on Tuesday.  

“You can’t let your emotions get the best of you sometimes – got to keep it all under control,” Ramsey said. “It was all in competition. Me and Karlos (Williams) talked it out. It really wasn’t anything personal it was just competing and emotions get high sometimes.”

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Florida State Post-Practice Quotes – Aug. 19, 2014

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher

Opening Statement:
“I was pleased. The competition was there. We got a lot of situations. We ran a lot of young guys in some different situations and got out there to play. The young receivers, all of them got tons of reps and balls thrown their way. The young DBs and D-linemen and rush guys, I saw some of the young guys can really pressure. Happy with some of the inside play on defense. Offensively, I thought Dalvin (Cook) ran well, we took the blue (non-contact jersey) off of him and let him go completely live. He was really good and I thought had a good day. Karlos (Williams) and (Mario) Pender went well and we saw them last scrimmage. They did a real nice job. Jameis (Winston) is really starting to come on and played well. I was pleased with the scrimmage, I really was. I think both sides made plays and did things as far as having success, and then would have some adversity and would overcome it and keep playing. We still have a lot of work to do, but I really liked the progress we’ve made since the last scrimmage and it will be very important how we go from here on. The rest of this week, to me, is going to be very critical. We have a day off tomorrow to heal up and rest, and then we’ll go hard Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Then we’ll break camp and see where we’re at. Overall a good day. And the good thing, I don’t believe we had any injuries. That’s the first thing, and I hate to say it, but you keep your fingers crossed all the time.”

On projected starting receivers:
“Probably Pops (Christian Green) and Rashad (Greene) would be the two guys we’d feel very comfortable with. I feel very comfortable with eight guys in that rotation, I really do. I say that’s not playing them all, but I feel very comfortable if they had to go into the football game. Those three young receivers had some mistakes today, but they are really starting to understand how to play. I thought Travis (Rudolph) had a really good day. I thought Ja’Vonn (Harrison) really grew up and had some nice plays and Ermon (Lane), too. So I feel comfortable with those guys. I thought Bobo (Jesus Wilson) and Kermit (Whitfield) did some good things and Scooter (Jarred Haggins) had the ball, too. I feel comfortable with where we are going. The last three or four days, we’ve really thrown and caught the football extremely well.”

On if any of the freshmen tight ends stood out:
“It’s the first time we got Mavin (Saunders) in the scrimmage and I was really pleased with him. Still raw on some things but boy he is athletic and has ball skills. (Ryan) Izzo blocked, I thought, extremely well. We didn’t get him many balls, which we did all week. He had a really good three, four days leading up in making catches. I am extremely happy with those two. I think both of those guys are going to be really good football players. You got size, they are both physical and I mean they are athletic as you can get.”

On the defensive backs without Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams:
“They took a lot of reps. We took a lot of guys in different positions and I thought they played well. I mean, they gave up a play or two, but they had some really good coverage on two or three plays. Jameis (Winston) dropped some balls in there in some spots that were really good. I thought they tackled well and mixed coverages up very well and thought they had a good, solid day. I feel comfortable that if they had to play and go in there, you’d feel comfortable putting those guys like Nick Waisome and Marquez (White) and those guys in the game.”

On passing game improvement from previous scrimmage:
“For some reason last time, due to the way they played us on defense, we had a lot of balls to the backs and tight ends. And today we did, too, but really got the ball vertically down the field. Guys are really understanding routes and how to set holes and get open versus different leverages and all of our older guys building rhythm and timing. This camp has grown and has gotten better. The ball got vertically so much more, so you got that mixed in with the underneath stuff, you feel very comfortable.”

On if the defense is playing with the whole playbook:
“They are bringing blitzes and looks. We throw the kitchen sink. We are in three-down, four-down, all the stuff we do. Because we want to build that library and get the looks on film. We are coming at them. The defense did really well. We had a lot of stops and plays in there, too.”

 Wide Receiver Rashad Greene

 What are your thoughts on today’s scrimmage:
“I felt like we played hard; most importantly the effort was there.  The execution is getting better every day, which is, effort and execution goes hand in hand.  Without one, the other is not going to work.  So, I felt like we played hard.  We came out here and had fun and we competed, we got after each other.  That’s always good especially from young guys who are just getting in; starting to feel the groove and get the confidence they need to help take us where we need to go.”

Talk about the young guys who are very talented:
“They look good.  It’s my job to get them to be consistent and understand the importance of detail and just coach them up real good and let them know how it’s supposed to be done.  I feel that’s my role on this team – to be a leader to show these guys the right way to get the job done.”

How has your role as a leader helped the young guys:
“It’s been easy for me.  At the same time I feel like all of the guys respect me; all of the guys respect my game and like the way I get things done.  It’s easy to get across to the just by showing by example what I am all about.  I’m not much of a talker but I will explain to them what they need to get done and how they need to do it.  A lot of guys take to it and a lot of guys look up to me.  Even on the opposite side of the ball – Marquez White — he told me he looks up to me and he like the way I carry myself, my game and stuff like that.  I’m just here to make everybody better.  I’m here to make everybody achieve the goals they want.  That will make me feel better at the end of the day that I helped somebody get to where they want to be.”

Have any of the young guys emerged to become starters:
“I feel like we need all of them.  We need all of them to play in the level that I play one.  Not being cocky or anything like that … I take it very seriously and I need them to take it very seriously, get consistent and understand what they are doing, understand the concepts.  I hold them to a higher standard than myself because without them I am nothing.  I definitely need my teammates to get on board with me and play at my level.”

What has helped the improvement of the passing game:
“It’s timing, understanding what you have to do, understanding defenses, understanding routes and how to run them, different coverages, different looks.  We are learning.  I continue to learn every day and they get to learn, too.  I get to teach them and I get to learn from Jimbo and Jameis and upperclassmen that’s with me.  I’m still here to learn every day, to get better.  And I’m here to teach and get them better so they can pass it on to guys who come after me and after them.”

Is quarterback Jameis Winston learning about the younger guys, too:
“Most definitely.  He looks and those guys just as he looks at me.  He expects them to do the same things as I do.  I expect more out of them than Jameis because that’s my group.  I put my name in them; I’ll stamp them because I want all of them to be successful at the end of the day and I want all of them to be great.  I feel I have the tools and the knowledge and the power to show them and teach them the right way.  Jimbo doesn’t have to same too much to them like he doesn’t have to say too much to me.”

What are some of the more important things you have accomplished in the last two weeks:
“”We are getting better.  We are coming together as a family.  Everyone has taken to each other, most importantly just becoming one.  That’s most important.  Everybody is committed to this thing, everybody wants the same goal.  With that we are very powerful.  I feel a lot of greatness ahead of us, but at the same time, they are only as strong as me.  If I don’t take them they are not going to be taken to the top.  That’s my job.”

Defensive Back Jalen Ramsey

What are some of the more important things learned the past two weeks of camp:
“Everything. People learning their assignments, alignment, the right technique to use, just really competing, that’s the key thing. Making everybody better, the receivers make us better and we try to make them better.”

On what the wide receivers have been doing:
“(Senior) Rashad (Greene) has pushed them and they stepped up to his challenge basically. We talk, it’s competition the whole time. They’re tired of getting beat every play by us so they’re trying to step it up and that just helps us, we step it up to.”

On how people have stepped up at replacing starting cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby:
“They’ve done great. P.J. and Darby are one-of-a-kind, they’re hard to replace. They’ve come in, they’ve filled those shoes, they’ve done the right assignments, they’ve competed, that’s the most important thing. We work well together so they’ve really given us hope in that we can really play anybody in the secondary.”

On working with the freshmen:
“When they are out there with us, they feel like they don’t want to let us down, they’re kind of like I was when I was a freshman; you didn’t want to let anybody down when you’re in there. So they do that and we help them to make sure they have the right techniques and everything and alignment. But at the same time, we don’t want to give them too much information because we want them to learn. The best way to learn is sometimes from your mistakes.”

On freshman defensive back Trey Marshall:
“Trey’s a man, he’s a freshman but he’s a man. He can step in right now and play a huge role on this team this year. He does remind me of myself but he’s probably actually more ahead than I was as a freshman. He knows more than one position right now and I can’t say at this time last year I knew more than one position. The amount of extra work and hard work Trey puts in, I didn’t have that mindset last year either. I can tell Trey wants to be great. He will be great one day. He’s actually from where I was last year.”

On what he learned in the incident at practice two weeks ago:
“Can’t let your emotions get the best of you sometimes; got to keep it all under control. It was all in competition. Me and Karlos (Williams) talked it out. It really wasn’t anything personal it was just competing and emotions get high sometimes and that’s what happens.”

 

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