September 3, 2016 - by
Seminoles Finish Practices, Head South for Season Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Hurricane Hermine dealing the Tallahassee area rain, wind and electrical outages over the past two days, the Florida State football team will head to Orlando for Monday’s season opener after Saturday’s final practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility. Even with campus closing Thursday at noon and all day Friday, the team was able to complete all practices with minimal interruption in preparation for Monday’s Top 15-showdown with Ole Miss (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN).

“First thing we had to do was make sure everyone was safe,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Everybody was taken care of with shelter. Everybody had food and water and all of those things. We’re going to do it as if it were our own kids. We did that but at the same time I told them, ‘hey, we still got a ball game. We still got to play on Monday night,’ and still got to prepare. That’s the way life is sometimes. Hopefully that’s a good lesson for life.”

The FSU coaches held meetings on Saturday morning at the Four Points by Sheraton in Downtown Tallahassee before returning to the Moore Athletic Center when power came back on at approximately 2 p.m.

During Saturday’s practice, Florida State got a full practice out of quarterback Sean Maguire, who went down with a foot injury earlier in camp. Fisher listed Maguire as questionable on the injury report, but expects the redshirt senior to be available against the Rebels. Redshirt sophomore center Alec Eberle, who had missed practice with migraines over the past week, was full go at practice.

“He’s good. He’s practiced the last three days,” Fisher said of Eberle. “He’ll be playing a bunch and ready to roll, but I feel very good about [freshman Andrew] Boselli too, he’s had a great week and makes calls. Having those two guys…it was huge for [Boselli] to come on in camp. We knew in the spring he did, but boy he came on through summer camp. Eberle is fine and has practiced great.”

Also garnering praise from Fisher was offensive lineman Derrick Kelly, a starter for much of 2015 that should see extended time at left guard against Ole Miss with redshirt senior Kareem Are and redshirt freshman Cole Minshew out for the game.

“We have him at tackle and guard and finally settled him in at guard,” Fisher said. “He and Kareem [Are] have been flipping every series, in and out, and we were doing [Landon] Dickerson and [Cole] Minshew on the other side. We’ve been flipping guys in with the ones and felt very comfortable going through it.”

The Seminoles are 53-16 all-time in season openers, including a perfect 6-0 mark under Fisher since he became head coach in 2010. Florida State is 8-1 all-time in neutral site openers and have won seven straight, including a 37-31 win over Oklahoma State in 2014.

Florida State Injury Report vs. Ole Miss – Sept. 3

Questionable

DB      Nate Andrews (leg)

WR     George Campbell (core muscle)

QB      Sean Maguire (foot)

Out For Game

OL      Kareem Are (concussion)

DE      Keith Bryant (foot)

OL      Corey Martinez (knee)

OL      Cole Minshew (concussion)

DT      Darvin Taylor (shoulder)

DE      Adam Torres (leg)

Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes

Opening Statement:

“Good week of practice, good day of practice today. I liked our guy’s attitude, now we’ve got to go play. We’re tired of playing each other. We’ve got to get in the right mental frame of mind, which I think we are. Get down there and compete in the game and go play a heck of an Ole Miss team. They’re going to be very good. There’s going to be some ups and downs in the game. Both teams are going to make plays and you’ve got to keep playing. We’ve got a lot on our plate to be able to be able to stop them and move the ball on them because they have great defense, have a good kicking game. Offense is good. I think we do too. It should be a great football game.”

On preparing for this week around the storm:

“You know what’s ironic, which is weird – me being through it two or three times. I was through it two times in three weeks at LSU. We went through Katrina, we went through Rita, right after. They were devastating storms. It is what is and it’s another life lesson for those guys. You have to put things, prioritize, ‘when I’m doing this I’m doing this,’ let’s take care of everything. First thing we had to do was make sure everyone was safe. Everybody was taken care of with shelter. Everybody had food and water and all of those things. We’re going to do it as if it were our own kids. We did that but at the same time I told them, ‘hey, we still got a ball game. We still got to play on Monday night,’ and still got to prepare. That’s the way life is sometimes. Hopefully that’s a good lesson for life.”

On sophomore center Alec Eberle:

“He’s good. He’s practiced the last three days. He’ll be playing a bunch and ready to roll, but I feel very good about [freshman Andrew] Boselli too, he’s had a great week and makes calls. Having those two guys…it was huge for [Boselli] to come on in camp. We knew in the spring he did, but boy he came on through summer camp. Eberle is fine and has practiced great.”

On offensive lineman redshirt sophomore Derrick Kelly:

“Remember, he started half a year last year before he got hurt. We have him at tackle and guard and finally settled him in at guard. He and Kareem [Are] have been flipping every series, in and out, and we were doing [Landon] Dickerson and [Cole] Minshew on the other side. We’ve been flipping guys in with the ones and felt very comfortable going through it.”

On Kelly going from right to left tackle:

“He actually plays better on the left. He’s always been more natural on the left. As a guard, he’s much more natural on the left side. I don’t know why, some guys just play better on one side than the other.”

On quarterback redshirt senior Sean Maguire’s progress:

“He practiced all day today, yesterday and the day before. J.J. [Cosentino] has had a good camp too. He should be available.”

On the kicking game:

“They kicked and punted the ball well. Ricky [Aguayo] hit the ball really good today, and Logan [Tyler’s] kickoffs were really good and he punted the ball well. Our snappers, holders and return guys…I’ve been pleased with our special teams. That first week of the season, that can be…you see it across the country – dropped punts, things like that. Make sure you take care of it, and we feel good. Logan will kick and punt, and Ricky will take field goals.”

On offensive lineman junior Rick Leonard:

“He’ll start. A lot of consistency, keeps developing and I’m anxious to watch him. It will be fun to watch him grow.”

On playing Monday’s game at Camping World Stadium, the location of the 2016 spring game:

“You know where you’re going. If you know where you’re going, we’re I’m staying and guys have been in there, I don’t know how big an advantage, but it at least gives you comfort on what you’re walking into.”

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