September 25, 2014 - by
Seminoles Ready For Raleigh

Seminoles Ready For Raleigh

Florida State will look to avenge 2012 loss at NC State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State had a solid practice on a cooler-than-usual Thursday night at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility and will take off for Raleigh later in the evening in preparation for Saturday’s game against NC State at 3:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium.

“Today was excellent,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I was extremely pleased with the focus, the execution, offense, defense and special teams. I really was. I am very happy where we are at mentally right now. I am anxious to see us take it to the field. We need to because it is going to be a very tough opponent. On the road, that is always a very tough place to play. They are 4-0 and playing well. I am anxious to see how we do this. I really am and I am very, very pleased with how this week ended up.”

The Seminoles are coming off of an emotional overtime win against No. 22 Clemson where backup quarterback Sean Maguire threw for 304 yards and Karlos Williams had the winning 12-yard touchdown. However, don’t expect a letdown from the Seminoles despite cruising past NC State, 49-17 last year. FSU’s last trip to Raleigh ended in a 17-16 loss to the Wolfpack and that defeat has been fresh in the minds of several upperclassmen this week.

After practice, Fisher announced that junior defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and redshirt sophomore Mario Pender will be out this weekend after suffering concussions last Saturday versus the Tigers.

Redshirt sophomore Chris Casher is expected to earn the first start of his career in place of Edwards, who was an All-ACC pick in 2013. Casher had five tackles against Clemson and has flashed playmaking ability throughout his career. In 2013, he had 5.0 tackles for loss and scored a 31-yard touchdown after forcing a fumble on a sack and then recovering the ball against Syracuse.

Fisher said he is very confident in Casher.

“The way he played last week and the way he’s practice – I am really pleased with these young guys,” Fisher said. “[Lorenzo] Featherston is going to be a heckuva player. Ricky Leonard is coming on in there, Jacob Pugh and DeMarcus Walker. All of those guys are doing a great job.”​

Freshman Dalvin Cook and sophomore Ryan Green will likely receive more carries with Pender, the second-team running back, out.

Fisher also said redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Justin Shanks will be back in the defensive line rotation after missing last game with an ankle injury.

Florida State Injury Report vs. NC State – Sept. 27, 2014
Out For Game

DE      Mario Edwards Jr. (concussion)

LB      Ukeme Eligwe (foot)

RB      Mario Pender (concusson)

Out For Season

DB      Colin Blake (shoulder)

DT      Nile Lawrence-Stample (pectoral muscle)

LB      Delvin Purifoy (ankle)

Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes

Opening statement:

“Today was excellent. I was extremely pleased with the focus, the execution, offense, defense and special teams. I really was. I am very happy where we are at mentally right now. I am anxious to see us take it to the field. We need to because it is going to be a very tough opponent. On the road, that is always a very tough place to play. They are 4-0 and playing well. I am anxious to see how we do this. I really am and I am very, very pleased with how this week ended up.”

Is it possible to duplicate the crowd noise and pressure of playing a road game:

“You can as much as you can. At least it creates distractions and keeps you to focus that way. You can never duplicate everything because you still have the pressure of that game, but this is the best that we can do.”

On missing Mario Edwards Jr. and Nile Lawrence-Stample, if he is worried about the defensive line:

“The [defensive] ends have been great. We played the whole second half last week without them. Getting [Justin] Shanks back in there also. We get him back in there so it keeps that rotation as far as number wise, we will be in good shape.” 

On if he thinks the emotional win over Clemson last week will help out this week:

“We will find out. Sometimes you let down, sometimes you don’t. I think we won’t by the week of practice and preparation that we’ve had. Hopefully that is a starting point and not an exclamation point.”

On feeling confident having Chris Casher to fill in for injured Mario Edwards Jr.:

“I do. The way he played last week and the way he’s practice. I am really pleased with these young guys. [Lorenzo] Featherston is going to be a heckuva player. Ricky Leonard is coming on in there, Jacob Pugh and DeMarcus Walker. All of those guys are doing a great job.”​

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