Aug. 6, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A day that began with a buzz finally ended with a clap of thunder.
After managing just 45 minutes of work over a three-hour stretch, a third weather alert sent the Florida State football team to the locker room Monday with a premature conclusion to the first day of practice.
Football coach Jimbo Fisher set the tone for the 2012 season with a Monday afternoon press conference, just 18 hours or so after the Seminoles reported for the start of practice.
“It’s good to be back,” Fisher told the media. “I’m feeling anxious to get things going. Glad the summer is over and get back to football and having some fun. Looking forward to an outstanding year. I think our guys did a great job of conditioning this summer- it was one of the best one’s we had in a lot of different aspects. Not just in strength, but in conditioning parts; just changing bodies and certain things and the way we’ve trained.”
Florida State opened camp with a No. 7 national ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll; a clear sign that there are lofty expectations for Fisher’s third squad as the head coach. Fisher said he embraces those expectations, because they only come to teams that have the ability to achieve at a high level.
With a veteran defense, a senior quarterback in EJ Manuel and a deep well of skilled position players, the Seminoles will set out to improve on last season’s 9-4 campaign. From what he has already seen, the `Noles appear to be a more mature and physically gifted group than the squad that walked away from the Champs Sports Bowl with a hard-earned 18-14 victory over Notre Dame to close out 2011.
“I like the attitude and demeanor of our football team,” Fisher said. “You’re always happy in the beginning, but I see a more mature group that’s more comfortable going into the season, because I think they understand the expectations – what the staff wants, how we coach, the way things are going to be done and they’ve been through it.
“It’s filtered through down to the young guys. We have two older groups of guys that I think are really doing a great job of affecting the young guys and those younger guys have bought in and adjusting and trying to contribute in any way shape or form.”
While the weather failed to cooperate on opening day, the Seminoles have ample time to get ready for their Sept. 1 opener at home against Murray State.
The Seminoles are set to return to the practice field Tuesday, beginning flex at 4:35 p.m.