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Doak Insider Notebook: Day 15

Aug. 23, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team held its second scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday afternoon inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

After practice, head coach Jimbo Fisher said that the team will now begin preparing on Wednesday for the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

Fisher described the scrimmage as “feast or famine,” noting that both sides of the ball gave up some big plays but also made some big plays. FSU’s second-year coach added that he is still waiting to see more consistency out of the team as a whole and he hopes he begins to see that once some of the injured bodies return to action. 

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Further analysis and possible depth chart decisions will start to take place once the coaching staff watches the scrimmage film.


Lamarcus Joyner generated the most headlines this offseason when the Florida State coaches moved him from cornerback to safety. 

Telvin Smith’s move from outside linebacker to middle linebacker was noteworthy, too.

While he’s not on the two-deep depth chart yet, Chad Abram’s move was perhaps the biggest position switch of all. When the sophomore from Lakeland, Fla. was approached by the coaches and asked to switch to fullback from safety, Abram agreed to do something he had never done before: play offense.

“I never played on that side before,” Abram said. “Well, when I was a little kid I did for awhile.”

Pop Warner football aside, Abram’s transition from the defensive backfield to the offensive backfield has gone rather smoothly considering the circumstances.

Chad Abram is currently the third-team FB after switching from defense this off-season.

“Chad has done a really good job in his transition,” running backs coach Eddie Gran said. “He never played offense so it’s hard to make that change. He’s used to being a hitter and he is starting to play fullback more physical. I foresee him here in a couple weeks once he gets more time under his belt having an opportunity to get in there and hopefully contribute for us.”

Added Abram: “The transition has been great. I picked up quicker at fullback than I thought I would and Coach Gran thought I would.”

Helping ease the change has been starting fullback Lonnie Pryor, who has taken on a mentor role in Abram’s journey to the offensive side of the ball.

Pryor said he remembers the conversation between the two when he first learned this summer that he had a new teammate in the backfield.

“I didn’t know [the coaches] moved him until 7-on-7s and he came to me and said, ‘Lonnie, I need some help; I’m at fullback.'” Pryor said. “I think he’s going to do a good job. He’s a big guy muscle-wise. He may have difficulty learning the offense at first because he was at defense and it’s a whole different setup. But we will help him get through it and he should be OK.”

“Lonnie is a great help,” Abram said. “I have asked him about everything he knows. He’s a great fullback and he has helped me a lot.”

Abram is expected to start the season as the third string fullback behind Pryor and backup Debrale Smiley.


@Luca13rasi asked, “Who got redshirted?”

The answer to that question remains to be seen.

Florida State has tremendous depth at nearly every position so there are obviously some likely true-freshman candidates to receive a redshirt. But a lot a can change in a football season and injuries happen that could force certain first-year guys to play earlier than anticipated.

I could make some educated guesses right now about who are the top candidates to redshirt but I don’t want to speculate. Let’s get the season started and see how things play out.

@BLUESTARNOLE21 asked, “Will the ‘Noles wear a Nike pro combat uniform this year?

There are no plans for the Seminoles to wear Pro Combats this year and I am not sure when or if Nike will create one for the ‘Noles again.

My personal opinion is that I would like to see another Seminoles Pro Combat uniform in the future. I didn’t mind the all-garnet and black-helmet version that the team wore during the 2009 season but I think it would be interesting to see what Nike could do if they kept the colors standard. 

Imagine Pro Combat threads that kept the gold pants, garnet jersey and gold helmet. No need to drastically change the best uniform in college sports.

@Support_da_WHYL asked,” Honestly what do you think their record will be by season’s end? Regular season that is.”

In all honesty, this team has the potential (key word, here) to go undefeated. Obviously, a lot of factors have to work themselves out for that to happen but the possibility is definitely there.

More realistically, I see 10-2 as a legitimate record for a Seminoles team that heads into the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC in December. Oklahoma is a monster and it’s really going to take a perfect game for FSU to get past the No. 1 Sooners in Tallahassee. If they drop that game, a road trip to Clemson the very next weekend is on the slate and that won’t be much easier — especially if it’s a night contest in Death Valley. 

Dan Hicks has increased expectations with his improved play over the past year.


Dan Hicks can see the change in his game. He knows he has improved since last season when he played in 13 games as All-American Brandon Jenkins’ backup at right defensive end.

And even though he’s still in the same spot behind Jenkins this year, the redshirt sophomore knows what he is doing better on the practice fields during fall camp.

“I’m just working better with my teammates,” Hicks said. “I’m getting more involved and listening and learning [better].”

Head coach Jimbo Fisher sees Hicks’ improvement and has high hopes for the Oxford, Miss. native.

“I think he can be a very productive player … athletic,” Fisher said. “The guy’s 6-5, 275 pounds and he could stand up and play linebacker. He can run, he can rush, he’s very physical. He’s an athletic guy; I mean, an extremely athletic guy. He’s coming into his own as a redshirt sophomore. He’s where he should be. If he keeps coming, he’s got a great future ahead of him.”

Hicks and Jenkins are just one part of a defensive ends rotation that also includes Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine on the left side.

Toshmon Stevens and Giorgio Newberry could also figure into the rotation as well.

“Our coach’s motto on the d-line is that we hunt together,” Hicks said.


There are just 11 days until the first game of the 2011 college football season for the Florida State Seminoles. In celebration, here’s a photo of middle linebacker Vince Williams:

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