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Doak Insider Notebook: Day 17

Aug. 25, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team capped off its early session of a two-a-day practice late Monday morning and head coach Jimbo Fisher said he’s ready to see how his team switches from practice to “game mode” with the season opener looming next week.

Seventeen days of practice into camp, the Seminoles will now rely on the veteran leadership of an overall young team to help make that transition.

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“I’m anxious to see how they start to prepare,” Fisher said. “They’ve got tired minds coming off two-a-days and now they’ve got to get focused in on what we’ve got to do to prepare for ULM. Get into practice mode and get executing. You see the mature guys … you saw them today. They know how to hit that switch. The young guys, they get it but they have to look around and see that we are in game mode. We are getting there and I like it. There’s enough older guys are around here to show those young guys.

“And those young guys, it don’t take them long.”


@DevinFSU asked, “Any word on when the revised depth chart will be out?”

Fisher actually addressed the depth chart today.

“We are getting there,” Fisher said. “We should have something filled out. We’ve still got some of those injuries. Until we get some of those injuries ironed out and see where we are at after a couple of days. Guys will be back by the beginning of next week so we will have to wait and see how many guys are back by Saturday, Monday, whatever before I go sticking that in there because you may have to make an adjustment after that. We kill too many trees that way. Don’t want to waste too much paper.”

Translation: a depth chart could come as early as this weekend, but more likely it will be very early next week.

@timothymobley1 asked,” So how deep by position are we going?”

FSU’s depth is impressive. Not counting injuries, here’s an unofficial look at what the depth numbers look like:

QB – 4, RB – 5, FB – 4, WR – 9, TE – 4, OL – 15, DE – 6, DT – 10, LB – 9, CB/S – 15.

I lumped the cornerbacks and safeties together because defensive coordinator/secondary coach Mark Stoops cross-trains guys at both spots. The same is true for the offensive line where guys bounce between the tackle and guard spot.

Check out the “Quote of the Day” note below. Fisher touched on the impressive depth of the defense.

Expect to see Devonta Freeman on the field this year.


Since the day fall camp began, true freshman Devonta Freeman has looked like a running back that is going to get his fair chance to play right away for the Seminoles.

Freeman enrolled in school in January and benefitted from taking part in FSU’s spring practice period. That extra time in the weight room, watching film and on the practice fields has helped him push through the last few grueling weeks.

“He looks like a guy that’s already been here,” Fisher said.

With starter Chris Thompson’s status uncertain because of his sore back, senior Ty Jones and Jermaine Thomas are atop the depth chart. Freeman is expected to contribute right away, though, and will likely see time with the starting offense against Louisana-Monroe.


The Florida State coaches and doctors had a specific plan entering camp earlier this month when it came to senior guard David Spurlock.

After battling with concussions, FSU’s brain trust decided that the best option would be to gradually reintroduce Spurlock into the rigors and battles that happen on the practice fields. The plan went as scheduled and that meant Spurlock was cleared for full contact earlier this week.

That patience paid off as Spurlock made it through the week with a full bill of health.

“It showed that so far we have handled him right,” Fisher said. “We have handled this situation with patience and he’s come out here for a week and got hit and banged and bruised and it’s worked out.  It’s very good for our doctors and the way we went about treating him. I think that was big.”

Spurlock’s return and subsequent good health is a positive for an offensive line that has had to deal with a myriad of minor injuries throughout the duration of camp.

And while his clearance for full contact bolsters that unit as a whole, Fisher said that it helps one of the Seminoles on that line more so than others.

“Who it’s big to is [Jacob] Fahrenkrug,” Fisher said about FSU’s first-time starter at center. “[Spurlock is] a guy that can help him with calls, help him with stability inside and a guy that’s been there and really done it a bunch and been in there. From that standpoint, I think it’s big from a maturity standpoint but I think Fahrenkrug will really be the guy that benefits from that the most I would imagine.”

Linebacker Vince Williams is just one of many talented FSU defensive players on this year’s roster.


As a longtime offensive coordinator, Fisher knows a good defense when he sees one. And he sees a pretty good one everyday at practice and on film.

“Defensively now, our numbers and where we’re at, I mean we are in great shape,” Fisher said about his team. “Corners, safeties … that’s what we have recited. That’s why we’ve put an emphasis on recruiting the last three years. I think it shoes in where we are going. We ought to be a very, very good [and] dominant defense. We really should be.”


Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Shaw, who had a long touchdown reception in Tuesday’s scrimmage earlier this week, was at practice but on the sidelines with a boot on his right foot Thursday.

Fisher said that the rising pass-catcher turned his ankle during that very scrimmage earlier this week.

“It’s just a day-by-day thing,” Fisher said. “I think it will be at least until the beginning of next week before we can tell [about his return].”

Shaw has been a strong force in the receiving corps and has pushed for extended playing time entering the season. 

Fisher added that Shaw has been “really, really playing well” as of late.


It’s been a long road but the college football season is finally almost here. In fact, FSU is now at the single-digit countdown mark in terms of days until the season-opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 3. In celebration of there being just nine days left, here’s a photo of second-string quarterback Clint Trickett (top) and freshman safety Karlos Williams (bottom):

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