TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For just the second time in school history, and the first since 1957, No. 20/18 Florida State will host a Friday football game when Boston College comes to Tallahassee this week. The Seminoles (6-3, 3-3) are coming off a 24-20, come-from-behind win at North Carolina State last week, while the Eagles (4-5, 1-4) fell 52-7 to No. 5 Louisville.
“Good Tuesday practice,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I loved the enthusiasm. Had some good execution, got some things in offense and defense. Good bounce to our step, good look in our eye. Hopefully we’ll put it on this week. I really liked how we’re practicing. Again, I keep seeing we’re learning how to practice and play better.”
For the second time this season (only five days between games Week 1 and 2), Florida State is playing on a short week’s rest. The team utilized Tuesday’s practice like they normally would a Wednesday practice.
“Right now, they’re doing it,” Fisher said of the team working on a short week. “They’ve got good preparation, their minds are into it, they set quick – we’ve had to speed it up real quick – and they’ve done a good job.”
During his weekly press conference on Monday, Fisher announced that senior wide receiver Jesus Wilson has had season-ending foot surgery. Wilson finishes his career ranked 11th in FSU history with 133 catches, including 30 for 390 yards in 2016. Wilson will be one of 14 seniors recognized during a pregame ceremony to honor the departing senior class.
In Wilson’s place, sophomore receiver Nyqwan Murray has made the most of his extended playing time, catching 15 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown the past two games against NC State and No. 3 Clemson.
“He seems to be doing okay,” Fisher said about Murray taking his new-found fame in stride. “It didn’t hurt him in practice – he came out and worked today.”
With a rash of injuries in the defensive secondary, including losing senior Nate Andrews for the season, sophomore Derwin James for an extended time and junior Trey Marshall for last week’s game against NC State, sophomore A.J. Westbrook has worked his way into the lineup, finishing with a career-high seven tackles and three pass breakups last week against the Wolfpack.
“Early, (Westbrook was) just kind of tentative when he played, but he’s just starting to come out of his shell making plays,” Fisher said. “He’s always a quiet type guy, but man you can see his body language a lot better now.”
Marshall practiced on Tuesday and Fisher expects him to return for Friday’s game.
Uplifting Athletes to Host Fifth Touchdown Pledge Drive
The Florida State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, led by President and starting center Alec Eberle, is counting on the offense to put a few touchdowns on the board November 11th for its 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community when the Seminoles host Boston College for a Friday night game at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Each touchdown the Seminoles score against Boston College helps the student-athlete led Florida State Chapter continue its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
The leadership team of the student-athlete led Uplifting Athletes Chapter and all the members of the 2016 Seminoles squad is asking fans to support their efforts by making a pledge through the Florida State online Touchdown Pledge Drive site at pledgeit.org/fsu16.
Proceeds from the FSU Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Touchdown Pledge Drive support rare disease research and patient focused programs in partnership with head coach Jimbo Fisher’s foundation, Kidz1stFund.
‘Doak After Dark’ to Cap Boston College Weekend
After Florida State’s home game against Boston College on Friday, Nov. 11, Doak Campbell Stadium will play host to country music headliner Tyler Farr as well as Old Dominion and Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots on Saturday, Nov. 12. The concert, dubbed ‘Doak After Dark’, will begin at 7 p.m. and is the first ticketed concert inside Doak Campbell Stadium since 1989, capping an action-packed weekend in Tallahassee.
Fans are encouraged to treat the concert atmosphere like a regular Seminole football game, with tailgating lots opening at 3 p.m. – free of charge – and stadium gates opening at 6 p.m. The newly-remodeled Champions Club will open its doors at 3 p.m.
General admission seating is $20, and seats for the Champions Club are $40. Visit http://noles.co/DoakAD to purchase tickets.
Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Post-Practice Quotes
“Good Tuesday practice. I loved the enthusiasm. Had some good execution, got some things in offense and defense. Good bounce to our step, good look in our eye. Hopefully we’ll put it on this week. I really liked how we’re practicing. Again, I keep seeing we’re learning how to practice and play better. Those young guys eliminate some little mistakes, little things, how they align, how they run a route, how they block, how they cover. I mean, those young players on both sides of the ball are just getting better and better. It’s fun to watch.”
On how the team is handling the short week of preparation:
“Right now, they’re doing it. They’ve got good preparation, their minds are into it, they set quick- we’ve had to speed it up real quick- and they’ve done a good job.”
On junior safety Trey Marshall:
“Good. He practiced all day today hopefully he’ll be good.”
On how sophomore wide receiver Nyqwan Murray is handling being the ‘talk of the town:’
“Oh, He’ll talk back. He’s fun. He seems be doing okay. It didn’t hurt him in practice- he came out and worked today.”
On sophomore defensive back A.J. Westbrook:
“I liked- really. Early, just kind of tentative when he played, but it’s just starting to come out of his shell making plays. He’s always a quiet type guy, but man you can see his body language a lot better now.”
On what Boston College does as a team:
“They’re not different, they just do what they do well. Their schemes aren’t- now, they do their own little tweak and turn of things- but they just are coached, they do a great job with great leverage, they play with great pad level. On offense, they’re very physical, they run the ball, they mix speed sweeps in, their quarterbacks are getting better, they’re very sound on special teams. They’re a very well-coached team.”
On seniors DeMarcus Walker and Marquez White instilling culture into younger players:
“That’s what we talked about. That’s your job. That’s their legacy they’re leaving. What they’ve done, this group here, they’ve won as many games as anybody. They’ve had tremendous careers. They want to leave that legacy and they want to come out of here with a great taste in their mouth about what they’ve done here and how they’ve done it and set the example. To me, that’s what character is about and both of them have it.”