Oct. 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The only deviation from Florida State’s Wednesday practice schedule was the break in the weather as the Seminoles continued to prepare for Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference game at Duke.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher described Wednesday’s 2 ½ hour session as a, “good red zone, third-down day.”
Those are the points of emphasis each Wednesday.
“We worked very hard,” Fisher added. “We looked at some little gadgets and different things they do that cause some problems, which our guys are really getting down. Our preparation has really been good. I like the attitude. … We’ve just got to polish up tomorrow, dot the I’s and cross the T’s and make sure we carry it to the field on Saturday.”
Duke’s outstanding special teams, led by kicker Will Snyderwine, were also a point of emphasis for the Seminoles.
“They’re very sound,” Fisher said. “They kick and do a very good job. They’ll onside you in a heartbeat. … They do a really good job of keeping you honest in everything they do.”
Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium and the contest will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.
Offensive line changes likely to continue
Redshirt junior Garrett Faircloth returned to contact practice for the first time since suffering a concussion last Monday. Faircloth’s return is especially critical, with senior right guard David Spurlock nursing a sore right knee. He spent the day working at Spurlock’s right guard spot, alongside 17-year-old freshman Bobby Hart, who will make his second consecutive start in Andrew Datko’s absence.
“He was good,” Fisher said of Faircloth, who has spent time as a backup guard and tackle throughout his career. “It was great to see him out there and he had a very good day. I never noticed him and sometimes with linemen – one of the good things about them until you watch the film – don’t notice them. That means no mistakes are being made. It was a good sign.”
Fisher said Hart continues to grow more comfortable with additional practice reps with the first unit.
“He’s playing well and getting better every day,” said Fisher. “I like his attitude. He’s extremely athletic, extremely smart. He’s just a young guy that needs reps.
“He’s like any freshmen. He’s been in a good [high school] program and I think that has a lot to do with it. He’s played high level ball and knows how to be coached. It says a lot about him.”