April 1, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There are plenty of positions still up for grabs as the Florida State football team heads into its second scrimmage Saturday. Seminoles’ coach Jimbo Fisher will keep an eye on those, but also the overall progress of his team, which has endured a couple difficult practice days in succession.
“I think we’ve hit a little plateau,” Fisher said, following Thursday’s practice, the 10th of the 15-day spring session. “I thought we could push on some things a little farther now. That’s give and take. We’ll see what happens on Saturday.”
Beyond the battles, Fisher said he’s looking for improvement in “execution, effort and discipline,” more than anything else.
“I really want to see discipline,” he said. “If a guy gets beat, get beat doing the right technique. Don’t beat yourself. You’re far enough along that you ought to understand what you’re doing now and how to do it. Don’t rat-trap back to old habits. Keep doing the things you’re taught to do.”
Consistent, daily improvement is something the FSU staff has not seen enough of in recent days of practice.
“That tells you the character of your team,” Fisher said. “Are they willing to take coaching? Are they willing to adjust, to be able to do the things they have to do to win? Are they willing to sacrifice? Can they learn? Good players don’t make the same mistakes twice, and if they make them twice they very rarely make them three times.”
As for the position battles, those at receiver and running back are among the more highly anticipated.
“I don’t think we’ve singled out one receiver right now,” said Fisher. “I’d say Bert [Reed] has graded the best of all of them, not just in the numbers, but consistency. And the running back position, I’d probably say that Lonnie Pryor is the most consistent day-in and day-out, but there are some other guys who have their moments, but revert back at times.”
Youngsters Debrale Smiley have all been challenged to show day-to-day consistency.
Defensively, ends Toshmon Stevens and Dan Hicks are pressing Markus White and Brandon Jenkins, while the coaching staff continues to monitor the development of tackles Demonte McAllister and Amp McCloud as they push Everett Dawkins and Jacobbi McDaniel.
The linebacker segment of Nigel Carr, Kendall Smith and Nigel Bradham is being pushed by Mister Alexander, Jeff Luc and Vince Williams. One of the most competitive positions is cornerback, where the tandem of veterans Ochuko Jenije and Dionte Allen are getting a big push by up-and-comers Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes.
“You’ve got a lot of battles going on at a lot of different positions,” Fisher said. “There’s a lot of jobs up for grabs.”
Those battles will continue during Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. scrimmage, which is closed to the public.