VIDEO: Coach Fisher Satisfied With ‘Noles Practice, QB Battle Still Ongoing
By Seminoles.com // August 20, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Interview with FSU Football Head Coach Jimbo Fisher following Wednesday afternoon’s practice. (Florida State Seminoles Video)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles.com)– The eighth-ranked Florida State football team put the finishing touches on a spirited practice Wednesday night on the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility practice fields as the team continued to show signs of improvement in the final days of #NolesCamp2015.
“Good practice today,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said.
“We got a lot of things done, a lot of situations. We played with more intelligence. We played with more consistency, more toughness, and execution on both sides of the ball was better.
“Guys made plays on both sides of the ball – not because the other side busted or did something bad, but because it was a good football play. That’s a really good sign that we’re getting better,” said Fisher.
With the fall semester beginning on Monday and the season opener against Texas State just over two weeks away, Fisher is in no rush to name a starting quarterback.
He continues to see growth from his quarterbacks but knows there’s still a lot to be determined before the Noles take the field against the Bobcats under the lights at Doak on September 5.
“It’s no secret, we’ll name a quarterback when one’s ready,” added Fisher.
“When you’re good and you’ve got the right guy, and that guy has won the job, then you name it. If it’s today, tomorrow…the other team is going to figure it out when they get out there…I’m not putting a timetable on it. We’ll know when we know.”
Inspirational Payton Poulin Story To Air Saturday
Florida State student Payton Poulin has a special bond with the Seminole football team.
The longtime Seminoles fan suffers from schizencephaly, similar to cerebral palsy, but has fought to live a normal life. With a goal of attending FSU, he chose schoolwork over physical therapy while in high school.
After admission to FSU, he was invited to attend a practice by head coach Jimbo Fisher and Poulin instantly connected with the team. He has not missed a practice since.
Watch his inspirational story this Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox WTLH in Tallahassee.
The piece will also air nationally as part of Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays.” A complete list of local affiliates and airtimes across the nation can be found at www.FootballSaturdays.com.
Noles Capture Preseason All-America Honors From CBS Sports
Redshirt junior kicker Roberto Aguayo collected CBS Sports Preseason All-America first team honors on Tuesday, while junior cornerback Jalen Ramsey nabbed second team accolades. Aguayo is a two-time All-American and followed up his Lou Groza-winning freshman campaign in 2013 by nailing 27 of 30 field goals and scoring 136 total points in 2014.
Ramsey grabbed several All-America accolades during a sophomore season in 2014 where he totaled 79 tackles, 12 pass breakups, 9.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions from the “star” nickel back position.
Six Seminoles Named to Senior Bowl Watch List
Led by two-time All-ACC linebacker Terrance Smith, six Seminoles were named to the Senior Bowl Watch List released on Wednesday. Joining Smith were fellow linebacker Reggie Northrup, graduate transfer quarterback Everett Golson, defensive back Tyler Hunter and defensive tackles Nile Lawrence-Stample and Derrick Mitchell.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl is a senior-only all-star game played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., that pits a North Squad versus a South Squad. The game will be played on Jan. 30, 2016 at 3 p.m. There are 110 roster spots available to aspiring professional football players.
64th Annual Florida State Football Kickoff Luncheon
The 64th annual Florida State Football Kickoff Luncheon will be held on Friday, August 21 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
The luncheon, which is officially SOLD OUT to the public, celebrates the start of another college football season. The voice of the Seminoles Gene Deckerhoff will be on hand to introduce this year’s players and coaches.
The luncheon will also feature FSU President John Thrasher, Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox and head coach Jimbo Fisher and appearances by the Marching Chiefs and FSU Cheerleaders.
For fans unable to make it out to the Civic Center on Friday, a live webcast of the event will be shown at the following link: http://alumni.fsu.edu/kol beginning at noon on Friday.
Doors open at 11:30 am with the program beginning at noon.