VIDEO: ‘Noles Return To Practice, Hold Second Two-A-Day
By Seminoles.com // August 17, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Interview with FSU Football Head Coach Jimbo Fisher following Monday morning’s practice. (Florida State Seminoles Video)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles.com) – The eighth-ranked Florida State football team held a spirited practice in full pads on Monday morning at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility following back-to-back light days over the weekend.
The Seminoles will also practice tonight as part of the second two-a-day of preseason camp.
Sixth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher said he is still looking for improvement from the Garnet and Gold before camp breaks this Saturday.
The Seminoles will have another week of practice before Texas State game week begins on August 31.
“We’ve still got two weeks of camp,” Fisher said.
“We need to establish the toughness of this team, the identity of this team, the work ethic of this team, and to make sure guys understand what it takes to be a championship-caliber player. They need to understand how to do it day in, day out on a consistent basis.”
Plenty of players continue to battle for first team reps, including on the interior defensive line – which may be the Seminoles deepest position group.
FSU returns a pair for fifth-year senior starters in Nile Lawrence-Stample (eight career starts and 35 tackles) and Derrick Mitchell Jr. (10 starts and 20 tackles in 2014), and sophomore Derrick Nnadi is primed for a breakout on the heels of an 18-tackle true freshman season and a strong spring.
Redshirt junior Justin Shanks and Keith Bryant both bring experience, as well, while redshirt freshmen Demarcus Christmas, Fredrick Jones and Arthur Williams are all hungry to break into the routinely dominant rotation helmed by associate head coach Odell Haggins, who has coached FSU’s defensive tackles since 1996.
“They’re doing a solid job,” Fisher said of the defensive line.
“It’s guys that know what they’ve got to do, they just have to go do it. It gives you that toughness. You’ve got to be able to stop the run, and those interior guys have to be physical guys.”
Junior cornerback Marquez White is looking to grab the starting job opposite All-American Jalen Ramsey this season.
The Mobile, Ala., native has appeared in 25 games and made 15 tackles in his career. A versatile athlete, White can also contribute on special teams and walked on to the FSU men’s basketball team as a freshman in 2013-14.
“Marquez has done a really good job,” Fisher said. “(He) has been playing a little more aggressive, which I thought he did today, but he’s playing good football.”
ABOVE VIDEO: Interview with FSU Football DB Nate Andrews following Monday morning’s practice. (Florida State Seminoles Video)
ABOVE VIDEO: Interview with FSU Football WR Kermit Whitfield following Monday morning’s practice. (Florida State Seminoles Video)