As Jimbo says so frequently, you beat a team on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thr, Fri. FSU is clearly focused on Saturday. That points to having focused practices during the week no matter the competition. From a development prospective, we need to have good practice weeks no matter who we are playing. The progression a kid may make during the UVA practice week may help win a game down the road. Each practice allows time for our coaches to teach and evaluate our players if they aren’t focused or going 100%. You cannot expect them to progress or give the coaches adequate tape to evaluate.
We have had three weeks of pretty good practices and as the season, progresses the more productive practices we have the more the team will improve. We are so young on defense that the upside within the defense is beyond our comprehension. How good will these guys be in two years if they are able to stay focused during practice week to week? How much better will Haustead and Smith be as the number plays they run in practice and games go up? The future of FSU football is dependent on how focused we are at practice because to be a great team, we need to develop players and you only develop players by having great practices.
To beat Miami this week, we needed to really progress not this week but over the last month. That’s why I love Jimbo system of two scrimmages rather then one. It allows coaches to evaluate twice the number of players. We have a better idea of who can and cannot play. It’s tough to get better by watching practice from the sideline. The best development comes from study beforehand then doing the activity then objective evaluation of performance.