Florida State Spring Football Update 04.04.11

Florida State practiced Friday and Saturday in preparation for today's scrimmage.  

-Fisher again praised LaMarcus Joyner, saying he "adds a different dimension to the safety position, and is a good tackler."

- FSU is currently without six starters and four other major contributors who elected to put off surgery during the season and instead have it in the off-season.  That makes for an interesting mix of personnel.  Offensive line is the spot most affected, with both tackles out, Bryan Stork being out with a minor leg injury (should return early this week), and David Spurlock being limited as he is eased back from the concussions.  Runing Back Chris Thompson will miss the remainder of Spring with that pesky back injury.  Receiver Willie Haulstead is also likely out for the remainder of Spring with the shoulder separation.  As a result of all those offensive absences, the defense is currently holding a major advantage in practice.

Fisher was mostly pleased with practice, but did have this to say:

"On offense, you got to have guys who want to make plays at the end of the game and we're not making enough of those," Fisher said. "We've had some nice runs and did some things. On defense, we've got to learn how to get off blocks. It's great when you're unblocked, but they'll start running the quarterback, they can put a hat on a hat and that'll continue to hurt us. We've got to learn to shed blocks. So much of football today, when you know you fill the unblocked guy, that's great; but when they run the quarterback, they can even that thing up and we've got to get a little bit better in those situations. I like our effort. We just got to get a little better and execute better."

Despite the movement at the center spot, Fisher said quarterback EJ Manuel has progressed quite a bit this spring.

"I've been pleased [with] his consistency, [his] throwing the ball much better, [his] accuracy," Fisher said. "He's doing some really good things. Very pleased with how he's playing. There are a lot of little things that he can really improve on but I've seen a bunch of good things from him."

Fisher expects the defense to have its way with the offense in today's scrimmage, which is not good for the defense because the depleted offensive line is not a realistic look of what the defense will see in the regular season.

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