Noles News 08.23.11

Florida State practiced yesterday morning and head coach Jimbo Fisher was not particularly pleased with how the 'Noles practiced. But perhaps it was justified. Fisher said he put the team in multiple failure situations in order to break them and see how they react to situations and failure. Fisher praised the team's attitude, but said the execution was not where he wanted it. Practicing situational football is a good thing and you'd rather see the team fail some than not be presented with those situations at all.

On the injury front, FSU could be without running back Chris Thompson for a prolonged period. His back is still acting up, and backs are tricky. In a more positive note, David Spurlock practiced with contact for the first time all camp (FSU's starting right guard). And Jeff Cameron of 1270 The Team said that his sources are confident that most everyone (not Thompson) on the team would start if there was an important game this Saturday. 

There is still no reason to believe that this squad will be anything less than the best FSU team of the last decade. FSU kicks off in 11 days, 6 hours, and 30 minutes.

FSU RB Chris Thompson’s injury more serious than first thought (Video) – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel
Luckily for the 'Noles, they are loaded at the running back position. But this is not good for Thompson, and it is still a significant blow for FSU as he is the 'Noles' best back. Thompson consistently does everything right and goes about his business like a pro. Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones cannot be counted on to do the same. Sure, they have moments of brilliance, but never sustained excellence. Thompson is perhaps the kid you root for most on the team. Just a great kid who doesn't complain, takes care of his teammates, etc. Get well soon, Chris.

Rivals

2011 Oklahoma Sooners Season Preview: Defensive Line | August
A preview of the Oklahoma Sooners defensive line in 2011.

Scouting FSU's Opponents: Boston College
Very well done by TomRob

Al Golden won’t talk about leaving my Miami, but the NCAA may not leave him any choice - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Eagle in Atlanta -- atleagle.com: Pass the Kool-Aid, as I am not worried about our DBs
BC lost a backup safety. Bill says this is not a big loss.

Oregon of the East: Up-Close Looks at Maryland's 16 New Uniform Combinations - Testudo Times
Detailed looks at the Terps' fancy new duds. They are awful. My buddy Year2 described them on twitter as "burnt burgers and condiments."

General CFB

Pre-Snap Read:#13- Arkansas

Up, up and away. Here’s what the rest of the SEC should remember: Arkansas is only getting better under Petrino. That’s not a comforting thought for a conference loaded with the nation’s best – this is the nation’s best conference for a reason, and not because it’s one of those statements that becomes truth when repeated over and over and over again. It’s happened quickly, in about three years, but here we are: Arkansas is one of the best teams in the SEC. And the Razorbacks are the first team previewed thus far this summer with real national title hopes; others could squeeze into the picture, but Arkansas has what it takes to emerge as the SEC’s representative in the national title games. What would need to go right? Wilson would need to take immediately to the starting job, which I see happening with relative ease; Wingo or Johnson needs to replace Davis, with Wingo the top choice, in my mind; the offensive line needs to gel; and the secondary must play with more confidence and consistency. Obviously, the Razorbacks have more questions to address than Alabama or L.S.U., hence their projected third-place finish in the SEC West. But the ceiling for this team is extremely, extremely high – the national title, remember. It’ll all come down to road games with the Tide and Tigers, as I don’t see another SEC opponent on the schedule capable of keeping pace with the Razorbacks. Here’s the good news: Arkansas can lose a game in the regular season and still take the West, though the head-to-head tiebreakers may hinder that cause. As an aside, imagine if the Razorbacks and Tigers meet on the last Saturday of November with a national title game appearance on the line? That would be special. And that’s certainly a believable scenario, should Arkansas settle its few issues. If the line and secondary round into form, this could be one of the five best teams in the country.
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