Noles News 04.12.12: Jimbo Fisher Looking For Championship Caliber Play

Red-shirt sophomore Cameron Erving has flourished in his new role of left tackle. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Coming off a rather negative interview post spring scrimmage No. 2, Jimbo Fisher was much happier Wednesday. Fisher said that the scrimmage was actually better than he thought after watching film (no surprise), and that the team worked a lot of situations Wednesday. Fisher said the team is a mature group and was able to focus on the little things.

Fisher further explained his dissatisfaction from Monday's scrimmage:

"What I was unhappy about, is, I don't want to win nine of ten games. If we're going to take the next step, we have to play situations smarter. Be smarter in key little details of what we're doing. Most of the guys played pretty well, but it's not championship caliber ball. That's what I was unhappy about, and that's the standard we're gonna hold ourselves to. And that's the standard they want to be held to. We watched the film as a whole team -- offense, defense special teams, to explain how one side affects the whole team, changing field position... "

On Cameron Erving:

"You change positions. You give up playing time for a chance we think can help the team and can further your career. But when you go over there, you're learning a new position. You're blocking arguably the best defensive end in the country (Brandon Jenkins), so as you're learning, you're getting taught real well if you don't do it. His attitude and leadership, he's one of our best leaders on this football team. Tremendous. He's doing a great job. And I know people wonder if he can learn left tackle, understand something, the farther away you go from the ball, the less assignments are, and the most athleticism is needed. He's extremely athletic. Bends, runs. You couldn't get a more athletic left tackle. Now, saying that, I think [Daniel] Glauser is progressing well as well. But Erving, [Jenkins] will make him look crazy, make him look stupid, and he'll jump right back up great attitude and battle him. I've been extremely pleased with his progress. I really have. And that's not coach talk. He's gad a great attitude, good leader, and smart."

Erving is getting a ton of praise.

Know who you don't hear much about this Spring? Willie Haulstead. Fisher said he needs to lose weight and has had a heel injury. The red-shirt junior missed 2011 with concussions.

Jimbo praised defensive back Keelin Smith. Smith had a cartilage tear in his rib/shoulder, but Fisher said he played through it and showed a lot of toughness and attitude. Smith is working at boundary corner.

Fisher is looking to see how FSU handles the competition and atmosphere of the spring game. And how detail oriented the team will be. He's also looking for good plays to be made, not plays to be made because one side makes a mental mistake.

The seniors will draft the teams, as they've done in Fisher's first two years.

Fisher mentioned that EJ Manuel, Lonnie Pryor, , Lamarcus Joyner, Greg Reid, Telvin Smith, Christian Jones and Bobby Hart as vocal leaders. He said that Chris Thompson, Bryan Stork, Josue Matias and Tre Jackson were also leaders, but less vocal.

Fisher raved about Brandon Jenkins, saying that he is a guy who could have gone pro, but elected to come back. Often with guys like that, they play not to get hurt. Fisher said that is just the opposite with Jenkins, and that he is playing like a man possessed. "He's had the best spring of anyone since I've been at Florida State," said Fisher. There have been some great battles between Erving and Jenkins.

Demonte McAllister looks much better. Much bigger and stronger. Finally playing the run. He carries his newfound weight much better this year. Fisher has rarely said good things about Demonte in the past, and these comments jive with what we have been hearing about the red-shirt junior defensive tackle.

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