Florida State football held its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday, and the results were mostly good. The most important news, as is always the case in spring, was the lack of major injuries. Fisher said that the practice was up and down, and both the offense and defense has their moments. The team went 1s v. 1s. First scrimmages are always disjointed, but the lack of injuries is the important thing here.
Fisher wants better protection on offense and fewer big plays allowed on defense, and increased physicality from both sides. He is still on this "toughness" track. Fisher said the QBs looked solid, but were up and down like the rest of the team. This is expected in the first part of spring. Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker rotated with the twos. Cameron Erving was "solid" given his inexperience. He won't face defensive ends this good all year. Bryan Stork had a turf toe and FSU put him in a boot (they will boot a kid for a hangnail, I swear), but he practiced.
Fisher is clearly annoyed that the practice fields are really torn up and I expect the team might go use the IM fields today. Fisher said Bryan Stork is 316 pounds (I'll buy over 300). Fisher was not thrilled with the play of the linebackers, but he didn't seem down on them, either. Overall, he is struggling to find things to complain about on the defensive side, so nebulous concepts like "put their will on you" are thrown out. Fisher said Pender ran only some reps with the first team. He has a lot of physical talent, but is still learning.
Fisher was very impressed with the return game, and the special teams overall. FSU had great special teams last year and that should continue. Hopkins is progressing nicely from his surgery.