Eric couldn't make it out to the second Florida State scrimmage today as he is cramming for the GRE. That's OK, though. You're not missing anything because the scrimmage was closed to the media. And because FSU put all of the video up for free.
Here's what I took from Fisher's comments:
- NO NEW INJURIES. Fisher said the team did not sustain a single injury, and that the team did not tackle today. Bud's take: This makes sense given that FSU has two preseason games against Murray State and Savannah State. FSU will continue to evaluate its options in those two games and probably rotate more than normal. Considering FSU's offense was the most injured unit in the entire country in 2011 (yes, out of all offenses and defenses), this is the biggest news.
- Fisher really likes this team.
- FSU held out Chris Thompson (tight hamstring) and Rodney Smith (hip flexor) for precautionary reasons. "I know what they can do," Fisher said.
- The No. 1 offense moved the ball well against the No. 2 defense, and Fisher also said that Trickett had a very nice day. Fisher said that Clint has solidified the backup role with his knowledge,accuracy and confidence.
- Fisher said that the offensive line looks much better than last season and that the depth is better. Bud's take: With Faircloth and Fahrenkrug both out, I don't know how experienced the second-team line was, really.
- Ronald Darby "will play early," Fisher said.
- Fisher really likes Keelin Smith's return to the field after his knee tweak. He has excellent length at the boundary corner.
- Ron Cherry, an ACC official, officiated the game to help the team get the feel of a real game.
- Fisher is concerned about tropical storm Isaac.
- Fisher said this was the most physical fall the team has had. Bud's take: This is not what I have heard, but I have been told that Fall has been much less physical than spring, for obvious reasons.
Lamarcus Joyner was impressed by the play of the freshmen. EJ manuel said it was important to focus on his reads and treat the scrimmage like the game. He said that his offense scored on four of five drives and missed on the fifth.