TALLAHASSEE-- (Via Dustin Tackett) Florida State’s Tuesday practice seemed to be threatened by weather from the get-go but the ‘Noles were able to miss enough of the incoming weather to continue on as scheduled.
"It was a good day, nice to get the kinks out and the soreness out after last week’s game," said head coach Jimbo Fisher. "These guys are about as good as it gets."
There weren’t any surprises out there on the practice fields today. As expected, Menelik Watson was taking all first team snaps at right tackle and looked to be moving with ease – no need for worry there. While Jimbo Fisher was running the walk-throughs, they seemed to be putting emphasis on receivers blocking down field and stressing that it was important to continue the blocking performance the receivers had against Wake.
During the media viewing time, the Florida State defense was primarily working on their nickel sets preparing for the Clemson air attack. Tyler Hunter looks to have solidified his spot as the go-to nickel guy after a tremendous game against Wake Forest, with Karlos Williams getting some reps as well. I would expect to see a healthy diet of Hunter against Clemson, especially in some of the nickel and dime packages that Florida State will most likely run.
"We’ll find out a lot about ourselves on Saturday," said Coach Fisher. "They are very unique and are very balanced on offense."
Fisher also talked about preparing for Clemson’s quarterback, Tajh Boyd. His ability to make plays out of the pocket as well as down field is what sets him apart from the rest. The ability to have young quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker on the scout team is a huge plus.
"Winston and Coker are both 4.6 guys and have the ability to make plays out of the pocket and make plays down field," said Fisher.
Fisher talked about the crowd noise and how it affects Florida State’s defensive communication. He stressed the importance of hand signals on the field with Clemson’s fast-paced offense. He also joked about on the field speed talk and how we, the media, should be used to that dealing with him on a weekly basis.