Florida State football spring practice opening press conference

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Florida State football kicks off spring practice and the Seminoles will be looking to replace QB EJ Manuel with one of three quarterbacks, including Clint Trickett, Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker. Coach Fisher addressed the media Monday at noon, and discussed the quarterback battle, and other issues, including position changes and injury updates.

Florida State football kicks off spring practice and the Seminoles will be looking to replace QB EJ Manuel with one of three quarterbacks, including Clint Trickett, Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker. Coach Fisher addressed the media Monday at noon, and discussed the quarterback battle, and other issues, including position changes and injury updates.

Updates to come here:

Note: These updates very likely involve typos. Coach Fisher is perhaps the fastest talker in college football. I am a very fast typist, and he gives me a lot of trouble. I think I am the only one even trying to take down 40+ notes while the presser is going on. If any nugget is so unclear that you don't understand it, please ask in the comment section.

-Jimbo is excited about finding the best 22 players who fit together, not necessarily the best 22. Interested to see the identity of this team.

-Fisher notes that only 4 schools had more than 7 yards/play on offense, and FSU was No. 1 in yards/play allowed.

-Fisher said the special teams took a dip last year. #107 in net punting.

-All positions are open, especially with new coaches, but Fisher said they were always open.

-Fisher thinks the team can again be one of the best in the country

-On how the staff changes: Won’t change because our philosophy changes. Run the ball, stop the run. 3rd down conversions and stops. Don’t turn it over and get turnovers. Efficient in the red zone.

-A different set of eyes on the same players can help kids, they may see things differently than the previous staff did.

-No timetable on the QB competition.

-Fisher has had multiple QBs play before, but prefers not to, it seems.

-Key to the QB battle will be consistency from the QB and the consistency of those around him, and how he works with those around him. Finding the best fit to move the points and set the team up to win. It's not all about the physical tools.

-Fisher dodges the QB reps question, other than to say they will all receive reps to prove themselves.

-Clint will enter the spring as the No. 1

-MaGuire now over 6'2, 210 pounds, is growing, has a strong arm, Fisher likes him, too, and thinks the media is being left out.

-Bobby Hart will start the spring at No. 1 right tackle.

- Senior center Bryan Stork is full go for camp.

- Garrett Faircloth is a medical DQ with a shoulder, finally confirmed.

- Mario Edwards (right end) and Giorgio Newberry begin the spring as the No. 1 defensive ends, and there will be good battles, with Chris Casher (still limping a hair. The surgery was better in the long run but is a longer healing process), Demarcus Walker and Dan Hicks.

-Fisher is very pleased with spring enrollees Demarcus Walker and Freddie Stevenson.

-Fisher says security provided by 4 returning olinemen and the two proven backs is huge for the new QB.

-Fisher says FSU fans will be very pleased with new kicker Roberto Aguayo

-Fisher talking about new leaders emerging.

-Jimbo Fisher notes that James Wilder Jr. can do more than people think. Excellent receiver, too.

-"To watch their dreams come true." Fisher is beaming about tomorrow's pro day. Says the kids are like his children, and you've known them since they were freshmen in high school. You cry with them and their parents when they have a problem. You've fought with them, you've hugged 'em, you've loved 'em. They're our kids. We coach em hard and yell at them because we care. And to watch all their work pay off, it's great. You're very proud of them and are very happy for them, they've reached their goals.

-Fisher says loaded day is sign that program has changed the culture.

-Fisher doesn't expect a drop off because of the recruiting and because others have played. : "When you start seeing this, you're becoming a program again." Notes Dawsey started only one year, and Haggins started two. Says not having the starter designation does not mean the player is not starter material.

-Fisher thinks returning starters is a misleading indicator.

-Fisher goes back through more stats. I'll go back and get the specifics.

-Fisher named Eligwe, Smith, Northrup, Terrell at linebacker. Says the linebackers will all move around.

-Fisher says FSU will move players around on passing downs and use more packages on defense. Personnel matchups.

-"Telvin Smith is an every-down backer"

-Fisher says that Chad Abram is a very good player. Says he may have the best ball skills on the team, and is very strong.

-Says without Pryor, Abram will play, but FSU can also go Silver (2 TE), or Ponies (2 RB 3 WR)

-Fisher says he has a ton of requests from scouts and pro teams. They ask about character, work ethic, ability to learn.

-Jimbo said he has laughed with Xavier Rhodes about how the projected 1st round cornerback didn't want to move from receiver to corner.

-Fisher says Xavier Rhodes thanked him for making team wear suit and tie on the road after having to do it with NFL interviews.

-Fisher said NFL people are impressed that FSU's players' professionalism & that they came to interviews in suit and tie.

-Justin Bright will take a medical, doctors said don't risk it w/ concussions.

-Scooter Haggins is out for spring with a cartilage issue in his knee.

-Fisher says everyone should be back by may or June.

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