With the first Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show of the season all wrapped up, here are some takeaways from Fisher's answers to questions asked online or in person:
Early in the show, a question asked about the possibility of Everett Golson running the option, a facet of the game that was rarely used in the two years with Jameis Winston under center. Fisher mentioned that he used the option when EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder were the starting QBs for Florida State. Fisher went on to mention that he will not be afraid to make changes at QB as the season goes on, saying, "We will ride the hot hand", After this response, another caller directly asked if Fisher would be willing to use a 2-QB system this season. Fisher neither answered nor fully dismissed the question, replying that the team will do whatever it takes to win. Shortly after that, a caller asked what the challenges of a 2-QB system are to which Fisher stated that two systems means two playbooks, which would limit how deep the team can be with their knowledge of the playbook considering the entire offense would have to learn two separate offenses.
Just how young is this offense?
Call-in show host Gene Deckerhoff's stat of the week was that Florida State has only two players across the entire offense who are seniors this season which is tied for the lowest in the FBS with Wake Forest, Nevada, and Pitt. Fisher followed up by clarifying that one of these seniors is a walk-on while the other is transfer quarterback Everett Golson. This goes to show that although the offense is very inexperienced and may struggle at times this season, most of the offense will return for 2016.
Which freshman will make the biggest impact?
The final question of the night asked which true freshmen will make the largest impact this season. Fisher was quick to mention Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden, following up that Marcus Lewis was having a great preseason before suffering a severe bone bruise that has kept him out for a few weeks. Fisher also mentioned Jacques Patrick. Although he failed to mention Josh Sweat or the wide receivers, he has complimented Sweat on multiple occasions after practice and complimented Campbell after Deckerhoff brought him up. It should also be noted that Fisher took some time to think at the end, saying that he was having trouble thinking of the freshmen in the heat of the moment.
The Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show will continue each Wednesday of the season at 7 PM with the exception of in two weeks when it will be on Tuesday due to the road Boston College game scheduled for Friday, September 18th.