One Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show of the 2016 season is in the books.
It would seem that the callers have been saving up their questions as there were a number of relevant, well thought out questions brought from some listener’s on Wednesday’s show. Here are some of the main takeaways from what Fisher was asked and shared:
Danger of Ole Miss running run-pass options
One caller, our own Crawdad, inquired with Coach Fisher as to if he was planning on talking to the refs ahead of Monday’s game to make them hyper-aware of Ole Miss’ tendency to run run-pass options and the ineligible men downfield that come with this type of play. Fisher was quick to admit the frustration that this type of play can cause and added that, when run illegally with offensive linemen downfield, the play is very close to indefensible. However, he knows that the legality of RPOs is something that the NCAA officials have paid special attention to this offseason and he believes that the referees will do well to prevent them from getting out of hand.
How important is practicing situational football to Coach Fisher?
Fisher was lauded by one caller as an expert in situational football and asked how much work on that is done by Florida State in practice. Fisher replied that just about everything the Seminoles do in practice has both a down and a situation attached to it, maximizing the amount of situational practice the team can get.
Fisher then went on about how kids nowadays are less naturally aware of what is going on in game situations because they don’t just go out to the park and play ball anymore, instead choosing to stay inside and play video games. As such, Fisher feels compelled to overwork situations as he feels that today’s players, compared to those of the past, come in less ready, situationally.
One of FSU’s biggest concerns five days ahead of its season opener is who will be anchoring the center of the ‘Noles offensive line. Alec Eberle, the assumed starter at center entering fall camp, remains out with lingering head issues, which Fisher clarified is more migraine concerns than an ongoing concussion recovery. He expects Eberle to be back at practice on Friday and to be available for Monday’s opener.
However, if Eberle is not ready, Florida State will then likely turn to true freshman Andrew Boselli. Boselli, the son of legendary NFL offensive lineman, Tony Boselli, was praised by Fisher for how he has stepped up in fall camp after enrolling early at FSU back in January. Fisher admitted that Boselli was able to work with the first team OL for the entirety of the Seminoles’ final scrimmage of fall camp and is high on Boselli’s smarts, his ability to make calls, and his football knowledge. If Boselli is called upon to start, Fisher’s confidence level in him is quite high.
Keith Bryant out for season with foot injury
Fisher announced on the show that Florida State defensive end Keith Bryant has reinjured his foot and will now undergo season-ending foot surgery.
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