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ACC Teleconference recap: Jimbo Fisher talks James Blackman’s development

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NCAA Football: Miami at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking on the weekly ACC teleconference call after losing to Miami for the first time in eight years, coach Jimbo Fisher lauded his players for playing hard in one of college football’s greatest rivalries.

“Proud of how hard the kids competed, in one of the great games in college football,” he said. “Kids have gotten better, made plays in different areas but fell short by a couple of inches.”

Fisher then emphasized that practices haven’t lost their intensity despite Florida State’s record.

“The reasons why we have lost, fixing those problems is the biggest. You need to practice well and play well, we’ve played some good teams and we’ve got to play better, but you want to emphasize playing well every week.”

“Our practices have not tailed off one bit, we’ve been out there competing. “

Fisher then wrapped up the conference by answering a question about James Blackman’s development this season, specifically in the game vs. Miami.

“I think [scoring that final touchdown] was a big moment. The last three times we touched the ball [in the game], we scored points.

“I think it’s a constant growing process for him, but I think he’s getting better and better.”