Jimbo Fisher returned for his weekly call-in show Wednesday night alongside Gene Deckerhoff to reflect back on FSU’s first loss to Miami since 2010 and look ahead to this weekend’s matchup with Duke.
What were the main takeaways from this week’s show?
Wide receivers injured, emerging
There was news at both ends of the good/bad spectrum during Wednesday’s show.
Beginning with the bad, Fisher said that he doubts Keith Gavin will be able to play against Duke after suffering an ankle injury against Miami which has caused him to use crutches this week. However, Auden Tate and George Campbell should both be able to continue playing through their injuries.
On the good side, Fisher had praise for one of FSU’s younger wide receivers, true freshman D.J. Matthews. Fisher shared that he has seen growth from Matthews each week with him breaking onto the punt and kick return units occasionally over the last few weeks.
However, with FSU’s wide receiver depth depleted coming into this weekend, Fisher also anticipates using Matthews on offense this weekend.
“You can expect to see him this weekend,” Fisher said of Matthews. “There’s no doubt.”
One caller wanted to know how true freshman QB James Blackman has grown through three games as well as how Fisher enjoys coaching him.
Fisher was quick to praise Blackman, saying that he has seen a lot of growth from him over his first three starts and that he shines brightest in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line.
He went on to add that Blackman is a fun player to coach and the type of quarterback that every coach wants because he comes off the field asking for advice on how he can do better in the areas he struggled in every time and handles criticism and advice very well.
Coaching at 1-3
One astute caller postered to Fisher how being losing close games and sitting at 1-3 instead of 3-1 has changed how he coaches this team.
Fisher quickly remarked that he has not observed the worse record affecting how he coaches in game, but that it makes a difference in how he talks to his team.
Fisher said that losing games in the manner FSU has makes him ensure that the players are not getting down on themselves and are staying in the moment.
However, Fisher did admit that some things, such as his advice to his players to ignore what people are saying on social media, applies regardless of the team’s record.
Goal line cameras and lasers
One caller wanted to know the protocol for punts being downed near the goal line and what determines a touchback, citing the play that looked like it was downed at the 1-yard line against Miami.
Fisher said that, like a touchdown, it’s a touchback if the ball crosses the goal line. He went on to say that he believes goal line cameras should be mandatory in each college football stadium.
While on the subject of special teams, Fisher got passionate about an old favorite subject: goalpost lasers. He would like lasers to extend from the top of goalposts to better show whether a high field goal above the uprights is good or no good.
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