Football is back, and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher enthusiastically began the press conference with the mention of the season being nearly here.
Perhaps the biggest update was that Fisher said he expects linebacker Matthew Thomas to return to practice on Monday and will be ready for Saturday’s season opener vs. Alabama. “He should be practicing today. I don't know, we'll see, but he should be practicing today”
Regarding player health, Fisher said that the team has been relatively healthy besides the season-ending injuries to offensive linemen Baveon Johnson and Jauan Williams who underwent surgery. He also made note of linebacker Dontavious Jackson when talking about exceptions, however once again did not specify the exact injury of give any sort of timetable for a return.
With the reveal of the depth chart also came mention of the plethora of Florida State running backs. Jimbo Fisher, who has had success in rotating impactful players, says he isn’t worried about not being able to give all the running backs an adequate amount of touches. “They gotta get touches, you gotta break them in too.” By name, Fisher mentioned fullback Jonathan Vickers and running backs Jacques Patrick, Amir Rasul and Cam Akers were all having good camps.
Defensive back Trey Marshall will be suspended for the first half against Alabama due to the targeting penalty called on him in the second half of the Orange Bowl against Michigan— Eight months ago. Fisher said AJ Westbrook will be filling in for Marshall in the first half with others mixed in depending on what formation FSU is running.