In Jimbo Fisher’s opening statement during his weekly ACC Teleconference on Wednesday, the head coach talked about the team’s desire to play after such a long layoff.
“Looking forward to play this weekend, its been quite a while, 21 days... Kids are anxious to play.”
When asked about how an experience Jacques Patrick will be able to help true freshman James Blackman in his first ever collegiate game, Fisher said the junior running back’s experience can be a “calming effect” for the young quarterback.
The biggest key to preparing for a game after such a long layoff is, as Fisher says, controlling how the team practice’s and make that execution into the game. “You worry about rust.” He added that James Blackman has benefited from the extra practices.
“We practice hard, we practice well, we’ve done a lot of good on good....I expect them to execute”
Fisher said that he talks to every quarterback about using their weapons to win a game, Blackman included.
“No quarterback has to try to win the game. Trust your eyes and make the right decision. When you make the right decision, good things happen, whether you throw or run the ball....It’s about choices to me.”
A 21 day layoff between games is almost the equivalent to the rest before a bowl game. Fisher and FSU weren’t able to prepare for this layoff as they had no idea it was coming.
“It’s not like a bowl game, it’s nowhere close.”
Florida State hosts NC State on Saturday at noon.