Jimbo Fisher sees some ‘really good things’ in Florida State’s first scrimmage

 

 

Florida State caoch Jimbo Fisher saw improvement from previous practices in today's scrimmage.

Florida State caoch Jimbo Fisher saw improvement in today’s scrimmage.

TALLAHASSEE – Jimbo Fisher saw “ups and downs” from Florida State’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon. After a week and a half in which he has been critical of the Seminoles’ effort and enthusiasm, that’s a sign the team is making progress.

“It was good,” Fisher said. “There were some really good things. We know we have a lot of work to do. But not unhappy.”

The scrimmage was held indoors due to heavy rain and was closed to the media and public. Stats were not kept, but Fisher said he’s still looking for young players to be more consistent but stated that FSU is “about where I thought we’d be at this stage.”

He seemed pleased overall with the play of quarterbacks Deondre Francois, J.J. Cosentino and Malik Henry. Fisher commented that Francois made “some really, really nice throws at times today, and that Cosentino had “a couple of nice throws.”

Henry enrolled early and has only been on campus less than three months. Fisher made it clear that Henry is still in the early stages of learning the offense.

“Malik is still gathering the knowledge of where he’s at,” Fisher said. “Sometimes he throws to the wrong guy but he still hits them.”

Fisher said he limited the scrimmage time of some of FSU’s stars, notably tailback Dalvin Cook. He was pleased with the scrimmage performance of backups Jacques Patrick and Ryan Green.

Injury update: Starting cornerback Marquez White has a broken bone in his hand and a small plate will be inserted. “He’ll be back in a couple days,” Fisher said.

FSU was short-handed at receiver with Ja’Vonn Harrison, Jesus Wilson and George Campbell out on Saturday. Campbell had a concussion in a recent practice.

The next Aguayo: With Roberto Aguayo moving on to the NFL a year early, his younger brother, Ricky, has enrolled early and is fitting in well so far.

“I don’t think he missed a field goal today,” Fisher said. “Hit one about 47 yards. A lot of thump on the ball. Just hitting it with confidence. The ball came off his foot really good.”

Next week: The team will take Sunday off and return to the practice field on Monday. FSU’s spring game will be April 9 at 3 p.m. at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.

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