TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In anticipation of Saturday’s Top 5 clash between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3/4 Clemson, ESPN traveled to Tallahassee to go “Inside the Program” with the Seminoles and head coach Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday.
ESPN ran several live segments for SportsCenter, beginning at 9:45 a.m. when Jeannine Edwards gave a quick tour of the Moore Athletic Center museum lobby that featured Florida State’s National Championship awards and Heisman Trophies.
Edwards also did live segments with junior running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr. and senior linebacker Christian Jones in the weight room, a look-in at redshirt freshman Jameis Winston and wide receivers Rashad Greene, Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw getting taped in the athletic training room before practice and was led by Fisher on a tour of the head coach’s office.
ESPN also did several segments at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility and did a feature on the pre-practice quarterback meeting.
Fisher said that he and the Noles enjoyed the experience and noted that the ESPN coverage was not a distraction as FSU prepares for the Tigers.
“It’s great for us because people know we’re a program that makes a difference again, we’re back in the national limelight and it’s great to show the place off,” Fisher said. “You almost didn’t know they were here, they did such a great job with how they did it and in and out of our business. (They were) very professional and they did a great job.”
O’Leary Named to John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List
Junior tight end Nick O’Leary was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List on Tuesday. The award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
O’Leary has five touchdown receptions this season which is tied for the nation’s lead among tight ends. The Palm Beach, Fla., native is one score away from tying the Florida State record for touchdown catches by a tight end (10), held by Melvin Pearsall (1994-97) and Lonnie Johnson (1990-93).
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2013 John Mackey Award recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013 at The
Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Semi-finalists on November 18, 2013 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com and on our official twitter account: @JohnMackeyAward.
Jimbo Fisher Post Practice Quotes
“(It was) a good, physical practice. We did good, fast ball work. Solid day, (we) still have something to hone up a little bit, but I liked practice very much. I liked our intensity and focus. We have to continue on execution on little things, but that’s typical where you’d be this time of week. (I’m) very content with where we are. I liked the practice.”
On what the noise piped into practice today to simulate Clemson’s Memorial Stadium atmosphere was like today:
“Good - for the most part. A couple times here or there, this is what we do every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday when we’re on the road. It’s no different than what we did for Pitt, or anywhere else. Same issue you have, (you have to) get used to getting back into it again.”
On adjusting to the noise level during practice:
“Usually, it makes you practice better because guys have to focus more, they have to concentrate more. Believe it or not, your practices usually become better when they’re really locked in because they know they have to, then all of a sudden, they’re paying more attention to detail of what’s going on. Sometimes when there’s no noise you’ll have a guy ‘Well, I didn’t hear that,’ these guys are making sure. But, from a coach’s standpoint, yes, you’ve got to work with them too.”
On junior running back James Wilder Jr.’s shoulder:
“He always was healthy, now he’s trusting it. Sometimes when you’re hurt – the mental part – getting over that is the hardest part.”
On ESPN going “Inside the Program” with the Seminoles all day with live hits and segments for SportsCenter and College Football Live:
“It’s great because you get accessibility, people get to see what’s going on inside. It’s great for us because people know we’re a program that makes a difference again, we’re back in the national limelight and it’s great to show the place off. You almost didn’t know they were here, they did such a great job with how they did it and in and out of our business. (They were) very professional and they did a great job.”
On senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner growing as a leader:
“I’ll tell you what, he’s been vocal his whole life. He gets more confident in what he’s doing, but I’ll be honest with you, Lamarcus has always been a guy that is not afraid to get on guys and to motivate guys. He’s a tremendous leader. His heart and soul is in playing football and playing at Florida State. He’s a tremendous guy to have.”