TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State opened its fourth football preseason practice under coach Jimbo Fisher Tuesday and didn’t waste any time taking advantage of the new Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility, featuring the indoor practice field.
The 12th-ranked Seminoles got acclimated to their new surroundings by beginning their roughly two-hour practice inside the comfortable confines of the indoor complex before moving outdoors.
“It was good to have and it’s good to take the heat off the guys when you walk-through and do some stuff and then get out here and practice,” Fisher said at the conclusion of practice. “It was very nice. The kids were excited about it [when] they walked in there. I was excited about it.
“It’s a vital clog to helping us, another piece to get where we want to go as an organization…We’re very thankful.”
Walking away from the first day of work leading up to the Sept. 2 opener at ACC newcomer Pittsburgh, Fisher was both pleased with what he saw and how his veterans had helped prepare the first-year Seminoles throughout the summer months.
“Our upperclassmen did a great job of helping those guys,” Fisher said. “Our guys worked hard; effort was good and pretty decent execution on both sides for a first day. I thought the attention to details was there on some things. We’ve got a long ways to go, but very pleased with what I saw as far as attitude and work ethic and intensity level.”
The Seminoles return to the practice field Wednesday afternoon, once again in shorts, shirts and helmets, as part of the mandatory acclimatization period.