April 1, 2013

Scrimmage wrap: Offense and defense breakdown

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Solid start for the defense

After a week or so of just installation, Florida State's defense finally got a chance to put defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's system into play during Monday's scrimmage.

Middle linebacker Telvin Smith said that the defense really just wanted to hit, but it was exciting to get to see the defense in full effect. He said there were some ups and downs but overall a solid day for the defense.

"We came out during out practices and we were a little shaky, not really comprehending everything but we came out here today and everything came together real well," Smith said.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher said the biggest difference he saw from the defense during the scrimmage was the number of different looks they showed at the line of scrimmage.

"Much more multiple," he said. "Much greater looks to develop your offense and you quarterbacks in a lot of different deals because of blitzes, scenarios, fronts and coverages. A lot of new things which are very good because it allows you to prepare and see them everyday in practice. A lot of different looks. They did some really nice things, at times they played really well."

Smith admitted that the defense was a little slow with its calls at first, but as the scrimmage went on they got better. He said for the most part he felt like the defense played assignment football, and that no one player tried to do too much.

"I feel like everybody did their job today and had fun doing it, and wasn't trying to make a play when we got in a crazy situation out here," Smith said. "But we were all just trying to get the fundamentals of the defense down. So I feel like our defense as whole played together today."

When asked who stood out on the defensive side of the ball, Fisher said that no one in particular dominated, but that Lamarcus Joyner made a handful of plays.

"I thought Joyner flashed a couple times in the nickel situations," Fisher said. "Playing corner, made a nice stop on a short yardage from that standpoint. But it's hard to see who really flashed. Nobody in particular, but we'll watch the film and maybe somebody did more than we saw."

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