Sunday, December 30, 2012
Noles wrap up Orange Bowl practices
By Heather Dinich
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- With the exception of Monday's walk-through, Florida State has wrapped up its practices for the Discover Orange Bowl, and both players and coaches have agreed this week that things couldn't have gone much better. Florida State added crowd noise to its practices at Nova Southeastern University the past two days, and they went a little long today, but coach Jimbo Fisher said there has been good effort and enthusiasm all week.
"I like where we're at mentally, I like where we're at physically," he said. "Now it's just a matter of playing the game."
Fisher has looked and sounded relaxed all week, and he said on Sunday he doesn't have any lingering concerns heading into the BCS bowl game. Fisher said all of his players are healthy and will be ready to line up against Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Safety Lamarcus Joyner, a native of Fort Lauderdale, said he had a bad head cold and a fever most of the week but took antibiotics and said it hasn't affected any of his practice time.
Following what was the final practice for Florida State's seniors, Joyner, a junior, said the team still has something to prove against the MAC champs.
"I just feel like we have to prove we're a good football team," he said. "There have been moments when we have been a very inconsistent organization. We need to finish this season strong to get our respect and get hope for next season."