Jimbo Fisher happy with FSU's practice

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Day 3 of practice is in the books for Florida State, and coach Jimbo Fisher said he continues to be pleased with the Seminoles’ progress and focus this week for the Discover Orange Bowl game against Northern Illinois.

“The kids responded very well,” Fisher said after FSU’s practice at Nova Southeastern University. “I love our conditioning, the tempo of practice was excellent, execution was very good. I’m very anxious to watch us play. I hope we play close to the way we’ve practiced. I’ve been extremely pleased. We haven’t practiced like this for a while, the precision we’ve played with.”

Fisher said the players understand the opportunity in front of them -- the possibility of a 12-win season that would include the program’s first ACC title since 2005 and a BCS bowl win. The weather has been good all week, and there have been no major injuries or incidents to report. There is only one practice remaining -- on Sunday morning -- and Fisher said the only left to do is the mental preparation.

“The last 48 hours are very critical, that we really dot I’s, and cross T’s, and understand what we’re going into the game with and how we’re going to call it and have the kids totally prepared so there’s no surprises because we’ve had all this time,” he said. “I hope they can go relax and execute and don’t get nervous about it and have good walk-through.”