Monday, the Florida State Seminoles have formally launched their preparations for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Head Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about his team’s historic struggles against mobile quarterbacks. Namely, Marcus Mariota, Lamar Jackson and Greg Ward. Fisher admitted Jalen Hurts is in that same class.
“He can throw it, he can run it. he ran for a 1,000 last year and threw for almost 3,000 yards,” Fisher said.
Furthermore, Fisher made sure to address the grandiose levels of talk surrounding Saturday night’s match-up at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“There’s probably more hype because you’ve had longer to talk about it,” Fisher said. “It’s the season opener. That has a lot to do with it, in my opinion. It’s the first time two top-three teams have played each other in the opener. I understand where it’s coming from, but for us, we’ve just got to play the game. We have to play the football game, not anything else.”
Also, redshirt senior Michael Thomas did not practice Monday. Thomas arrived at FSU as a consensus top 10 overall player in the 2013 recruiting class, but his career has been plagued with missteps that include two separate suspensions, when totaled, cost him 19 games of his career, including the entire 2015 season.
Last season, Thomas led the Seminoles with 77 tackles and was third on the team with 11 tackles for loss.
Finally, the hype machine has labeled this game as “The Greatest Opener of All-Time”. The hype machine went into overdrive as Florida State President John Thrasher said the following last Friday:
“I shouldn’t talk too much trash,” Thrasher said to the fans in attendance. “But I think we’re gonna beat Alabama pretty bad next week. I really do.”