FSU Practice Report

Lineman Working in the Trenches

Carlos Pineda | Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — No. 12 Florida State held its first practice in South Florida on Thursday at Nova Southeastern University.

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher admitted he was worried about how the players would respond following the layover over the holiday break, but to his surprise came out sharp and focused.

"Great practice," Fisher said. "Really liked the way the guys came back today. We were enthused and executed very well. I liked their attitude and what we did."

Fisher said Thursday's session was the best one of the postseason thus far.

The Seminoles (11-2) will face No. 15 Northern Illinois in the 79th Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 1.

FSU is in the midst of a four-game bowl winning streak that dates back to 2008 and holds a 25-14-2 record in 41 bowl appearances.

With 87 Floridians on the Seminoles roster, traveling to South Florida for the Orange Bowl is a homecoming of sorts for many of the players that grew up in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

"It's really exciting being in the Orange Bowl and definitely playing down here in South Florida," said receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who is from Belle Glade. "I'm very excited to play down here. Some of my family can come to the game."

Following Florida State's successful practice session Thursday, the the team spent the evening in Miami Beach dining at Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao.

"They have a lot of events, just going and hanging out on the beach," Benjamin said, "so I'm really excited."


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