Florida State wraps up winter conditioning

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida State Seminoles wrapped up their winter conditioning program Thursday and coach Jimbo Fisher raved about the atmosphere and how the players understand the culture and what it takes to be elite.

Just don't mention the defense of the school's third national championship.

"I want to see the same things," Fisher said. "I want to see the confidence and belief in what we have, but also the hunger to go get another one and don't worry about the last one.

"We're not defending anything in that regard. I don't want us to think in those terms. What I'm looking for is another group of hungry guys who are willing to pay the same price they did last year when they didn't know they were real good."

Florida State wrapped up nearly four weeks of conditioning Thursday as new roles are formed throughout the roster. Gone are offensive leaders James Wilder Jr., Devonta Freeman and Kenny Shaw. Fisher said Karlos Williams and first-team All-ACC receiver Rashad Greene have stepped into those shoes. There is no more Telvin Smith, Lamarcus Joyner, Timmy Jernigan and Christian Jones on the defensive side. Fisher mentioned Terrance Smith, Tyler Hunter and P.J. Williams on that side of the ball.

Reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are expected to hold leadership roles, but both are currently away from the team with Winston playing baseball and Ramsey on the track team.

"Right now is when the identity of your football team develops its attitude, its work ethic, its camaraderie, its family atmosphere," Fisher said. "All the little traits that you as a human being, your habits, are being developed right now.

"Player development, January through August. This is a very critical time."