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Florida State's Fisher eyes back-to-back titles

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014
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"Once you're up on that podium, do you really want to walk off?" Fisher said. "How important is it to stay on that podium? We talk about that.

"We'll throw those flashes up there to remind them of, you're either going to walk off that podium or you're going to stay on that podium."

The Seminoles' first practice was well attended as each freshman signee was academically eligible and there were few injuries. Defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample was limited with a shoulder injury and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe remains out with a foot injury.

Running back Karlos Williams said there is a different kind of hunger after putting a championship ring on their fingers.

"We want to be the first ones (to win the college football playoffs)," Williams said. "A brand new pair of (Jordans) come out, you want to be the first person to get a brand new pair. We want to be the first one to get that trophy.

"We were the first team to win the BCS and the last team to win the BCS. We want to be the first team to win the college football trophy."

Senior receiver Rashad Greene, who could break three major school receiving records this season, said the team has the confidence of knowing how to win a title, but has be humble enough to go through the process again.

"We just can't get complacent," safety Tyler Hunter said. "I think we have a bigger edge now, just knowing that teams are going to come at us even harder being No. 1."

The team returned to a new locker room that was part of a $4.25 million facility upgrade, new student apartments, a redesigned logo plastered all around the facilities and new national championship paraphernalia all around the athletic buildings. The team also sported new practice jerseys designed as a replica to the new game day versions.

"Who doesn't love brand new stuff?" Williams asked. "I remember my freshman year, Terrell Buckley said that to us, you look good, you feel good, you play good. ... We're going to play good."