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Florida State’s first practice in full pads features good energy, lacks consistency


Miami Herald Writer

Florida State’s first practice in full pads drew mixed reviews from coach Jimbo Fisher.

Fisher was pleased with the Seminoles’ energy, and he enjoyed some big plays from the offense and defense. But Fisher found the team’s consistency — one of his favorite buzzwords — leaving something to be desired.

“We just didn't play with consistency,” Fisher said.

“And I hate to say that because that's one of the first times I've said that in a long time. But that's the facts of it.”

The fifth-year coach said that FSU’s missteps were typical of this time of year. But he didn’t allow for any preseason growing pains to serve as an excuse for sloppiness.

“I don't ever expect (mistakes),” Fisher said. “If you expect them, you allow them to happen. I don't ever expect them, but you've got to deal with them.”

• Reserve receiver Isaiah Jones’ academic eligibility is uncertain following FSU’s summer session. Fisher said that he was working to clarify Jones’ status, but he could miss the season.

• Tight end Kevin Haplea has sat out the past two practices with a concussion. Haplea missed all of last season with a knee injury.

• Running back Mario Pender missed practice to attend the birth of his child. He should return Saturday.

• In a rather unusual development, Jimbo Fisher halted practice Friday to kill a bat that had made its way into FSU's indoor practice facility.

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