Florida State ready to begin title defense in fall camp

08/03/2014 7:02 PM

08/10/2014 10:55 PM

In the months that followed Florida State’s win in the BCS National Championship Game in January, Jimbo Fisher was often quick to remind that getting to the top is the easy part. Staying there is the real challenge.

Fisher and the Seminoles will take the first step toward staying there when they open fall practice Monday afternoon in Tallahassee.

FSU, ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, boasts the return of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, as well as All-Atlantic Coast Confrence receiver Rashad Greene and four decorated starters on the offensive line.

The Seminoles, though, will have to sort through a few questions on defense. New coordinator Charles Kelly takes the reins of a group that returns six starters but also lost a significant amount of production and leadership from last year’s team.

Still, an annual parade of top recruiting classes means that a host of talented players are waiting to fill the holes. Fisher said that, if things break the right way, this year’s team could be even better than its predecessor.

“We’ll wait and see,” Fisher said. “If it creates the habits on a day-to-day basis and understands the selflessness in which you have to play with, it can be.”

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