With a week of practice and a full team scrimmage in the books, coach Jimbo Fisher can see his team’s identity beginning to take shape.
Fisher left Tuesday’s scrimmage at Doak Campbell Stadium satisfied with the offense and defense and said that each succeeded a few times at the other’s expense.
“For a first scrimmage, I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m not disappointed at all, knowing where we’re going and [starting] to visualize our team a little bit.”
With starting cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby sidelined by hamstring injuries, the reserve defensive backs got a healthy dose of work.
That includes youngsters such as Marquez White and freshman Trey Marshall, who have garnered steady praise from Fisher recently. He said their ability to get first- and second-team reps when they can is “critical.”
“You walk out here in the stadium for the first time and [to] really be counted upon for the 1s, hey, you get those butterflies,” Fisher said. “It’s fun. You say, ‘OK, this is for real.’
“But you’ve got to go through it. It’s a learning process and I’m very happy they were able to do it.”Jacob Pugh