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FSU Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher sends subtle message to players

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher. AP

Florida State players walked a hand-made, yellow-brick road on their way to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was tight-lipped about the details and significance of The Wizard of Oz reference after practice.

“We’re going to see the wizard,” Fisher said.

Who is the wizard?

“I can’t tell you that,” Fisher said. “We like some characteristics. Just a little thing to lock us in. Just a little thing to remind us that when we hit this practice field, there’s a purpose. What we have to attain as a person and as a player to be able to have success.”

One can only presume that Fisher is pushing for FSU players to seek heart and courage during the journey that is the 2015 season.

“I watch The Wizard of Oz still today when it comes on,” Fisher said of the 1939 classic. “It’s a great movie.”

Murray sidelined

Freshman receiver Nyquan Murray broke a knuckle on his left hand in practice a few days ago and will miss three weeks, Fisher said. He had a pin inserted in the finger. Freshman receiver Auden Tate has a staph infection, and Fisher thinks he will miss a few practices.

Rested players

Linebacker Reggie Northrup and safety Jalen Ramsey were among the players who had a day off following a physical practice on Tuesday. Mario Pender again was rested, but Fisher said his injured quadriceps should be better any day.

Quarterback update

On the quarterbacks, Fisher maintains that there is no pressure to name a starter in the competition between Everett Golson and Sean Maguire. “We’ll know when we know,” Fisher said. “I’m not putting a timetable on it.”

senior bowl watch list

Led by two-time All-ACC linebacker Terrance Smith, six Seminoles were named to the Senior Bowl Watch List. Joining Smith were fellow linebacker Northrup, Golson, defensive back Tyler Hunter and defensive tackles Nile Lawrence-Stample and Derrick Mitchell.