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Jimbo Fisher pleased with progress at FSU spring practice

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher discusses the incoming class during an NCAA college football news conference on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher discusses the incoming class during an NCAA college football news conference on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla. AP

Jimbo Fisher saw “ups and downs” from Florida State’s first scrimmage of the spring Saturday afternoon. After a week-and-a-half in which he has been critical of the Seminoles’ effort and enthusiasm, that’s a sign the team is making progress.

“It was good,” Fisher said. “There were some really good things. We know we have a lot of work to do. But not unhappy.”

The scrimmage, held indoors due to heavy rain, was closed to the media and public and stats were not kept. Fisher said he’s still looking for young players to be more consistent but stated that the Seminoles are “about where I thought we’d be at this stage.”

He seemed pleased overall with the play of quarterbacks Deondre Francois, JJ Cosentino and Malik Henry. Fisher commented that Francois made “some really, really nice throws at times today, and that Cosentino had “a couple of nice throws.”

Henry enrolled early and has been on campus less than three months. Fisher said Henry are still in the early stages of learning the offense.

“Malik is still gathering the knowledge of where he’s at,” Fisher said. “Sometimes he throws to the wrong guy but he still hits them.”

Fisher said he limited the scrimmage time of some of FSU’s stars, notably tailback Dalvin Cook. He was pleased with the scrimmage performance of backups Jacques Patrick and Ryan Green.

▪ Injury update: Starting cornerback Marquez White has a broken bone in his hand and a small plate will be inserted. “He’ll be back in a couple days,” Fisher said.

FSU was short-handed at receiver with Ja’Vonn Harrison, Jesus Wilson and George Campbell out Saturday. Campbell had a concussion in a recent practice.

▪ The next Aguayo: With kicker Roberto Aguayo moving on to the NFL a year early, his younger brother, Ricky Aguayo, has enrolled early and is fitting in well.

“I don’t think he missed a field goal today,” Fisher said. “Hit one about 47 yards. A lot of thump on the ball. Just hitting it with confidence. The ball came off his foot really good.”

▪ Coming up: The team will take Sunday off and return to the practice field on Monday. FSU’s spring game will be 3 p.m. April 9 at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl. The game will air on ESPN3.com.

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