Coach Jimbo Fisher met with the media just hours before Florida State began preseason practice.
While they took the field around 4:30 p.m., practice was stopped by lightning twice and was canceled for the night around 8 p.m. The Seminoles were only able to practice approximately 45 minutes.
Here are some highlights of Fisher’s comments:
On Greg Reid’s cornerback spot: Fisher said that Nick Waisome, for the moment, has the No. 1 cornerback job left open with the dismissal of Greg Reid (Xavier Rhodes has the other starting corner job). Waisome is 5-foot-10, about two inches taller than Reid. And, much like Reid, Waisome is known for his instinctive play, speed and technique.
It appears to be Waisome’s job to lose, but Fisher said he and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will use a number of players to see who is the best fit. They landed the nation’s top corner, Lamarcus Joyner, a few years ago but moved him to safety before the 2011 season (and Fisher said Monday that Joyner could move back to corner).
And Terrence Brooks, who had 17 tackles and a game-saving INT in the win over Notre Dame last season, has also played both positions for FSU. The Seminoles also signed the nation’s top corner Ronald Darby, in February. And coaches could decide to move Rhodes’ backup, the 6-foot-3 Keelin Smith, over to Reid’s spot.
“That’s why we recruit secondary guys like we do,” Fisher said. “You have plenty of options.”
On Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea: Fisher wanted to make it clear that the tight end called FSU coaches first. The staff had recruited Haplea, and it’s obvious that left a good impression on him when he weighed staying in State College, Pa., or leaving. Fisher called Haplea a quality player and a great guy. “He’s a free agent and we had cap room,” Fisher said, laughing.
The extra scholarship goes to … Roberto Aguayo: The place-kicker was set to take a grayshirt and enroll in January 2013. But with Reid gone and Haplea’s scholarship not counting toward FSU’s total of 85, now Fisher can bring in Aguayo (who was at practice on Monday).
Injury update: Fisher said Chris Thompson (back) feels as good as he ever has. He said Devonta Freeman’s back is doing very well. A few players will be limited early in camp but can practice. Rashad Greene had an appendectomy a few weeks ago but is recovering well. Greg Dent (knee) and Mario Pender (groin) can practice.