Jimbo Fisher was more than fantastic during yesterday’s press conference. Not like you can win such a thing as a talking-point event, but Fisher was funny, to the point and avoided any kind of talking that might come back to bite him in the rear. Most of it was just an introductory to the start of practice and the upcoming season. I mean, I guess that’s why they call it an introductory press conference.
He did, however, mention that Giorgio “Gio” Newberry would be switching positions. The redshirt sophomore is moving from defensive end to tight end.
Fisher was quick to point out that this was not done because of the depth issues at the tight end position. I don’t want to call Uncle Jimbo a liar, but it was only a few weeks ago (pre-transfer stuff) that he said he didn’t plan on moving anyone to tight end. I think it is safe — and understandable — to assume Newberry’s massive body moving to the new position can be directly correlated to the issues at the tight end position.
I am only picking on Fisher. Not condemning him for playing a possible position change so close to the vest. For the better portion of the press conference Fisher was not only entertaining but fairly insightful. I just couldn’t let that little contradiction go without pointing it out. Not blaming him for doing it. Just making a little mental note not to believe anything that he says, ever (just kidding).
As for Newberry, I don’t foresee him catching a ton of passes, although, he should be an excellent blocking tight end. Coming out of high school some had Newberry ranked as a very high offensive tackle prospect. Expect to see him in big packages (obviously) and ready to crush the souls of smaller defensive ends.
Nothing else of incredible relevance came out of the presser. Fisher still won’t name his starting quarterback yet. In fact, he has more than gone out of his way to make it clear that Jacob Coker is as much in the running as Jameis Winston, and that he would go with a two QB system if he thought it gave Florida State the best chance to win.
He also talked about the social media ban for players, the new practice turf being safer and that Mario Pender isn’t practicing until a grade is posted.
More or less, Fisher came away from the presser unscathed. Maybe even a little charming. Not a bad start to the wild ride that waits ahead for Florida State.
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