Jimbo Fisher: 'It's actually an advantage for us'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 27, 2012
Just because Florida State isn't leaving the state to play in its bowl doesn't mean the Seminoles aren't excited.
While on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, Jimbo Fisher mentioned that the Orange Bowl is a dream come true for his south Florida players.
FSU has six players listing their hometown as Miami, while many more are from the area.
"It's still eight hours from us, but since we have so many players from down here, it's actually an advantage for us," Fisher said. "People think it could be a detriment, but our kids love coming back to Miami. Of course Miami is a big rivalry for us, but they get to come back to their (hometown) and play.
"A bunch of kids here grew up watching the Orange Bowl, trying to get in the Orange Bowl when they were little kids, sneak in. Now they get a chance to be a part of it. It's really been a great experience."
With Mark Stoops taking the head coaching job at Kentucky, defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot will run the defense for FSU in the bowl game. Fisher expressed the utmost confidence in him, mentioning that Eliot came up with the game plan against Georgia Tech - and FSU will use a similar plan against Northern Illinois.
As for the future, Alabama secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt will take over as defensive coordinator, as Eliot heads to Kentucky with Stoops. Fisher said there won't be many schematic changes.
"We'll stay as a base 4-3 team. We've got too many great players," Fisher said. "But we will adapt in the 3-4, which we did this year. People didn't realize, we did that a lot with our guys this year. We stood them up and created some different looks. We'll be able to do that and add some different pressure packages, but we'll stay in a base 4-3."
Below is Fisher talking about the Pruitt hire from last week.
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