TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami.com) – While the University of Miami is answering questions about possible violations; up the road in Tallahassee, the Florida State Seminoles are putting together their roster for the first game of the season and are happy with the team’s depth and flexibility.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher welcomed back his top three running backs from last year and said they will be used in all situations.
“When you become specialized that you tip off a lot of things you’re going to do on offense,” Fisher told the Palm Beach Post. “I think you become very predictable.”
The Seminoles top three backs ran for 1,862 yards combined last season, even with starter Chris Thompson missing the final three games. The resurgence of the running game was one of the key elements to the Noles’ successful 2010 season.
Now, Fisher has his returning players along with one of the top running back recruits in the country. James Wilder, Jr. of Tampa could challenge for playing time immediately, but Fisher hasn’t said whether Wilder will play or sit.
Wilder was one of Fisher’s top recruits in arguably the top recruiting class in the country this year. The Noles are putting together one of the top classes in the country this year and Fisher has the Noles at number 5 in the country, according to the coaches poll.
All of it is music to Seminoles fans ears as the first game of the season nears. But, the biggest game will be on September 17, when the Noles welcome in the likely number one team in the country, the Oklahoma Sooners, to the unfriendly confines of Doak Campbell Stadium.