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September 12, 2012

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher Q-&-A

No. 5 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) enters Saturday's game versus Wake Forest (2-0, 0-0 ACC) with a combined margin of victory 121 points in its first two contests against FCS opponents Murray State and Savannah State.

Wake's last two wins over ranked teams came against the Seminoles in 2008 when the Demon Deacons defeated No. 24 FSU 12-3 and last season's 35-30 victory versus No. 24 FSU.

Since being named head coach at Florida State in 2009 Jimbo Fisher has gone 21-8, including a 1-1 record against Wake Forest. He spoke with members of the media during the ACC football coaches' weekly teleconference about Wake's visit to Tallahassee and more.

Opening statement: "We're looking forward to our ACC opener. We have a great challenge in Wake Forest. Wake Forest has a great ball-club, had a great game last week versus North Carolina, did a tremendous job defensively, special teams and offensively as Tanner Price taking those guys down for a late score like he always does, does a great competing in the game."

"Wake is a heck of a ball-club. They're playing very hard, very multi-dimensional in all the looks they give you offensively, defensively, very well-coached. It will be a super challenge. We'll have to bring our A-game, but we're anxious to get started in ACC play."

"It's a double whammy, because it's not only a conference game, but an inter-divisional game, so it should be a great ballgame here in Doak Campbell here on Saturday. I'm looking forward to it."

Obviously one of the guys who jumps out at you for them is Michael Campanaro. Just talk a little bit about nobody's been able to defend him yet. He finds the creases and cracks. "Great instincts, I think he has tremendous quickness and ball skills, uses his hands very well, and is obviously very tough, because he goes across the middle, but what I see is a guy who understands football, knows how to set in holes, knows how to set guys up on routes, has really good burst in his routes and just a heck of a football. And he has been a huge problem for the teams he's played and will be for us also."

In their game-winning drive he drew a lot of the double-coverage and allowed the receivers to get open. Has that become a concern also? "Oh there's no doubt. When you have a great player great players affect the other guys on the team, and what he's doing by affecting them he's demanding single-coverage for them and he gets double-coverage and it's making all those players around him that much better. That's what a great player does, and he's one heck of a football player."

Chris Thompson's starting on Saturday according to the depth-chart. It's been quite a turnaround for the young man in a year since that injury up there. "Yes it has, and I'm very happy for him. He had no signs of being ill. He's been fully healthy and probably better than I've seen him since he's been here, and I'm very excited for him and very happy for him."

Are you familiar in all your years of coaching with someone coming back from an injury like that? "No, I haven't, not one with a back like that one, I haven't, I haven't."


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