Editor's note: Today begins a preview of Clemson's ACC opponents as they work their way through summer toward the beginning of preseason camp in early August. First up is Florida State, and coach Jimbo Fisher, whose Noles are in the unique position of coming off a national championship.
FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher
On FSU's spring practice accomplishments: "We had a few bumps and bruises, and little surgeries afterwards, but everything should be good to go (for fall camp). I was very proud of our spring. I thought really the second half of it was really good. The first half was not poor, just that we picked the tempo up and became very physical, developing a lot of depth at a lot of different positions.
"I'm happy with the progress we made, and what's starting to emerge on this team, like this team's attitude, like its work ethic. This team is starting to evolve, its personality and all the things, the traits it has to have to go forward.
"This summer like for all teams, just like it was last year, will be very critical in our conditioning and summer work and their film study. I'm looking forward to a great fall camp...and think we have a chance to have another very good football team."
On the positions where the Seminoles most improved their depth: "I think we developed it definitely in the offensive line. I felt very comfortable with our running back situation. Our quarterbacks, our young guys, really developed. A lot of the receivers got a lot of reps. The young linebackers was really fun to watch in the secondary. I feel like we've developed it kind of across the board.
"You never have as much as you need because you never know when the rainy day is coming, but from our depth perception right now, where we're at, it's as good as it's probably been since we've been here."
On the development of backup quarterbacks behind Jameis Winston: "I think Sean (McGuire) did a good job of grasping our offense, namely being able to execute it and things that he does well on the field. I thought he played well in the spring game.
"I think John Franklin Jr. is a very athletic guy who's got to continue his knowledge and growth in our offense, but has the ability to make all the throws and is dynamite with his feet. He just ran 10.7 - he runs track for us and just ran 10.7 electronic 100 meters, so he can create plays with his feet in different situations. Those two guys are really developing. We feel comfortable with them, and then we'll have J.J. Cosentino coming in that we're really excited about."
On preparing for the transition at QB after Winston leaves for the NFL: "I think you've got to try and educate, and you've got to tweak your system and turn your system into what that guy can do. We've always adjusted our system to what they can do, and the guys around them. Everybody has a certain skill set. But there's a standard which we'd like to recruit to, a certain talent level, and we've been fortunate to be able to do that. I think those quarterbacks have learned off of each other how to study film, how to prepare and how to do the things they have to do, and I think it's helped them all grow."
On maintaining an edge after winning the national championship: "I think it's just the ability to have hunger again and understand that they have to have the chip on their shoulder and they have to stay aggressive and keep refining the things, we did well, and continue to do them and gradually tweak the things that we didn't do well. I think that's been the key.
"To me it's all about we have worked, we have talent, we will adjust and we may be a different team in several ways because our players may be different. But I think the critical thing which I've been very pleased with is their attitude and work ethic, especially in second half of spring, how they came together and got that chip back on their shoulder."
On FSU's slow start during the spring: "I just think we played so late, we got back in school, there was no time for these kids to decompress from winning a national championship. It's not complacency. Your body has to decompress and you have to comprehend what has just happened, so then you have to go forward in the next direction. I think there's new guys, new guys in new positions, new situations, and I think they grew in those situations and they learned the first half of spring and then really started playing up to their capabilities and talent levels the second half. That's by no fault of their own, it's just a natural progression that you have to go through."
On the impact coordinator Jeremy Pruitt made on the defense, and how he thinks Pruitt will do at Georgia:"I mean, it was the system we ran and we wanted to run. He did a good job of organizing and calling the game. (About Georgia) I have no idea. I have no idea what Georgia's players are, what their mindset, what their team term personality is. There's so many other things that y'all don't realize, this team here was ready to play. We had a great temperament, we created a great culture here. It's not that Georgia doesn't have a culture - they've obviously been very successful and they've got good players. But I can't speak about someone else's team and the temperament. I knew we would have a good defense whoever our coordinator was a year ago. Jeremy did a tremendous job and you our leadership and our talent level were excellent."
On the Seminoles' attitude and motivation level: "I was really impressed with it, I really was. Those last couple of scrimmages, those last 10 days of practice, were very physical. Not where we're just knocking each out - we only go to the ground but twice - but how they practice, tenacity, the ability to improve and be technique-sound and do things the right way. I was very happy with the way we went through the back half of the spring practice."