FSU practiced Monday at the Falcons indoor practice facility in Flowery Branch, north of Atlanta. The Noles will workout inside the Georgia Dome for the remainder of the week. The team was originally scheduled to practice outdoors at Georgia Tech this week, but nasty weather altered those plans -- even though daytime temps in Atlanta will climb from the 30s to the 50s during the week. The change works out to the Noles' advantage. Getting acclimated to playing indoors eliminates all the distractions of a whole different atmosphere -- from the artificial surface to the lighting from above. Well, everything except the acoustics of crowd noise. That's where South Carolina has an advantage after their SEC title game in the Dome.
Who's lining up at TE? FSU media relations told us it'll be Ja'baris Little (6'3" junior) and/or Jonathan Johnson (6'7" redshirt soph). They have zero catches this year between them. Matt Dunham as an H-back provides another option. Chances are good, though, that none of them will start. A TE hasn’t actually started in half the games this fall. The bigger question, of course, is blocking. Can Little, Johnson or Dunham duplicate what Reliford did in that area? One thing is for sure. The FSU spokesman says there's no chance Fisher will burn the redshirts of freshmen TE's Will Tye or Tank Sessions.
Getting a kick out of the indoors. FSU's kickers have had no problem kicking with a roof over their heads. Media Relations told us that “Hopkins was killing it today.” And as hard as he tried, Shawn Powell couldn’t hit the roof.