Changes at Florida State Already Glaring

Chris WhitmoreCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Offensive coordinator and future head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles walks the sidelines while taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida State defeated West Virginia 33-21 in Bobby Bowden's last game as a head coach for the Seminoles.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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With the generally negative press that hounded Florida State at the end of 2009 with it ended the Bobby Bowden, new head coach Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to quickly institute changes in the FSU football program that would bring positive results and fast.

And he has.

Fisher practically cleaned house on the defensive staff and getting a new running backs coach and strength and conditioning coordinator, the news coming out of Florida State since Fisher officially took over in January have already been positive.

With overhauling the nutrition provided to the athletes to provide a healthier choice of options for the players to having the No. 10 recruiting class in the nation on National Signing Day, the players and fans were eager to enter spring practice last week to see how the new era for Florida State would translate on the field.

Since the offense returns a majority of the starters from the team that averaged over 400 yards a game in 2009, the Seminole offense is already working on expanding their playbook rather then fundamentals of football they are used to working on during spring practices.

Wide receiver Burt Reed told the Tallahassee Democrat:

"This is not day four," junior receiver Bert Reed said after Monday's workout. "We're so far ahead of day four with where we really are. We've got so much experience — o-line, receivers, quarterback. We're so far ahead in the playbook right now. It's a good feeling. We're just adding more stuff in as we go."

The big question for the 2010 Noles is how well they adapt to new defensive coordinator Mark Stoop's schemes.  After facing FCS school Samford in week one, FSU will get a crash course in week two in how well they can transition as a defense when they travel to the University of Oklahoma.  

FSU will conclude their spring practice with the Garnet and Gold spring game on April 10th.