The Florida State Seminoles begin their defense of the national title they won after defeating the Auburn Tigers in the final seconds in the final BCS Championship Game, but don’t tell Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher that they have to defend something.
“I want to see the same things,” Fisher said. “I want to see the confidence and belief in what we have, but also the hunger to go get another one and don’t worry about the last one. “We’re not defending anything in that regard. I don’t want us to think in those terms. What I’m looking for is another group of hungry guys who are willing to pay the same price they did last year when they didn’t know they were real good.”
Coaches are always looking at what’s ahead, often weeks, months and years ahead, so the approach Fisher is taking with his team is not uncommon as looking in the rear-view mirror could leave some players feeling complacent and satisfied with last year’s accomplishments.
As is the case with every college football team, the Seminoles lost a number of key contributors from the championship team, but quarterback Jameis Winston returns after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013 and will try to be the first player since Archie Griffin to ‘defend’ his Heisman.