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FSU's Jimbo Fisher understands hurricane disruption

Jimbo Fisher went through hurricanes Katrina and Rita as an assistant at LSU in 2005.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Jimbo Fisher went through hurricanes Katrina and Rita as an assistant at LSU in 2005.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says his coaches, players, and their families have safely experienced Hurricane Irma, and are moving forward toward getting back into the swing of the season.

While the Seminoles' game Saturday against rival Miami has been postponed until Oct. 7, the team returned to practice Tuesday and will practice through Friday. The team will take Saturday off, then return to its regular practice schedule Monday before hosting N.C. State on Sept. 23.

"All our kids and everyone are safe, and everyone's family is safe. That's the most important thing," Fisher said during Wednesday's ACC coaches' conference call.

"Unfortunately, we can't play this week. We'd love to play, but that's where we're at as a state."

FSU's layoff between games will amount to 20 days between the season-opening defeat to Alabama and its home opener against N.C. State, but Fisher has a unique experience that could aid the Seminoles.

During 2005 when Fisher was Les Miles' offensive coordinator at LSU, the Tigers had to adjust their schedule for two games during the season.

Hurricane Katrina forced LSU's home opener against Arizona State to the Sun Devils' home field and the Tigers had to wait until 16 days later to play their first home game of the season against Tennessee. The contest against the Vols was pushed back from a Saturday to a Monday because of Hurricane Rita.

"Not many people get to go through two of them like that," Fisher said of the hurricanes that affected Louisiana in 2005.

"It was a lot more damaging there. We had 20, 30 players lose everything they had and their families were living with them in dorms. It was much more disastrous.

"As far as impact and distraction, it's similar, and I explained that to our team and how we handle things. We'll be able to get through it."

Miami, meanwhile, has not practiced for more than a week, and does not have a definite return date when it could resume practice.

OBITUARY: Running back Alex Hawkins, the ACC player of the year in 1958 while playing for South Carolina died Tuesday in Columbia. He was 80. In his junior season, Mr. Hawkins led the Gamecocks in passing, rushing, scoring and punt returns in 1957. He played 10 NFL seasons, eight for the Baltimore Colts that included the NFL title team in 1959 and the team that lost Super Bowl III to the Jets.

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