Taggart, Johnson cite conditioning concerns

Extreme heat and humidity. A fast tempo. And, yes, a loss.

That combination has added up to questions about Florida State’s conditioning after a 36-31 loss to Boise State in the season opener on Saturday.

“Conditioning wasn’t our strong suit and that’s what we plan to work on, we plan to improve this week,” center Baveon Johnson said. “The way you practice is how you perform.”

“No. We were not prepared. I wasn’t prepared. I feel like it was just conditioning overall. That’s what we need to get better at.”

The topic of conditioning and hydration came up during Willie Taggart’s coaches’ show on Monday night. Taggart said players must begin hydrating early in the week ahead of Saturday’s game against ULM.

“I think after going through last weekend and seeing our guys going down and cramping, one thing we talked about with our medical staff is our guys got to hydrate,” Taggart said, via the Tallahassee Democrat.

The high temperature for Tallahassee on Saturday is forecast to hit 100.

And the concerns were more prominent on defense, where the Seminoles didn’t make third-down stops (Boise converted 10 of 19). FSU’s defense was not able to get off the field as Boise sustained drives and wore out players, forcing frequent substitutions.

While conditioning and hydration are a topic, it’s also one because the Broncos were able to convert on third down and run 108 plays in hot and humid weather.

Practice notes

Cyrus Fagan and Stanford Samuels III were wearing blue, non-contact jerseys. … Running back Anthony Grant was not observed during the brief, open portion of Tuesday’s practice … Former FSU offensive line coach George Henshaw was again observing practice.

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