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Seminoles not short on locker-room inspiration entering Gators rivalry

Says FSU coach Jimbo Fisher: "We're physical. We're violent. But we play clean. We play with class." (US Presswire)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This week's on-campus dispatch comes to you from the bowels of Doak Campbell Stadium, where about 100 boosters toured the team facilities and watched the players walk to the team bus Friday -- less than 24 hours before one of college football's most heated rivals will collide on Bobby Bowden Field.

The fine folks of Seminoles Boosters were nice enough to let me observe the portion of the tour where boosters watched a 3-D highlight video of the Seminoles' 2012 season inside a booster-funded theater. Apparently, recruits also visit the theatre when permissible. Employees even handed out 3-D glasses at the door.

The video portion I saw didn't include clips of the NC State loss, but they cut it about two minutes early to allow boosters time to watch Seminoles players and coaches leave the facility.

The most entertaining parts of the video were not the on-field moves (touchdowns, tackles, etc), but the locker-room messages, courtesy of coach Jimbo Fisher and quarterback EJ Manuel.

Here's a list of notables from throughout the season, in no particular order (it was difficult to track which messages belonged to which games). There were some good one-liners. Wasn't sure how fiery Fisher would be in private team settings, but he seems to connect pretty well. Same with Manuel.

* "Be gentlemen. Play the game the way it's supposed to be played." -- Fisher

* "Great teams understand the moment." -- Fisher

* "Every field we play on is our field." -- Fisher

* "Ain't nobody better than us. Nobody. Nobody is better than us." -- Fisher

* "The good, the bad -- stay in the middle." -- Manuel, urging his team to stay calm

* "When you hold this sucker up ... what's your legacy with this helmet?" -- Fisher, holding a Seminoles helmet decorated with tiny, black Tomahawks given for on-field accomplishments.

* "Make the people who gave it to you proud." -- Fisher, about the Seminoles jersey.

* "We're physical. We're violent. But we play clean. We play with class." -- Fisher

* "LeBron's watching. Barack Obama's watching. Mitt Romney's watching ... the election's over with. This the real game. Put on a show." -- Manuel

That last one's probably my favorite. If the Seminoles need motivation to win a third straight over Florida, they can find it inside the locker room.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
 
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