Fisher still looking for offensive mesh

Florida State returned to practice Monday for the first time since returning home after its 24-21 loss at Wake Forest.

Offensively, the Seminoles will attempt in the days ahead to rediscover a rhythm that served them well in victories against Alabama and N.C. State -- and a rhythm that disappeared in the second half against Wake. FSU still is hoping to discover a running game for the first time this season, too.


"Any time in football when you're one-dimensional, it's hard," FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said before practice Monday. "I don't care if you're all-run/no-pass, or all-pass/no-run. I mean, you have to find [that balance].

"And I have to do a better job of coaching and formations and being patient with things at times."


Fisher said he was pleased with his offense in the first half against the Demon Deacons. "We just had chances in the game and didn't execute in the second half," he said.

As he has throughout the season, Fisher questioned whether his guys are confident enough to properly execute. Overall he didn't have an answer to the many questions that linger around his unit.

"I hate to say this -- if I could put my finger directly on it, I would sure do it and fix it," Fisher said. "Sometimes the answer is that there is no answer. You just have to keep working hard and believe."

Lee seeks stability

Heading into Saturday's game against Miami, FSU QB Xavier Lee still is trying to find the consistency that has evaded him so far.

Lee, who will start Saturday for the third consecutive game, threw two touchdown passes but also two interceptions against Wake.

"We came out firing, and then the third quarter came and we just got in a lull, and they started making plays and we weren't and that just kind of put the game away for us," Lee said.