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Offense Not Looking Lethal
The “Lethal Simplicity” of the offense looks almost as if it’s too simple and the opposing defenses already know when what play is going to be called. The short bubble screens are getting stopped behind the line of scrimmage because receivers can’t hold their blocks and the offensive line is looking as bad as it did last year. Having to shuffle guys in and out to find the right lineup during the game isn’t working and the penalties are piling up through the first two weeks.
The Seminoles had two pass completions of 20-plus yards get called back by the offensive line penalties. Despite all the hits, redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois took he still managed to have another impressive game as far as his efficiency. Francois completed 31 of his 46 pass attempts for 320-yards and three touchdowns. Florida State is still searching for the running game, but hopefully, that will come when the offensive line can pull through and hold their blocks.
FSU Struggling to Run the Ball
Despite having one of the best running backs in the county and a senior leader in the backfield, the Seminoles still aren’t able to run the ball. Going into the season, fans expected to see a lot more big run plays with the way the gulf coast offense should work.
Sophomore running back Cam Akers was projected to have big numbers and so far hasn’t been what the fans expected. Akers carried the ball 14 times for 76 yards against the Samford Bulldogs. His longest rush of the day was 14 yards. Senior running back Jacques Patrick carried the ball 13 times for 44 yards with a long of 13.
The run game could be struggling due to a lack of blocking by the offensive line, which at this point should almost be expected. The Seminoles lost a big-time running back in redshirt freshman Khalan Laborn on a kick return. Head coach Willie Taggart confirmed Laborn has a dislocated knee.
Defense Getting Walked On
The Seminoles defense was as close to absent as you can get in the first half against the Samford Bulldogs, an FCS school. The defense gave up 341-yards in the first half and 525-yards total. Despite the Seminoles defensive front being able to contain the Bulldogs running backs (holding them to only 50-yards rushing the entire game), the secondary was getting torched. The defensive backs could not break up a deep ball for anything.
The Bulldogs figured out the go-to play was a lob deep down the field, and surprisingly, completed several such passes. The first play for the Bulldogs went for a 54-yard bomb which resulted in a touchdown. The Bulldogs had two receivers catch a ball for 50-plus yards and both receivers had over 95-yards receiving. After the loss to Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett expressed he wanted more turnovers from his defense. His defense listened and forced five turnovers. Sophomore nose guard Marvin Wilson forced a fumble and sophomore defensive back Cyrus Fagan recovered it. Junior corner back Kyle Meyers had two interceptions, Senior defensive back AJ Westbrook had one interception and Junior corner back Levonta Taylor had a late pick six to seal the win for the Seminoles 36-26.
The Seminoles have their first road game of the season were they will be traveling to Syracuse to take on the Orange. Kickoff will be 12:00 P.M.