Florida State hoped to begin the season at home with a win against conference foe Georgia Tech, but it didn’t work out that way. The offense came out flat, unable to get anything going consistently.
FLORIDA STATE OFFENSE
The offense was never able to find their identity, though, and looked rather stagnant at times. Neither running back was able to get going, we saw flashes out of La’Damian Webb and Jashaun Corbin, but neither could get a rhythm.
Not to take anything away from the GT played, but the Florida State line continued to be a liability. Quarterback James Blackman was sacked 3 times and fumbled twice.
Because the line failed more often that not, Blackman looked unsettled in the pocket all game. Going 24-43 and 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception to go with the two fumbles, Blackman has rise above the diversity if he is to lead the Noles to any kind of positive season.
The Seminoles started out with a 10-0 lead, but weren’t able to get to the endzone at all in the 2nd half. The inablitiy to find an identity on this Florida State offense was a problem last year. There are playmakers in Tallahassee, getting the the ball in the best was possible is how the team succeeds. That didn’t happen tonight, but we can build off of the loss.
DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS
The defense, however, was able to continue to make plays, especially when it counted the most. Marvin Wilson was his usual force in the middle, but the big story of the game was Asante Samuel’s two interceptions. Both plays ended drives that started out promising for the Yellow Jackets.
Defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, who missed all of last season to a leg injury, found himself hurt again. We still don’t know the severity of this injury, but he was walking under his own power after leaving the field, so, that’s a good sign. If Kaindoh can put together a full season, he helps our already strong defense.
Akiem Dent was burnt on a play early, but redeemed himself on the next one. Displaying his closing speed and ability to play the ball. While Samuel had a great game tonight, the rest of the team showed some rust.
Where Florida State shined the most was on special teams. Marvin Wilson was in on two field goal blocks, and the rest of the team blocked an extra point, which kept the game tied at 13, late in the 4th.
I would love to say they were outplayed, but the fact is, the Florida State offense wasn’t ready for the Week 1 inter-conference match-up. The defense held their own, until they couldn’t any longer.
In a shortened season like they have, time to come together and get comfortable is very limited. The Noles have to get going as a unit, especially on the offensive line.
Georgia Tech played well enough to win, but the Seminoles handed them the game. It was the Yellow Jackets’ job to keep it close, and they did, so they got the win.
Next game for the Seminoles is at Miami, so they really need to find ways to improve they play by the 26th. Which is good, they have two weeks to prepare. No doubt head coach Mike Norvell will get them ready. Losing to Georgia Tech is a completely different thing that losing to Miami.
There is some to like about this year’s Florida State team, but a lot still looks the same as the previous two years.
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