Wrapping Up: Tennessee Chattanooga

I graded the 'Noles, and did the DriveLog Review, so we are just about done with this game. 

After the Jump:

Players of the week


The Good

The bad


Offensive Player of the Week

Past winners include: Rodney Hudson (Western Carolina).

The Tomahawk Nation player of the week for the Tennessee Chattanooga game is...

 Corey Surrency.Corey_surrency_catches_td_medium

Jimbo Fisher rewarded Surrency for his amazing blocking and tremendous effort in the Western Carolina game by giving him several deep routes against UTC.  Surrency, who is fast becoming the best player on the 'Noles (bold, I know) cashed in TD's of 44 and 39 yards.  Congrats to Corey Surrency!

Interestingly enough, I predicted BOTH of my choices for player of the game, and both choices played exceptionally well. 

Now, if you clicked the link above, you would know that the


is Markus White


Markus had a phenomenal game, tallying 5 Tackles (4 Solo and 1 Assist), including 1.5 TFL's.  Markus joins Tomahawk Nation favorite Toddrick Verdell (WCU winner) as the first two winners of the Tomahawk Nation Defensive Player of the Game. 

Florida State Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews had this to say about White:

You see him getting a little bit better every day. As he gets that down, he is going to be in that class with those guys that we had in the 90's. You can mark that down. If he stays healthy, because there is nobody out there that gives greater effort than he does when that ball is snapped.  _ FSU DC Mickey Andrews

High praise from one of the all-time greats.  I asked Toddrick if he thought Markus was the right choice, and he said that he did.  If the DC and the former winner of the award think Markus is the choice, then we do as well.


Roosevelt Lawson, (photo not available), for blocking the UTC Punt, which resulted in a safety.




  • Except for the fumbles, the quarterbacks played really well.  I wasn't sure if it was possible for them to improve on their Western Carolina outing, but they did, despite the numbers.
  • Antone Smith looked explosive.
  • We threw a lot of routes.  In the past, I think we probably would have stuck with what was working, but Jimbo wanted to work on stuff and that is what we did.  Bravo.  
  • We tackled really well.  Nobody is attempting kill-shots at the expense of wrapping up. 


  • Our special teams, specifically the kicking game, really scare me.  Missing chip-shot field goals and extra points, at home, during perfect weather conditions and facing no rush, well that is not acceptable. 
  • Our offensive tackles did not play well.  I'm not going to single out one guy here, but they missed assignments, didn't play with nearly enough fire, and are not at the level we need them to be. 
  • The secondary.  Three dropped interceptions?  Ridiculous.


The Wake game is a pivitol litmus test for this program.  I'll preview the game, have an interview or two with Wake Forest folks (one already in the hopper), give the weekend action, and discuss anything else about FSU football.


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