The Florida State offense had ripped the Seminole's defense for 10 more more yards per play in four of the five spring scrimmages, so after a shocking spring game performance that saw a rather limited Seminoles playbook and a general lack of fire from the offense, everyone was anxious to see what would happen in the Monday's scrimmage.
I wonder if ACC Offensive Coordinator of the Year Jimbo Fisher gave them a talkin' to after Saturday's performance.
Allow us here at Tomahawk Nation to extend a huge thank you to TRMNole and CSINole for providing us with some great photos!
I don't know what the second team did because the guy (or girl) we usually get our information from didn't have a lot of time to share. My apologies.
- The 1st team offense ran 10 plays (2 or 3 more were nullified by various holding or offsides penalties) for 140 yards. 10 plays. 140 yards. That is more than 14 yards per play.
- Over the course of a normal game, a team runs about 65 plays. 65 plays at 14 yards per play is over 900 YARDS. 900 YARDS.
- For the 5th time in the last 6 scrimmages, the offense averaged more than 10 yards per play.
- I'm not aware of any huge contingent of defensive recruits at Monday's practice. Could be wrong, but I didn't hear about it. Check with our friends Jamey Givens of www.NoleInsider.com ($) or ThaRinger.com (free) for more.
- Considering the offense's domination in 5 of the now 6 scrimmages, Is it really reasonable to think Jimbo was going all out on Saturday? (See the comment section to the Spring Game Recap if you want details on this)
I wonder if the offense spread the defense out and ran on them? You bet.
- Thomas had 4 runs for 85 yards, 3 of which were over 25 yards.
- The offensive line crushed the defensive line, especially the smaller interior guys.
- Jermaine Thomas is clearly establishing himself as the #1 running back for the Seminoles. At this point I don't want him to take any more hits this spring.
- The best two comparisons we have come up with for Thomas are Ricky Watters and Jeff Cheney.
Passing, you say? Christian Ponder was 3-4 for 61 yds with 1 TD and no INT's. That's basically a perfect QB rating.
Of the 10 plays ran by the 1st team offense, only three went for less than 5 yards. One was a run by Thomas and the other two were a result of the "one-hand touch" QB treatment rule.
Overall, it was a good day for the offense (though I'm not sure how the 2nd team did). Importantly, it was a very good day for Florida State wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey's crew. Bert Reed and Richard Goodman had a nice showing for the 1st team offense.
This was especially important for Dawsey because the last 36 hours have been rough for his guys. First, Rod Owens picked up a DUI Sunday night. Then...
If you've been lucky enough to meet Corey in person, you know what a special guy he is. I don't know if he can handle another bad break like this. If he doesn't win his appeal, I hope some Tomahawk Nation faithful will step up and help us organize a campaign to help Corey pay for his senior year of school or find him a decent job.
We will have much more on Surrency later this week.
A bright spot for the defense:
Apparently defensive end MarKus White is still giving our tackles some trouble. Photo by CSINole
Scrimmage Recap Excerpts from Seminoles.com (FSU Sports Information) [I have inserted comments where necessary for clarification]:
- 1st Series (From own 35): Jermaine Thomas picked up almost 50 yards on just two carries but on 3rd-and-9 Kevin McNeil crashed the pocket forcing Christian Ponder to run and come up short of the first. As the ball moved back to the -35 Ponder hit Jarmon Fortson deep but the play was wiped out by offensive holding. The one's series ended on a positive though as Ponder hit Richard Goodman to convert a 1st-and-20.
- 2nd series (from 50) Things started out well for the defense with a Kevin McNeil sack on 1st-and-20 [after a hold]. On 2nd-and-27 Thomas picked up the first with a 28-yard run. Ponder and Fortson connected for 18 and then Ponder was forced out of the pocket but found Bert Reed on the run for a 21-yard TD.
- Ball on Defense's 20: The first team offense dug themselves a big hole after moving the ball down inside the 10. Thomas ran it to the one-yard line but a holding, a sack by McNeil, a false start and another hold that wipe out a big Ponder run, put the one's in a 2nd-and-goal from the 41-yard line. Ponder salvaged the drive with a 19-yard pass to Thomas and then another Thomas run for six yards. That allowed James Esco to convert a 34-yard field goal.
- 1:30 (modified 2-minute drill): The first team offense looked like an entirely different group starting from the -30 with 1:30 on the clock. On the first play Everett Dawkins pressured Ponder but the junior was still able to find Reed for a gain of 43. He then hit Goodman for nine yards and then again for a TD.
Please visit that link as there is a video interview with Jimbo Fisher as well.
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