The press conference was much more focused on correcting the mistakes Florida State made in their game against Georgia Tech. Here's what we learned:
1. The defense is playing to Jimbo FIsher's standard.
Multiple times during the press conference, coach Fisher said he was very pleased with how the defense played both against Georgia Tech, and the season to date. He spoke about Josh Sweat and Jacob Pugh saying, "(Sweat), Pugh, thats' a great group right there. A couple of times he was trying too much, he just keeps evolving as a great player." The Noles enter Syracuse ranked 27th in total defense.
2. Florida State was prepared for a blocked kick return.
In practice, Fisher said they practiced a lot for a situation that ended the game. He attributed the problem to a low kick by Roberto Aguayo and the fact that the team had trouble finding the ball. Ryan Izzo and Giorgio Newberry were set up on the outsides specifically because of their long arms to tackle a retuner, but once they got around both of them, the returner only had two kickers to beat, which he did.
3. Expect to see a lot more of Javien Elliot going forward.
Elliot was praised many times for his play in Atlanta, and Fisher said, "I feel good about him playing," when asked about his potential participation in future games. FIsher said about the former walk-on's performance against Georgia Tech, "I Thought he played well, I thought he played a nice game, he was efficient." With the unknown injury to Tyler Hunter, it may open up the senior to potential start in games down the road.
Terrance Smith could possible be coming back this week and is healing faster than they originally thought.
Tyler Hunter is still being evaluated and the extent of his injury is unknown.
Kareem Are got "banged up" and may miss practice today, but should be ready to go tomorrow.
Florida State will play Syracuse on Halloween with a kick off time of 12:00 EST at Doak Campbell Stadium.
At 1 PM EST Monday at Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State Football head coach Jimbo Fisher will hold his weekly press conference following the Seminoles 22-16 loss at Georgia Tech.
Coach Fisher kept reverting the blame solely to him after the loss, saying he did not prepare the youth on the team for big situations such as this, saying, "Too many motion penalties, young guys trying too hard. As a football coach, thats your job." Fisher was happy with how the defense was able to contain the triple option threat of Georgia Tech however.
The offense completely shut down at halftime, as the Noles did not score a single point in the second half. Dalvin Cook was shut down by the GT defense, and there were many missed opportunities, including a Travis Rudolph drop in the end zone that resulted in Everet Golson's first interception of the year.
We all know what happened on special teams as the Yellow Jackets were able to block a potential game-winning Roberto Agauyo field goal and retuned it for a touchdown as time expired. "Thats finishing the game. When theres a blocked kick, you have to cover. We tell them that all the time."
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Alternatively, you can watch the press conference live below courtesy of Seminoles.com