Before the presser even began, there were noticeable changes to the projected contributor list as Ro'Derrick Hoskins, who lead the Noles in tackles in the past two games, was listed above Nate Andrews at linebacker for the Wake Forest game.
As the press conference came to an end, there were many things brought to light about the Florida State Football team.
There is still the possibility of a quarterback change.
Coach Jimbo Fisher reiterated that quarterback Everett Golson is "progressing very well", which tells us he has not fully adjusted to the new personnel he is working with, or the playbook. He also noted that Sean Maguire is not out of the conversation saying, "Sean is right in there" before speaking exuberantly about Maguire's great week of practice.
The offensive line is still a weakness of this team, but may get reinforcements soon.
The line has struggled all year in getting Golson time in the pocket, and creating gaps in the running game. Coach Fisher spoke about the high points of the line in the first two games of the season, but summarized the situation by saying "We are not where we want to be." There was a change up on the line as Brock Ruble was listed at right tackle on the projected contributor list. The line should be getting some help as Chad Mavety was cleared to do, "A lot of things today," and should practice at 75%, while Cole Minshew should be back at practice today as well.
Expect to see a variety of rushers in the backfield.
With Mario Pender ruled out for the game against Wake Forest due to a collapsed lung, coach Fisher said he still wants to get Jonathan Vickers and Jacques Patrick some carries and into the rotation. He also spoke about how he feels they will be able to fit right in, stating both of them, "Have not missed a beat in practice." It would not be surprising to see Vickers and Patrick get at least 10 carries between them as Dalvin Cook is still coming back from his injury and has yet to practice without his non-contact jersey. As for the injury staus on Pender, he is still in the hospital, but should get released today, with Jimbo noting that he is doing "OK."
For the first time since the shutout victory over Boston College, Jimbo Fisher will hold his weekly press conference beginning at 1 PM EST on Monday.
A topic on everyone's mind is the health status of running backs Mario Pender, who suffered a collapsed lung, and Dalvin Cook who did not play the whole fourth quarter against BC. Quarterback Everett Golson struggled again only throwing for 119 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. On the bright side, the Noles did not commit an offensive turnover for the third consecutive game. Overall, the offense could never get going after their first drive of the game.
Defensively, the Noles were lights out, shutting out an opponent on the road for the first time since 2003. Terrance Smith had a great performance forcing the fumble that led to a touchdown as well as adding 2.5 tackles for loss. Ro'Derrick Hoskins led FSU in tackles for the second straight game, having seven tackles.
A major key to the victory by Florida State was Cason Beatty. Beatty had a breakout performance, punting seven times with a 52.3 yard average, including four punts inside the 20.
Florida State will take on Wake Forest on the road this Saturday at 3:30 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN. This is the final game before FSU faces "The Big Three" in consecutive weeks.