The mood in the Florida State locker room following the Seminoles’ 27-21 upset loss to North Carolina State on Saturday may have been depressing, but starting running back Jacques Patrick emerged preaching positivity.
Patrick, who finished with eight carries for 38 yards, said he was “proud” of how true freshman James Blackman played, vowed to fix Saturday’s mistakes this week in practice and that the loss “doesn’t define who we are” - or the rest of the Seminoles’ season.
“Those guys (N.C. State), they played sound defense. They had a good game plan, executed down there — got to give them credit,” Patrick said. “We didn’t execute good enough and didn’t get the ball in the end zone. We have a young quarterback, but he actually played a really good game. Really proud of him and the way he played, but they threw a lot of blitzes at him and tried to get the ball out of his hands quick.
“We know we're a great team. This (loss) doesn't define who we are. We're going to go out there and practice the same way we practiced. Things just didn't go our way today. We're just going to go back out there and do what we gotta do."
Patrick has now struggled in both games to start the season. He rushed the ball just six times for 17 yards in a Week 1 loss to Alabama, and Patrick’s backup - freshman Cam Akers - has been given more carries than him in both games.
Florida State Seminoles Football running back Jacques Patrick gives his thoughts on the loss to NC State.Posted by TomahawkNation.com on Saturday, September 23, 2017