The worst has been confirmed — Jaiden Lars-Woodbey will miss the rest of the season. The news comes just one week after Florida State lost fellow defender Joshua Kaindoh for the season. Down two starters, can the defense keep it together?
Cam Akers and Marvin Wilson were named ACC Players of the Week. It’s hard to argue that Akers and Big Marv are the best players on the team and some of the best players anywhere in the country.
Willie Taggart spoke to the media yesterday. Besides confirming JLW’s season is over, he stated James Blackman and Jauan Williams are both day-to-day. Blackman has a sprained MCL and is unlikely to play against NC State on Saturday. He also spoke about Wilson, Alex Hornibrook, penalties, the culture, and preparing for the Wolfpack.
Like the climate, sometimes culture shifts slowly, instead of a sharp turn. Taggart believes FSU may be beginning to make the turn. He pointed to a lot of the little things against Louisville that helped FSU finally close out a win on their own terms in 2019, including self-less play that may indicate players are buying in. Something to build on.
Taggart also, in no uncertain terms, spoke about “competition” for kicker Ricky Aguayo.
New defensive analyst Jim Leavitt is bringing energy and an attention to detail.
If you felt like FSU football this season was an emotional and figurative roller coaster, well, you were right:
Florida State has, astonishingly, both led and trailed in the fourth quarter of every game so far this season.— THE™️ David Hale (@ADavidHaleJoint) September 23, 2019
I went back 15 years and could not find another example of that happening through a team’s 1st 4 games.
Hale had some time yesterday:
Similarly, thru 4 games, FSU allowing essentially the same rate of runs stopped at/behind the line on 1st/2nd down with 7 or fewer defenders in the box (24.7% vs 24.1%) but big plays more frequent (16 runs of 10+ on 79 carries in 2019 vs 7 on 97 in 2018). Cam Akers is MVP.— THE™️ David Hale (@ADavidHaleJoint) September 23, 2019
It’s not a coincidence that freshman offensive lineman Dontae Lucas has been something of a revelation:
Here's something from our Stat HQ:— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) September 24, 2019
FSU OL Dontae Lucas had an exceptional Pass Block Grade (82.8) vs. Louisville, per PFF.
Lucas' Pass Block Grade has gone from 48.2-47.2-67.3-82.8.
Clear growth for the rookie OL.
More stats, metrics and grades:https://t.co/bf9LVA2eW3 pic.twitter.com/uxoWSbN6H6
It’s worth reiterating: there is no QB controversy, as James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
The line has moved: after opening as six-point favorites against NC State, the Seminoles are now favored by just 4.5 points.
Enjoy some stunning photos from FSU’s win over the Louisville Cardinals.
After some brief speculation due to the ties to FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King announced he will stay at Houston after redshirting this season.
FSU sets the dates for Family Weekend.
Our High School Recap will keep you up to date on FSU’s targets and commitments. There’s updates on Jeff Sims, Jaylan Knighton, Malachi Wideman, Ja’Khi Douglas, Keyshawn Greene, and more.
Speaking of showing off, Wideman is still ridiculous:
September 22, 2019
FSU Men’s golf senior Jamie Li finished in the top five at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
Senior Nandini Das captured the Women’s tennis singles title at the Furman Fall Classic. The rest of the Women’s team won two doubles titles.
The Men’s tennis team finished undefeated at the Battle at the Beach, beating Oklahoma and LSU en route to capturing the championship title.
Check out our rundown of ’Noles in the NFL. Through three weeks emerging NFL superstar Dalvin Cook leads the league in rushing. We also got updates of superstar corner Jalen Ramsey, Jameis Winston, Devonta Freeman, Brian Burns, Auden Tate, and good lord so many, many more.
Speaking of, Ramsey called out of work sick yesterday. We’ve all been there, right?
Jaguars’ CB Jalen Ramsey thinks he has the flu, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019
But that’s not all; the trade drama continues to swirl around Ramsey.
Due to being sick, Jaguars’ CB Jalen Ramsey will not practice today, nor maybe this week at all, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019
Ramsey still wants to be traded; Jaguars want to keep him. Standoff continues.
Not sure what else Jameis Winston can do — even when he plays well, the Bucs still lose:
CRAZY STAT— Louis Ptack (@louisptack) September 23, 2019
Jameis Winston has had a passer rating of 100.0+, 21-times in his career, he has lost 10 of them.
Tom Brady has had a passer rating of 100.0+, 130-times in his career, he has lost only 9 of them.#Buccaneers #Patriots #NFL #Winston #Brady
So let’s end on a high note — Dalvin Cook is special:
.@Vikings @dalvincook is the most consistent part of the #Vikings team. But he is in sync with the OL/TE/WR all getting him large chunk plays. And the scheme is helpful. They are quickly becoming a dominant running team and somewhere Zimmer is smiling. #Skol #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/mtojQTtC1q— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) September 23, 2019