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Making the grade: What the analytics say about Florida State’s offensive line against North Alabama

How did the Seminole line hold up on Senior Night?

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NCAA Football: North Alabama at Florida State Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports

The Seminoles improved to 11-0 in Saturday’s home finale. In a game marred by Jordan Travis’ injury, the Florida State Seminoles dispatched the North Alabama Lions 58-13.

Florida State gained 248 yards on the ground, while adding five rushing touchdowns. FSU’s lineman had their struggles, as reflected by the numbers, but in the end, the athleticism and size of the Seminoles overtook the Lions.

After each week, Tomahawk Nation takes a peek at FSU’s PFF grades along the offensive line, offering some valuable insight into the numbers. Please note, any player seeing fewer than 10 snaps is excluded due to the small sample size.

Florida State offensive line grades through Week 12:

Florida State offensive line grades through week 12:

Player LSU Total Snaps LSU Run Blocking LSU Pass Blocking Southern Miss Total Snaps Southern Miss Run Blocking Southern Miss Pass Blocking BC Total Snaps BC Run Blocking BC Pass Blocking Clemson Total Snaps Clemson Run Blocking Clemson Pass Blocking Virginia Tech Total Snaps Virginia Tech Run Blocking Virginia Tech Pass Blocking Syracuse Total Snaps Syracuse Run Blocking Syracuse Pass Blocking Duke Total Snaps Duke Run Blocking Duke Pass Blocking Wake Total Snaps Wake Run Blocking Wake Pass Blocking Pittsburgh Total Snaps Pittsburgh Run Blocking Pittsburgh Pass Blocking Miami Total Snaps Miami Run Blocking Miami Pass Blocking UNA Total Snaps UNA Run Blocking UNA Pass Blocking Overall Run Blocking Overall Pass Blocking
Player LSU Total Snaps LSU Run Blocking LSU Pass Blocking Southern Miss Total Snaps Southern Miss Run Blocking Southern Miss Pass Blocking BC Total Snaps BC Run Blocking BC Pass Blocking Clemson Total Snaps Clemson Run Blocking Clemson Pass Blocking Virginia Tech Total Snaps Virginia Tech Run Blocking Virginia Tech Pass Blocking Syracuse Total Snaps Syracuse Run Blocking Syracuse Pass Blocking Duke Total Snaps Duke Run Blocking Duke Pass Blocking Wake Total Snaps Wake Run Blocking Wake Pass Blocking Pittsburgh Total Snaps Pittsburgh Run Blocking Pittsburgh Pass Blocking Miami Total Snaps Miami Run Blocking Miami Pass Blocking UNA Total Snaps UNA Run Blocking UNA Pass Blocking Overall Run Blocking Overall Pass Blocking
Julian Armella n/a n/a n/a 13 56.1 77.3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 15 64.7 68.5 60.40 72.90
Jeremiah Byers 60 65 51.8 56 54.7 67 60 63.5 59.1 52 52.9 45.1 40 61.5 32.6 68 56.0 86.4 58 70.8 57.2 62 66.5 68.6 77 58.6 88.6 64 59.2 75.6 57 50.9 72.5 59.96 64.05
Jaylen Early n/a n/a n/a 13 68 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 15 50.9 69.5 59.45 34.75
D'Mitri Emmanuel 41 51.3 84.8 41 80 75 22 50.3 80.7 44 59.2 74.1 34 60.8 55.2 32 61.0 83.0 65 52.3 87.4 26 71.1 52.3 40 57.5 87.2 53 71.0 57.0 49 76.7 87.0 62.84 74.88
Bryson Estes n/a n/a n/a 13 68.9 76.3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 16 57.8 81.0 63.35 78.65
Bless Harris 55 63.7 87.5 56 68.6 79 60 71.8 75.3 62 48.4 91.4 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 32 58.7 64.7 35 64.9 70.4 38 55.5 87.2 n/a n/a n/a 36 57.7 82.0 61.16 79.69
Keiondre Jones 35 60.8 83.9 15 69.8 79.3 38 79.5 52.2 18 55.3 69.9 22 61.9 74.0 36 56.9 84.9 57 58.6 87.6 36 66.2 47.4 38 59.3 85.3 17 43.7 81.5 22 69.6 82.8 61.96 75.35
Casey Roddick 60 56.3 56.2 56 68.7 81.3 60 71.3 85.5 62 44.3 55.4 56 61.5 1.0 68 58.6 87.3 22 49.6 82.5 62 81.9 72.0 76 60.6 85.1 62 59.0 74.9 44 58.9 86.0 60.97 69.75
Robert Scott 13 58.3 81.2 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 27 56.7 69.7 49 67.9 82.3 n/a n/a n/a 27 59.5 56.3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 60.60 72.38
Thomas Shrader n/a n/a n/a 13 74.2 76.3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 15 55.6 81.0 64.90 78.65
David Stickle n/a n/a n/a 18 63.4 74.9 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 15 59.9 78.1 61.65 76.50
Maurice Smith 68 58.6 36.2 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 61 58.3 61.9 56 56.5 58.3 68 76.0 84.3 72 63.8 81.0 62 61.7 71.6 77 58.1 59.2 66 67.3 64.6 23 59.3 67.5 62.18 64.96
Darius Washington 8 79.6 66.1 56 62.1 55.8 60 67.6 82.9 11 60.0 86.6 45 71.2 85.0 19 68.9 73.9 45 63.7 69.4 n/a n/a n/a 39 48.7 89.8 65 64.2 76.4 58 62.3 83.4 64.83 76.93

Florida State offensive line performance takeaways with @Ricobert11

PFF is not a perfect scoring system. The graders cannot be 100% of the assignments on each play.

PFF CFB Scale: 90-100 Elite, 85-89 All-Conference, 70-84 Starter, 60-69 Backup, <60 replaceable

  • I’ve talked in the past about how PFF doesn’t account for quality of opponent faced; it’s simply a grade on the execution. Based on quality of FSU OL and opponent defensive front, this is without a doubt the worst run-blocking performance out of FSU’s starters I can ever recall.

Byers: 50.9

Roddick: 58.9

Smith: 59.3

Emmanuel: 76.7 (very good)

Washington: 62.3

  • Here’s FSU’s first 4 runs (yardage and EPA) against North Alabama’s 116th ranked *FCS* defense :

5 (+0.1)

2 (-0.49)

-3 (-2.38)

3 (-0.4)

The 5th run ended JT’s FSU career. And while the run-blocking absolutely did not cause JT’s injury, it does leave you wondering how much Mike/AA/JT felt like they needed to make up for being ineffective running the ball early.

  • How many games this year has FSU had to lean on JT’s legs to get the run-game going? There are no smoking guns here, but the point I’d like to make is running JT between the tackles is always a risk/reward proposition. Against a terrible FCS defense, why was that necessary? I guarantee you these are the hard questions coaches have on their mind since the injury.
  • The pass blocking was very good, and overall good relative to opponent quality: 72.5, 87, 67.5, 86, 83.4. Mo is playing at well-below full-health. That’s a good and bad statement.