Florida State Seminole coordinators Kenny Dillingham, Adam Fuller and, John Papuchis spoke with the media today to discuss recruiting, how the team has improved over the last three weeks, and upcoming opponent the University of Massachusetts Minutemen this Saturday.
Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham
- Dillingham discussed the highs and lows in the first half of the season and what they need to do to move forward:
“I think the first half of the year was just inconsistencies. Whether that's people on the field and the personnel not being able to practice, not being available on game days, whether that's the identity of who we were offensively—getting penalties and dropping the ball and [not] running the right play, you could see those inconsistencies week one through four. I think that in the last two weeks you saw a team who didn’t get penalties, you saw that for the most part, all eleven guys were doing the same thing.”
“Moving forward we have to be able to build on that. We’re nowhere near where we wanna be but we are slowly getting better and we are slowly getting to the point where we can execute and be efficient down the field. That’s what we gotta do to be a good football team.”
Dillingham’s full interview can be seen below:
Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller
- The bye week and consistency was a theme throughout the conference and Fuller discussed some of the players getting more reps and how that affects the consistency issue as well:
“I think them playing together is the part that you’re building on. It’s one thing to go out there and take your individual reps in practice, take your individual reps in games, but when you start to develop a consistent group of 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 players in a unit and they’re on the field together, that’s the confidence that we need to continue to breed because that’s real you know? When you see really good defenses around the country they are guys that play together and they usually have history together and that breeds confidence.”
Adam Fuller’s full interview can be seen below:
Special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach John Papuchis
- Defensive end Jermaine Johnson II has been a force to be reckoned with this season and has shown up on some prestigious award watch lists. He is sixth in the country in sacks with 6.5 and has 44 total tackles heading into Saturday. Coach Papuchis spoke about his role, how teams are approaching defending him, and what they’re doing to adjust that.
“I’d say the third week of the year we saw some more protection schemes probably being turned his direction, a little bit more of the run game going away from where he was aligned. How much you guys notice this on a down-to-down basis I’m not sure, but we moved him around quite a bit, tried to get him some different types of match-ups, moved him inside some, where he is lined up as more of an interior defensive lineman. We put him on both sides of the boundary and to the field. We don’t want to make it easy if a team wants to turn the protection to where he is they’re going to be able to identify that and see him, but every time that happens we feel like we have some capable rushers opposite of where he is and hopefully that creates some opportunities for other people but we are going to continue to be creative with him and try to create the best one on one match-ups that we can.”
You can watch the Seminoles take on UMass at noon Saturday on the ACCN.