Sept. 16, 2013
Seminoles.com Managing Editor
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With Florida State’s 62-7 victory over Nevada now in the rearview mirror, I thought it would be interesting to try something new.
Here’s a breakdown of what each scholarship ‘Noles player did — or didn’t do — in FSU’s win. Stay tuned for more articles like this one on each Monday after the Seminoles’ games.
Chad Abram: FSU began the game in a two-wideout set so Abram earned the first start of his Seminoles career Saturday. He didn’t record any rushing or receiving stats in the win, instead blocking for the ‘Noles’ potent ground game. Jimbo Fisher said in his Monday press conference that Abram is one of the few remaining “throw-back” fullbacks in today’s college football.
Roberto Aguayo: Continues to impress. The redshirt freshman is now a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals and 13-of-13 on extra points after connecting on 3-pointers from 23 and 33 yards. Aguayo nearly put all of his kickoffs into the end zone and Nevada never started at better than their own 35-yard line following an FSU score. For his efforts, Aguayo was named the ACC’s Specialist of the Week.
Nate Andrews: True freshman safety picked up the first tackle of his career when he halted Wolf Pack rusher Chris Solomon’s five yard run on the last play of the third quarter.
Austin Barron: Backup center is still recovering from the foot injury he sustained in fall camp. Fisher said he expects him back potentially as this week, though.
Cason Beatty: Punted one time for 53 yards. His lone boot wasn’t particularly good, but it got the benefit of a ‘Noles-friendly roll down to the Nevada 27-yard line.
Wilson Bell: Came into the game late in the third quarter when FSU subbed in its second-team offense line. Bell was injured on the Seminoles’ first offensive play of the fourth quarter and had to be assisted off the field. Fisher said Monday that the coaching staff is hopeful that Bell’s injury isn’t as serious as once feared but no official update on his status has been given yet.
Kelvin Benjamin: One of two starters at wide receiver on the ‘Noles’ first play of the game. Benjamin finished with two catches for 37 yards and nearly added a touchdown. His leaping snag in the back of the end zone on Florida State’s first drive was a terrific catch and it appeared he got a toe in bounds but the rule stipulates because of the way he was facing he had to also plant his heal as well, which he did not. Benjamin now has seven catches for 110 yards in 2013.
Colin Blake: Played late but did not record any stats.
Terrence Brooks: Served as one of three FSU team captains for the game. Brooks tied for the team lead in tackles with six from his starting safety spot. Brooks is fourth on the team in total tackles through two games with 10 stops.
Shayne Broxsie: Played but did not record any stats.
Lamarcus Brutus: Played but did not record any stats.
Davarez Bryant: Did not play for second game in a row. Seems more than likely that Bryant will redshirt during his true freshman year.
Keith Bryant: Also appears destined for a rookie redshirt season after not playing Saturday.
Chris Casher: Played as a reserve defensive end. Did not record any tackles but posted a pass break-up with 8:52 left in third quarter.
Jacob Coker: Came on in relief of starting quarterback Jameis Winston with 3:12 left in the third quarter. Coker finished the game 2-of-4 for 26 yards while also adding a 12-yard scramble. Coker orchestrated a seven-play, 62-yard drive on his first series that ended with an Aguayo field goal. His second series then went 69 yards in nine plays and was finished off by a Freddie Stevenson touchdown run.
Ronald Darby: Didn’t start but played a lot during the blowout win. Darby did not record any stats.
Gerald Demps: Played but did not record any stats.
Ira Denson: Played late in the ballgame at guard.
Philip Doumar: Starting long snapper. On two field goals, one punt and eight extra points there were no issues with his snaps.
Mario Edwards, Jr.: After not getting start in the opener, returned to the first-team defense at right defensive end. Edwards finished with four tackles and one tackle for loss, the latter of which he recorded with 13:38 left in the third quarter. Fisher announced Monday that Edwards, Jr. will likely miss Saturday’s game against Bethune-Cookman after having surgery on his hand, which he originally injured in practice last week.
Ukeme Eligwe: Posted three stops and one tackle for loss. One of those tackles was a monster hit on Nevada’s kick returner at the Wolf Pack 15-yard line late in the second quarter. Could see his playing time increase with Edwards, Jr.’s injury.
Cameron Erving: Starter at left tackle on an FSU offensive line that gave up just one sack against Nevada.
Jacob Fahrenkrug: Played late in the game on the offensive line.
John Franklin III: Did not play for the second game in a row. All but guaranteed to redshirt as a true freshman unless something unthinkable happens at quarterback.
Devonta Freeman: FSU’s starting running back for the second game in a row. Freeman finished with nine rushes for 109 yards and one touchdown run of six yards. The junior posted a 60-yard on FSU’s first play of the the third quarter and he was never tackled for loss on any of his nine runs.
Eddie Goldman: Starter for the second game in a row at left defensive end. Goldman finished with two tackles.
Christian Green: FSU’s fourth receiver. Green hauled in a 19-yard catch on a beautifully-thrown Winston toss that put FSU on the Nevada 24-yard line and set up a Rashad Greene touchdown catch on the very next play.
Ryan Green: The ‘Noles fourth running back now that Karlos Williams is in the rotation, the true freshman showed noteworthy speed, burst and vision late in the ballgame. Green finished with 78 yards on just five touches out of the backfield with one touchdown.
Rashad Greene: You won’t see many better catches than Greene’s 24-yard mid-air grab for a touchdown with just 38 seconds left in the second quarter. Greene finished with three catches for 39 yards and now has a team-best 165 yards receiving through two games.
Jared Haggins: Out for the season with a knee injury he sustained in fall camp.
Kevin Haplea: Out for the season with a knee injury he sustained during summer workouts.
Bobby Hart: FSU’s starter at right tackle, Hart was banged up and briefly had to leave the game against Nevada. He returned shortly afterward, though. Hart helped set the edge on Karlos Williams’ memorable 65-yard touchdown run.
Dan Hicks: Starter at strong side linebacker. Hicks accrued three tackles.
Ryan Hoefeld: Did not play for the second game in a row after bouncing back from a fall camp injury. It’s possible that Hoefeld will redshirt as a true freshman.
Desmond Hollin: Made one tackle from his spot on the defensive line with 2:10 left in the game.
Ro’Derrick Hoskins: Did not play for the second game in a row, making it more and more likely that Hoskins redshirts as a rookie.
Tyler Hunter: Played a stellar game as a starting safety for the ‘Noles. Hunter had two pass break-ups and a third-quarter interception that set up a ‘Noles touchdown. Hunter also provided pressure in the backfield as a blitzer.
Tre’ Jackson: Did not start at right guard while recuperating from an injured ankle he sustained in FSU’s win at Pittsburgh.
Timmy Jernigan: Starter at nose guard. Jernigan led all defensive tackles with three stops. Jernigan now has seven tackles, two tackles for loss
Christian Jones: Starter at middle linebacker and a captain for the game. Jones finished with the most tackles among linebackers with five.
Isaiah Jones: True freshman wide receiver played in his second career game Saturday but did not record any stats.
Lamarcus Joyner: Starter at one of the cornerback spots for the ‘Noles. In addition to tying for the team lead in tackles with six, Joyner also added two kick returns for 54 yards. Through two games, the speedy senior leads the ‘Noles in tackles (15) and sacks (two).
Jeremy Kerr: Missed his second game in a row while recovering from a knee injury he sustained in fall camp.
Nile Lawrence-Stample: The team’s starter at defensive tackle for the second game in a row, Lawrence-Stample was credited with one tackle.
E.J. Levenberry: True freshman linebacker that earned some late-game repetitions for the second contest in a row. Levenberry posted one tackle on a kickoff in the fourth quarter.
Sterling Lovelady: Stepped in midway through the game to play a snap at center because of an injury then played on the second-team unit as Coker guided the offense to a pair of scoring drives.
Tyrell Lyons: Did not play for the second game in a row, thus making his freshman-year redshirt more likely.
Sean Maguire: Saw the first action of his career Saturday. Maguire, who is the team’s third quarterback, replaced Coker and was under center for the team’s final two drives. He did not throw a pass but posted a six-yard scramble.
Josue Matias: Starter at left guard. Helped FSU’s offense churn out 617 total yards.
Demonte McAllister: Generated four tackles as part of FSU’s rotation on the defensive line. Didn’t start but was already into the game in time for Nevada’s second play from scrimmage when he picked up a tackle after a two-yard Solomon run.
Jacobbi McDaniel: Another starting-caliber player that is part of the rotation on the defensive line off the bench, McDaniel finished with four tackles. McDaniel told gathered media Monday afternoon that he is so happy to be back on the field after missing all of last season with an ankle injury.
Derrick Mitchell, Jr.: Was not dressed out and did not play against Nevada.
Giorgio Newberry: Reserve tight end that did not register any stats against the Wolf Pack.
Reggie Northrup: Posted two tackles and a tackle for loss from his backup linebacker spot. Fisher was very complimentary of Northrup’s development at his Monday-afternoon press conference.
Nick O’Leary: After a school-record tying three-touchdowns performance at Pittsburgh, O’Leary had just one catch against Nevada but still made an impact. On Williams’ 65-yard touchdown run, he was one of the blockers that helped open a gaping hole on the outside for the long score.
Jalen Ramsey: A true freshman starter at cornerback for the second game in a row, Ramsey was beat on Nevada’s lone touchdown off the day. Ramsey revered, though, and finished second on the team with five tackles in the victory.
Justin Shanks: Played as a reserve defensive tackle late in the game but did not register any stats.
Kenny Shaw: The team’s leading receiver and one of the captain’s for the game. Shaw had an incredible one-handed catch with a defender draped all over him with 3:21 left in the second quarter and finished the day with team highs in catches (six) and yards (94). His day also included a 22-yard reception on3rd-and-12 in the first quarter and five punt returns for 53 yards with a long of 16.
Keelin Smith: Played some as a reserve safety for the ‘Noles and drew praise for his continued development by Fisher at his weekly press conference Monday.
Terrance Smith: Played as a reserve linebacker and registered two stops on the day — one in the second quarter and one in the third.
Freddie Stevenson: A true freshman linebacker that enrolled in the spring, Stevenson has made the move into the offensive backfield for the ‘Noles. Against Nevada, he showed flashes of impressive skills with the ball in his hands, picking up back-to-back 10-yard gains in the fourth quarter and then a one-yard scoring plunge for the first score of his career.
Bryan Stork: FSU’s fifth-year leader on the offensive line and the starter at center, Stork helped paved the way for a ‘Noles ground game that produced six rushing touchdowns.
Nigel Terrell: Another former defender now on offense, Terrell carried the ball one time for four yards in the final moments of the ballgame.
Matthew Thomas: A former five-star recruit and now second-team linebacker, Thomas had special teams tackle on a kickoff with 10:P01 left in the third quarter.
Nick Waisome: A 14-game starter a season ago, Waisome is now in a reserve role at cornerback. He had one tackle in the fourth quarter.
DeMarcus Walker: After starting in the opener, Walker rotated in to the defensive line frequently throughout the game and finished with two tackles. With Edwards, Jr. likely sidelined for the Bethune-Cookman game, the true freshman could be back in the starting lineup this Saturday.
Jonathan Wallace: Former walk-on that earned a scholarship picked up some playing time at the end of the game against Nevada at right tackle when the second-team offensive got some valuable reps.
Marquez White: Yet another youngster that has been moved from defense to offense, the former cornerback earned some playing time at wide receiver. He was targeted by a Coker pass late in the third quarter but it was incomplete.
Levonte Whitfield: Wearing No. 7 after switching from No. 9 because of Williams’ move to offense, the speedy Whitfield caught his first pass at FSU with 2:01 left in the third quarter. The ball, which was thrown by Coker, was grabbed by Whitfield on the sideline and he calmly dragged his feet inbounds.
James Wilder, Jr.: Despite having a banged up shoulder that limited at practice in the bye week, Wilder, Jr. returned to his usual punishing running style against the Wolf Pack. The Tampa, Fla. native finished with 45 yards on six carries and added a nine-yard catch. He also had a one-yard touchdown run with 10:06 left in the third quarter. He appeared to be favoring his injured shoulder late in the game but Fisher said Wilder, Jr. insisted he is alright.
Karlos Williams: The true junior made the highly anticipated move from safety to running back in the bye week and his debut was nothing short of impressive. After dashing 65 yards for a score in his first carry ever, Williams wound up leading the ‘Noles with 110 yards on just eight carries. Fisher said Monday that his new offensive weapon still has a long way to go in his development as a running back but that he was impressed with his instincts and ability to make cuts.
Jesus Wilson: The true freshman wide receiver didn’t have any catches but he did some much-needed reps at punt returner, where he posted two returns for 29 yards.
Jameis Winston: Last but not least, Winston bounced back from a sluggish start to complete 13 consecutive passes with 184 yards and three total touchdowns after the ‘Noles went down 7-3 early. The redshirt freshman was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time in his career after throwing for 214 yards total in the victory. His ability to handle adversity was the biggest storyline from the ‘Noles’ victory.