TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State will honor its seniors before kickoff against Delaware State, then look to pick up the first of three straight wins needed to reach bowl eligibility for the 36th straight season. Here are the names, numbers and notes you need to know.
Florida State (3-6, 3-5 ACC) vs. Delaware State (2-8, 2-6 MEAC)
When/Where: Saturday, noon/Doak Campbell Stadium (79,560) in Tallahassee, Fla.
TV/Radio: Raycom/Seminole IMG Radio Network/SiriusXM Ch. 193
Delaware State Hornets
Coach: Kenny Carter (3-29 in three seasons at Delaware State)
Last game: Delaware State slipped past Morgan State, 33-30, with a go-ahead touchdown pass and two-point conversion with nine seconds to play. Hornets QB Keenan Black threw for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
Last game vs. Florida State: First meeting
Delaware State: Freshman receiver Trey Gross is the Hornets’ best bet to score a touchdown. After sitting for DSU’s first three games, the 6-3, 200-pounder has caught 24 passes for 394 yards and seven touchdowns in his last eight games.
On defense, cornerback Keyjuan Selby can make life tough on opposing passing games. The preseason third-team All-MEAC selection has 10 pass breakups, an interception and 53 tackles on the season.
Florida State: Normally this might be a good game for a freshman running back to emerge. But seeing as Cam Akers has played a key role throughout the season, perhaps this is the week that Amir Rasul gets some extended action. The sophomore has looked pretty good in limited work this season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and six yards per catch.
On a similar note, expect to see plenty of freshmen defenders on Saturday. Hamsah Nasirildeen has made an increasingly large impact throughout the season, and, his road to an even bigger role in the future could begin against the Hornets.
Total offense: FSU: 324.6 YPG (119th nationally); DSU: 289.4 YPG (101st in FCS)
Scoring offense: FSU: 18.1 PPG (119th); DSU: 15.2 PPG (112th)
Passing offense: FSU: 194.4 YPG (90th ); DSU: 216.6 YPG ( 49th)
Rushing offense: FSU: 130.1 YPG (103rd); DSU: 72.8 (118th)
Total defense: FSU: 363.6 YPG (37th); DSU: 430.7 YPG (101st)
Scoring defense: FSU: 25.0 PPG (53rd); DSU: 34.3 PPG (106th)
Passing defense: FSU: 198.8 YPG (36th); DSU: 275.6 YPG (116th)|
Rushing defense: FSU: 164.8 YPG (62nd); DSU: 155.1 YPG (67th)
Homecoming is a great time to dig up old FSU footage, and this one is a real gem: Rock ‘n roll icon Jim Morrison starring in a recruiting video for Florida State:
As Fisher noted in his Monday press conference, the Seminoles can’t win three games without first winning one game. And, to that end, he’d like to see his team put together a complete performance against what, on paper, looks to be an overmatched roster. That would mean good things for the final score, but, perhaps more importantly, could give the Seminoles a confidence boost heading into next week’s pivotal game at Florida.
And given everything that will be on the line next week – the Gators are probably FSU’s biggest hurdle to bowl eligibility – that would be a good thing.