|1. Will LevonteWhitfield find the endzone on a kick return?|
Whitfield is going to have a chance to impact games on special teams.
It may seem like wishful thinking to predict that Whitfield will return a kickoff for a touchdown in his first career game as a starter at that spot, but the Orlando, Fla. native is so fast that it’s never out of the realm of possibility to consider him a home-run threat each time an FSU opponent kicks off.
Whitfield is one of — if not the — fastest players in college football and Boston College is about to get first-hand knowledge of that reality. After being brought along slowly to start the year, Whitfield got his first action at wide receiver against Nevada and then his first taste of kick-return duty against Bethune-Cookman when he churned out two returns for 66 total yards.
Because of Whitfield’s potential on special teams and because Lamarcus Joyner doesn’t get much of a break during games because of his defensive responsibilities, Fisher announced this week that the soeedy rookie will be a new starter fielding kicks — likely alongside Karlos Williams.
“You’ve got all those guys doing so much that it’s good to give them a break and I think Kermit is very natural at it,” Fisher said. “He’s very good at it and I think he’s mature enough and been around long enough to understand what we want. I’ve been very pleased with his progress; he made a very nice catch in the game. I think he’s progressing nicely and he’s very explosive and has a chance to make big plays.”
|2. How much will the bye week help Boston College?|
Rashad Greene and the ‘Noles take on a BC team coming off a well-timed bye.
There’s a theme to Saturday’s game that FSU’s coaches, players and fans should get used to: Boston College, like Maryland will do next weekend and NC State will do Oct. 26, squares off against Florida State a week after a bye.
So, what does that mean exactly?
It means that the Eagles, Terrapins and Wolfpack will all have a full extra week of practicing, film watching and scheming against the ‘Noles before big games against FSU. It certainly is an added advantage to the ‘Noles’ opponents — and one that FSU, too, will get to experience before the monster game at Clemson Oct. 19.
“That’s not very nice, is it?,” Fisher said with a laugh. “It gives teams more time to plan on you and watch film and learn tendencies and things like that. You have to be aware of those as a coach and make your adjustments and do the things you’ve got to do, but they’ll be rested up and healed and they’ll bring their `A’ game, there’s no doubt. That’s another challenge we have to face.
“But, that’s the name of the game.”
|3. How much does Hunter’s absense hurt the ‘Noles?|
Florida State did its best to get through the first quarter of its schedule without suffering too many injuries, but the Seminoles didn’t make it to 3-0 completely unscathed. Hunter’s neck injury he sustained on the ensuing kickoff following Telvin Smith’s 68-yard interception return against Bethune-Cookman leaves the ‘Noles down a starter in the secondary.
For as good as Ramsey has looked early in his career, his move to Hunter’s spot still signifies a rookie in a new position on the road in a conference game — so it’s still something to monitor. Hunter has proven to be a ballhawk as the team’s full-time starter alongside Brooks in the backend of the secondary after beating out Karlos Williams for the job in fall camp. His absense means FSU will be relying on both Ramsey and the unproven but talented Keelin Smith to fill his myriad of responsibilities.
For FSU, this situation is a perfect example of the excellent depth the team boasts on both sides of the ball. Despite losing Karlos Williams (to offense) and now Hunter to injury, the Seminoles have capable players waiting in the wings that can step right in. With Ramsey’s move to safety against Boston College, the opportunities for P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby and Nick Waisome should all increase.
|4. How will Jameis Winston play in the second road game of his career?|
Winston makes the second road appearance of his career Saturday.
After a 25-of-27 nationally-televised debut at Pittsburgh earlier this month in which he set the college football world on fire, it’s no surprise that Winston had this to say this week about playing on the road:
“I just love away games period,” Winston said. “I think they’re just fun games, and we get to travel, so that’s always fun. I’ve never been to Boston before, but I’ve heard it’s pretty nice. We’re only there for one day, it’s not like a baseball trip.”
With his cool and collected demeanor, Winston seems tailor-made to excel on the road and he’ll get that chance Saturday at Boston College as the Seminoles aim for a 2-0 start to their ACC schedule.
The Eagles, of course, are well aware that Winston appears unfazed no matter what the situation is so Boston College will probably try to pressure him as much as possible with different blitzes and looks. But will that work?
“Me personally, I love when they blitz because I have a veteran offensive line that knows when they’re blitzing –they’re actually watching film so they know when something’s coming,” Winston said. “And I have backs that are going to stand in there and protect me in Coach Fisher’s offense. We like the opportunities to make big plays when people are trying to blitz us.”