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|Date:||November 21st – 12:00pm||5-5, 3-4 ACC||2-8, 1-5 ACC|
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|Stadium:||Doak Campbell Stadium|| Last Game: 41-28 (W)|| Last Game: 36-9 (L)|
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Most-veteran Seminoles eager to leave Doak with winning memory
Nov. 19, 2009
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews will share the stage with 17 seniors prior to Saturday’s kickoff against Maryland. The Seminoles’ final home game of the season is also their last at Doak Campbell Stadium.
There will be an ample supply of emotions during the pre-game sendoff, but as the retiring Andrews has said many times, it’s not about him.
Senior wide receiver Rod Owens, who has battled back from a knee injury early in his career to enjoy a breakout campaign, puts the meaning of the game in perspective.
“The pressure is on,” Owens said. “Since I’ve been here – since all the new coaches came – every time I go to practice, everything that we do, they put us in a pressure like setting so it feels normal. It feels normal. It’s nothing new. When pressure comes you just stick to fundamentals, stick to basics and stay focused and play football.
“I try not to think about the emotional aspects which is it being the last (home) game. … I’m just trying to focus on the game so it can be a happy time when I do look back on it.”
That’s the approach Andrews has continued to preach, just like the offensive staff.
There’s plenty to get excited about. A victory over Maryland will deliver FSU its sixth win of the season, pushing the program’s nation-leading streak of consecutive bowl appearances to 28. It would also move the Seminoles another step closer to extending their nation-leading streak of consecutive winning seasons to 33.
Doak Insider Podcast
Nov. 19, 2009
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Mobile QB Alert
FSU defense gets another quarterback on the run
Nov. 18, 2009
Quarterbacks capable of gashing defenses with their running ability are all the rage these days. Just ask Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who has had to game plan for that seven times through the first 10 games of the season.
As Andrews prepares to coach his final game at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday against Maryland, it’s only fitting that he will be scheming to stop another scrambler.
Maryland sophomore Jamarr Robinson makes his second career start against the Seminoles, who hope to do a better job than Virginia Tech’s defense did in containing his willing and capable running skills. Robinson carried the ball 24 times for 129 yards against the Hokies, including eight carries of 11 or more yards, albeit in defeat.
“He likes to run the ball and he’s a very good runner,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said of Robinson. “Last week he’d break out of there and get 30 yards. … [The defense] will really have to keep an eye on that. He’ll pull the ball down and run at the drop of a hat.”
Robinson’s style is hardly new for a team that has faced – in order – Jacory Harris, Ryan Perrilloux, B.J. Daniels, Josh Nesbitt, Russell Wilson, Kyle Parker and Riley Skinner. The last three were far less successful on the run than Daniels and Nesbitt, each of whom rushed for more than 100 yards in wins over the Seminoles. That’s a trend Andrews’ unit would like to continue.
Linebacker unit making second half strides
Nov. 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In Saturday’s home finale, Florida State will recognize the outstanding contributions of defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who will retire after 26 seasons with the Seminoles at the end of the season.
Andrews freely admits that his 2009 defensive unit has been prone to mistakes that have been costly, but he’s never questioned the effort of his players. Despite the significant drop-off from the long-accustomed standard of excellence, the defense came up with timely stops – and two big takeaways – in last week’s win over Wake Forest.
Improving on that effort against Maryland would be a fitting tribute to Andrews and go a long way toward sealing a victory and the accompanying 28th consecutive bowl berth for the Seminoles.
One defensive unit, in particular, has made significant strides over the second half of the season. FSU’s starting linebacker trio of Nigel Bradham, Kendall Smith and Dekoda Watson have stepped up their productivity in the second half.
With 19 tackles in his last two games, Bradham has grabbed the team lead in tackles from Smith by the narrowest of margins – 66-65. Over the last five games Bradham has registered 39 stops, including a team-high 27 of the solo variety. That’s a vast improvement from his 27 tackles (18 solos) through the first five games.
Prepared For Action
Quarterback EJ Manuel was well-prepared for his first start
Nov. 16, 2009
Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is filled with catch-phrases he dispenses freely in an effort to connect with his players. Needless to say, an abundance of those are geared to the quarterbacks he directs.
During Monday’s press conference, Fisher was explaining that being the back-up quarterback is the most difficult position on the team. At least one of Fisher’s points found a home with redshirt freshman EJ Manuel, who earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after passing for 220 yards and rushing for 45 more in the Seminoles’ 41-28 win at Wake Forest.
“Don’t wait to play. Prepare to play,” Fisher said. “Don’t wait your turn.”
By all indications – 15 of 20 passing with one touchdown and only one interception against the Demon Deacons – Manuel did just that in his first foray following Christian Ponder’s season-ending shoulder injury.
“I made a few mistakes; there were some things where I tried to do a little too much,” Manuel said, when asked to evaluate his first start after watching film. “It’s been a long time since I played a football game. It was fun. … I was surprised how fun it was. It was a lot more fun than high school with all these weapons out here.”
FSU coach Bobby Bowden was certainly pleased with the performance.