Nov. 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 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.
“He’s learning every game,” Bowden said of Robinson, who was personally responsible for 233 of Maryland’s 236 total yards against the Hokies. “He’s a dangerous quarterback. He’s got a good arm; a strong arm.”
Andrews could choose to force Robinson to beat FSU through the air. He was just 12 of 32 passing for 104 yards in his debut, which factored into Maryland’s inability to convert on third down. The Terps were just 4 of 16 on third down and failed to put up a touchdown at home against Virginia Tech.
Florida State had much more success breaking in its first-time starting quarterback EJ Manuel against Wake Forest. Manuel passed for 220 yards and ran for 49 in a 41-28 win.