November 5, 2014 - by
Noles Positive Negativity Brings Them Closer

by Layne Herdt (

When Florida State went down 21-0 against Louisville last Thursday, there was a large portion of the national audience excited to see the Seminoles finally go down.  

“When they’ve got the number one defense in the country and we’re down 21-0, what were y’all saying,” quarterback Jameis Winston said.  “It was crickets, everyone was saying it.”

Yet the Noles prevailed and fans across the country will once again be ready to watch Florida State, hoping for a loss.

“People might not like Florida State, but at the end of the day we have success,” offensive lineman Cameron Erving said.  “We have success for reasons people don’t really understand.”

“The odds are against us, but we’re really not focused on that,” linebacker Reggie Northrup said.  “We’re just going to focus on each other and ourselves.”

That negativity has helped bring the Garnet and Gold together and helped fuel their success.

“Having everyone against you definitely brings you closer together,” Erving said.  “You realize that it’s only you and your organization that want you all to win.  It’s because we all care about each other and we actually want to see each other do well.”

“It brings us together and helps us bond more,” kicker Roberto Aguayo said.  “These are your brothers, these are the guys you’re with all of the times you trust them and you go out there and lay your body out.  I try to do everything out there that I can do to help the team and I know everyone else does.”

The Seminoles don’t expect anything to change and at this point, they don’t really want it to.

“I say people keep doing it because we keep winning,” defensive tackle Derrick Mitchell Jr. said. “It’s a tight knit group in there [the locker room], it’s not a problem.”

Now the Noles just hope to send 83,000 Seminole fans home happy against Virginia, and move one step closer to a berth in the College Football Playoff.

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