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Opponent Preview: CSU

Sept. 7, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State will host a Charleston Southern squad on Saturday that has already played in the state of Florida in this early college football season. CSU opened its 2011 campaign with a trek down to Orlando for a game against UCF last weekend.

One blow-out later, the Buccaneers will come back to the Sunshine State after falling to the Knights 62-0. In that game, the Buccaneers mustered just 119 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Malcolm Dixon finished the day 6-of-15 for 50 yards with one interception. Backup Richard Mounce took snaps late in the loss and was 3-for-3 for 20 yards. On the ground, Trey Dorsey posted a team-best 25 yards on seven carries for a team that generated just 49 rushing yards.

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CSU’s top offensive player is senior tackle Levi McFatter, who is a 2011 Big South Conference Preseason All-Conference selection.

“They’ll spread out,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said about the CSU offense. “[Their] quarterback will run it and all that stuff.”

Defensively, the Buccaneers have one of the top players in their conference in defensive back Charles James. Like McFatter, James is a 2011 all-conference selection. 

James presence alone, however, wasn’t enough to stymie the UCF offense. Under the direction of quarterbacks Jeffrey Godfrey and Blake Bortles, the Knights racked up 560 yards of total offense — including 244 through the air. In the running game, CSU allowed 316 yards.

In total, Charleston Southern permitted UCF to earn 25 first downs and 8.2 yards per play.

Despite those whopping defensive statistics, Fisher is expecting to see a team on Saturday that will throw multiple looks at the Seminoles.

“They do a lot of similar schemes at times that last week’s crew did with all the 3-3 stuff,” Fisher said. “Blitzing. Different stuff. Play man. Mix things up on defense. Offense, they’re a no-huddle team. Play fast paced. Good kicking team. Similar to what we did last week with scheme and 3-3 stuff on defense and all the okey stuff, blitzing and different looks.”

Interestingly, Fisher has a connection to Charleston Southern. CSU offensive coordinator Patrick Nix played quarterback for Auburn when Fisher was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Tigers. Nix’s backup at the time was current FSU quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig.

FSU hosts Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. on Saturday in a game that will air live online at If you have not already purchased your tickets, you can do so by by accessing the online ticket page or by calling 1-888-FSU-Nole. Tickets for this game can be purchased for as little as $12.

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