Oct. 24, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and EJ Manuel met with the media as they do every Monday and both expressed their overall pleasure after watching the film of the Seminoles’ 41-16 win over Maryland last weekend.
“After watching the film, I thought we had a solid football game this week,” Fisher said. “We played well. Had some things we need to fix and work on but defensively, had a very solid performance managing our gaps with the run game. Really nice job of keeping good leverage because that’s what we worked on there. Special teams had a really nice day. Had one holding call, we have to fix that up but we covered well. On offense, we scored on seven out of eleven; we had a missed field goal and still have a lot of room for improvement there but had good balance between the run and the pass. We’re continuing to grow in the running game.
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“Played a solid football game and still can get better in all three phases but hopefully we’ll have another good week of football practice and be 1-0 at the end of this week. That’s our goal.”
NC State quarterback Mike Glennon will come to Tallahassee on Saturday as a player that has thrown 19 touchdown passes. His ability to find the endzone doesn’t surprise Fisher, who said Monday that he really liked the Wolfpack signal-caller when he was a prep star in Centreville, Va.
“I actually recruited Glennon and I saw him a lot in high school and I liked him,” Fisher said. “He’s a big, strong 6-5 guy that gets it out of his hand.”
While Fisher remembers watching Glennon play, FSU quarterback EJ Manuel remembers competing against his fellow Virginia native.
Manuel said that while his Bayside High School team never played against Glennon’s Westfield High School squad, the two did compete with one another at various camps and combines before college.
“We have been good friends since high school so I am looking forward to having the opportunity to play [NC State],” Manuel said. “Like I always say, it really doesn’t matter who we play; we’ve got to take care of ourselves, execute and play a good game on Saturday.”
WHERE ARE THE TURNOVERS?
FSU may have beat up Maryland defensively, but the Seminoles are still struggling to generate many turnovers on that side of the ball.
Despite back-to-back wins, the ‘Noles still rank 115th in the nation in turnover margin at minus-1.14 per game. It’s a startling statistic that Fisher says needs to be ironed out even though FSU has been playing improved defense.
“They’re knocking the balls away,” Fisher said. “Haven’t got a lot of turnovers, we only created six all year. When you talk about sacks you think turnovers would come with that. Hopefully they start to come. That’s the one issue that we’ve played solid defense but haven’t created the turnovers.”
MANUEL WATCHES PONDER AGAIN
Prior to this season, Manuel had spent the majority of his Florida State career watching Christian Ponder. As the backup to FSU’s former starter, Manuel watched and learned and waited in the wings for his opportunity to lead the Seminoles.
Now that he is FSU’s unquestioned leader, Manuel doesn’t get to work with his former tutor anymore but he did have the opportunity on Sunday to watch Ponder play once again — this time as a starting NFL quarterback.
“It was exciting. It was kind of surreal,” Manuel said. “It’s kind of like your brother out there playing with the high school kids when you are a little kid. You know what I mean? Somebody that you’ve been here with for so long and you actually seen him out there on the big-time screen with ‘Ponder’ on the back of a Minnesota Vikings jersey. It’s crazy I was extremely happy for him.”
FREEMAN GETS ACC NOD
FSU running bcd Devonta Freeman earned recognition from the league office during the press conference. The ACC announced that the Seminoles’ bright-futured back is this week’s Rookie of the Week.
Freeman became the first true freshman running back at Florida State to string together consecutive 100-yard rushing performances when he gutted the Maryland defense for 100 yards on 11 carries (9.1 ypc), including a 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which matched the longest run from scrimmage by the Seminoles this season.
Coming off a 109-yard performance at Duke, Freeman was instrumental in the Seminoles’ second half dominance against the Terrapins, carrying seven times for 78 yards. FSU controlled the second half clock (17 minutes) by grinding out 198 yards on 29 carries.