TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If Florida State football is to extend its winning streak to eight over hated rival Miami this Saturday, it will take a monumental effort from its defense to slow down a Miami offense that comes in firing on all cylinders.
Through three games, the Hurricanes are averaging more than 41 points per game and rank 11th nationally in total offense in putting up more than 515 yards per game.
It’s a challenge not lost on defensive coordinator Charles Kelly and the Seminoles defense. During media availability Tuesday, sophomore linebacker Josh Brown spoke on how Florida State is approaching the upcoming contest against the Hurricanes.
“They are a pretty good team coming in. I think we will prepare well for them,” Brown said. “Not too worried about anything heavily. We will strap on and be ready to go game time. We have good trust in our coaches and our players.”
Similar to Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Wake Forest’s John Wolford, the Seminoles will be tasked with slowing down another dynamic signal-caller who can burn defenses with his arm and legs in Miami’s Malik Rosier.
Seminoles standout safety Derwin James spoke on Monday about the problems that Rosier poses to defenses, as detailed by Safid Deen of The Orlando Sentinel.
FSU S Derwin James has been impressive in 2017.
Of all safeties to log 44+ snaps in coverage, none allow less yards per snap than James. pic.twitter.com/gNuIoUKeOc
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 29, 2017
“I feel like he’s a great leader for them,” James said. “He keeps everyone settled, very poised guy and he knows how to get the guys around him involved.”
Additionally, coach Mark Richt’s offense boasts a versatile running back in Mark Walton, dynamic receivers such as Braxton Berrios, Ahmmon Richards, Lawrence Cager and tight end Chris Herndon.
James noted that he’s friends with Hurricanes players such as Walton dating back to working out together at various camps and combines over the years. He’s gained familiarity with what makes him such a dangerous weapon for the unbeaten Canes.
“[Walton is] an every-down back, very special with the ball in his hands,” James said. “He has a great cut and reads his blockers well and he’s an all-around athlete.”
Despite the Seminoles’ recent success in the series, they enter the game this weekend as 3-point underdogs, as noted by Florida State DieHards’ Mitchell Forde.
The doubts are something not lost on the Seminoles defense. The players know they must step up if the streak is to be extended.
“Oh yeah, most definitely. I see a lot of people are [doubting us] now, but like our coach tells us, we don’t really pay too much attention to that stuff,” Brown said. “It’s tunnel vision to what we have to do in succeeding as a team and doing what we have to do to reach our goals. We don’t want to focus on that. People are going to do that. That’s normal. We have to focus on our task at hand.”
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