Florida State safety Derwin James said the mood among the Florida State players has drastically improved since the team picked up its first win of the season Saturday against Wake Forest, according to a report by Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel.
Nevertheless, the Seminoles, a 3.5-point underdog to rival Miami, feel like they were written off after an 0-2 start that included the loss of starting quarterback Denodre Francois for the season.
Defensive tackle Fred Jones said Florida State will use that as motivation against the Hurricanes.
“So far it looks like everybody is trying to count us out right now,” Jones said. “We just have to show the world. It’s just us against the world right now.”
Inside the Seminoles’ locker room, at least, the players don’t see their situation as nearly as dire as the prognosticators concerned about their ability to qualify for a bowl game. James said the players are enjoying the feeling of a win and are excited about the opportunity to play Miami.
“Everybody has a smile on their face,” James told reporters Monday. “Everybody is ready to go to work. It’s a big week, Miami week, a rivalry week, and it’s time to go.”
“Sometimes we take winning for granted, and it was just a beautiful thing. It felt good. Hopefully, we can keep riding this wave.”
Head coach Jimbo Fisher preached a similar message, saying at his media conference Monday that, if his players put the first two weeks of the season behind them and focus on getting one win at a time, proving the doubters wrong will take care of itself.
“When they do things the right way, and we put our minds right, and put everything in the past, we have a chance to do [something] special,” Fisher said.
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