Scouting the Seminoles
You can find statistics for most college teams that make them look like a juggernaut. But while doing research on Florida State, I kept thinking this team should be better than 7-3. Anyway, here is a quick look at the Seminoles:
Florida State is ranked fifth nationally in total defense and leads the nation in tackles for loss. FSU ranks first in the conference in opponent third-down conversion, giving up a first down only 22.2 percent of the time on third down. Defensive end Everette Brown is tied for ninth nationally and second in the ACC in sacks.
In conference games, Florida State ranks first in the ACC in total offense, last in pass efficiency and second in rushing offense. FSU has scored more touchdowns (40) in 10 games this season than it did during the entire 2007 season, when it scored 32 touchdowns in 13 games. At one point this season, FSU went 28 straight series without a three-and-out. FSU has had four 200-plus rushing yard games this season.
Senior running back Antone Smith leads the ACC in scoring among non-kickers. He has scored more touchdowns (14) in 10 games this season than he did in his first 32 games of his career.
Quarterback Christian Ponder recorded the second-highest rushing total by a Florida State quarterback with his 144 yards against Miami. Maryland linebacker Moise Fokou called Ponder the “soul” of the Seminoles. Coach Ralph Friedgen said FSU will use Ponder on draws, options and bootlegs.
The most prominent receiver, obviously, is Greg Carr, who averages one touchdown reception in more than 41 percent of his games. Carr is third on Florida State’s all-time touchdown reception leaders list.
“They are the No. 1 offense in the ACC due to their athleticism,” Maryland defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre said. “Their receivers seem like they are 6-foot-11. They are very big and fast. If they make a big play on us, we can’t be shocked. They have been doing it all year. We have to regroup.”
FSU ranks last in the ACC in penalties, with 77.7 penalty yards per game.
On special teams …
Place kicker Graham Gano had his streak of 18 consecutive made field goals snapped against Boston College. Gano has made five field goals from 50 or more yards and his only two misses this year were from 50 and 52 yards. He leads the nation in field goals per game (2.25)
Michael Ray leads the nation in kickoff return average.
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