While starting quarterback Tate Rodemaker will make headlines, the Florida State Seminoles football defense still had one game in which it needed to show improvement. day.
We have ratings for all three levels of defense below, but right away Jacksonville State didn’t hesitate to attack the FSU border again and again. Although they didn’t get a three and an out, the defense forced a punt in the Gamecocks’ first practice. However, in JSU’s second practice, the Gamecocks stepped onto the pitch and ran a well-crafted counter-throw to, you guessed it, the limit, which scored and put the Noles behind 14-0 early. . A Rodemaker pick-six on FSU’s first drive shouldn’t hurt defense, but the second drive should.
The rest of the first half was a mixed bag. As half-time approached, the defense was giving up a terrible 6.4 yards per game to an FCS team, who also had 21 points. JSU quarterback Zerrick Cooper finished 10/11 for 93 yards. Jacksonville State continued to attack the border throughout the game and FSU still has no answer.
In the second half, Marvin Wilson returned from his targeting suspension. JSU reaffirmed its commitment to exploit border actors and FSU’s lack of communication on the border to switch. ASJ turned the corner there. Safety Renardo Green had a good position on a fade-out turn in the end zone but held the catcher, resulting in a first and a goal.
Keeping a ten-point lead, who other than Asante Samuel, Jr. picked Cooper to recover the ball attack with about seven minutes left in settlement. Samuel has shown tremendous reconnaissance and ball ability in zonal coverage this season. The defense tightened in the second half, and the offense could deserve some credit for that. They found a way to control and move the ball, which helped keep the defense off the field.
Overall, the defense struggled to contain an FCS attack, although it is one with more FBS talent than most. This game never hit the garbage time until the end of the fourth quarter. They gave up a terrible 8 yards per pass, but held the Gamecocks to 60 yards on 21 attempts. Cooper finished 20/24 for 191 passing yards. Maybe the key to the game was to limit JSU to just three of the nine third drop conversions.
Defensive Notes and Observations
- Against a lower opponent, FSU ultimately had more pressure and disruption (relatively speaking) in the passing game, but JSU tried to counter with RPOs. The race defense was a mixed bag. Kaindoh comes back and played well. This Front 7 got its first sack of the season in JSU’s third practice (technically maybe a one-yard gain), which ended in a punt. Fabian Lovett had a good play in 3rd and 3rd on another practice, kept his arm free and made a tackle to force the punt. Made an impact, brought energy to DL. Much better playing on the rim than what we’ve generally seen this season – Amari Gainer involved here with Kaindoh. But DL couldn’t stop JSU from executing him to the goal line before half-time. Griffin is slow, but shows effort. Janarius Robinson got a bad passer penalty in the fourth quarter. Mike Norvell then spoke to Robinson. Derrick McClendon didn’t have a good game.
- Cover struggles continued. Donors have struggled to stay in passing lanes in RPOs. Running appeared inconsistent, but will need to be watched more closely. DJ Lundy saw his first action, had some good fills. Gainer and Stephen Dix always seem to be the future of this unit, they just need more reps.
- Jarrian Jones started at the border corner, but Asante Samuel, Jr. also saw time on the limit throughout the game. Low corner leverage on JSU’s first touchdown on the throw meter. Jones with a bad penalty on special teams. Cyrus Fagan played a ball in the air incorrectly on a jump throw. Unable to locate football against a shorter catcher give up a huge play to put JSU in goal position in the second quarter. Green had a good performance in the third quarter, but engaged DPI in the end zone. Jarvis Brownlee got a good shot against Cooper. Blitz by Samuel off the border in the 3rd quarter contributed a sack; Samuel had a nice interception at the end of the contest. Akeem Dent did not play well. Between linebackers and the secondary, giving up 8 yards per pass is horrible.