1-3-5 Boston College Wrapup

1 Top Perfomer:

 This was a very tough call. Nobody on the offensive side of the ball was even in contention but several ‘Noles on defense had stellar games. With that being said, our game MVP goes to Terrance Smith. Smith finished with 5 tackles, good for third on the team, with two of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. Smith was everywhere and several of his tackles came in important situations such as a big third down stop and a great play where he stayed home and thwarted a BC reverse play. Arguably his biggest play of the night was a forced fumble that Jalen Ramsey returned for a TD, essentially putting the game out of reach for BC. 

3 Positives: 

1. The offense wasn’t sharp at all. However, there was one bright spot, Everett  Golson’s escapability. Golson showed off his ability to extend plays by shaking off would be tacklers in the backfield. This culminated in an SC Top 10 play where Golson put the spin cycle on two BC defenders in the end zone to avoid a safety and turn it into a 14 yard gain. 

2. The defensive tackles.  FSU’s defensive tackles were spectacular all night as they gave BC little to no room to run inside most of the night. On top of this, both of FSU’s sacks were recorded by defensive tackles, Derrick Nnadi and Nile Lawrence-Stample. 

3. Ro’Derrick Hoskins. The redshirt sophomore LB played great against BC as he recorded a team high 7 tackles and showed off profound physicality which had previously been missing from his game. Several times last night Hoskins physically took on blockers and shed them to make tackles. Playing in what is arguably FSU’s thinnest position group Hoskins has been outstanding thus far. 

5 Storylines Heading into Next Week (Bye):

1. The offensive line must improve. BC’s defensive line routinely bullied FSU’s OL on Friday night. It was ugly, there’s no way around it. Even FSU’s All-ACC LT Roderick Johnson was beaten thoroughly by BC’s DE. Some shuffling could come on the offensive line during the bye week after last night’s performance.

2. FSU’s Passing Game. This year Jimbo Fisher has shown little to no confidence in his passing game aside from the second half of the Texas State game and the first drive against Boston College. Boston College keyed on this heavily as they overloaded the box against FSU to shut down Dalvin Cook, FSU had no answer. Eventually FSU is going to have to prove to teams that they are a threat to pass or FSU is going to find themselves playing against loaded boxes for the rest of the year. 

3. Dalvin Cook’s Health. Although he re-entered the game, Dalvin Cook did head to the locker room to have his rib cage examined during the game. This bye week comes at a perfect time for Cook to rest up and get healthy. It will be interesting to see if he sits out a practice or two this upcoming week to recuperate. 

4. FSU’s WR Corp. FSU’s wide receiving corp is somewhat of an enigma right now. A group of uber talented freshmen have not been able to crack the rotation and the starters have been largely inconsistent. Travis Rudolph, Kermit Whitfield, and Bobo Wilson are getting most of the PT and all have had up and down moments. Most all right now FSU is lacking a WR who can create separation and stretch the field. Hopefully a George Campbell or Pigg Harrison emerges to do just that. 

5. Special Teams. Cason Beatty was FANTASTIC on Friday night as he averaged a net of 52.3 yards per punt which is nothing short of incredible for the senior punter. Roberto Aguayo missed a 43 yard kick, but it should be easy for him to get back on track. Bobo Wilson looked good returning punts until he muffed one late in the game. It will be interesting to see if he retains the starting role there. Kickoff returns were unspectacular as well. Look for special teams to be a continued point of emphasis this year as FSU’s offense needs help in the field position battle. 

Ethan Vaughan

I am a freshman at Florida State University where I am on course to double major in Entrepreneurship and Finance. I am originally from Plant City, FL and attended high school there. I have been a Florida State fan since I was born. I have a special affinity for FSU Basketball and hope to see the program continue to grow.

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