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Week Seven Offensive and Defensive MVP’s

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Florida State was able to get past Duke 17-10. The Seminoles used a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown to go ahead before holding the Blue Devils scoreless for the rest of the quarter. Head coach Jimbo Fisher seemed pleased with the win after the game but I’m not buying it. The defense once again had multiple issues on all facets, Duke put together a few successful drives and had some big plays through the air. The offensive line is now riddled with injuries after Derrick Kelly went down during the game with a leg injury. Landon Dickerson is already out for the rest of the year with an ankle injury that’ll require surgery. Offensive line coach Rick Trickett has to be worried about needing to replace the entire left side of his unit.

A reeling Louisville squad comes into Tallahassee on Saturday after the Cardinals fell to Boston College 45-42 last week. FSU will need to clamp down on Lamar Jackson if their defense wants any shot in this thing.

Offensive MVP: Cam Akers, Running back

The true freshman running back once again delivered for the `Noles down the stretch. He had a 46-yard scamper in the final frame against Miami last Saturday that helped his team tie the game. Akers would get the first touchdown of his career against Duke. With the game locked at ten apiece early in the fourth quarter, FSU faced a third and two. Akers took the handoff up the middle and shook off a Blue Devil defender before sprinting up the right sideline and outrunning everyone. The 42-yard rush would put the Seminoles back in front, 17-10.

Akers finished the game with 15 carries for 115 yards and that score. He also had two catches for 20 yards. The two-headed monster of Akers and Patrick continued to blossom for the Florida State offense. At times, they are the only bright spots on this offense. Aker’s should only continue to see a higher workload as his production goes up.

Your insane stat of the week? Akers has 379 yards rushing his first five games at FSU, Dalvin Cook only had 250 yards through his first five games.

Defense MVP: Josh Sweat, Defense end/buck

Junior defensive end Josh Sweat has once again been a solid option for the `Noles on the defensive line. He’s been doing a lot of the dirty work that doesn’t pop up on the stat sheet. Sweat has been suffocating against the run, routinely plugging up gaps and preventing himself from being moved by offensive linemen. He’s been a decent pass-rusher as well, FSU just hasn’t gotten much pressure all season as a team. Charles Kelly’s unit only has nine sacks in five games, a far cry from the 51 sacks they recorded last year. The steep pass-rushing drop off isn’t something the `Noles could’ve expected prior to the season, they returned players who recorded 35 of the 51 sacks. By the way, Sweat has 2.5 of the nine sacks.

Sweat was arguably Florida State’s best player on defense against Duke. He finished the game with 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. The junior’s lone sack of the day came at a crucial moment in the game. Duke was driving with just over a minute remaining, the Blue Devils could tie it up with a touchdown. Sweat came off the left side and used his flexibility to bounce around the offensive tackle before bringing down the quarterback by his legs. The sack forced even more time off the clock with Duke out of timeouts. Time would run out before the Blue Devils could get in the end zone, securing the victory for the Seminoles.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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