IT’S FLORIDA STATE WEEK Y’ALL!!! Wake up people, because this is what makes the season great. Other things that make a great season… talking football with the enemy. Today we sit down with Mike Ferguson of NoledOut.com for the first of many more cross-posting roundtables with other Bloguin sites and Matt Zemek of Bloguin’s The Student Section. We’re getting excited to know one another, and you can catch my answers over at Noled Out and The Student Section along with a lot of other great content- so let’s dive right in…
I think most observers would say that this years Florida State team is not as good as the 2013 version. Is that a fair statement? What are some differences between last years team and this years team?
There are a number of reasons for this. The injury bug stayed mostly dormant last season whereas it has become far too contagious this year.
On the defensive side of the ball, Florida State has lost a lot of leadership. Guys like Lamarcus Joyner, Telvin Smith and Christian Jones were vocal leaders last season. FSU also had fifth-year seniors as reserves like Jacobbi McDaniel, Dan Hicks and Demonte McAllister, who had all been through the rigors of a 7-6 season in 2009. Offensively, I think we all underestimated just how good Rimington Award-winning center Bryan Stork really was.
To say that he doesn’t have the mental capacity however, is also a stretch. In 2013, Winston was named to the ACC’s All-Academic team and the kid is wise beyond his years as a decision maker on the football field. The best way to put it may be that Winston is an immature college student, but a very mature student athlete.
If Alabama were riding a 22-game winning streak, I don’t think we’d hear a peep about them being overrated. I think there were some of these rumblings about Notre Dame when the Irish completed a perfect season two years ago, so they’re not exempt from criticism as most SEC powers are.