By: Nick O'Bryan
This past weekend was huge. There is no other way to put it. An epic win with about 60 recruits on hand to observe and Doak packed out with passionate fans. Needless to say, I’m still a bit raspy from yelling for basically 12 hours straight. As the multitude of fireworks fired into the sky after the game clock hit 0.00, my wife turned to me and said, “It seems like they have been saving those up for a while.” To me, that statement was on point. We have all been waiting for amazing recruiting classes and solid coaching to pay off. Well, it finally has and it is time for Nole fans to know that we have arrived.
The thing we all wanted to see was how the Noles would recover from a hit in the mouth, and the second play of the game we certainly got one. Most people described the Clemson offense as “explosive,” and there is no doubt that there couldn’t be a better word to describe them in the first half. The scary thing is that as the tides turned and the game progressed, the true athleticism shined through and the Noles looked like they could have played another four quarters.
E.J. Manuel had a Heisman worthy performance, and showed that he can not only throw and run, but also be a mature and respected leader who can run the two minute drill in a little over a minute in game time. It was good to see a balance in the passing game, and it seemed like everyone was getting the ball at one point or another. That in particular is what makes you an offensive threat. When you can put 11 talented guys on the field in which you have serious options at every position, it makes a defense have to change their focus from play to play and in turn creates mismatches.
Now that the game is over, it is time to focus on the next challenge, and both Jimbo Fisher and E.J. Manuel did not disappoint; both talking about the upcoming game against the University of South Florida in their press conferences. The last time USF was in town, things did not go as planned, and if there was one name everyone was talking about it was B.J. Daniels. The worst part you ask? Daniels is FROM Tallahassee and went to Lincoln high school. Watching someone play in Tallahassee only to have him leave, and come back to run all over the field on you isn’t the best feeling. Daniels can move with his feet and has arguably the strongest arm in the state. In fact, the only reason B.J. didn’t commit to FSU was that he wanted to play basketball as well as football. However, one great player isn’t likely to slow the path of success FSU is traveling this year, and even though B.J. Daniels has a rocket of an arm, his receiving core would be vastly improved with even the third string that FSU currently touts. The depth of the Florida State roster should again outlast the competition and put another “W” on the board.
I hope there are lots of folks getting things in order for the trip to Tampa this weekend. If you are still looking for tickets, the FSU ticket office actually has some tickets left of the allotment we were given. Personally, I already made reservations at Bern’s Steak House and am ready for the big VIP Booster tailgate going on at the Hard Rock, which is basically across the street from Raymond James Stadium. It’s going to be a lot of fun, especially when the Noles take the field at 6:00PM.
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