There was wind. It didn’t count. There wasn’t even a real score.
Still, I have to admit that I hoped and expected more from Florida State’s offense on Saturday afternoon. Especially the overtaking offense.
But nothing of note happened. Is it worrying? I mean, I guess it depends on how much stock you put in spring games. I don’t put a ton into it, but I don’t think they’re meaningless either.
Especially when you have a part of your offense – the pass – that has basically crippled you for the past few years and made it very difficult to win a lot of football games.
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So, I arrived on Saturday hoping to see these transfer receivers and Jordan Travis, as well as backup Tate Rodemaker, make plays in the air. Being able to hit big plays without having to depend on the running game or quarterback athleticism.
Well, that didn’t happen.
Not to make excuses, but part of it was probably wind related. It circled quite fiercely around Doak Campbell Stadium.
And part of that had to do with sack rules in a game like this, in which the umpires blow up a play if a defender is anywhere near the quarterback — even if it’s a small finger on the shoulder pad as he sprints forward and has no chance of making a tackle. The room is still blown.
“It was frustrating for Jordan at times with the quick whistle,” FSU head coach Mike Norvell said.
Travis lost a first down on a play like that, and Rodemaker lost a 5-yard TD pass to Keyshawn Helton on a similar play.
So both of those were factors in the lack of big plays.
But so were some errant throws and drops.
Rodemaker, who I really hoped would show you all what he showed us this spring, instead threw an interception on his very first pass – Sam McCall intercepted it in the end zone during goal-line drills.
Travis and Duffy, as if not to make him feel bad, also threw spikes during the exercise. It wasn’t a great way to start the offensive festivities, with three interceptions by three different quarterbacks in a situational exercise. But hey, at least they threw them at their teammates!
“The passing game has been hit or miss,” Norvell said. “Overall it’s been a great spring in our development there. …Tonight wasn’t the best night we’ve done this spring, but there are a lot of factors that go into stake.”
Rodemaker probably had the best pass of the day in the final game of the spring game (the one with famous coaches), where he rolled to his right and found Kentron Poitier on a perfect 11-yard strike into the area. goals.
Rodemaker went 5 of 11 for 64 yards.
As for Travis? He was fine. Nothing spectacular. Completed 7 of 13 passes for 71 yards. And the offense as a whole only managed to convert 4 of 18 attempts on third down. So, you know, not great. Not what you expected to see.
But it was a spring game. You’re not playing at LSU tomorrow. And you had a lot of mixing and matching up front and out.
As for the guys who stood out?
Obviously, defensive end Jared Verse. He was credited with two sacks and another rushing quarterback. He also blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt that would have been returned for a 55-yard touchdown by Greedy Vance in a real game.
In attack, the transfer that opened the most eyes was the running back Trey Benson. The former Oregon Duck had 77 yards on seven carries. He showed his power and speed in those seven carries, and he also had a really impressive jerk from a defender in the backfield to avoid a negative play and turn it into a positive play.
It looked like the real deal.
And then finally, another transfer from Oregon, Mycah Pittman.
It’s not that he had a big receiving game. Because, frankly, no one has.
But there was one game in the second quarter where he showed a bit of what we saw last month. He swept down the left end of the 4-yard line, backed inside, then essentially shoved his way – through several tacklers – into the end zone for a touchdown.
This competitiveness, this physique, this state of mind, is what was missing a lot in this vast reception hall. It was just a play. And it was a race. Not a trap. But man, it was an illustration of a kid who wouldn’t be denied, and who more than anything wants to go do a play.
He may do a lot this year. He certainly believes he will.
Overall, I thought the defense won the day. I think this defense has a chance to be improved a lot. Really. It could end up being a good unit.
As for the offence? After essentially a whole spring and a Garnet & Gold match? I’m still not sure.
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