Responding: By FSU’s 2014 Offense

We’re getting close to football. We’re finally in the single digits. 9 days until the Noles take the field at Doak Campbell Stadium. It’s so near. We’re all so ready.

But, before the season hits, I want to take a look back at an interesting stat, I came across this morning. I went through each of FSU’s 13 wins from 2014 and wanted to know how well the offense responded following a drive where the opponent had scored on the possession before, while the Noles were trailing.  This is when I felt there was the most pressure on FSU’s offense. Not only because the other team had just scored, but because FSU was trailing. I didn’t really care about how FSU’s offense did when they had the lead. I wanted to know how we did when the most pressure was on us.

In 2014 FSU’s offense scored on 17 of 30 possessions when the other team had scored on the previous possession and the Noles were trailing. Looking at that number on the surface, is impressive enough. FSU was able to “answer” scores on more than half of these occurrences. That does so much for a team, on the whole. It silences the crowd on the road, or it gets the home crowd back into the game. It gives the defense a chance to rest and another opportunity to stop the offense that just scored on them.

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(Photo: ChopChat)

But, and here’s where I had to do a lot of research, when you break down these numbers even farther, they get tons more impressive. We’ll start by just comparing the first half and the second half. In the first half, FSU’s offense scored on 10 out of 22 times when the opponent had just scored and the Seminoles were trailing. In the second half, the Noles were an incredible 7 out of 9 answering in this same situation.

Not only is the half by half comparison impressive, but the way that FSU scored to answer was, as well. Of the 17 times that the Noles were able to answer back in a situation when they were trailing, 10 times it was touchdown for touchdown. But, 4 times (3 in 2nd halves) they were able to answer an opponent’s field goal with an FSU touchdown. To not only answer, but outscore an opponent is huge. Only one time did FSU answer an opponent’s touchdown with a field goal (1st half against Miami.) 2 times, FSU answered field goals with field goals.

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(Photo: B/R)

What about the times FSU wasn’t able to “answer” an opponent’s score? Well, there were 13 of these scenarios. 4 times is was a field goal and 10 times it was a touchdown that FSU could not immediately answer. But, let’s look at those. Three of those field goals were in the first half of the UF game. FSU did not immediately answer any of those, but did rely on their defense and a 94 yard interception return for a touchdown, so it didn’t come back to bite them too badly.

Now, let’s look at the touchdowns that FSU couldn’t answer immediately. The first time this happened, was against Clemson. FSU couldn’t answer either touchdown that Clemson scored on the Noles’ next drive. However, in the 2nd half, FSU scored on their second drive after Clemson’s final touchdown, to tie up the score. Against NCST, Florida State couldn’t answer a first half touchdown due to a fumble on the first play of the next drive. This pattern would continue. In the second half against Louisville and the first half against Virginia, FSU’s opponent scored and the Noles answered on the second offensive possession afterwards. Of the 9 occurrences that FSU’s offense couldn’t immediately answer an opponent’s touchdown, four of them resulted in FSU touchdowns on the next FSU possession, after a defensive hold.

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(Photo: ChopChat)

There was one other time that FSU’s offense couldn’t answer immediately following an opponent’s score. Against Miami, FSU fumbled a kick return after a Canes touchdown. Since the offense never took the field, I didn’t hold that one against them. (Spoiler Alert: The good guys still won that game.)

So, when breaking it all down, FSU’s offense in 2014 was able to respond very well. I think a couple of key things led to this. First, Jimbo Fisher’s leadership. He was able manage the emotions of his players. His play calling was great. He put players in the position to succeed. Next, you have to look at Jameis Winston. His ability to compartmentalize and just play one play at a time was huge. He moved on very quickly from mistakes and did not let them compound. He represented every aspect of the word “clutch.” Guys like Greene and O’Leary were huge, as well. Everyone knew these two were Jameis’ favorite targets. However, they found ways to continue to get open and make plays.

So, hope you enjoyed this. FSU’s offense last year was much maligned, and probably for good reason. However, when they had to, they did what was needed and answered the call.

Breakdown of Jameis Winston’s 2nd Preseason Game.

Here we are again. Another Jameis game in the books. Another time he’s impressed me. You guys seemed to enjoy this last week, so if you guys keep reading and sharing it, I’l keep doing it.

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(Above Picture from ESPN.)

Here is the play by play break down of Jameis’ 2nd start. I’ve got some thoughts at the bottom of the post.

1st Possession (Started on own 20 yard line)
1st and 10 Completion Jameis makes two reads. Doesn’t see anyone open. Checks the ball down to Doug Martin in space. Martin makes a nice play. Gain of 9.
2nd and 1 Handoff
1st and 10 Completion Play action. Jameis with another short pass to Lane out of the backfield. Good solid completion. Gain of 7.
2nd and 3 Handoff
1st and 10 Completion Jameis drops back here, sees his target, and delivers a strike to ASJ for 11 yards. Jameis had great anticipation here. He hit ASJ as he broke back to the ball on a curl route.
1st and 10 Handoff Jameis was phenomenal, pre-snap, here. Looked like he might change the play. Decided not to. Big run by Martin.
1st and Goal Handoff
2nd and Goal QB Scramble Not sure if this was a designed QB run or just Jameis making a play. Did look like he stubled a little bit. Recovered quickly. But, he rolls out to the right, recognizes that he could get to the end zone, and does. Touchdown.
2nd Possession (Started on own 10 yard line.)
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 5 Completion Play action fake. Waits for Jackson across the middle. He’s got a step. Single coverage. Jameis fires a pass on the money for a 1st down. Does a good job of throwing it where it forces Jackson to go down and not take a hit from another defender. Gain of 16.
1st and 10 Incompletion Jameis with a play action fake. Throws a deep ball to Mike Evans. Overthrows him by a yard. Evans had the CB beat. Didn’t get a great replay of this, but at the stadium, it looked like Evans could get to this. Not sure if the hammy is what kept him from it. Good shot down the field by Winston, though.
2nd and 10 Penalty Jameis escapes pressure. Rolls out to his left. Fires the ball down field and hits Jackson on the sideline for 16 yards. Perfect pass. Jackson is called for OPI, negating the completion.
2nd and 20. Pentlty (Holding on a run play.)
2nd and 30 Completion Jameis shows patience and completes a screen pass to Sims. Sims gains 14 yards.
3rd and 16 Incompletion This may have been Jameis’ best pass of the game. He throws the ball on a rope to Tim Wright. Would have been a 1st down if Wright didn’t drop it. Jameis put the ball between two defenders and even Gruden said the pass was, “As good of a throw as you can make in that situation” & “Wright has to catch that ball.”
3rd Possession. (Started on own 29 yard line.)
1st and 10 Penalty (Holding on a run play.)
1st and 20 Completion Jameis throws a quick out pass to Murphy. Nice touch on this ball. Murphy gets 8 yards.
2nd and 12 Incompletion Jameis takes a shot down the field for Mike Evans. CB was with him step for step and knocked the ball away at the last second. Like the chance Jameis took here. If he leads Evans just a bit more, it may have been out of the defender’s reach.
3rd and 12 Incompletion Jameis throws his first bad pass of the night. He tries to anticipate Murphy running an out-route, about 15 yards down the field. Throws the ball too tall and out of bounds. Decent coverage on this. Jameis would have needed to be perfect on this pass for the completion, which I have every confidence that he could have been. However, the pass was off and incomplete.
4th Possession. (Started on own 42 yard line.)
1st and 10 Handoff
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 8 Penalty Right Tackle lets his man blow past him. Jameis gets sacked. However, a face mask by the Bengals wipes out the sack and gives the Bucs a 1st down.
1st and 10 Penalty Jameis steps up into the pocket and makes a nice pass to Myers for 8 yards. However, an illegal hands to the face penalty by the OL erases it.
1st and 20 Completion Jameis makes a phenomenal pass through multiple defenders to Shepard for 22 yards. This pass was thrown on a rope and was in a perfect place where only the WR could get to it. Seam pass was perfect, and in the area of 3 defenders. Jameis’ arm strength/accuracy made this very diffuclt pass look easy.
1st and 10 Penalty False Start
1st and 15 Sack The center steps on Jameis’ foot here, tripping him. As soon as he regained his balance, there were two defenders on him. OL was blown up here and Jameis never had a chance. Loss of 10.
2nd and 25 Completion Short pass by Jameis to Murphy for 3 yards.
3rd and 22 Penalty Pressure in Jameis’ face quickly. The Bengals brought a blitz. Jameis throws the ball away and is called for intentional grounding.

Jameis was incredibly sharp to start this game. I really liked Tampa Bay’s play calling in this game. They started out letting him throw the ball. This got Jameis in a rhythm and really seemed to get the offense going. The running game was strong, as well. This took some of the pressure off of Jameis. Winston’s final numbers were good. He was 8-13 for 90 yards. He didn’t have a passing touchdown or an interception. He did have one rushing TD, for the 2nd week in a row.

I want to take a real quick look at Jameis’ incompletions.

  1. Pass to the deep left to Mike Evans. Slight overthrow here. I don’t ever mind Jameis taking this shot. Single coverage and the WR had a step on the defender. Just couldn’t connect.
  2. Jameis’ 2nd incompletion was his best pass of the night. Drop by Tim Wright.
  3. Jameis takes another shot down the field. Defender was with Evans step for step. Once again, I’m always okay with Jameis taking this shot. If he had put a tad more on this, it may have been out of the defender’s reach. But, good defense.
  4. Pressure was in Jameis’ face. He threw this ball too high, and may have been rushing it because of the pressure. Fortunately, his only bad pass of the night, was out of bounds and didn’t hurt too badly.
  5. Jameis had pressure in his face right away. Throws the ball away. Gets called for an intentional grounding. Has to know to just take this sack. But, the intentional grounding resulted in the same outcome as a sack would have in this situation.

Another thing that I’d like to point out is that Jameis was CONSTANTLY working from behind the sticks. On his second possession he faced a 2nd and 30. (Impressively, he worked the Bucs out of this by completing a 14 yard pass on 2nd down and throwing what would have been a first down if not for a drop by Tim Wright. On his 3rd possession, he faced a 1st and 20. On his 4th possession, he faced a 1st and 20 (which he overcame with a 22 yard pass.) He also faced a 1st and 15 later in that possession. Penalties happen and Jameis will have to overcome them. But, this was a ridiculous amount. Tampa Bay has to clean this up. Side note: Jameis also had a 16 yard pass and an 8 yard pass wiped out due to penalties.

Overall, Jameis played very well. He was sharp. He made very few mistakes, and even the mistakes he made were very minor. He led the team to a touchdown on its first drive. He took care of the ball. He made beautiful throws. Though I thought he played well last week, he was leaps and bounds better this week. You could tell that the film study after last week’s game really helped Jameis. I expect him to continue to get better.

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Go Bucs. Go Jameis.

Breakdown of Jameis’ first preseason appearance.

Alright, hope you get some enjoyment out of this. Wanted to do this for myself, mainly. But, if this helps anyone else kind of break down what Jameis did in his first preseason start, then great.

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(Photo via Buccaneers website.)

1st Possession. Started on own 5 yard line.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 5 Handoff
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 3 Handoff
3rd and 4 Incomplete Pass Jameis sees his TE break back. Throws the ball high. Might have been a good thing. Double coverage. Might have been picked if on target. Bad choice. Bad throw.
2nd Possession. Started on own 13 yard line. 1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis sees V-Jax on a good read. Crossing route. Pass is high and behind him. Good choice, just a poor throw.
3rd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis gets pressured because the RT did not provide any resistance to the DE. He’s hit as he throws the ball. Ball falls short of intended target. Looked like it’d have been a tough completion even if not hit, though.
3rd possession. Started on own 22 yard line. 1st and 10 Sack Play action by Winston. As soon as he looks up, there’s a DE in his face. He didn’t have a chance on this play. Came from the blind side.
2nd and 19 QB Scramble Pocket starts to break down almost immediately. Jameis recognizes it. Gets out of the pocket for a 5 yard gain. Slides down (not well) to avoid a hit.
3rd and 14 Completion Jameis stands in the pocket, fires a dart downfield to V-Jax for 40 yards. Did a good job of standing in the pocket and absorbing a hit after the pass.
1st and 10 Handoff
1st and 10 Completion Play action roll out. Jameis finds Murphy on the sideline for a gain of 18 yards.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis throws to ASJ near the goal line. Pass it a bit high. Good coverage. Would have been a tough completion. Worth a shot.
3rd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis makes a nice read and throws a good pass to V-Jax at near the 1 yard line. Pass is dropped, would have been a 1st and Goal (if not, a TD) if Jackson could have held on.
4th Possession. Starting on own 38. 1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 8 Interception Watched this play about 8 times while doing this break down. I’m 100% convinced that this INT was not on Winston. Clear missed DPI/Holding committed on Mike Evans. His arm was literally being held just before the Safety intercepted the ball. Good read by Winston. I think Evans makes the catch if he’s not interfered with. The one negative thing that I’ll say about this pass, is that if Evans is not interfered with, and makes the catch, the safety may lay a pretty big hit on him. Jameis needs to protect his receivers and make sure he’s not leading them into danger. He’ll see this on film and correct it.
5th Possession. Starting on own 20. 1st and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis throws the ball to Mike Evans again. Ball is behind the WR, but Evans adjusts. This was another missed DPI. CB never turned his head or made a play on the ball. Evans had no chance to catch this pass because of the defender, who made no play on the ball.
2nd and 10 Handoff
3rd and 4 Sack Awful snap over Jameis’ head. Clearly on the center. Jameis falls on the ball and is sacked.
6th Possession. Starting on own 10. 1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 6 Sack/Scramble Center/QB snap exchange issue. Ball is fumbled. Jameis picks it up. Scrolls out to his left. Is tackled for a loss of 6 yards.
3rd and 12 False Start
3rd and 17 QB Scramble Jameis doesn’t see anyone open. Escapes a sack (in the end zone.) Scrambles up to the 9 yard line, but more importantly, avoids the safety. Takes a hit (helmet to helmet) as he was giving himself up. There was some debate about this. He did not slide well, but he clearly was giving himself up. If that’s Manning/Brady/Rogers, it’s a 15 yard penalty.
7th Possession. Starting on own 24. 1st and 10 Completion Jameis throws a short pass to Stocker who breaks a tackle and runs along the sideline for 18 yards.
1st and 10 Completion Jameis checks down to the RB out of the back field (Rainey) for 5 yards.
2nd and 5 Completion Jameis threads the needle to Louis Murphy on a crossing pattern. 12 yard gain. Really nice pass/read here.
1st and 10 Completion Play action, Jameis stands tall in the pocket and fires a dart to Louis Murphy on the sideline for 18 yards. This is a classic Jameis throw. Perfect anticipation. Only WR could get to it. Really nice to see this.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 5 Completion Jameis throws to Murphy for 7 yards. Another nice pass here. Pass is behind the line of scrimmage. Murphy cuts it up for a nice gain.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 7 Incomplete Pass Jameis tries to find Bell in the end zone. Pass is high, which was likely a good thing. WR was in double coverage.
3rd and 7 QB Scramble Jameis surveys the field. Doesn’t see anything. Pocket is closing in. He jukes and gets outside the pocket, sprints towards the end zone and leaps into the end zone. Good job recognizing that he didn’t have anything and making a play.
2 pt conv Incomplete Pass Jameis rolls out to the right and tries to find Shepard. Defender seemed to be on WR’s back before the ball got there. No call. Not sure if WR could have gotten to the ball, but it was close. Tough window. Jameis only really had one option due to the designed roll out.
8th Possession. Start on own 36 yard line. 1st and 10 Completion Jameis throws a short pass to the left for 1 yard to Myers.
2nd and 9 Completion Jameis checks down to James for 13 yards. Defense was in a prevent here, so this was a relatively easy play.
1st and 10 Spike Jameis rushes the team to the line and spikes the ball with 1 second left.
2nd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis scrambles out of the pocket and throws a hail mary (from his own 41 yard line – 5 yards deep in the end zone). WR gets his hands on the ball, but can’t hold onto it. Pass traveled 64 yards in the air. Arm strength looked fine on this play.

So, I’d like to make a few points and not take up too much of your time.

Jameis went 9-19 in his debut. Not to pick apart those numbers or make excuses, but let’s look at how he got to those 10 incompletions.

  • First two incompletions were bad passes. 1 was a bad read & bad pass. 1 was a good read, but a bad pass.
  • Third incompletion was due to OL. Lots of pressure and Winston got hit while throwing it.
  • Fourth incompletion was a good read. Pass was a bit high. This is on Winston trying to make a play.
  • Fifth incompletion was a drop by Vincent Jackson. Jameis threw him a catchable ball. Unfortunate for Winston.
  • Sixth incompletion was the interception. Still believe this was a missed DPI/Holding on the defender. I’m not putting this one on Winston
  • Seventh incompletion was also a missed DPI, if you ask me. Mike Evans was pretty upset no call was made. However, think this would have been a tough play if defender had turned around. So, I’m not giving Winston a pass here.
  • Eighth incompletion was a pass that was too high in the end zone. Jameis may have been trying to force the ball here, or might have known he didn’t have anything, so he was getting rid of the ball.
  • Ninth incompletion was a spiked ball to kill the clock.
  • Tenth incompletion was the hail mary.

So, of his 10 incompletions, I’m faulting him for 5 of them. Giving the offensive line 1 of them. Giving VJ 1 of them for his drop. Giving the zebras 1 of them for the missed call. (The spike/hail mary count as incompletions, but let’s be honest with those. They’re virtually irrelevant.) Now, I know that drops happen and missed calls happen. These things will happen in the regular season. But, I think in preseason, we need to focus less on the result and more on what actually happened during the play.

So, when looking at it, I don’t think Winston had a bad game at all. He started slowly. His first few passes were bad. But, when looking at the status of his offensive line, I think he played pretty well actually. He did a good job recovering from both bad snaps. He started inside of his own 15 yard line three times. He made plays and had some really nice throws.

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He obviously has a lot to work on. But, I’m very encouraged by Winston’s first start. There is a lot that he can build on here. I’m looking forward to his next start to see how much he’s grown in just a little over a week.

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If enough of you enjoyed this, I’ll do it for his next game also. It takes a while to do, though. So, feedback is appreciated.

Go Bucs. Go Jaboo.

What do I do when Jameis plays my NFL team?

Last week, I asked a question of my followers. The question was: “If you’re a die hard of another team (not the Buccaneers) & a huge FSU fan, what’s it like cheering against Jameis?” Responses were mixed, but they were absolutely great. So, let’s get into them.

Some people said they wouldn’t root against their team, but would root for Jameis to do well:

Next, folks said they would NEVER cheer against Jameis; even if that meant cheering against their team.

Next, some people were still pretty undecided as to how they would handle this situation.

Some folks were perfectly fine because they became Bucs when they took Jameis.

Lastly, I was asked a pretty good question in return.

To close, I think that Jameis Winston was a once in a lifetime type of player. He impacted so many of us. He was absolutely phenomenal on the field. He was a someone that FSU fans loved interacting with. He was someone we were proud of. He was someone we defended. He was someone we cared about, in so many ways. He was our leader. We were so invested in him, that it was easy to continue to follow him. Besides, a win for Jameis is a win for FSU, so we’ll continue to cheer for him. It’s very impressive to me that almost everyone who answered my question said they’d support Jameis going forward. The capacity of that support differed, but he obviously had quite an impact on FSU fans. That impact can’t be understated. We all love Jameis.

Jameis Winston: My thoughts and expectations.

In one week, Jameis Winston will take the next step in his football career. He will step on to the field at U.S. Bank Stadium and he will play in his first ever NFL game. Albeit a preseason game, there’s a certain excitement coming with it that enforces the fact that this just isn’t another preseason game. I can’t remember a time in Tampa Bay, when there was this much excitement heading into a new season. Even in 2003, the year after the Bucs won the Super Bowl, the excitement level going into that season wasn’t this high. Training Camp has been full and has set records. People are wearing number 3 jerseys with Winston’s name on the back everywhere you look. There’s an excitement around Buccaneers football that hasn’t been around for a long time.

When Jameis steps on the field next Saturday night, it’ll be the first time he’s played in a competitive football game since January 1st of this year. He played that game for Florida State University, a place where he had success like few others have had at the college level. He was the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He led the 2013 Seminoles team to a National Championship as a Redshirt Freshman. He made dazzling and jaw dropping plays. He collected several awards and accolades. He was a leader like no other. His personality was infectious. His teammates loved him. His fan were countless. His supporters defended him through everything. He was a once in a lifetime kind of player and at Florida State, he will be missed.

It’s somewhat strange. Jameis Winston is now playing football in my home town. However, I still feel like I’m going to miss him being at Florida State. There’s no denying, I feel lucky and blessed that he’s here in Tampa. But, that doesn’t mean that I won’t miss him in Tallahassee. But, thinking about him in Tampa just fascinates me. We’ve all had players who we absolutely loved in college. They’re at the University for 3 or 4 years and then they depart for the NFL. We still follow them a little. But, for the most part, if we have an NFL team we follow, it becomes tougher to have that same following. When the Buccaneers started losing games and it looked like we had a shot at Winston, I began to get excited. When we finished last in the NFL and got the first overall pick, I was thrilled. When Roger Goodell called Jameis’ name first, I was beside myself. My favorite player of all time at FSU would now be the Franchise Quarterback for my hometown team for the next 15 or so years. That’s amazing to me.

I think Jameis is a once in a lifetime type of player. He has all the skills needed to be successful. He has a leadership that is unlike many others. Teammates like him. They want to play for him. They want to be around him. His work ethic is like nobody else’s. He is consistently the first guy in and the last guy out. His drive and determination are unmatched. He has all the tools needed to be a great QB in the NFL.

When looking at realistic expectations, I think it’s fair to assume there will be some bumps in the road. Jameis will have bad games. He had them at FSU, he will have them in Tampa. He will also have games where you won’t believe you’re watching a rookie quarterback. On the field, he will do things that make you shake your head and he will do things that make your jaw drop. But, he will never speak bad about his teammates, coaches, or team. He will always lead and take ownership, even when the mistakes aren’t his. I think Jameis will have a successful season. I don’t care about the stats (though, I do think he’ll have an above average year stats wise.) I don’t care about the TD:INT ratio (though, I also think that will be good.) I care about wins and losses. Jameis will win more than 2 games. He will improve the Bucs in that aspect. In fact, I see him tripling or quadrupling the win total (6-8 wins).

Most of you know that I unashamedly “fan girl” over Jameis Winston. I don’t deny it. I don’t try to hide it. It’s even become somewhat of a joke that my followers on social media mess with me about. But, I’ve never enjoyed watching a player more than Jameis Winston. He’s a special talent. He’s a special player. He’s a special person. He’s going to do special things in Tampa.

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Go Bucs. Go Noles. Go Jaboo.

Top 10 Hits in FSU’s History (Part 2: Defense)

Alright, so I was asked to do this for the defensive side of the ball since you guys seemed to enjoy the offensive side so much. This was much easier. Don’t have a lot of old stuff, because it’s tough to find videos for everything. But, here are my Top 10 Defensive Hits in FSU’s History.

  1. Greg Reid knocks Marcus Lattimore out of the Georgia Dome.

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2. Stanford Samuels clobbers Roscoe Parrish.

ss hit on Roscoe Parrish

3. Nigel Bradham lays the hammer!

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4. Greg Reid is at it again! This time, he destroys a Maryland receiver. Maybe this is why they left the ACC for the “B1G” conference.

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5. Xavier Rhodes crushes Joey Phillips.

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6. Lamarcus Joyner gets penalized for being too rough. Bad call. But, well worth the hit!

Lamarcus Joyner hit vs Duke

7. Shade Tree drops a bomb!

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8. Nick Moody helps Jeff Demps get rid of his mouth piece.

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9. Lamarcus sends Chase Rettig for a slide!

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10. Reggie Northrup takes a Notre Dame player’s helmet off and then gives us The Robot!

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So, there you have it. Those are my top 10. I know I missed some. I’d be more than happy to make a GIF of your favorite FSU hit! Leave a comment or Tweet me and I’ll get you a GIF of anything I missed.

Go Noles!

10 Hardest Hits From FSU’s Offense

Was requested to do this. I’m not great with videos, so it was easier to just GIF these. May do one for defensive hits also. But, was asked to do a top 10 list of hardest hits ever from the offensive side of the ball. So, without wasting any more of your time with words, here are my top 10.

  1. Greg Jones destroys Dexter Reid.

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2. Greg makes the list a second time (but not for the last time) for this hit on Sean Taylor.

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3. Nick O’Leary lays the BOOM on Travis Blanks.

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4. Cyhl Quarles picks off a pass. Then Jarmon Fortson makes him wish he hadn’t.

Jarmon Fortson

5. Nick O’Leary with a suplex tackle against Louisville.

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6. Chris Thompson runs over a Clemson defender en route to the end zone. (unfortunately called back due to penalty.)

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7. Devonta Freeman blows up a Duke defender as Karlos Williams scores. (I love Jameis raising his hands knowing it was a touchdown before Los even crossed the line of scrimmage.)

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8. Greg Jones makes his 3rd appearance on the list, as do the Clemson Tigers. Here, he runs over half of the defense and flattens #9 and #2 on his way to the end zone.

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9. Rodney Smith with a huge block vs North Carolina State.

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10. Kelvin Benjamin lays a huge block to spring Karlos Williams for a touchdown.

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There you have it. My top 10 biggest hits from FSU’s offense. Did I miss any? Are there others you would like to see? Leave requests in the comments and I’ll do those also.

Go Noles!