Sunday, September 29, 2013
Week 5 helmet stickers
By David M. Hale
There's a case to be made all three of Florida State's helmet stickers should be going to one player, but we'll still spread the wealth around a bit. Here goes:
QB Jameis Winston: There were problems all over the field for Florida State on Saturday, and in truth, Winston wasn't exactly perfect either -- particularly early. But while the defense and special teams struggled throughout, Winston rebounded to deliver a superb overall performance. Winston completed 17 of 27 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns, while adding another 96 yards on the ground, not including yardage lost to sacks. Winston now has accounted for 14 touchdowns in four games for FSU.
The big three receivers:Kelvin Benjamin flubbed a route early and got an earful from Jimbo Fisher, but he rebounded nicely with his first career 100-yard game. Meanwhile, Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene combined for eight catches, 183 yards and three touchdowns. Shaw's touchdown grab came on a miraculous 55-yard Hail Mary throw from Winston as time expired in the first half. Overall this season, Greene, Shaw and Benjamin have accounted for 77 percent of FSU's receiving yards.
The makeshift secondary: It was hardly a solid day by the defense, and the front seven in particular struggled badly. Boston College ran wild, but the secondary -- playing without starting safety Tyler Hunter -- didn't look too bad. The lone long passing play came when a tailback badly beat Dan Hicks downfield, but the secondary looked decent. Jalen Ramsey recorded seven tackles and made some exceptional plays on the ball in his first start at safety. P.J. Williams stepped in for Ramsey at corner and returned an interception for a TD. Meanwhile, freshman Nate Andrews saw the most playing time of his young career and had a TD-saving tackle and an interception to seal the game.