Monday, September 30, 2013
FSU power rankings: Game 4
By David M. Hale
Let's face it: There's Jameis Winston, and then there's everyone else. Nevertheless, after four games, the power rankings still go all the way to 10.
(Last week's ranking in parentheses)
1. Winston (1): Four more touchdown passes, ho-hum. Just to prove he's not a one-trick pony, however, Winston also ran for 96 yards (not counting yardage lost to sacks).
2. CB Lamarcus Joyner (2): Six tackles for Joyner, who played well and cleaned up a few of the messes the run defense made.
3. WR Rashad Greene (4): Four catches, 90 yards, two touchdowns. Greene has now touched the ball 147 times in his career and has racked up 21 touchdowns.
4. WR Kenny Shaw (5): Can someone get this guy a 100-yard game? In all four of his games this season, Shaw has finished between 89 and 94 yards. Something to be said for consistency.
5. RB Devonta Freeman (3): The tailbacks finished with just 21 carries between them, so it was hardly a banner day for the running game. Freeman finished with 49 yards, averaging 5.4 per carry. Not terrible, but it's worth noting that in his two ACC games, he's got 101 yards and no TDs. In his two games vs. lower-tier foes, he has 221 yards and two TDs.
6. LB Telvin Smith (6): Tough to account for the number of missed assignments and missed tackles on the defense -- a few of which Smith had a hand in -- but the senior at least finished with 10 tackles, including two for a loss.
7. DB Jalen Ramsey (NR): Six tackles in his first game at safety. Ramsey is a natural regardless of where Jeremy Pruitt puts him.
8. DT Timmy Jernigan (7): The rest of the D line was shaky, but Jernigan played well enough. He finished with seven tackles.
9. S Terrence Brooks (8): He had one ugly penalty -- a late hit on the QB that extended a drive -- but beyond that he played well, finishing with seven tackles, including two for a loss.
10. Kelvin Benjamin (NR): After a rough start, Benjamin responded with his first 100-yard game.