Florida State Seminoles: Helmet Stickers

Week 10 helmet stickers

November, 3, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It wasn’t the prettiest performance for Florida State, but against Miami, it’s not supposed to be pretty. Instead, Saturday’s 41-14 win over the Hurricanes was emotional and physical and, by the time it was over, dominating once again. These three performances stood out.

RB Devonta Freeman: For Freeman, the Miami game is personal. He’s from there, and he’s always wanted his performance against the Hurricanes to send a message to the people he grew up with. His message Saturday was delivered loud and clear. Freeman accounted for 176 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, delivering one punishing run after another as FSU controlled the clock and the tempo. His 49-yard reception for a score in the second quarter was the game’s biggest play, but for Freeman, it was about all the little things that inspired the rest of the FSU offense throughout.

LB Terrance Smith: There have been plenty of tweaks to the FSU defense since the struggles against Boston College’s power running attack in September, but Smith’s emergence is perhaps the one that’s flown the most under the radar. Smith led all FSU players with 10 tackles Saturday, the second time he’s done that this season. Afterward, Jimbo Fisher called Terrance Smith a Telvin Smith clone, which is the highest of compliments for a Seminoles linebacker.

QB Jameis Winston: It was probably the worst game of Winston’s career, and yet, he was still superb through the majority of Saturday night’s win. Winston did have two bad interceptions that directly led to all of Miami’s points, but rather than lament the early struggles, he promised his teammates there would be no more mistakes in the second half. Winston delivered on his guarantee, completing 12-of-14 for 164 yards in a flawless second half.

Hat tips to: James Wilder Jr. returned from a concussion that kept him out of last week’s win and scored twice. … Nate Andrews scored his second interception of the season as he continues to develop into a reliable member of the rotation in the secondary. … Terrence Brooks had six tackles and a sack before leaving with a concussion.

Week 8 helmet stickers

October, 20, 2013
Florida State didn't simply win its biggest game of the year Saturday. It dominated. From the opening snap -- a forced fumble that set up a TD -- to the final drive, the Seminoles showed they belong in the discussion as the best team in the country. These three players had the biggest hand in making it happen.

QB Jameis Winston: It almost seems foolish to be surprised by anything Winston does anymore because he's clearly shown there's no limit to what's he's capable of accomplishing. His latest showcase included 22-of-34 passing, 444 yards, three touchdowns through the air and one more on the ground. In each of Winston's four ACC games this season, he's managed at least 300 yards and three scores.

WR Rashad Greene: In truth, the whole receiving corps deserves kudos for its performance Saturday. Nick O'Leary racked up 161 yards on five catches. Kelvin Benjamin made a trio of acrobatic grabs -- though one was called back by penalty. Kenny Shaw caught five passes, too. But it was Greene who once again dominated the Clemson defense, catching eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. In three career games against the Tigers, Greene has 20 receptions for 280 yards and four scores.

CB Lamarcus Joyner: It was a stellar performance by the defense, which was prepared for everything Clemson tried, and a handful of players stood out. Telvin Smith had 11 tackles, Ronald Darby had an interception, Mario Edwards Jr. returned a fumble for a score. But it was Joyner who was the real star. He set the tempo for the game, forcing a fumble on Clemson's first play from scrimmage, and he added two more takeaways in the first half (one fumble, one INT). For the game, he finished with eight tackles and a sack, and he was crucial in holding Tajh Boyd to perhaps the worst game of his career.

Hat tips to: O'Leary, Smith, Benjamin.

Week 6 helmet stickers

October, 6, 2013
Saturday's game against Maryland was supposed to be a litmus test of just how good Florida State was. Instead, it was yet another blowout, where the starters were resting comfortably on the sideline by the fourth quarter. These were the top performances:

QB Jameis Winston: The fact that Winston was exceptional once again is becoming less newsworthy by the week. He now has played in three ACC games and has topped 300 yards and four touchdowns in each of them. His predecessor, EJ Manuel, did that just once in his career against an ACC team. And, as usual, Winston provided plenty of highlights, including shrugging off a sack with Houdini-like escape skills, rolling out and delivering a touchdown throw to Nick O'Leary. For the season, Winston has accounted for 19 touchdowns in five games.

RB Devonta Freeman: It remains a three-headed attack at tailback for Florida State, but there's no question who the top dog is at this point. Freeman turned in another stellar performance, rushing for 63 yards on 17 carries while adding another 35 yards on three receptions. There weren't always wide lanes Saturday, but Freeman showed some spectacular moves to find yards anyway. And for what it's worth, Freeman is currently on pace for 1,001 rushing yards, assuming FSU plays 13 games.

The defensive line: The difference between Florida State's defensive effort against Boston College a week ago and Maryland on Saturday couldn't have been more stark. BC racked up 200 yards on the ground and took advantage of FSU defenders being out of position routinely. Against Maryland, the Seminoles were clicking on all cylinders, and it started with the big guys up front. Timmy Jernigan delivered the motivational speech before the game, and the unit responded, holding the Terps to just 33 yards rushing while consistently pressuring the QB.

Hat tips to: Kenny Shaw had another solid game but couldn't quite get to 100 yards again. Karlos Williams now has six TDs on 28 rushes. Roberto Aguayo still hasn't missed a kick (7-of-7 on field goals, 35-of-35 on PATs).

Week 3 helmet stickers

September, 15, 2013
Florida State toppled Nevada 62-7, but spread the wealth on both sides of the ball. All eight touchdowns were scored by a different player, and no member of the defense had more than six tackles. Still, we managed to piece together some of the game's top performers for the Seminoles …

QB Jameis Winston: All the excitement leading up to Winston's home debut really did get to him. He said he came out too amped up, and it showed. He took a risk downfield early in the second quarter, throwing his first career INT in the process. Afterward, Jimbo Fisher calmed him down and told him to learn from the mistake. Winston listened, completing his final 13 passes and leading six straight touchdown drives. He's now recorded eight touchdowns (six passing) and thrown just five incomplete passes this season.

RB Karlos Williams: So what if the safety-turned-tailback had just eight practices to work at his new position. His first carry of his career still went for a 65-yard touchdown, he still managed to carry 10 Nevada defenders on a first-down run, and he still finished the game with 110 yards on just eight carries. Not a bad start for Williams, who helped anchor a rushing attack that racked up 377 yards and saw six different players score touchdowns.

Linemen Bobby Hart and Ruben Carter: A year ago, if the right side of Florida State's line featured Carter and Hart as starters, it would've been time to panic. This year, the duo held up quite well. FSU allowed just one sack -- to left end Lenny Jones -- and ran the football down Nevada's throat. Carter and Hart helped lead the charge. Hart has shown he's progressed nicely in FSU's first two games after spending all of 2012 in line coach Rick Trickett's doghouse, and Carter filled in for Tre' Jackson, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and looked like an old pro.

Hat tips to: Devonta Freeman racked up 109 yards on nine carries and scored; Kenny Shaw had 147 all-purpose yards and caught Winston's first touchdown reception; Tyler Hunter recorded FSU's lone takeaway; Jacobbi McDaniel recorded his first tackle for loss in nearly two years; Jalen Ramsey got his second straight start and helped snuff out a crucial fake field-goal try by Nevada.

FSU helmet stickers: Week 1

September, 3, 2013
Well, that was a pretty strong opening statement for Florida State. As far as helmet stickers go, one of them seems pretty obvious …

QB Jameis Winston: All that hype for the quarterback who had yet to take a snap? Yeah, turns out, it was warranted. Winston exceeded even the highest expectations in his debut, completing 25 of 27 passes (with one of the incompletions a near miss to Kenny Shaw along the sideline) for 356 yards and four TDs and rushing for a fifth score. It was a nearly flawless performance that promises to ratchet up the expectations even higher than they'd already been. Is Winston a darkhorse Heisman candidate? The question seemed somewhat ridiculous before, but now it's the "darkhorse" designation that might be excessive.

TE Nick O'Leary: Asked about O'Leary's gruesome-looking motorcycle accident last month, Winston replied, "I'm glad he didn't scrape his hands." After Monday's game, it's clear why. O'Leary was on the receiving end of three of Winston's four touchdown grabs, matching his total from all of last season.

CB Lamarcus Joyner: The move to corner didn't seem to bother Joyner much. He looked right at home at his new position, and he certainly enjoyed wreaking havoc in Jeremy Pruitt's new defensive scheme. Joyner tallied a team-high nine tackles and recorded two of the three sacks FSU had on the night.

Hat tips to: Roberto Aguayo connected on both of his field goals and all five PATs in his debut. … Rashad Greene topped 100 yards for the third time in his career. … Jalen Ramsey got the start in the first game of his college career and collected a first-half interception.


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