The Seminole’s Offensive Woes Continue. 

If you watched Saturday’s match up vs Wake Forest you probably didn’t come out impressed, rightfully so. The offense’s woes from the previous weeks would continue. Struggling to find any consistency in moving the ball.   The game seemed to started off with a bang, or so we thought. All-American safety Derwin James took the opening kick 101 yards for a touchdown only to be brought back, due to a holding call. From there the Seminoles struggled to get anything going, scoring on just one of their first four drives. Junior tailback, Jacques Patrick provided life breaking a 69 yard run well into Deamon Deacon terrority, however once again FSU offense could not find the endzone in plus terrority.  Settling for a Ricky Aguyao field goal.                                  After an impressive debut against N.C. State Freshman quarterback, James Blackman looked like…. Well a true freshman for the better part of this game. Throwing for just 31 yards through the first three quarters. Though the young quarterback deserves some blame, most of the blame falls into the hands of the offensive line. Making an already bad situation worse FSU lost two starting lineman throughout the day. Junior, Tackle Derrick Kelly and Sophomore, Guard Landon Dickerson were both sidelined due to injury. The Deamon Deacon front four harassed Blackman for most of the game. Though the young QB did struggle for a vast majority of the game, he did seem to deliver when it mattered most. The first time he delivered a 43 yard strike to Keith Gavin for a first down on 3rd and 20. That play alone showed Blackmans arm talent and the reason why Coach Fisher went with the true freshman QB over the RS Junior, JJ Cosentino. But the biggest play of the game came with 1:01 to play in the 4th quarter. With what seeemed to be a play to set the Seminoles up in field goal range, Blackman made a decision. He recognized FSU’s budding star WR Auden Tate, in man coverage streaking towards the endzone. Stepping up and delivering a 40 yard bomb for the go ahead TD. Blackman showed two things in that play. Once again he showcased his arm talent putting the ball on a rope where nobody but Tate could get it. The other thing is something that you can’t teach, perhaps the biggest trait in a quarterback. He showed that he has the “It” factor. Instead of taking the check down pass and possibly leaving the game in the kickers hands, he made the read and decision that ultimately gave the Seminoles their first victory of the season. While Blackman is bound to go through his fair share of growing pains, keep in mind that he did not have luxury of redshirting and he is learning as he goes. So far the freshman has made mistakes but has played far better than many expected and will only continue to get better.


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