Florida State Seminoles: Three Positive Takeaways From Week 1
When a team leads the football game, the lead slips away throughout the game, and the team eventually loses its hard to take away any positive things from that. Me being an optimist I decided to take on the challenge of breaking down Saturday’s game where the Florida State Seminoles lost to the Boise State Broncos 36-31 and find three positive things everyone can take away from the game. Watching the game film, it wasn’t really hard to find some positive things about the 2019 Florida State Seminoles. In the game, the Seminoles took a 31-13 halftime lead and the offense looked quite productive. Florida State was strong in both the passing game and running game. Even though the Florida State Seminoles lost in Week 1, these are three positive things to take away and look at going forward for the rest of the 2019 college football season.
Quarterback James Blackman Can Lead The Offense
Last season James Blackman the 6’5” 195 lbs sophomore quarterback appeared in four games where he had 510 yards and five touchdowns for the Florida State Seminoles. The 2018 season wasn’t a success for Florida State finishing 5-7, but James Blackman wasn’t leading the charge. In 2017 when Deondre Francois went down with an injury, Blackman came in and had solid production as a freshman. He had 2,230 yards while throwing 19 touchdowns, completing 173-of-297 passes for a 58.2 completion percentage, and helped lead the Seminoles to an Independence Bowl win over Southern Mississippi 42-13.
This season in 2019 James Blackman has shown in week one that he can lead this offense and help the Florida State Seminoles succeed in the passing game. Against the Boise State Broncos, last Saturday Blackman was 23-33 passing for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns. His completion percentage was really good at 69.7 for the sophomore quarterback. James Blackman can definitely lead this Seminoles offense as he has already shown and he has the weapons on offense around him to help rack up points this college football season.
Cam Akers Is Solid And A Threat In The Rushing Attack
The running game for the Florida State Seminoles is led by 5’11” 212 lbs junior running back Cam Akers. In 2018, Akers rushed for 706 yards with 6 touchdowns and an average of 4.4 yards per carry. In 2017, Cam had 1024 yards with 7 touchdowns and his average yards per carry was 5.3 for his freshman season. The first game of his junior season this year he’s already making an impact. In week one against Boise State he busted big gains against the Broncos defense and racked up 116 yards on just 15 carries with a touchdown. His yards per carry was a solid 7.7 and Boise State couldn’t do much to stop Akers.
The Florida State Seminoles have a solid star running back that needs to carry his fair share of the load on offense and if he’s given the ball a majority of the time, the offense can be a threat in the passing game plus the running game. Cam Akers makes the Florida State Seminoles running game a scary sight for defenses around the country. 2019 could still be a good year behind the Florida State run game led by Cam Akers.
Wide Receiver Tammorion “Scary” Terry Will Still Be Scary In 2019
In 2018 Tammorion Terry was one of the bright spots and more positive things on this Florida State Seminoles team. He accumulated 744 yards on 35 catches last season for 8 touchdowns. That was an average of 21.3 yards per reception in 2018. The 6’4” 208 lbs sophomore wide receiver for the Seminoles looked scary to defenses. Especially on a team that didn’t scare anyone in 2018. Tammorion is different though. “Scary” Terry is a big wide receiver. He is a threat with his 40-yard dash speed of 4.3 seconds. In week one of the 2019 college football season, that speed was on display. Thus, Tammorrion Terry showed just how big of a threat he is.
In the first quarter of the game against Boise State, Terry catches a pass from James Blackman. It looked to be a wide receiver screen off of play-action. He turns around, jukes a few Boise State defenders out of their shoes, and drifts to the sideline. All the while using that speed to outrace everyone for a 75-yard touchdown. Tammorion “Scary” Terry finished the day with 4 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in week one. He definitely was one of the more positive takeaways from the week one game for the Florida State Seminoles. In fact, he showed that in 2019, Tammorion Terry will still be scary this season.
It’s always tough to deal with any loss in a game. It is even tougher the way that the Florida State Seminoles did in week one. Nonetheless, it’s only week one. The Seminoles players, coaches, program, and fans need to stay positive as the season continues. Finding positive takeaways are a necessity so that the team doesn’t get to down. Thus causing more bad losses to happen. These positive takeaways that I have identified can be used to build on and around for the rest of the 2019 season.
The Florida State Seminoles may be down right now. However, if all the fan base stays positive and continues to support this team every week, things can change around for the better. The college football season isn’t over yet. As long as Florida State as a whole community continues to build with a positive mindset, the Seminoles Nation will still be Unconquered.
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