Florida State 2013 Review

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  1. Basis4aDay56

    Basis4aDay56 Walk On

    Feb 22, 2009
    Florida State 2013 Review


    Florida State 2013 Year In Review
    Final Record: 11-3 (7-2), 2nd Place SEC, Capital One Bowl Champions

    Tallahassee, FL -- The 2013 season for Florida State was set to be a rebuilding year from the get-go. With only nine seniors on the roster, the impact of losing such key players over the past two seasons would surely be felt. There were, however, a cast of emerging stars from the younger group, as well as some seriously talented senior players. This combination of young and old made for some interesting games, but in the end, the season can be deemed a success.

    The season began pretty turbulently for the Seminoles. Another season that began in Boise, and the 'Noles left after yet another win. In their next four games however, Florida State went 2-2 and some doubts set in among boosters that this year would fall flat on it's face. After a week two close loss at home to Nebraska, FSU did pick up two straight wins before a horrific loss in Blacksburg to the Hokies. This embarrassment left Florida State at 3-2, and their quarterback situation was in shambles. This was a real wake-up call to the team itself, and set in motion an unbelievable seven game winning streak to close the season. The wins came over Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Alabama, and Miami. After going 10-2 (7-1) on the regular season, Florida State was set to face off with Virginia in the SEC Championship Game. In a very hard-fought game, the Cavaliers came out the Champions, and 'Nole Nation was again down. It would have been very easy to go into yet another Capital One Bowl and lay an egg. However, Florida State did the opposite and absolutely manhandled Michigan on both sides of the ball to the tune of a 41-0 victory. This big win sends the seniors off on a high note, and sets the tone for a bright future in Tallahassee.

    The senior class, which was full of guys who had previously redshirted and patiently waited their turns to start, did an admirable job for the most part. Senior quarterback Will Secord (Career Stats: 127.1 rating, 2,669 yds, 20 TD, 22 INT, 121.3 ypg, 54% completion) showed promise early in his career as an injury replacement for EJ Manuel. With Manuel having left the Florida State program after last season, Secord was thought to be the starter. However, after seeing a new young arm emerge in spring practice, Secord was used sparingly and never really got going. He was also caught up in an offensive philosophy that changed three times over his four years. His senior season was a year filled with poorly thrown passes, and little playing time.

    Another casualty of the changing offensive philosophies was Senior wide receiver Willie Haulstead (Career Stats: 69 rec, 1,183 yds, 10 TD). The WR saw playing time as a starter both his junior and senior seasons, but because the offense was more run-oriented, he never really had huge numbers. He certainly had the talent, and was definitely a viable possession receiver both seasons.

    Since the offense was so run-oriented, there was a standout running back in the FSU system, named Lonnie Pryor (Career Stats: 477 att, 2,626 yds, 5.5 ypc, 109.4 ypg, 28 TD, 75-yd long, 721 yds after 1st contact). His senior season was supposed to be his time to run off and leave everyone else in the college football world, but he was marred by injuries all season. The worst was missing four key games late in the year. Despite these injury problems, Pryor broke and re-set the single season Florida State rushing record with 1,751 yards in 2013. Pryor was also named to the All-SEC First Team. His fill-in/sidekick was Chris Thompson (Career Stats: 1,117 rushing yds). Unfortunately for the talented back, the pro-style offense that the Seminoles adopted went away from being a two-back system, and he never really got to play as much as he should have.

    On defense, Florida State's seniors were a key component in their prowess this season. This unit for the 'Noles was feared by many, and was able to contain just about every style of offense. This was partly thanks to Senior free safety Willie Downs' (Career Stats: 195 tackles, 17 TFL, 9 INT, 4 TD) ability to cover the pass and stuff the run. Downs was sort of the odd man out for a while on the Florida State defense, and 2013 was his first season starting. His first season starting was great, as he contributed 80 tackles and 5 interceptions to a unit that needed his balance. It took a lot to convince him that staying for his senior season would be worth it, and he will be missed.

    The defensive line was anchored by two seniors all year. Defensive end Braylon Burton (Career Stats: 99 tackles, 29 TFL, 11 sacks, 4 FF, 2 FR) was a part of Coach Basis' first recruiting class at Florida State, and over-achieved for being a 3-star recruit. Burton was solid in both seasons that he started. Looking further inside on the line, not much else can be said about defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel (Career Stats: 146 tackles, 42 TFL, 25 sacks, 5 FF, 3 FR) than he was near impossible to root out of his spot. McDaniel was a mainstay on the defensive line for four seasons, and was elected the captain of the defense for his senior season. His ability to clog the middle and allow the linebackers to move freely was a huge part of Florida State's success on defense.

    There were also several underclassmen that showed they will be the cornerstones of the Seminoles for years to come. *NOTE: Rising Junior means that they WILL BE a Junior next season.* On offense, rising Junior quarterback Casey Moore (2013 Stats: 130.3 rating, 1,623 yards, 14 TD, 17 INT, 180.3 ypg, 53% completion) looked like he was learning the system well this season. He was very up-and-down all season, but had a breakout game against Georgia Tech. From there, he digressed slightly, but was able to still be very productive for such a young quarterback. On the first series against Clemson, Moore was knocked out of the game with a broken collarbone for the entirety of the 2013 season. Early talks have him projected as the starting quarterback for the 'Noles in 2014.

    A favorite target of Moore will be the outstanding rising Junior tight end John Norman (2013 Stats: 65 receptions, 1,076 yds, 3 TD). Norman had a breakout season this year, and was awarded for that by receiving the Mackey Award for the most outstanding tight end in college football, as well as being named to the All-American Second Team. The only facet of his game that was lacking were touchdowns, and we expect that as a more capable quarterback is installed, his touchdown production will rise dramatically. The underclassmen on the offensive line showed that they have a good foundation to build on. As they improve, the offensive unit as a whole should. The four underclassmen on the line recorded 28 pancakes, but also allowed 17 sacks.

    The talented defense of the 'Noles was not just led by seniors. Perhaps the most prolific player the Florida State defense has seen under Coach Basis, to this point, is rising Senior middle linebacker Eugene Holloway (2013 Stats: 146 tackles, 37 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INT, 3 FF). He has gotten better both seasons that he has started, and if the trend continues, he can put his name with other Seminoles greats. Playing with him in the front seven is rising Senior defensive end Jeff Blair (2013 Stats: 46 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FR, 1 TD). As long as Blair shows some work ethic over the off-season, he should be a mainstay up front in 2014.

    The secondary is loaded with young talent, and that might be the best news for Florida State moving forward. Rising Senior cornerback Ken Robinson (2013 Stats: 61 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 sack, 5 INT, 8 deflections, 1 FF) will look to build on a season that had him named to the All-American First Team. The rest of the young secondary will be shaken out as spring drills and the start of summer practices nears.

    We here at Florida State thank all of the departing seniors, as well as the rest of the team for another good season. The goals for the team will remain the same moving forward: Win the SEC, and win the National Championship. For as long as those goals go unfulfilled, our focus will be paramount.

    2013 Key Wins
    at Florida :: 31-3
    vs. Georgia :: 41-38
    vs. Michigan :: 41-0 (Capital One Bowl)

    2013 Key Losses
    vs. Nebraska :: 24-17
    at Virginia Tech :: 44-22
    vs. Virginia :: 19-12 (SEC Championship Game)

    2013 Offensive MVP
    SR(RS) HB :: Lonnie Pryor
    303 rushes, 1,751 yards (NEW SCHOOL RECORD), 5.7 ypc, 17 TD, 75-yd long, 159.1 ypg

    2013 Defensive MVP
    JR(RS) MLB :: Eugene Holloway
    146 tackles, 37 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INT, 3 FF

  2. Basis4aDay56

    Basis4aDay56 Walk On

    Feb 22, 2009
    Good lord that is long.

    It's done finally though. ;)

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