Aguayo, Winston Up for National Awards

By: FSU Sports Information Email
By: FSU Sports Information Email

Tallahassee, FL - Florida State redshirt freshmen Roberto Aguayo and Jameis Winston were named semifinalists for national awards on Monday as the BCS No. 2-ranked Seminoles returned to practice following the 41-14 over No. 7/6 Miami.

Aguayo is one of 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. The Mascotte, Fla., native has yet to miss a kick this season, nailing all 12 of his field goal attempts and all 53 of his point-after tries. Aguayo’s 12 field goals and 65 total kicks are the most in the nation by a kicker yet to miss.

Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.

Winston is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2013 Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback.

The Bessemer, Ala., native leads the ACC and is second in the country with a passing efficiency of 201.1. He has thrown for 2,502 yards and 24 touchdowns this season and is a three-time Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week award winner.

Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 24.

The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 12 on ESPN. The 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb.17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Winston Collects ACC Rookie of the Week Honor for the Sixth Time
Winston nabbed ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the sixth time on Monday after throwing for 325 yards and a touchdown against the Hurricanes. Winston went 12-for-14 in the second half as FSU outscored Miami, 20-0 after halftime to pull away for the 41-14 victory. The record for most ACC Rookie of the Week honors is seven – set by Philip Rivers at NC State in 2000 and matched by Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams in 2009.

Florida State versus Syracuse Game Time Set for 3:30 p.m.
Florida State will host Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will either air on ABC/ESPN2 or ESPNU. FSU will celebrate “Homecoming” and also honor the 1993 National Championship Team against the Orange.

Seminoles Remain No. 1 in UPS Performance Index
For the third straight week, the Seminoles hold the top spot in the UPS Performance Index (TPI) thanks its success on both sides of the ball.

Created by global logistics leader UPS and STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, the UPS Team Performance Index (TPI) is the first overall statistical algorithm that together ranks college football teams across all three statistical categories—offense, defense and special teams—as well as for quality of opponent, for all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams.

The top five teams in the UPS Team Performance Index are: Florida State (136.41 rating), Alabama (134.60), Ohio State (132.82), Oregon (132.62) and Stanford (128.99).

Jimbo Fisher Press Conference Transcript – Nov.4, 2013

Opening Statement:
“As I said the other night after the game, I’m very proud of our guys competing in the game. I thought the atmosphere and environment was tremendous here at Doak Campbell (Stadium). To me, it’s one of the great games in college football. It’s one of the great rivalries and we’re very fortunate to be a part of that. Miami does have a very good football team. I’m very proud of how we competed in the game. We dealt with some things early, overcame some adversity and we were able to execute down the stretch and how we performed in all three phases, offense, defense and special teams. (We) got some young guys that really continued to grow and play in those big moments and I think handled those situations. Playing a big game on the road sometimes is totally different than playing at home. It’s part of a growing process for us and (I’m) very proud of that. We have to put that one behind us. The next most critical game we have is the next one against Wake Forest. Wake goes a great job, Jim (Grobe) has a great program. (It’s) a very tough place to play. They play very well. We need to go in there, have a great week of preparation and put this one behind us and move on. I think the maturity of this football team, you have to test it every time because all of these games are important games, but you have to learn to move on and don’t dwell on it and remember what’s in front of you and that’s one game at a time. That’s our theory and motto and that’s what we’re going to do and I think our team will respond to that real well. (I’m) very proud of the way they played in Saturday’s game, and some of those young guys just handled that situation and everything going on with the game and the competitiveness. I was really proud of some guys that grew in that situation. I’m looking forward to this weekend against Wake.”

On junior running back James Wilder, Jr. coming back after injury:
“He did, very physical right on the goal line, very well, blocked well. (He) played a very good football game. I’m glad to have him back out there. He looked strong and healthy.”

On Wilder, Jr. being FSU’s short-yardage back:
“He and Karlos (Williams) are those big-bodied guys that can hit it up in there and James has done it a lot of times and has been in those situations and is very physical in those points of attack around the goal line.”

On running the ball on 3rd-and-short:
“We were great on third down, but we were in third and manageable situations a lot. He (Jameis Winston) scrambled for a long one and we may have hit one third-and-10 or third-and-nine, but most of them were third-and-two or less. Which we were able to be physical with the offensive line, tight end and fullback and being able to run the football right up in there which is critical. We had hit some third and mediums really well.”

On if the difference is because the offensive line is more mature:
“No doubt. Maturity and not missing cuts. You always put it on the offensive line, like the quarterback, a lot of times there’s missed cuts or missed runs or misreads. Just like a quarterback, there might be a guy wide open and you misread the play or a guy drops a ball. He can miss a cut and I think our backs are being truly more accountable and more dependable on a down end and down up especially on those critical play calls.”

On junior right tackle Bobby Hart’s progress for the offensive lines:
“Tremendous. He’s doing a great job. I think Bobby is, ‘knock on wood’ we need to keep going, but he has really grown into a really good football player.”

On quarterback Jameis Winston after he throws an interception and his approach after:
“Very mature. We talk about it all the time. The most important play in the game is the next one. Take the mistake you make, accept it, learn from it, don’t repeat it and he does a really good job of that – moving on to the next play. I think playing sports his whole life, not just quarterback, I think all the different sports. That’s why I think playing a lot of different sports can really help you as an athlete and competitor. Baseball is like that because it’s a game of failure. You deal with it a lot. You swing and miss you have to worry about the next pitch. You throw a bad pitch you have to throw another one (immediately after). I think all of those things help you as an athlete and competitor.”

On the third-quarter scrum:
“I was very irate, I don’t care if a guy hits you, bites, you kicks you, you don’t do anything back. That serves you no good. Take your pride and put it in your back pocket. You don’t do anything and that’s the point we were trying to get across. We can’t afford – and at the end of it both of you are out of the game and it does either one of us no good. We talked about those things before the game, halftime and all parts of the game. When I was that age, I’d be right in the middle of it, I’m not going to lie, but sometimes you have to look in the big picture and I was trying to get our guys out of there before something stupid happened. I’m not down on Bobby (Hart) or mad at anything he did except I wish – you have to make team decisions right there. No matter what that guy does, get away from him because in the end of it you’re going to lose.”

On the defensive line coming of the age:
“The older guys are playing more consistent. In the beginning the older guys tried to do too much, again staying more disciplined and trusting the guys with him and then the younger guys are evolving and learning the defense better – playing better technique and they’re becoming much better as a unit and we’re getting more depth. You have to remember. Jacobbi (McDaniel) hadn’t played in a long time and Eddie (Goldman) really being a starter and Mario (Edwards) and Nile (Lawerence-Stample) are continuing to grow as players.

On redshirt sophomore linebacker Terrance Smith as a tackler:
“(He’s) athletic, can play in space. He’s a very good athlete. Usually, your very good tacklers are good athletes. They have toughness.”

On the secondary once senior safety Terrence Brooks went out of the game with a concussion:
“Critical. I say that all the time. Keelin (Smith) coming in the game of course Jalen (Ramsey) adding to what we’re doing and Nate Andrews and playing his tail off. Those guys came in that secondary where there’s a lot of experience and say, ‘well you can’t play’ because these guys are experienced and some of those guys are doing good, but those guys are doing so good you have to give them opportunities to get them in there and they’ve really created depth and certain scenarios and the different packages we can plan and the multiplicity of the things we can do is right there.”

On sophomore cornerback Ronald Darby’s season:
“(It’s) very good. (He’s) getting better and better each week as he gets healthier and his confidence is growing. You’re starting to see a guy that can really be a big time player.”

On junior tight end Nick O’Leary’s improvement in ball security:
“We’ve worked on some fundamentals of squaring the shoulder, getting near leg, near shoulder, protecting the ball in the opposite hand and keeping the ball high and tight and being more fundamentally sound and not trying to be as reckless. He’s doing a great job of doing it.”

On the Wake Forest loss in Winston-Salem in 2011 and what’s different now:
“We’ve learned from our mistakes, but at the same time I remember that football team was very beat up. You talked about the EJ (Manuel) situation. You forget that was Bobby Hart’s first start ever. We had three or four guys on offense that were banged up, bruised and we had a very beat up team. From that we’ve learned. I think we’ve learned to get better and improve every game and take the importance (of) every game. That seems like a long time ago, we’ve evolved and hopefully we can learn and continue to evolve. Tomorrow and the next day you have to try and get better and better and get where we are trying to go.”

On Wake Forest’s offense:
“They’ve changed. They were running all kind of option things early and now they went back to throwing the football, but Tanner Price seems like he’s been there forever and making great decisions. It’s a shame their receiver, Michael Campanaro, got hurt. I think he had 67 catches on the year, he’s a heck of a player for them. They were throwing it around, it seemed like they ran a lot of option and they can go back and do some of those things and probably look at some of those things and we’ve got to prepare for both groups. It will be tough. They’ve got a good group.

On Wake Forest’s senior nose guard Nikita Whitlock:
“He’s is just a football-playing son-of-a-gun. He’s a little short, but he’s powerful, athletic, can run, disruptive. In the seams, can pass rush, can play the run. They’re doing a good job on defense. They’ve only give up 19 points a game. They’re the number one red zone defense in the league. (They) create sacks, create different plays in the secondary and they do a very nice job.”

On redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin:
“K.B. can do anything he wants. His ability, his hip, you can go behind him, down low, I’ll tell you what. You talk about dominant in a game, blocking there were some blocks in that game if you go back and look at it, he played a very unselfish game. We could have gotten him the ball a little more than we did – we got to that running game. We were very content, kept running the ball and were keeping them off the field as we were driving and moving the football, which we were proud of, but man was he was dominant in that game. K.B. is becoming a complete football player.”

On Winston’s performance against the Hurricanes:
“I thought he played a very good game. I thought it was a huge growing day for him because of the hype of the home game. That’s harder sometimes - a lot more distractions. (He) dealt with some adversity, came back very calmly. Managed the game and in the second half was 12-of-14 and made big plays when he had to – critical third down throws. He didn’t have the touchdown throws but we had a lot of guys got caught on the five, six, seven (yard line) and ran it down there. It didn’t matter. We were still scoring leading drives. We had five drives of 70-yards or more. Execution of the game and managing of the game all those things, I think he continues to grow in a lot of ways. Sometimes not always on the stat sheet, but 325 yards is pretty dadgum good. I thought he played very well and for me as a coach to watch him make a couple mistakes and then brush them off and come right back and still execute at the same time, not get passive. Dump the ball down there when he had to, but still stay aggressive when he saw the throws down the field, he was still throwing it down the field. He still took those shots and to me as a quarterback guy, that to me showed a lot of signs of maturity and growth that I was very excited about.”

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