Florida State's trip to the ACC title game may just have been a glimpse of what the future holds for the Seminole football program.
FSU head football coach JImbo FIsher adds,
"I feel very good about where we're going and being able to compete with everyone in our league, I really do. Especially as young as we are."
A (9-4) season was a dramatic turn around from last year. The most notable transformation in 2010 had to be the play on defense. In just one season under new coordinator Mark Stoops, FSU went from allowing 30 points per game to 20, and went from 26 sacks to lead the FBS with 46. The nine wins are the most for FSU, pre bowl game, since 2003, included in those are wins over Miami and Florida, the first time FSU beat both schools in the same season since 1999. A year that began with welcoming a new head coach in January, to a 59-6 opening day win, had bumps and bruses along the way, and players like Xavier Rhodes, Brandon Jenkins, and WIllie Haulstead emerge to become common names. Florida State managed to get to the ACC title game for the first time since 2005, although the final score was not in the Garnet and Gold's favor,
FSU sophomore defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel says,
"We'll be back, and we'll be better than every because it's a lot of young guys and we'll have the experience."
Is Florida State back? Only time will tell if the swag that was prominent in the 90's has returned to Tallahassee.