TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State began preparation for a battle with Atlantic Coast Coastal Division leader Duke on Monday. The stakes will be higher than ever in the 18th meeting of the series Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Blue Devils have already won their most games since the 1994 season.
The Seminoles, who became bowl eligible for a nation-leading 31st consecutive season following their 33-20 win at Miami on Saturday, are a perfect 17-0 against the Blue Devils all-time. However, this Duke team has shaped up to be the best squad since David Cutcliffe became the head coach in 2008. Duke is already 6-2 and with a 3-1 record in the ACC. The Blue Devils haven’t been to a bowl since the 1994 season, but became eligible for a postseason game following their 33-30 win over North Carolina on Saturday.
“We’ve got a great Duke team coming in this week,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They’re moving the ball well and playing good defense…great special teams too. Their punter (Will Monday) is No. 1 in the league. They’re winning the field position battle and they’re doing a great job of not giving up big plays – make you go the long way. We’ll have our hands full. We’ve got another great game coming this weekend.”
The Blue Devils are averaging 35 points per game. Their high-flying offense is led by redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree (1,793 yards, 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions) and wide receivers Conner Vernon (51 receptions, 749 yards and five touchdowns) and Jamison Crowder (51 receptions, 629 yards and five touchdowns).
The Seminole defense will be looking to keep an ACC record in house for now, as Vernon heads into the game just 94 yards shy of setting the ACC career receiving yardage record held by former Seminole Peter Warrick (3,517).
Florida State has a bye week following the Duke matchup before heading on the road to face Virginia Tech in a primetime Thursday night game in Blacksburg at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.
Thompson to Miss the remainder of season
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday during his weekly press conference that senior running back Chris Thompson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Thompson was the Seminoles' leading rusher with 687 yards on 91 carries and all-purpose runners with 935 total yards. He ranked third in the ACC in rushing yards and rushing yards per game. He also was FSU’s third leading receiver with 21 receptions for 248 yards. His career rushing yard totals stands at 1,735 yards.
“He was upset, very disappointed. Having a great year, doing everything right,” Fisher said. “He's what's right about college football. I say it all the time.”
Telvin Smith captures first ACC Player of the Week honor
After leading FSU with eight tackles and tallying one sack, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups and forcing a fumble in the win at Miami, junior linebacker Telvin Smith was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week on Monday. Smith, who is a backup, ranks third on the Noles in tackles (33) and TFLs (7.5) this season.
Manuel Named O’Brien Semifinalist
Senior quarterback EJ Manuel was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award on Monday. Narrowed down from all 124 starting quarterbacks from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.
The 2012 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: Big 12 (5), SEC (3), ACC (2), Big Ten (2), Pac-12 (2),Big East (1) and WAC (1).
Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 18.
The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 and the 2012 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 6 on ESPN. The 36th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb.18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
2012 ACC Football Release, Oct. 22, 2012
The ACC Football Release for Oct. 22, 2012 is now available at the following link. The release adds team notes, coaches records and general and individual notes, TV start times for Nov. 1-3 and ACC Player of the Week Release to yesterday’s release which included ACC statistics, updated career stats and lists, general notes, previews on this week’s games, media information and schedule and radio information.