Tallahassee, FL - Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was named one of five finalists for the 2013 Broyles Award on Monday.
The Broyles Award is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Joining Pruitt on the finalist list are Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
Pruitt, in his first year with the No. 1-ranked Seminoles, has guided arguably the country’s top defense this season.
Despite losing seven defensive starters from a year ago, FSU leads the nation in scoring defense (11.0), pass defense (153.0), interceptions (23), rushing touchdowns allowed (four) and defensive touchdowns (eight).
The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriot Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco, Notre Dame.
Tickets Still Available
A limited number of upper deck tickets are available for the 2013 Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game through the FSU Ticket Office. Also, the deadline to request BCS game tickets for Florida State is fast approaching. The last day to request postseason tickets is December 10. Members of the Seminole Ticket staff can help with tickets to either game by calling 1-888-FSU-Noles (1-888-378-6653).
Florida State Collects 17 All-ACC Selections
The Seminoles led the league with 17 selections as the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team was announced on Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The Seminoles placed seven members on the first team, which is voted on by 65 ACSMA members.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who ranks first in the country in pass efficiency (192.6) and leads the ACC in passing yardage (3,490) and touchdown passes (35) was named to the First Team on 61 ballots.
Joining Winston on the First Team offense were ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner redshirt junior left tackle Cameron Erving, redshirt senior center Bryan Stork, junior right guard Tre' Jackson, junior wide receiver Rashad Greene and junior running back Devonta Freeman.
Senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was the only Seminole defender to make the First Team.
Redshirt freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is on pace to set the national single-season record for kick scoring, headlines the group of Seminoles on the All-ACC Second Team.
Joining Aguayo on the Second Team were junior tight end and Mackey Award finalist Nick O'Leary, senior linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones, junior nose guard Timmy Jernigan and senior safety Terrence Brooks.
Collecting All-ACC Third Team accolades were redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who leads the ACC with 12 touchdown receptions, junior left guard Josue Matias, sophomore defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. and freshman safety Nate Andrews.
Seminoles earning honorable mention honors were junior running back James Wilder, Jr., senior wide receiver Kenny Shaw, junior right tackle Bobby Hart, redshirt sophomore linebacker Terrance Smith and sophomore cornerback P.J. Williams.
Jimbo Fisher Press Conference Transcript – Dec. 2, 2013
“Again, (I’m) very proud of our team with the way we came off a road victory in Gainesville. Went down there and competed, same as every week. I thought we competed well, I thought we kept our composure in the game. I knew it would be a very tough game, they’re a very talented football team. (Florida) played exceptionally on defense and on special teams they did a great job of winning the field position battle with us. Offensively, they moved the ball and had nice plays early. Our defense did a nice job and got control of the game and then on offense we made some plays and got hot. We were able to get the running game going, mix in the passing and of course K.B. (Kelvin Benjamin) had a tremendous game. Jameis (Winston) did nice job. We started picking up the stunts up front and being at the game at Florida – they’re a talented football team. They’re well-coached and they do a lot of different things on defense that cause you confusion. Defensively I thought we did a nice job of keeping contain on the ball – all the different motions and sweeps and things they did. The quarterback run game, we popped one of them (the ball) out of there. Other than that I thought we did a nice job. Roberto (Aguayo) kicked the ball well. We covered well and competed in the game pretty good. It was very hard-fought all the way through - a very physical game. They’re a big, strong, physical team and I’m proud of those guys. We’ve got to put all of that behind us and get ready. The regular season is over with and now we have to go to an ACC Championship game. I’m very happy to be going and blessed. (We’re) very thankful for the opportunity to go to Charlotte and play, representing our side of the division and playing Duke. Duke has had a tremendous season. (They have) ten wins, they’re on an eight-game win streak, playing extremely well (on) both sides of the ball. (They’re) creating points, doing well on defense, special teams – returning kicks. Dave Cutcliffe has done a tremendous job with that program and we’re going to have to prepare well and practice well and bring our ‘A’ game up to Charlotte and play a heck of a game. We’re looking forward to that challenge and we’re very excited about the opportunity. (We’re) glad to be back in that game and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
On looking at Duke and seeing that the production is spread out:
“If you look at us, we don’t either (have one player putting up huge numbers). It’s ironic and to me it’s one of the things about their offense that the ball gets spread around. Both quarterbacks have a role, they can run it and throw it. Their backs run extremely hard and physical. They can run that, run the jet sweeps. The quarterbacks can run but still throw the ball effectively, so they do a good job of spreading the ball around. Their receiver (Jamison Crowder) is a tremendous player. He can catch, run, he can change direction. (He’s) a great punt return guy. They get the ball in his hands as much as possible. But at the same time, to me it’s a compliment to them because they do spread the ball enough you have to cover and respect everybody on the field.”
On if the experience of last year’s ACC Championship game will help them:
“It does. I hope we learn from all of our experiences. Knowing what to expect, how to handle it, what to expect, what you’ve got going on up there and it’s a one game deal. You have to go in there and play well and hopefully, we’ll handle all of the distractions and media and just being away from home and different things. Hopefully, we’ll handle them well and hopefully some of the games that we’ve played in this year, with a lot of the media hype and Gameday and all that stuff will help us in that regard. I hope we learn from all of our experiences.”
On the progress he’s seen from redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston:
“His ability to study and learn from his mistakes and also advance his knowledge of what he’s trying to do and how to get guys the ball and what guys are trying to do to him now when they play against our offense, how they cover us and take a guy away - I think that’s where he’s really evolving. When they take this away, he’s able to go to this part of the game. He truly understands the why’s of the game and I say that all the time. If you don’t understand why you do something, you can never repeat it and be consistent. I think that’s the one thing about him that excites me so much and that’s why he’s been so consistent because he understands the why’s of the game.”
On if he saw Duke build a foundation after playing them in past seasons:
“No doubt and last year you saw it. They went to a bowl game and played well and the athleticism, speed, discipline, size, recruiting and they have a heck of a coach. You saw it coming.”
On Duke pulling away from teams late in the games:
“They’re well-coached, they’re making adjustments and they’ve got their kids believing in what they’re doing and they continue to stay consistent and pull away in games and that’s how you win eight games in a row. Confidence is coming into what they’re doing.”
On how close the offensive line is:
“They’re solid. They’re a very good group. They’re doing a very nice job and they still have a ways to go. I think we can be much better but at the same time I think they’re doing a heck of a job. I still think there’s a lot of room for improvement there. I say this, they’re doing a very nice job and they’re a very good group.”
On if it takes time for guys like redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to put the pieces together:
“It depends on where you come from. You have to remember, K.B. didn’t have a lot of football background. He only played a couple years of high school football. He didn’t play long. A lot of things you learn - you’re talking about a sport you’ve played from eight years old and being coached that way opposed to learning it when you’re 17 or 18 years old, that’s a whole different animal. What most guys don’t understand about being a wide-out, you want the ball, right? Well, it’s more important to be fast and elusive without the ball then it is with the ball because if you’re not fast and elusive without it then you don’t get it. Sometimes that’s hard to learn and when you have a lot of physical gifts, people can throw it to you based on those physical gifts and you never had to be a technician and play like you have no ability. That’s what he’s doing – playing like he has no ability.”
On having three of the top wide receivers within 80 yards of each other:
“To me it’s what you have to have. People can take guys away from you, there’s no doubt. But, the other guys, if they do that they have to give someone up and we have guys that we think can have plays at all levels and to me that’s the key. I don’t care if a guy has 100 catches, if he does, he does, I’ve had guys have 100 catches. That’s not a big deal, but if you can distribute it across- and your quarterback understands when they take this guy away, I’ve got this and it makes it very tough to defend and now you have to defend the whole field. Hopefully, we’ll continue to do that.”
On the coaching staff chemistry and if he was worried entering the season with new members of his staff:
“You do, but I think as a head coach that’s where you have to set the tone. You say ‘this is how we do things and that is how we do things,’ and a lot of those guys had relationships before. They knew each other. Which was also very critical in my hirings. That played a lot of weight in who I hired and why I hired them.”
On if he’s pleased with the coaching staff
“I think our staff has done a tremendous job. I take our staff, I wouldn’t say that we have the best but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in America. I love our guys. I love the way they come into work. I love their off the field demeanors, I love the way they recruit, I love the way they coach. Our staff has done an unbelievable job with these players in this program.”
On the staff having experience with conference and national championship games and if it helps:
“I think it does because you understand – they’ve been down the road you’re about to go to. It’s not new to them and they understand the pressure and they’re able to block it out and coach.”
On if the success has inspired the team chemistry:
“I think the winning grew out of the chemistry. You don’t have success without the true love, trust and belief they have with each other and the caring. It doesn’t work that way in my opinion. I think the relationship of the players is why we’ve had success.”
On junior left tackle Cameron Erving’s penalty at Florida:
“No excuse for it. I love him, that’s why I try to (tell) them, because there is always something bigger than you. I told them going in, things like that happen in rivalry games. They had it in other games. You can lose him, what if I lost him for the first half of this game? Again, I understand. There’s a lot of competition out there. When you get testosterone flying at the levels it’s flying at and to tell a guy to think rationally, that always doesn’t go together. That what makes this sport. I understand. I love him. I’m just trying to make a point ‘please don’t’ because in the end you’re going to hurt yourself and you’re going to hurt us. But at the same time I understand where they’re coming from. It’s hard to do.”
On Cameron Erving winning the 2013 ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy:
“I’m happy for him. (It was) great to see that when you move over like he did, he had to give a lot of trust with what we were asking him to do and then had to learn a new position, new things and to me it’s kind of rewarding for him. I’m glad for him because of the sacrifices he made for the team. Like I say all the time, he makes a team sacrifice and it comes back to you tenfold. It’s funny when you become an unselfish person and player and you just do your job and work hard, and you have ability how things come back to you tenfold. I think that’s a great lesson for our team to learn. I’m very happy for him and I thought it was very well deserving and he’s done a nice job. At the same time I think he still has a lot of room to grow. I think he has the chance to be a really good player and I don’t think he’s scratched the surface yet and I don’t mean that he hasn’t done anything yet, he could be a very good player.”
On if he thinks that Jameis Winston has earned the Heisman Trophy:
“That’s for somebody else (to decide). I think Jameis is one of the most outstanding players in the country. Other people have outstanding players, that’s not for me to judge but I will say this, I’m glad he’s on my team.”