Seminoles Aim To Clean Up Mistakes Against USF

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Tallahassee, FL - Don’t mistake Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher’s decision to give the Seminoles a day off from the practice field Monday as a sign of satisfaction in the wake of Saturday’s 49-37 win over Clemson.

The fourth-ranked Seminoles spent quality time Monday in the meeting room, reviewing the good and bad from the Clemson game and turning the page to Saturday’s matchup with South Florida at Raymond James Field in Tampa (6 p.m., ESPN).

“We’re getting ready for a big game this week at South Florida,” Fisher said at his Monday press conference. “That was a great ball game as far as the outcome on Saturday night. I thought we competed in the ball game very well. I thought we overcame a lot of adversity, but I also thought we had a lot of mistakes. I think there is a lot of room for improvement – a lot of room for us to not put ourselves in some of those situations and play a lot cleaner ball game in all three phases.”

Fisher wasn’t pleased with his teams’ 11 penalties, two turnovers, missed assignments and missed opportunities, which forced the Seminoles to rally from a 14-point, second half deficit. The ‘Noles did that by reeling off 28 unanswered points.

“ I felt that they played a sloppy game but I like how we overcame adversity and we kept fighting and we knew we had the ability to come back, but now, let’s don’t come back,” Fisher added. “Let’s play a lot cleaner ball game from the beginning. We dealt with the circumstances pretty well for the most part. Those are the things you have to learn to deal with when you’re at Florida State. I’m looking forward to a very hard week of practice; a very focused week of practice.”

FSU will resume its normal practice routine Tuesday afternoon.

Manuel, Watson, Joyner claim ACC Player of the Week Honors
Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, offensive lineman Menelik Watson, and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner headlined a list of eight players named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Manuel, the Offensive Back of the Week, passed for a career-high 380 yards and had 482 total yards. Watson, the Offensive Lineman of the Week, helped the Seminoles accumulate 667 total yards. Joyner earned Specialist of the Week.

Manuel turned in one of the most complete performances by a Seminole quarterback in ACC play, passing for a career-high 380 yards (27-35-0) and two touchdowns, while adding 102 rushing yards on 11 carries in the 49-37 victory over No. 10 Clemson. He is the first Seminole quarterback since Charlie Ward in 1992 against Maryland to pass for more than 300 yards and rush for more than 100 yards. Manuel calmly led the Seminoles back from a 14-point, second half deficit, completing 12 of 17 second half attempts for 199 yards and a pair of scores. The Seminoles erased a 28-14 deficit by outscoring Clemson 28-3, a streak that included TD passes of nine yards to Rashad Green and 29 yards to Rodney Smith. Manuel was named National Offensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. His performance was also notable because he moved to the No. 1 spot in ACC career history in completion percentage (67.2) and passing efficiency (151.41).

Making just his second career start at the Division I level, Watson was a force from his right tackle position for the Seminoles. Florida State amassed 667 yards of total offense – 287 rushing and 380 passing – against the Tigers. Watson was often at the point of attack on a day when the Seminoles pounded out five rushing touchdowns, pushing their ACC-leading total to 20 on the year. It was Florida State’s most productive effort in an ACC game since compiling more than 700 yards against Clemson in 2000. Watson graded out at 82 percent with just one missed assignment in 78 snaps. He was flawless in pass protection as the Tigers managed just one sack, which came on a blitz from the opposite side.

Joyner was responsible for perhaps the biggest momentum changing play of the 49-37 victory over No. 10 Clemson when he raced 90 yards with a third quarter kickoff return in response to the Tigers taking a 31-21 lead with 7:32 remaining in the quarter. Joyner, who finished with 185 kickoff return yards on five attempts, was brought down at the Clemson 10-yard line. Two plays later, EJ Manuel completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene as the Seminoles reeled off 28 unanswered points. In addition to his return work, Joyner was also instrumental on defense, contributing three tackles.

FSU-NC State to Face Off in Primetime
Florida State’s game on Oct. 6 against NC State in Raleigh, N.C. has been set for 8 p.m. which was announced by the ACC Monday. The game will be carried on either ABC or ESPN2. That announcement will come Sunday at the earliest.

Manuel Recognized Nationally
FSU quarterback EJ Manuel was named Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week as well as a Manning Award Star of the Week after his performance against Clemson. Manuel was also named the Heisman Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Offensive Player of the Week.

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