Seminoles looking for success from backfield

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- At the onset of the 2018 Florida State football season, there were questions about certain position groups. But, no one thought the backfield would be a question mark.

Entering the season, the combination of Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick in the backfield seemed unstoppable. But, so far this season, it's been the exact opposite.

Through nine games this year, the Seminoles' running game ranks dead last among Power 5 teams in yards per rush, averaging just two per carry.

And, while the offensive line certainly isn't doing them any favors, FSU head coach Willie Taggart said what's hampering their run game is having to play catch up.

"I know a big part of our problem is we're getting behind in these games and we're playing from behind," he said. "When you're doing that, it's hard to run the ball consistently enough and trying to come back and win these ball games.

"I think one way of helping our team run the ball better is to try not to play from behind," he continued.

The Noles' next opponent, #3 Notre Dame, is allowing 142.6 yards per game on the ground, the 42nd best mark in the country.

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