Noles hoping balance, consistency will lead to win against Clemson

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State faces their most daunting task of the season this coming week when they play host to #2 Clemson.

But, the FSU offense couldn't have picked a better time to find their groove.

Last week against Wake Forest, nine different receivers touched the ball. Running backs Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick combined for three touchdowns.

The Seminoles had success spreading the wealth and they were rewarded with a victory.

"Balance is spreading the ball, making sure that you have to defend every player on the field and you know that they're all a threat because once you can do that, that's when our run game will get where we need it," FSU offensive coordinator Walt Bell said on Tuesday.

"I just think the ability to spread the ball around keeps the morale of the team better, makes your practices better, makes people more involved at practice, knowing that they're going to have an opportunity to play a role on game day," Bell continued.

Not only were the Noles successful in spreading the wealth, but they kept the Demon Deacon defenders away from Deondre Francois.

Francois played behind arguably the best offensive line performance of the year and when pressure did get through, eluded it masterfully, not forcing any bad throws for interceptions and not going down for a sack.

With time to throw, Francois completed nearly 75 percent of his passes for 353 yards, a season high.

To make matters even better, FSU head coach Willie Taggart said earlier this week it'll be the same offensive front to protect Francois against Clemson that was utilized against Wake.

For Francois, that move may prove to be huge.

"It's very significant but we've been having a lot of injuries and we know we've got to move a lot of guys around so whoever is out there, we just have to prepare them well for the situations that they're going to be in," Francois said.

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