Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Florida State Seminoles season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Florida State Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 5-7 overall, 3-5
Head Coach: Willie Taggart, 2nd year, 5-7
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FLORIDA STATE OFFENSE
– The offense has the talent and upside to be a whole lot better – it just can’t be worse. The Noles averaged just 361 yards and 22 points per game, scoring 14 points or fewer in five games – losing all five. Nothing happens, and this doesn’t get fixed, unless …
– The offensive line has to get a whole lot better. If you’re looking for the single biggest issue for Florida State over the last two seasons, it’s the O line falling completely off the map. The Noles allowed the most tackles for loss in the ACC, didn’t do enough for the running game, and hasn’t been physical enough on a consistent basis. Three starters are done, and it’s going to take fall camp to get the right parts in the right spots, but the depth has to develop and this group has to be night and day better, because …
– The backfield is good enough. QB Deondre Francois is now a Florida Atlantic Owl, but James Blackman has enough time logged in to be more than okay, and Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook is an excellent backup option if he doesn’t end up winning the gig. Cam Akers is a next-level running back talent who hasn’t had any room to move, and Khalan Laborn is a fantastic No. 2 option in the rotation.
– Nyquan Murray is gone after leading the team with 54 catches, but sophomore Tamorrion Terry is a rising superstar with home run hitting ability – averaging 21 yards per catch with a team-high eight touchdowns – and most of the other top receivers are still young and rising. 6-5, 245-pound Tre’ McKitty is a nice-looking tight coming off a 26-catch season.