Fisher analyzes domination vs. UF

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with his team’s physicality over Florida.

The coach, during his weekly television show, noted that FSU beat up the rival Gators in the trenches on both sides of the football.

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Fisher details how his team won the battle up front over UF and breaks down each play of the 31-13 win over the Gators in the video below. As always, we’ve provided a cheat sheet with some of the most noteworthy comments and observations from FSU’s coach.

--Playmakers like RB Dalvin Cook and DE DeMarcus Walker set the tone early, Fisher said. “Those guys did it and they’ve been do it for a while.”

--FSU did a poor job of tackling in space and setting the edges on the first drive of the game, but Fisher said the defense cleaned that up quickly.

--Remember when LB Matthew Thomas was criticized for loafing on a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter against North Carolina? Here is the antithesis of that play. He’s not in position to initially make a play, but chases the UF receiver down to prevent him from scoring a touchdown on the opening drive. The Gators ended up not scoring on the drive, so this was a critical play that shows how far Thomas has come this season.

--Fisher called S Trey Marshall “Kamikaze.” Wonder if that nickname will stick?

--Fisher gushed when discussing FSU’s blocking up front and on the perimeter. Watch the play below to get an idea of how cleanly Cook got into open space on this counter play.

--Fisher said after the game that Ricky Aguayo hurt his foot on the first kick of the game, but noted on his show that Aguayo “just didn’t have a good night.”

--FSU didn’t go a good job at little things, like setting the edge on defense, earlier this year, Fisher said. Here, CB Marquez White does just that on a sweep.

--Here is a prime example of Dalvin Cook just being a special player. Watch him make a jump cut to get out of the backfield and then quickly accelerate past arm tackles in traffic for a big gain.

--When Fisher discusses his young wide receivers making mistakes away from the play, this is what he means: WR Nyqwan Murray has been great in spurts this season, but Fisher points out how him rushing a pattern almost leads to an interception in the red zone: “He went way too fast and screwed the whole thing.”

--WR Auden Tate was playing with a hand injury, Fisher said.

--For those who wonder whether DT Derrick Nnadi has the athleticism to be an every-down defensive tackle in the NFL, here ya go….

“He has no idea how good he can be.”

--Fisher really liked how Francois worked with his feet against UF, noting that he averaged seven yards per carry and was not sacked.

--Fisher said Francois got “shook up” some to start the second half and made some poor reads/decisions before settling down. This was particularly evident on his interception in which he misdiagnosed a read and simply didn’t see a safety.

--Francois, however, came right back on the next series and correctly read a throw he missed earlier in the game to hit Travis Rudolph for a long touchdown.

--Fisher relishing in DeMarcus Walker’s second sack of the evening: “They’re back in the game, down by two scores. But there’s that guy again. Big play? 44 gonna make one.”

--Fisher thought UF should’ve been flagged for targeting penalty on this play and that Francois’ elbow was down (play was ruled a fumble).

--Note Francois’ emotion on the TD run.
“When you play Florida, it means a lot, especially for a guy from Orlando.”

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