Florida State establishing offensive identity on the ground – FOXSports.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has rediscovered that its offensive identity is as a running team. Of course, that works best with a successful ground game.
For the best results, Florida State has often found the more the better. This year is no different.
The Seminoles have received major contributions from Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers over the past three games, which has taken the pressure off freshman quarterback James Blackman and an inexperienced passing game.
Going into Saturday’s game against Louisville, Patrick and Akers have combined to average 6.3 yards per carry over the past three games. Last Saturday’s 17-10 win at Duke also marked the second straight week where Florida State had over 200 yards on the ground.
”Offensively we’ve developed more of an identity. They both are running the football hard,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. ”We’ve got to feed off those guys.”
This is the third straight season that Fisher’s offense has taken on more of a grounded approach. The past two seasons though it was due to the dynamic abilities of Dalvin Cook as he rewrote the school’s rushing records before leaving for the NFL.
During Fisher’s first four seasons in charge at FSU, he relied on more than one running back, including the national championship season of 2013 when he had Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams and James Wilder, who all went on to the NFL. Fisher on Monday compared the way Akers and Patrick complement each other to how Freeman, Wilder and Williams all got their opportunities.
”One of them makes a play, they are more excited for the guy than they were for themselves,” he said. ”It’s supreme confidence in yourself, and I think it’s been passed down.”
Patrick, a 6-foot-3, 234-pound junior, has rushed for 90 yards or more in three straight games,