With about a week until the beginning of the college football season, Fox Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt gives his take on what the Florida State Seminoles must do in order to have a successful season. 

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The recipe is two-fold.

First, Klatt said the Seminoles need to do a better job of protecting quarterback Deondre Francois.

“He is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, when he is kept up in the pocket,” Klatt said. 

Last season, the Seminoles were one of the worst teams in college football at keeping the quarterback on his feet. The Seminoles gave up 36 sacks, which was 109th nationally. Plus, they allowed Francois to take way too many big hits.

Second, Klatt said the Seminoles need to be more consistent in stopping the run. They were generally good in this department a season ago. Taking away the Charleston Southern, Louisville and South Florida games, where the Seminoles relinquished a total of 756 yards, the Seminoles allowed teams to rush for an average of 90.8 rush yards per game. 

“The good news about that is they are getting back one of if not the best defensive player in the country in Derwin James,” Klatt said. “He is going to be roaming the secondary for the Seminoles, which will make things a lot easier for that front seven.”

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