Florida State’s struggles have been quite evident in 2017–inconsistent offensive line play, struggling running game and unexplained breakdowns on defense, and to make matters worse, a season-ending knee injury to team leader Deondre Francois that has forced true freshman James Blackman into the starting quarterback position.
The fate of Seminoles was a topic of discussion on Saturday’s ESPN College GameDay program, as the show’s analysts offered their thoughts on what lies ahead for FSU.
“I think they’re in trouble the rest of the season,” GameDay analyst David Pollack said on the segment, “Here’s the thing with Florida State for me — it wouldn’t have mattered if Francois played last week. That offensive line is still what it was a year ago. And the defense is still busting coverages. There’s still a lot about Florida State that they’ve got to get fixed.
Desmond Howard agreed with Pollack, and felt the Seminoles were in trouble this season because of the loss Francois, who was more than the starting quarterback, he was a team leader. He added that the absence of such a leader affects the entire team, and not just the offense.
Kirk Herbstreit brought up the loss of Francois has added pressure to FSU’s defense to keep them in games while Blackman builds confidence and chemistry with his offensive teammates. Herbstreit felt the Seminoles defense would put pressure on their mentality to “let’s hang in there” because they cannot trust the offense to get them back in games.
Florida State is traveling to Wake Forest on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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