VIDEO: ‘Noles Ready For In-State Rivalry Game With ‘Canes
By Seminoles.com // October 5, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from head coach Jimbo Fisher’s Monday press conference. (Florida State Seminoles Video)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles.com) – After a 24-16 win at Wake Forest that moved his team to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the ACC, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was ready to focus on Saturday night’s primetime match-up with long-time rival Miami.
“They know the Miami rivalry,” Fisher said about his team.
“They know what it means. [Miami] has a great program. We’ve got a great program. We have a lot of respect for them. They have a lot of respect for us. Two teams are going to go play their tails off. They definitely do that.”
“They move the ball very well. They’re running the ball good with [running backs] Joe Yearby and Mark Walton. They’ve got a nice offense. They do a good job.”
Florida State is looking to win its sixth-straight in the series and nine of the last 11 overall against the Hurricanes.
Fisher has never lost to Miami (5-0) since taking over as head coach at Florida State and is 12-1 against in-state opponents.
Along with the five-game win streak over Miami, the Seminoles will also put a 26-game ACC winning streak, 28-game regular season winning streak and 16-game home winning streak on the line Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in a game broadcast nationally on ABC.
Despite coming out with a win Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest, the Seminoles have a number of issues to address, most important of which is an injured lineup that lost starting running back Dalvin Cook, linebacker Terrance Smith and safety Nate Andrews to first-half injuries.
Cook was held out of practice as a precautionary measure Monday, though Fisher said the injury was not bad as the team initially thought. Cook had two runs at Wake Forest, the first of which went 94 yards for a touchdown and was the third-longest run in Florida State history.
Fisher said Smith will be evaluated daily, while Andrews could miss ‘a couple weeks.’
Marshall Named ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week
Florida State sophomore defensive back Trey Marshall was named the ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week after his standout performance in Saturday’s 24-16 win at Wake Forest.
Marshall had a team-leading and career-high 11 tackles and a pass break-up as the ‘Noles held the ACC’s No. 1-ranked passing offense entering the game to 85 yards below its average (215 yards). The 11 tackles are the most by an FSU player this season.
The Lake City, Fla., native stepped up and led the defense when early injuries forced starters Terrance Smith and Nate Andrews from the game. Marshall played both safety and “star” nickel back for FSU in the win.
This is the third week that Florida State has had a defensive back honored by the conference, following Jalen Ramsey’s wins in consecutive weeks after the USF and Boston College games. Florida State and North Carolina (offensive line) are the only schools to claim three honors at any position on the season.
ACC Announces Game Time for Florida State-Louisville
The Atlantic Coast Conference also announced Monday that the October 17th game between Florida State and Louisville in Tallahassee will kick off at 12:00 p.m. and will air on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. The Seminoles won last year’s matchup in Louisville, 42-31.