Press Credential: What to Watch For

Several Seminoles eclipsed milestones in the 62-10 whipping of Charles Southern, and a few more can be reached against Oklahoma. Here is an edition of the NoleDigest.com weekly Press Credential.


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Florida State junior kicker Dustin Hopkins is perfect on the 2011 season, making all four of his field-goal attempts and all 12 extra points.

Florida State is vying for its second win over a No. 1-ranked opponent and the first since defeating top-ranked Florida 24-21 at Doak Campbell Stadium in the 1996 regular-season finale. ...

The Seminoles have scored 96 points in their first two games -- 34-0 vs. ULM, 62-10 vs. Charleston Southern -- which is the fourth most productive total after two games in school history. FSU scored 115 points through the first two games in 1995 and 2008, and 107 points after two games in 1949. ...

Through two games, FSU's defense has allowed 10 points, 275 total yards (120 rushing, 155 passing) and 15 first downs. Opponents have converted only seven of 29 third-down attempts. ...

Junior kicker Dustin Hopkins has scored 24 points in two games, pushing his career total to 240, which ranks eighth in FSU history. Greg Allen is seventh with 278 points. ...

Hopkins booted two field goals against Charleston Southern, pushing his career total to 45, which ranks fifth in school history. Gary Cismesia is fourth with 65 field goals. ...

Junior tailback Chris Thompson eclipsed the career 1,000-yard mark (1,019) with 21 yards, including a TD, against Charleston Southern. ...

Senior tailback Ty Jones has 899 career rushing yards and is closing in on the 1,000-yard standard, where he would join teammates Jermaine Thomas (1,827) and Thompson. ...

Senior receiver Bert Reed collected three receptions against Charleston Southern, pushing his career total to 148, which ties Greg Carr for fifth on FSU's all-time receptions list. Next up is E.G. Green (166). ...

With a single-game career-high two touchdown receptions, Reed has equaled his season high with three TD catches in just two games. He had three in 2008. ...

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The Seminoles will try to imporove to 3-0 to open a season for the first time since 2005. ...

Florida State has not trailed at any point durig the 2011 season and has not been behind on the scoreboard at any point in its last three games, including a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over South Carolina on Dec. 31, 2010. ...

Florida State will have a sellout crowd on hand for its matchup with Oklahoma. Student tickets sold out Sunday in 17 minutes. FSU played in front of a sellout crowd of 82,324 last season in the 31-7 win over Florida. ...

The honorary captains for Saturday's game are former FSU All-American nose guard Ron Simmons and quarterback Brad Johnson.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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