Seminoles Speak: 'Noles 23, 'Canes 19

Florida State didn't get many breaks and once again needs to make a call to the ACC office to chat about officiating. Here's an array of quotes from players in the turf room after a 23-19 win over Miami.

QB E.J. Manuel

On the team's growth from Week 1:

"From Week 1, the maturity of this team is incredible. Whether it is success or if you mess up something in practice, you just let it slide off your shoulder. You don't get upset when a coach gets on you. You don't take everything personal. You got to move on and do what you're supposed to do, get your work in and get off the field."

On getting the win against Miami:

"This is my first time actually playing and winning against Miami. It means a lot. The bragging rights from this year until the next time we play them next year, we will have it. At the same time, you have got to be ready for those guys next year because they will always bring their ‘A' game, just like we will. It was a great game, and I am looking forward to going down to Miami and playing them next year."

WR Christian Green

On the play of the offense:

"At the beginning, we came out and didn't move the ball like we wanted to. We tried to come back in the second half and really refocus on the fundamentals from practice all week. In the second half I felt like we did that, and we came out and executed really well."

On getting a win against Miami:

"It is really a blessing to come out here and win games like this. We just have to keep it up and continue the hard work. We have two more big games left, so we have to focus on Virginia this week. We will celebrate this win, of course. It is a big win, but we will get ready for next week."

CB Greg Reid

On winning a rivalry game like this:

"It means a lot. But with me coming from South Georgia, I just try to put my heart out on the line for all the guys that did play in high school down in South Florida because it means a lot more to them almost because they've played with and against those guys their whole life."

LB Nigel Bradham

On the defense's play and turnovers forced:

"We gave up too many yards as a defense, and we also gave up too many big plays. I know one time we didn't cover one of their receivers in the middle of the field, and we also just really beat ourselves most of the time and could have prevented a lot of things, so we've got to get those things corrected and come out next week even better."

On the illegal hit he made and how it looked like a legal hit:

"I just don't want to be suspended for the next game. Hopefully, the officials will look it over and see what it really was classified as."

DE Brandon Jenkins

On what the defense worked on to finish strong in this game:

"We just had a great practice this week, and we also just had a great attitude this week. too. That made everything easy and made us as a team practice hard."

On how he thought the defensive front played today:

"I thought we did a good job. We could jave done a better job of containing [Miami quarterback] Jacory [Harris] and we could have had a few more plays to try and make him scramble, but I think we played well as a whole today."

On Miami switching it up with two different QBs:

"We knew that they might do something like that a little bit but really didn't think they were going to do it that much. They have two great QBs, though, and we did a good job at stopping them."

P Shawn Powell

On his punt that was downed at the 1-yard line:

"I really didn't give a reaction because I thought it was going to be a touchback. I was really upset with myself. The special teams did a real good job. We focused on hang time. [Miami's Travis] Benjamin is a great punter returner/kickoff returner. They also have a good kickoff coverage team as well. There were things we looked at and everybody put their piece in, and it worked. We prepared well and actually took it out to the game on Saturday. We saw the outcome."

On the rivalry against Miami:

"It's one of the biggest rivalries in college football. For us seniors, it was great to beat them again. No matter how good Miami is or how good we are, when we come together it is going to attract a crowd. We play like it's our national championship, our Super Bowl, everything. That's how the rivalry is between Florida State and Miami."

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K Dustin Hopkins

On defeating Miami:

"This game, I wouldn't say that we played our best. But when you don't play your best and can come out with the win, we learn some stuff along the way."

On his kicking performance against Miami:

"I think that was my first field-goal miss [vs. Miami]. I missed an extra point my freshman year. But now it's out of the way, and we still got the win. It's funny, all the wide rights and wide lefts. You're going to miss one way or the other, unfortunately. I missed, but luckily it didn't come back to bite us."

On the play of the special teams:

"Field possession-wise, I feel like we held the edge. Shawn came up big. Wow, he played awesome. I'm not sure how many he had inside the 10, but when you can pin somebody back there and force them to punt, it just sets up scores for our offense. We really just built off each other."


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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