Through the first three games of the season Florida State had trouble tackling. That issue came to the forefront of every Seminole player, coach, and fan's thoughts on Saturday when Florida State missed over thirty tackles against NC State. Here is a video compiling all of them.
Safety Tyler Hunter was asked whether he had been a part of a game at Florida State where the team had missed that many tackles.
“I’ve never been a part of any team that missed that many tackles,” Hunter said. “It was definitely difficult for me, but we just have to move on and work at it.”
Hunter says the team doesn’t work on live tackling in practice, but that that shouldn’t be an issue.
“No live tackling unless it’s a scrimmage,” Hunter said. “We mostly do just thudding with the walk-ons. I mean you’re in college now so you should know how to tackle.”
During Monday’s practice the defense came out working on tackling drills for the first two periods.
“We needed to be in pads after the way we tackled on Saturday,” Hunter said. “We started off the practice with tackling. We were just focusing on the fundamentals of tackling and making guys do it right. If you don’t do it right there will be consequences.”
Florida State’s offense will likely be able to keep them in every game they play during the regular season and the ACC championship game. However, if the Seminoles want to repeat as National Champions the defense will have to fix this issue.