Offensive Line Penalties Cripple The Florida State Offense

The Florida State offense has been crippled by penalties this season. Most of them have been called on the offensive line.

The Florida State offense has struggled to put points up this season, especially on the road. A lot of that has been caused by a lack of execution, but penalties has played a major part. The Seminoles have 67 total penalties on the season. 40 of those have been called on the offense, and 31 have been called on the offensive line alone. 

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has been disappointed in the way his team has shot themselves in the foot on offense.

"The one thing I would probably say is a few self-inflicted wounds I wish we'd be over by now, a couple things like that, you know what I'm saying," Fisher said. "I think that's put us in some tough situations. But other than that, we're relatively close, but, again, not where I think we can be and where this team can still be."

False starts have been the main issue for the offensive line. They account for 19 of the 31 offensive line penalties. Offensive lineman Chad Mavety has been called for three false starts this year, and says he's not sure why they keep happening.

"...I couldn’t give an answer on why they are happening," Mavety said. "Too anxious is the main thing. We have to trust ourselves and be patient.”

Wilson Bell leads the way for the offensive line with 6 false starts and 1 illegal block. Roderick Johnson has been called for 5 false starts and 1 hold. Mavety has 3 holds to go along with his 3 false starts. The only offensive lineman that has started for the Seminoles without a false start is Kareem Are. He has been called for just 1 hold this season. 

Wilson Bell Rod Johnson Chad Mavety Alec Eberle Ryan Hoefeld Derrick Kelly Brock Ruble Kareem Are
False Starts 6 5 3 1 1 2 1 0
Holding 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 1
Illegal Block 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Delay of Game 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0

The penalties have come at very critical times, and if they're not curbed, will continue to cripple the offense.


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