FSU Spring Game: The Good, Bad, And Ugly

Florida State Spring Game Observations from Orlando.

The Good

Auden Tate: Tate dominated the game with 6 catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. His final touchdown showed incredible body control, and was similar to the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown catch against Clemson in 2013. 

Ryan Green: Green was better in the first half than the second, but did finish with 84 rushing yards, 41 receiving yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Green showed great burst and vision as well as patience waiting for his offensive line to provide holes for him to run through.

Malik Henry: 15-22 for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. Henry showed very good poise in his first pressure situation at Florida State. He didn't always know what he was doing, but he made good decisions within that and moved the offense. He moved the offense down the field in the 2-minute drill very well, and delivered a go ahead touchdown to Travis Rudolph.

Deondre Francois: Francois struggled at times throwing two interceptions in the first half, but bounced back well. He stood in the pocket under pressure and made throws at the end of the game. He has developed a good rapport  with Auden Tate, and it showed today. He also showed off his ability to run the ball eith 6 carries for 37 yards.

Cole Minshew: Minshew performed very well in run blocking situations, and held his own in pass protection. He dominated Adam Torres at the start of the game, and opened multiple holes for Green, and Francois, to run through.

Derwin James: James finished with a game high 9 tackles. He was all over the field making plays, and it's no surprise that he's in this category.

Ro'Derrick Hoskins: Hoskins showed off his coverage, pass rush, and run stuffing abilites in the game. He finished with 7 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception.

Marcus Lewis: Lewis showed why he has been in contention for the starting cornerback spot all spring with an excellent performance. He allowed just one catch all game, and immediately made the tackle. His burst and quickness made him extremely tough to break away from.

The Bad

The rest of the receivers: Heading in to the fourth quarter the Florida State receivers, other than Tate, had just two combined catches. They finished well with 9 combined catches, but it was mostly the tight ends and running backs being reliable for the quarterbacks. 

Delvin Purifoy: Purifoy suffered a major ankle injury his freshman year and is still struggling to get back into the swing of things. He looked lost and unathletic most of the time he was in the game.


JJ Cosentino: Cosentino didn't complete a pass despite playing three series. He finished 0-4, and may have seen his last snap in the Garnet and Gold.

Ethan Frith: Frith at left tackle did not go well for the Garnet offense. He was consistently beaten on the edge by walk-on Isaiah Smallwood, and cleary has a long way to go before he was ready to compete.

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