Making Strides

For the fifth year, color analyst <b>P.T. Willis</b> is part of the Seminole Radio Network along with <b>Gene Deckerhoff.</b> Willis, of course, is a former quarterback and a member of the program's Hall of Fame. Willis chatted with The Territory's <b>Jim Henry</b> following FSU's victory over Maryland Saturday. "I think the receivers are playing extremely well. I think they have a lot of talent. What you have is guys, I think, who can make some big plays for you." Click here for much more.

For the fifth year, color analyst P.T. Willis is part of the Seminole Radio Network along with Gene Deckerhoff. Willis, of course, is a former starting quarterback for the Seminoles and a member of the program's Hall of Fame. Willis chatted with The Territory's Jim Henry following FSU's victory over Maryland Saturday.

On Chris Rix

"I think he has done some good things. I am still not. …I still think he's making some mistakes. But, you know, it's early in the year. I was impressed tonight that he made the big mistake early and he came back and played well after that. I still don't really see us running a lot of routes where there's a lot of reads involved. I think most of the stuff is basically one-player routes and stuff of that nature. But maybe that's the way we are going to go this year.

"I think he is (trying to stay in the pocket). But along those lines, I don't know if that's going to be Chris. I don't know if you want to take the run away from him. You have to give and take a little bit with him because he has the athletic ability. I was talking to coach (Bobby) Bowden on the radio, it was like the one play where he scrambled to his right. He has a chance to make a play maybe, but he doesn't see anybody. Instead of trying to throw the ball away, he tries to reverse his field and gets sacked for 12 yards. But I think you really don't want to hinder what he does. Sometimes he just needs to be a little more consistent.

"He made a couple of great plays tonight. The corner route to Craphonso Thorpe for the touchdown was a tremendous throw. He hung in there and made a great throw to P.K. am for a touchdown. He is doing some good things. I think he just needs to keep coming more and more consistent."

On receivers:

"I think the receivers are playing extremely well. I think they have a lot of talent. What you have is guys, I think, who can make some big plays for you. Really do something with the ball after the catch. The one thing I've been impressed in two games, nobody really has dropped any balls. The freshman, Chris Davis, I've been impressed with the fact that he really seems to have a feel for playing the position. Coming back for the football. They all seem to catch the ball with their hands very well. You have a great stable of receivers. You have some backs who can catch it out of the backfield. I think this is a team that has a lot of ability."

On young offensive line

"Jeff (Bowden) and Daryl (Dickey) can do a lot with that. Like the last game. They mixed it up and kept the defense off balance. When you can do that, it takes a lot of pressure off the offensive line. It's awful hard to stand up there with eight men in the box and busting open holes. When you are mixing it up, throwing it on first down, rolling Chris out, doing some different things. Play-action. Screening. Drawing. It makes it awful tough to sit in there with eight men in the box and try to bang it down their throat."


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