Big and Strong

Florida State guard <b>Matt Meinrod</b> couldn't help but smile when watching film of Colorado's defense. The Buffaloes' front is big, physical and strong. "They have to stop that power run game out there," Meinrod said and smiled following the Seminoles' Tuesday practice. "They are big, physical guys. Actually, we are used to the twisting and stunting that we saw from smaller, lighter guys against Georgia Tech last Saturday. It will be refreshing to see something more like our defense."

Florida State starting split guard Matt Meinrod couldn't help but smile when watching video of Colorado's defense. The Buffaloes front is big, physical and strong.

"They have to stop that power run game out there," Meinrod said and smiled following the Seminoles' Tuesday practice.

"They are big, physical guys. Actually, we are used to the twisting and stunting that we saw from smaller, lighter guys against Georgia Tech last Saturday. It will be refreshing to see something more like our defense. A little bigger, let's see who has the better run game."

Colorado's first goal is to contain quarterback who scored on a three-yard touchdown run and later threw a touchdown pass to P.K. Sam to help rally the Seminoles past the Yellow Jackets 14-13 in the game's final seven minutes.

Rix, however, led the Seminoles in rushing with just 41 yards. The Seminoles' running game continues to be a concern due to injury. Leon Washington will miss his third straight game with an elbow injury, while Lorenzo Booker is expected to sit out his second consecutive game with an MCL sprain.

Meinrod said it's up to the Seminoles' offensive line to help set the game's tempo Saturday.

"I thought as an offensive line we played well (against Tech)," Meinrod said.

"There's not much you can do with there's eight, nine guys in the box. There's a guy you can't block. But I think we had our assignments pretty good. Each week we've gone down in missed assignments -- we had 26 as a team. But we keep having to get better and better.

"You have to establish the running game. We are trying to see if we can work some double-tights to spread them out a little more so we can get some more lanes. And keep doing shotun and no-huddle to keep them off balance."

Colorado has injury concerns of its own.

Erik Greenberg is the likely starter at quarter in place of Joel Klatt, who injured his shoulder in the loss to Washington last week. Greenberg completed 19-of-30 passes for 199 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions last week in relief of Klatt.

The Buffaloes also showed some holes last week, allowing Washington State to collect 445 total yards.

Well, they're big and strong, they're very athletic in their secondary," Bowden said of Colorado.

"They've got very active linebackers and big, big linemen. It's not like Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech was small and fast – this team is big and strong. Their linebackers are active, and their defensive backs are very good athletes. They got hurt last week, bad. They won their first two games, and then last week, the other team (Washington State) just hit about three bombs on ‘em. It reminds me of our North Carolina game two years ago."

NO CHANGE

The Seminoles struggled against the Yellow Jackets' small but quick defense. They managed just 121 yards of total offense through three quarters before erupting for 130 in the game's final 15 minutes. Of course, Rix engineered his first fourth-quarter comeback in 24 career starts in that game.

Bobby Bowden, however, says Rix has remained the same through good and bad times during his Seminole career. However, Bowden added Rix needs to continue to strive for better overall consistency.

"Chris is about the same all the time. Chris is a highly confident young man, no matter what happens," Bowden said.

"He's learned to handle criticism, which you've got to do. He handles that real good, and is really growing up in that area. He just needs to cut down his errors. He nearly makes up for his errors by making a great play. Some guys are steady and don't do anything great, and don't do anything bad. Then some do things great, but they also do things bad. He's kind of been that way.

"He'll make a great play, then throw one where he shouldn't. I still think he's got time to work his way out of that. Again, go back to Charlie Ward. Charlie Ward – a redshirt junior before he ever started, threw about four picks the first game, threw about five the next game, and then won the Heisman. Not that year, but just kept getting better and better and better."

Bowden also said Rix must improve on reading an opponent's defense.

"Reading the progression of the receivers," Bowden said. "Go to No. 1, if he's not there, go to No. 2. If he's not there, go to No. 3. He's bad about skipping 2 and going to 4. He'll kind of jump around on you, and that's not what we want."


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