1. Limit the Turnovers
Every year and in every game limiting turnovers is always a
big-key. Last year in Doak Campbell
stadium the Noles had several key turnovers that led to
2. Fast Start
It's important for the Noles to get off to a fast start. Seminole quarterback Chris Rix plays more confident with a quick start. Expect a lot of high percentage passes early on to build up Rix's confidence before the Seminole senior unleashes the ball down the field.
3. Stop the Run
Last year when the Noles squared off against their
cross-state rivals, the Hurricanes were able to establish an effective running
game which kept the Seminole defense off-balance. Senior nose guard Travis Johnson needs to
step up to the plate and the young linebackers (Nicholson, McGrew, Davis and
Sims) will need to shed blocks to make this happen. The perfect situation is to get Hurricane
quarterback to have to play catch-up by passing the ball. Last year
4. Establish a Running Game
Last year the Noles didn't establish a running game against Canes and it put too much burden on the shoulders of Chris Rix. Two years ago, the Noles established an effective running attack with Greg Jones against the Canes in the Orange Bowl and led most of the game.
5. Create Mismatches
There is no team that has better offensive weapons on their
team than the 2004 Seminoles. Craphonso Thorpe, Chris Davis, Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker are all big-time play-makers. The Hurricanes have three new starting
linebackers and a big-key is to try and get the Seminole playmakers matched up
in space one on one against a young
6. Tackle Well
7. Attack the Middle of the Field
It's no secret why teams stayed away from the middle of the field because of hard-hitting Sean Taylor. Well, he's gone and his replacement is not nearly the threat of the former Hurricane All-American. With experienced cornerbacks, young safeties and a two-deep zone the Hurricanes play, the middle of the field should be open all day long.