Grading the Noles
Quarterbacks: Weatherford wasn't perfect with two interceptions but he made up for it with his leadership and grit. The true freshman is also the leading passer for yards in the ACC with 2,154 yards.
Offensive line: Seeing how Florida State loss John Frady to injury and he was replaced by a freshman in Cornelius Lewis, the line played very well. Drew Weatherford was sacked only once and there were fewer penalties by the unit.
Running backs: Washington left the game with an ankle injury but Booker picked up the slack in the 4th quarter by making several impressive runs. The unit averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
Wide Receivers: A very solid performance by many of the receivers on the team. Joslin Shaw delivered the block of the game on a Weatherford run. Greg Carr is becoming impossible to cover and Maryland's defensive backs either gave up the jump ball to him or they were called for a penalty almost every time Weatherford looked his way. Reid and Davis both continue to make big catches for the ‘Noles, and Reid had a punt return for a touchdown. For the second straight week the receivers earn the....
Defensive line: Thin as the unit is, these guys might be starting to wear a little down the stretch. Lance Ball looked pretty strong running the ball in the second and third quarters Saturday. D.J. Norris had his best game of the season and Kamerion Wimbley continues to up his draft status in his first and only season as a starter.
Linebackers: Marcello Church continues to make an impact during his senior season and Ernie Sims had his best game of the season by making a critical interception late in the game. The Tallahassee native also recovered a fumble on Maryland's first offensive series.
Defensive Backs: The Secondary continues to struggle with consistency, especially at cornerback. However, freshman Michael Ray Garvin was solid and J.R. Bryant played his best game of the season.
Renegade Report - Tomahawk Time
Drew Weatherford: The top freshman QB in the country continued to play like a wiley veteran. Even after throwing two interceptions, Weatherford kept his composure and drove the Tribe down for the winning score, capped by his 15-yard touchdown run. His helmet is rightfully crowded with tomahawks.
Willie Reid: 227 total yards. 61-yard punt return for a TD. Seven receptions for 90 yards. And the five words I love to hear from P.T. Willis, "I see ya' Willie Reid!" A great big Renegade Report tomahawk for Willie and a smaller one to the training staff for keeping him healthy this year.
Joslin Shaw: After finally cracking the receiver rotation, Joslin's two catches for 16 yards was not particularly amazing. His crack-back block on Maryland safety Milton Harris (who was released from the hospital after the game and traveled home with the team), and his key block on Weatherford's TD scamper to secure the win certainly didn't go unnoticed by teammates or by the Renegade Report. Two great big tomahawks for Shaw, and maybe some work at right guard if the offensive line injuries continue.
Ernie Sims: ES3 finally had his breakout game of the season. His eleven tackles, fumble recovery, and circus-catch interception made a strong statement in a game with three Butkus Award finalists. It also earns a handful of RR tomahawks.
A.J. Nicholson: Mr. Consistency started the game by forcing a fumble and ended the game by sacking the Maryland quarterback on fourth down. A typical tomahawk day for A.J.
Broderick Bunkley: His usual dominant force in the middle. Bunkley recorded three tackles for loss and six total tackles. He spends as much time in opposing backfields as their running backs. Another RR tomahawk for Bunk.
Kamerion Wimbley: The ACC sack leader continued his strong play from defensive end. Another sack, constant pressure from the end, and another batted ball in the backfield earn the senior from Kansas another RR tomahawk.
Mickey Andrews: For another outstanding half time adjustment and only allowing six second-half points. Have a RR tomahawk and a smile.
The entire coaching staff: A great big tomahawk for keeping the team together in the face of adversity, and sticking with the game plan.
Special Mention Tomahawks:
. FSU coaches and administration: For not agreeing to wear the new alternate jerseys from Nike that Florida and Virginia Tech donned this week.
. Chris Davis: Tough catches in traffic and some nice running afterwards.
. Graham Gano: For burning his redshirt halfway through the season to help the team.
. David Castillo: Always the first to celebrate a score, and for receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship this week. A true 'Nole.
. Greg Carr: The "Citra Superman" strikes again.
. The Booker twins: Do I need to say why?
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