Player Perspective

FSU senior offensive lineman Brett Williams isn't about to throw away the Seminoles' season following Thursday's disappointing defeat at Louisville. "Our backs are against the wall. Any chance we want to have at a national championship, we have plenty of ranked teams ahead of us to play. We beat Miami we're back right in this. We beat Clemson we are right back in this. We also have Notre Dame. We have plenty of chances to get back into this if we want to," Williams said Friday afternoon.

"I don't think it's cohesion. We get along good. We were communicating well. I think it's that killer instinct. Everytime they would score, we'd score. We get 'em up by a touchdown and kind of slip back into that relax mode again. We can't be like that. You have to go in for the kill.

"I thought we were moving the ball well (last drive). I didn't know what was going on because we left 11 seconds go off. We were looking at the sidelines to see if we were supposed to call a timeout or not. It would have been a long field goal. We only had one timeout, so I am not sure.

"We need to come together to make sure nobody is pointing fingers. Everybody had their opportunities to make something happen last night and we didn't. We can't blame each other. We have to put it behind us and learn from this. Our backs are against the wall. Any chance we want to have at a national championship, we have plenty of ranked teams ahead of us to play. We beat Miami we're back right in this We beat Clemson we are right back in this. We also have Notre Dame. We have plenty of chances to get back into this if we want to.

"That last pass he (Chris Rix) threw kind of slipped out of his hand. It's going to happen. As an O-line, maybe we could have maybe gotten the running game going a little more so we didn't have to rely on the pass so much. I think there was times in the game he was looking good and then other times when we were all kind of confused a little bit. I know the losses from last year when everybody would be yelling at each other and blaming the line, it wasn't like that. That was the only good thing I could see. Everyone was trying to encourage each other.

"At times. I think at times he gets a little too nervous back in the pocket and runs out when he shouldn't. He's a young quarterback. He's head and shoulders above where he was last year but I think he still has a long ways to go. After a game like that, it's just another growing process. He has to put it behind him and come out this week and blow it up against Clemson.

"We get frustrated sometimes. Again, we can't see why he's scrambling or not. We don't know. During a game we don't say anything because maybe somebody blitzed through. I just go with what people tell me that he scrambles early sometimes when he shouldn't be. He's got great legs. You can complain about him scrambling but he's fast enough to make something happen and you can't complain about that. He knows what he's doing.

"We had that at points last year. People were asking that. As an offensive line, we have to block whoever is back there. We are behind Rix, or A.D, or whoever they put back there. WE just want to win games. That's all that matters to us. Whatever the coaches feel the best, we are with it. But I think Rix will step up.

"Couple leaders. Offensively and defensively, it seems like some points when the game gets close, we get timid instead of laying it all out and playing that much harder. It seems like we get timid and try not to mess up instead of trying to make something happen. Which now, losing one game, it's going to be hard...we have nothing to lose right now. It's up to the senior leaders, we have to tell them, we have to take every day serious and every day in practice and let it all out. Quit playing timid because we have something to lose. We already lost.

"The problems we had last night weren't because of experience. IT comes down to execution. WE were ready to play. Got started slow and it was almost the feeling all game, all right, we are going to bust it loose here because we've played in games like that before. Close all game and then blow it out at the end, like Virginia Tech last year."


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