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Florida State senior defensive end Alonzo Jackson talks about the Seminoles' upcoming showdown at top-ranked Miami. Jackson also is extremely candid about his unit that ranks 59th nationally in total defense (364 yards per game) and has lacked consistency this season. "We have three great series, then go out there and give up a long run, give up a long bomb. Then it looks like we haven't done nothing all night. All it takes is one play to make it look like we're sorry," he said.

Do you have a chance against Miami?

"I don't know... I really couldn't tell you. I don't want 'em to think we have a chance. I want 'em to think we're going to go down there and get beat by 50. That is the defending national champions, they do have a great defense, a great offense, great talent. I mean, it's going to be tough. They're at home, crowd will be for them, everyone down there hates us. It's going to be tough to go down there and win.

"I just want to get out there and play. And it's not going to be a first half, second half game. It's play by play. They have a great OL, great RBS, great QB... It's going to be play by play."

What did the second half against Clemson last Thursday do for your unit?

"The only thing I can think of now is we kinda came together as a defense. Hopefully that can carry over into this game. As of yet, we haven't stepped up and played Florida State football. We haven't stepped up and played Florida State defense by far.

"We just have not been able to stop people on a consistent basis. Period. We have three great series, then go out there and give up a long run, give up a long bomb. Then it looks like we haven't done nothing all night. All it takes is one play to make it look like we're sorry."

What's needed?

"We go out there on the field and tell each other, 'Somebody's got to make a play.' Rufus made one. We just thave to step up and make them. As far as doubting ourselves. No. We don't doubt ourselves. We never doubt ourselves. It's a case of people not stepping up and doing it. That's what it is. People haven't stepped up and done it on a consistent basis."

Why hasn't that happened?

"I couldn't tell you. If I knew, I would be the first one to tell you. I'd be the first one trying to correct it. I think this team.. we have talent. Miami has talent. We have heart. Miami has heart. So it's going to come down to who wants it the most. I want it. I want it as bad as anything in this world. Both teams have great athletes. It's going to come down to who has the best team and which coach is going to make the right call and the right time. We're looking at this as a chance of redemption for our team. Another opportunity to get to where we want to to be.''


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