It may have been twenty years ago, but for former FSU running back, now running backs coach Dexter Carter, the game that launched the Miami vs. Florida State series into another gear could have been played yesterday. In a game that combined nearly fifty NFL players between the two rosters, the Seminoles of Florida State fell just short to the University of Miami 26-25 on a missed two point conversion that cost the Noles the game instead of going for the tying extra point.
"You know in hindsight, after the season, if we would have went for that extra point we would have won a national championship. But there is not a player I played with to this day that doesn't regret going for it. Coach Bowden did exactly what we wanted to do as a team. Unfortunately it just didn't work. Bottom line it was a competitive game," Carter said.
Competitive is how it shapes up to be twenty years later as Coach Carter's running backs in Antone Smith and Jamaal Edwards look to establish a running game against a vaunted Miami defense. Having been in this rivalry before, and knowing just how high the intensity is, Dexter Carter doesn't see the need to give any extra advice or motivation to his running back corps.
"As of now, I haven't been giving them anything other than what I've been giving them because right now we are still in the process and oriented in what we are trying to get done here. Of course, you look at the Florida and Miami games, and there is that extra thing there for those games. What I am trying to do is get these men prepared for every game the same whether it is Michigan, Miami, or FIU. That's not putting down FIU, but I am just trying to get everything I can out of them on a daily and weekly basis."
When asked about what he saw from Choice that might give some insight on how to attack the Miami defense, Coach Carter said, "you just have to execute, be precise on your reads. When I saw Choice run, he was reading the defense, taking what they gave him and hitting the hole hard. That is why I tell my running backs to keep hitting the hole hard because that one time you don't hit it hard the hole is going to be there and you will miss out on it. Those long runs of fifteen yards or more don't come every play so you better be ready to execute."
Antone Smith and company will look to improve upon FSU's one yard of rushing in last years match up with the Canes. Kick-off is at 3:30 with ABC providing regional coverage of the action.