Grades & Tomahawks vs. Western Carolina

Florida State scored the most points in their opening game against Western Carolina in over a decade.

WR Bert Reed celebrating with OL Will Furlong

Offense- A-. The offense got off to a slow start but that was partly due to the long game delays due to the weather. FSU rolled up 561 total yards on offense. FSU's two quarterbacks Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson both played well in the first game of the season. Freshman RB Jermaine Thomas led all rushers with 91 total yards on the ground and a TD. Four receivers all caught touchdown passes. The offensive line didn't allow any sacks on the night and gave the backs to have holes to run through. FSU scored 8+ TD's on offense.

Defense- A. The defense pitched a shutout for the first time since 2006 against Virginia. With so many inexperienced players getting playing time this was a great way to start the season. DT Kendrick Stewart had 5 tackles and contributed a sack. LB Toddrick Verdell led the defense with 8 tackles. You'd like to see the defense get more pressure and have more TFL's, and turnovers. But anytime that you get a shutout you played "dominating" football.

Special teams- B. Anytime you score a TD on special teams you've done an excellent job. Florida State's kick-off coverage must improve as they allowed too many yards on returns. FSU also missed an extra point which is inexcusable.


-Christian Ponder for throwing 3 TD's

-D'Vontrey Richardson running for two TD's and throwing a TD

-Bert Reed, Corey Surrency, Jarmon Fortson, Greg Carr all making TD receptions.

-Offensive line for not giving up any sacks.

-Jermaine Thomas and Antone Smith for scoring on the ground.

-The entire defense for not allowing any points.

-Tony Carter for a 68 yard punt return TD.

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