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How does Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart plan on stopping Florida State quarterback sensation ""Famous Jameis" Winston? Stewart talks about his plan and more...

How does Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart plan on stopping Florida State quarterback sensation "Famous Jameis" Winston?

Stewart breaks down his plan, here....



On Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston:
"I think Winston is doing a great job right now as a redshirt freshman as far as controlling the offense, getting the ball to the right guys and reading coverages. [He] does a good job improvising also. He's a special player and it's a great challenge for us."

On Jameis Winston's escape ability:
"Luckily or unluckily, we've played a lot of quarterbacks that have that escape ability. When we played against ODU, I thought that was one of the better guys I saw move around a little bit. That being the case, I think you've just got to practice and simulate that with our backup quarterbacks to help us on scout team. They do a great job of doing that; moving around and throwing the ball late."

On slowing down Florida State's offense:
"Our basic defensive philosophy is to stop the run and then make the team one-dimensional, and then we play from there. That's what we're going to do. We're going to go out there and load up the box, stop the run and try to get them to be one-dimensional. The score of the game also helps that, and then we'll be able to play the pass game from there."

On Maryland's increase in team speed over the last year:
"It's always a work in progress. I like our guys. Our team speed and our recruiting has picked up since I've been here. I'm excited about the young guys we have.

"The consistency in the offensive and defensive philosophies has helped our team play fast. The smarter you are, the faster you play. I think that's the big key."

On his confidence in the defensive backs playing man-to-man defense against Florida State's wide receivers:
"Watching us play West Virginia, we didn't play man coverage at all. They had to cover the routes and be where they were supposed to be. Every game presents a different challenge. We just go with the flow of the game, but as we prepare for them, I've got confidence in all the DBs, from Sean Davis to Will Likely, that we could play some man if we wanted to do that at a high level. "


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