WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

–RB Jacques Patrick — For a team struggling to find its identity and in need of senior leadership, it need not look any further than Patrick, who has taken a backseat early on to starting RB Cam Akers. But Patrick, when given chances, has come up with some big runs and catches in both games so far (he’s fourth on the team in receiving, despite only having two catches for 51 yards). Florida State may want to think about giving Patrick a larger role to help stabilize the team in the early going, starting this week against an experienced Syracuse squad.

–WR Tamorrion Terry has two of the Seminoles’ three touchdown catches so far, and four of his total receptions through two game have gone for scores

–DB Hamsah Nasirildeen, for the second game in a row, led the Seminoles in tackles. He posted a team-high 11 tackles against Samford, and 16 of his 23 total tackles this season have been solo. Nasirildeen has 13 more total tackles than his second-closest teammates (Jaiden Woodbey and Stanford Samuels both have 10)

SERIES HISTORY: Florida State leads the all-time series against Syracuse 10-1, including a 27-24 win last year in Tallahassee.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Our defensive players wanted to do something for the turnovers. And they decided they wanted to secure the bag. And that was their message of securing the bag and carried it five times on Saturday and I was very impressed with it. I love it when we get five takeaways. And hopefully everybody else start loving it, too, because we’re getting a lot of takeaways and you see it a lot. And it’s kind of like anything else, once you see it so much you start to get used to it. And hopefully our guys continue to get takeaways so we all can get used to it, we can all enjoy it and like the fact that our guys are out getting things that we all want them to do, which is take the ball away.” — Florida State head coach Willie Taggart on the debut of the “Turnover Backpack” during Saturday’s win against Samford that defensive players get to wear on the sidelines after they force a turnover.

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