In the opening week against Pitt, the Florida State offense showed signs of being one heck of an explosive unit. With the realization that Jameis Winston is in fact as good as advertised, they showed that they are well on their way to giving a lot of defenses they face this year some massive fits.
This Saturday, they’ll face a Nevada defense that has gone through some changes from last year. After a horrid performance in 2012 (ranking 95th in total defense), they fired defensive coordinator Mike Bradeson and replaced him with former USC linebackers coach Scottie Hazleton. Hazleton’s primary focus for this defense was installing the vaunted Tampa 2 defense.
That defense, however, didn’t exactly get off to the best start to the season a few weeks ago.
Nevada began their season by traveling to the Rose Bowl and facing off against the UCLA Bruins. In that game, QB Brett Hundley and the UCLA offense had their way with this defense to the tune of a 58-point output. Hundley completed 22-of-33 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards and two scores. Also of note, RB Jordon James added 155 yards on the ground.
There are some talented players on this defense such as LB Jordan Dobrich, CB Evan Favors and DE Brokk Herring–the player whome most stood out to Winston during film, just not for any sort of football reason.
However, they’re still a rebuilding unit and that showed during that UCLA outing.
Synopsis: Bottom line is, for those people that want an encore from Jameis and the offense after what they saw against Pitt, they’re probably going to get it. Now I’m in no way comparing Winston to Hundley–out of respect for the number of chances the UCLA QB has had to showcase his abilities compared to Jameis’–but the FSU QB should have something similar to what Hundley put up. I can easily see Jameis cracking 300 yards through the air once again and adding one or two more on the ground.