FSU football: 3 defensive performance goals for Noles against UNC

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Mandatory Credit: Tallahassee Democrat

FSU football will look to rebound from the Notre Dame loss when they take on North Carolina Saturday night. Here are three defensive performance goals for the game.

FSU football is becoming used to dealing with adversity it seems. They finally fought hard for all four quarters against No. 5 Notre Dame last week and covered the betting spread for the first time all season.

On Monday, they lost their top recruit from the 2021class in legacy four-star linebacker Branden Jennings.

The hits kept coming when it was reported top receiver Tamorrion Terry would likely miss at least a couple of weeks because of needing to get a procedure done on his knee.

To make matters worse, a UNC offense that looked average the first couple of games this season exploded for 50+ points last week against Virginia Tech.

There’s a noticeable improvement in the offense and special team phase of the program. However, the phase we all thought would be the strength of the program has been the worst.

It’s mindboggling how the same group of players, for the most part, have regressed so much since last season. There are only two players I’d say are playing at a high level, and that’s Amari Gainer and Asante Samuel Jr.

Marvin Wilson, Janarius Robinson, Leonard Warner, Jaiden Lars-Woodbey, and Joshua Kaindoh, are all upperclassmen who have been non-existent unless it’s pointing how bad their play has been.

FSU is going to need these players to play out of their minds if they want a shot of being competitive or upsetting UNC.

Here are my three defensive performance goals.

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