FSU football unfortunately lost its leader on the offensive side when redshirt senior quarterback Jordan Travis suffered a season-ending injury versus North Alabama.
As a result, redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker had to be inserted into the starting lineup to replace Travis. This meant that other weapons in the offense would have to elevate themselves for a quarterback that does not have much starting collegiate experience with it being his second career start versus Florida.
While the Seminoles found a way to beat their arch-rival Florida Gators by a score of 24-15, it certainly helped that the football team could rely upon the efforts of redshirt junior running back Trey Benson, who had a remarkable performance where he had 19 rushing attempts for 95 yards and three touchdowns.
If Florida State wants to continue its undefeated ways, it will need to find creative methods to ensure the former Oregon transfer is included in the offense. There will be times when opposing defenses will stack the box in hopes of neutralizing Benson, while also forcing Tate Rodemaker to beat them through the air.
If the Valdosta (GA) native can find success throwing it downfield to its big-bodied playmakers such as 6’7″ Johnny Wilson and 6’4″ Keon Coleman then those 2-yard carries from Benson could turn into 20-yard carries. It was a difficult first half for the talented back where he had -15 rushing yards until the Seminoles’ final possession before halftime. He was able to cap off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown after Johnny Wilson had a remarkable 14-yard catch on 3rd & 9.
Benson has showcased his ability to perform well as the season progresses. In the last four games, he has recorded 53 rushing attempts for 294 yards and seven touchdowns. As I alluded to in a previous article with the back, I would not advise giving up on him as he just getting started to find his footing.