3 UP, 3 DOWN: Florida State at Boston College
Florida State is one win away from championship eligibility with its 26-23 win at Chestnut Hill over Boston College. Over the past several games, we’ve seen less player rotation from the coaching staff, which has led to players getting ahead and getting that done in the Seminoles.
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With only one game left, there has been some fluctuation in the players who made this list each week. This week’s “3 Up, 3 Down” has some names we haven’t seen this season. Let’s get it right!
1. Callen DeLoach
DeLoach has been a godsend this season for FSU. He’s been far and away the best and most consistent midfield for Knowles in 2021. Saturday was perhaps his best game overall of the season. You can tell he is much more comfortable than last year. With 7 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, one of which was a safety, and a big pass, DeLoach was all over the place. If you haven’t seen Safety yet, go watch. He diagnosed play well, crossed the barrier, and exploded through the ball carrier. This was a huge play!
2. Achim Dent
Dent is healthy and emerging after a major struggle in 2020. Returning to safety was easy for Dent after playing there as a freshman. He’s been really good at sprinting this season, but it’s his better passing game that allows him to take the next step. He had another pass that broke up on Saturday, as well as intercepting the game’s seal. Look for a strong end to the season for Dent.
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3. Alex Mastromanno
The FSU kicker was consistent in 2021. Saturday averaged 43.1 yards per kick with 4 of his shots falling inside 20. The biggest factor this season for Mastromanno has been 16 balls inside the 20 with not going to touch the ball. Talking about the effect of hidden yards – he’s done his part in putting opponents’ offenses in tricky situations all season.
1. Maurice Smith
Smith, simply put, struggled through the last month of the season. Saturday was a disappointing day when I watched him play. Several sudden problems, two penalty kicks before kicks, and the constant rebounding of the ball. He wore it last season as well. It’s FSU’s top choice because there’s little depth to the center, but at least 5 plays were killed on Saturday because Smith couldn’t stop the internal pressure the Eagles were bringing.
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2. Brady Scott
Like Smith, Scott has struggled when he had to step in for two injured players this season. The descent from Devontay Love-Taylor and Baveon Johnson to Scott is too much for FSU’s offensive line on a consistent play-by-play basis. The inside of the streak when it’s not 100% on par with the poor play we’ve seen from years past.