3 up, 3 down: Florida vs Miami
Florida State’s 31-28 win over arch-rival Miami was a team effort. After getting 20-7 and giving up the lead, the Seminoles competed for the full 60 minutes for a thrilling win.
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Florida State’s performance on Saturday was led by several notable players helping to keep Noles in the game when they struggled in the third quarter. Here are 3 Up and 3 Down this week as we head into the last two regular season games of the season.
1. Jermaine Johnson
There is no doubt that Jermaine was the player of the game. He had one of the most dominant defensive performances in the series’ history. No other defensive player in the competition has gone into 5 tackles to lose like Johnson. Add to that 7 interventions and 3 sacks – Johnson was unstoppable on Saturday night. The last play where he came from the rear to chase the Miami tight end to force the punt was the perfect play to describe Jermaine – maximum effort, physicality and finishing ability. Saturday, most likely, locked up Jermaine’s All-American confession.
2. Amarion Cooper
It was a surprise to many that Cooper started in the corner. Over the past several weeks, Cooper has had great practice, as well as playing as a primary spare limit angle for the ‘Noles. Miami targeted the Cooper early on making them pay for it with an early interception on a well-played ball. He had 4 breakout passes to go with 2 tackles. His stock is on the rise and should see plenty of playing time as the regular season draws to a close.
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3. Jackie Douglas
In the season opener against Notre Dame, Douglas made a few massive offensive plays, one of which was to score. At that point, many believed he would play the slot for this offense in 2021. Against Miami, he was able to break away on the basis of normal play. His 59-yard catch of late was impressive, beating off coverage off the line and separating three yards. He had 4 grabs for 90 yards on Saturday.
For the first time this season, no players have seen their stock drop. From a smaller rotation to just a team that fought through adversity, there were no singles performances that left anything to be desired.