Today ended with a strong finish to the 2017 season, and there is officially brighter days for the Seminoles of Florida State. It seemed like every thing was positive for Florida State today. Odell Haggins went 2-0 as interim head coach, Deion Sanders was on the sideline, and the players actually had fun for once. The Florida State offensive line played their most complete game, and showed why Rick Trickett is a treasure in this game. Minus some troubles with their pulling guards, some false start penalties; the Florida State offensive line played great. The big guys for Florida State were perfect with pass blocking today, and that is something that bodes well for their future.
FSU Offensive Line Pass Blocking Statistics
0 Sacks Allowed
1 QB Hurry Allowed
There is a reason why QB James Blackman had his career day today. Blackman deserves plenty of credit, and his award today, because statistics like that are hard to achieve against air. Nonetheless this was made easy by the pass blocking of the FSU offensive line today. They have had their issues this season protecting the QB, but they were very fundamental today. Watching the game tape again, the offensive tackles did a great job kick sliding with their shoulders square. In previous games, the offensive tackles would open their gate, allowing defensive ends to rush around them.
The improvement from bowl practice for the Offensive Tackles
In the gif above, the offensive tackles did a poor job of kicking straight back, and staying square. It is fine to turn your shoulders at some point, but both offensive tackles turned too soon. Also both punches from the offensive tackles were not effective at all, as they did not get separation from the defensive players. Now look at the gif below, focus on the punches, and see if the tackles kicked back far enough. The bowl practice equated in improvement of pass blocking fundamentals for this offensive line.
Executing the cut block for next season
As we all know, the offensive style we saw from FSU today is now extinct. They are going to move fast next season, and call a lot of quick passes, which will cause for a lot of cut blocking from the offensive line. In the gif below, which was a touchdown, the offensive line executed their cuts, giving Blackman plenty of time.
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