Q&A with Florida State beat writer Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post

first_imgSyracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) is riding a four-game losing streak heading into its game on Saturday at noon at No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1). Follow along with SU-FSU coverage here or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Seminoles, The Daily Orange spoke with Florida State beat writer Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.The Daily Orange: How have Florida State’s players reacted to its last-second loss?Tom D’Angelo: First of all, they don’t know how to react. The reason I say that is there are 72 players on this roster who have never lost a regular-season game. The only loss most of these guys have ever been a part of is the semifinal playoff game last year against Oregon. So they haven’t had a loss where they have to come back to practice on Monday to get ready for another game except for 13 scholarship players, which, when you think about it, how amazing it was … As Jimbo Fisher said, make sure one loss doesn’t turn into two. A couple of them mentioned (the loss) will put a chip on their shoulder the rest of the season … They have Clemson next week and if they had won Saturday, they might have been kind of been looking ahead. Now they know they can’t look ahead. Coming off a loss, I think they will have a little more motivation.The D.O.: How do you assess quarterback Everett Golson’s play this year after transferring from Notre Dame?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textT.D.: It’s been kind of a slow process for Everett. Obviously it’s a much different system and also not having the benefit of a spring to get used to that system. He jumped in in August and he’s been inconsistent at times. He’s been very efficient, his fourth-quarter interception at Georgia Tech Saturday night was his first turnover … Everett’s the only senior on the two-deep depth chart (on offense). Every time they seem to take a couple steps forward, they take a couple steps back … (Golson)’s been improving, he’s been getting better, they just haven’t been able to put together that full consistent game against a good team.The D.O.: Florida State’s allowing 16.1 points per game, good for fourth best in the ACC. What’s made the unit effective?T.D.: There’s no question the defense has been the biggest surprise of the team and has allowed them to have the 6-1 record. Because of the inexperience and the youth on offense, the defense has carried this team … They’ve really been able to get a pass rush. Last year, they had 17 sacks all year. They had (16) in the first six games this year. That’s something they’ve really worked on. They made it a point of emphasis throughout training camp and you can really tell a difference in getting to the backfield and pressuring the quarterback. They were not able to do that last year. And that was part of it, the secondary last year had its problems but they also just weren’t getting pressure on the quarterback.The D.O.: If Syracuse was to win, what’s one key area it would have to exploit?T.D.: The one thing teams have been able to do is Florida State has been vulnerable to the long passes. It actually cost them the game when Georgia Tech threw a 22-yard pass on fourth down on the drive where they kicked a field goal to tie it with about a minute to go. Brad Kaaya had a 75-yard touchdown pass in the Miami game. So they have been a little vulnerable to that. It’s hard to run on these guys. … That would be the one area to exploit because you can’t run on them. Comments Published on October 30, 2015 at 7:57 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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