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    Florida State vs. Oklahoma - Offensive Game Notes

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    Jones rolls for 107 in opener 
    Florida State junior running back Ty Jones rushed for a 107 yards and one touchdown in the Seminoles' 59-6 victory over Samford. It marked the second consecu?tive game a Seminole back has eclipsed the century mark, following Jermaine Thomas' 121-yard performance in FSU's Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia. Jones' 107-yard effort was the 13th of 100 or more by an FSU back dating to the 2007 season. FSU is 9-4 in games when a Seminole runs for 100 or more yards. 

    Jones averages a Baker's Dozen 
    With 107 rushing yards on just eight carries, junior tailback Ty Jones averaged 13.4 yards a carry in the Seminoles' win over Samford. He did the bulk of his damage with a 57-yard touchdown run for FSU's eighth touchdown of the game, which pushed the lead to 49-6. The scoring burst was Jones' longest career run from scrimmage, even though he has shown a knack for breaking off large chunks of real estate at a time. He needed just 12 carries to post a career-high 108 yards (9.0 ypc) in last season's 54-28 win at BYU. In his career-high 108-yard rushing performance at BYU last season. Jones capped his freshman season with 55 yards on four carries (13.8) against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl, including his previous long TD run of 14 yards. 

    No loss of yardage here 
    Florida State's four primary ball carriers - Ty Jones, Jermaine Thomas, Chris Thompson and Debrale Smiley - combined for 21 carries for 164 yards against Samford (7.8 ypc), behind the Seminoles' veteran offensive line. Even more impressive, none of them were dropped behind the line of scrimmage for negative yards by the Bulldogs defense. 

    FSU backs finding the paint 
    For the fourth time in Florida State's last five games the Seminoles rumbled into the end zone three times for rush?ing touchdowns against Samford. Starter Jermaine Thomas, who led the 'Noles with nine rushing touchdowns in 2009, broke the plane first and was followed by Ty Jones and Chris Thompson. Beginning with its 41-28 win at Wake Forest on Nov. 14, 2009, FSU closed out last season with three rushing scores against the Demon Deacons, four against Maryland and three more against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. 

    QBs connect with remarkable accuracy 
    Florida State Heisman Trophy candidate Christian Ponder (12-14-1, .857) and EJ Manuel (10-13-1, .769) made a serious run at the single-game school mark for completion percentage against Samford. They combined to complete .815 percent (22 of 27) against the Bulldogs, which ranks among the best days in school history. Ponder was responsible for the single-game, team completion percentage mark last season at North Carolina when he went 33 of 40 (.825) on Oct. 22, 2009 in a 30-27, come-from-behind victory. 

    Ponder working on completion streak 
    Christian Ponder carries a streak of 10 consecutive completions into the Oklahoma game. The fifth-year senior played only one half against Samford and was at his best in the second quarter. The Texas native was a perfect six of six for 76 yards and three touchdowns, after completing his final four attempts of the first quarter, including a 4-yard scoring toss to Lonnie Pryor. EJ Manuel played most of the second half before redshirt freshman Will Secord came in for the final series. 

    Spreading the ball around 
    Four different FSU receivers were the re?cipients of Christian Ponder's 12 first half completions as he moved the ball around generously against Samford. Fullback Lonnie Pryor collected three receptions for 23 yards and two touchdowns, while wideout Taiwan Easterling also caught three balls for 39 yards and a score. Bert Reed and Chris Thompson added two receptions each. EJ Manuel was even better in the second half, spreading his 10 completions among eight different receivers. In all, nine Seminoles finished the day with at least one reception. 

    Reed leads all receivers in opener 
    Junior wide receiver Bert Reed caught a team-high five passes for 50 yards and ?tory over Samford. Reed also got back in to the scoring column with a receiving touchdown in the second quarter, which gave the Seminoles a 14-0 lead. The Panama City native caught 60 passes for 710 yards last season - tops among returnees - but finally found his way into the end zone by collecting a 15-yard strike from Christian Ponder early in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown reception since Oct. 16, 2008 against N.C. State - a span of 21 games - and just the fourth of his career. 
    Reed's Touchdowns 
    No Opponent Date Outcome 
    1 Western Carolina Sept. 6, 2008 W, 69-0 1 Chattanooga Sept. 13, 2008 W, 46-7 1 NC State Oct. 16, 2008 W, 25-17 1 Samford Sept. 4, 2010 W, 59-6 

    Reed inching toward 100 receptions 
    Junior Bert Reed, who is on the 2010 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, caught five passes in the Seminoles' victory over Samford and enters Saturday's game against Oklahoma with 88 career receptions. He is looking to become only the 24th receiver in school history with 100 or more receptions. Reed needs seven receptions to move into the Seminoles' all-time top 25 for career receptions with 95. The last FSU player to surpass the 100reception mark in his career was Preston Parker, who collected 104 career catches from 2006-08. 

    Moving up the receptions chart 
    Rank Player 
    1. Ron Sellers 
    5. Greg Carr 
    15. Anquan Boldin 
    1 Ron Dugans 
    2 Preston Parker 
    3 Jackie Flowers Kevin Knox 
    1 Hassan Jones 
    2 Matt Frier --Bert Reed 

    Years No. 
    1966-68 211 
    2004-08 148 
    1999-02 118 
    1999-95 105 
    2006-08 104 
    1976-79 102 
    1989-93 102 
    1982-85 98 
    1989-93 95 
    2008-10 88 

    Easterling adds to career TD total 
    Junior wide receiver Taiwan Easterling caught four passes for a team-leading 56 yards and one touchdown in the Seminoles' season opening victory over Sam-ford. His 11-yard touchdown pass from Christian Ponder in the second quarter of the Seminoles' opening day victory gives him four for his career and at least one in each of the first three seasons of his career. Easterling's touchdown against Samford was his first against a team from outside of the ACC. His first three scoring grabs came against NC State in 2008, and Miami and North Carolina in 2009. 


    Youth is served 
    After one week of play, Florida State has already solidified its position as one of the youngest teams in the country. The Seminoles played 13 true freshmen against Samford; the second-most among FBS schools. In addition, FSU played nine redshirt freshmen, while six others who made their first appearance in Seminole games. 
    True freshmen by the numbers 
    School No. 
    Florida 15 Air Force 13 Florida State 13 Auburn 12 Oklahoma State 12 Tennessee 12 Texas 12 UNLV 12 Miami (Fla.) 10 Syracuse 10 Vanderbilt 10 LSU 9 San Jose State 9 Texas A&M 9 Tulane 9 Alabama 8 Oklahoma 8 Colorado State 7 Kent State 7 South Carolina 7 Washington State 7 West Virginia 7 

    Grad to have you 
    With the recent addition of walk-on punter Kevin Campbell to Florida State's roster, the Seminoles rank among the national leaders with five college graduates on the roster: 
    School Graduates 
    Boston College (14) Auburn (11) Tennessee (9) Kansas State (8) Virginia Tech (8) UCF (8) Memphis (7) Texas A&M (7) Marshall (7) Northwestern (7) Virginia (6) East Carolina (6) Baylor (6) Auburn (6) Fresno State (6) Nebraska (6) Clemson (6) Georgia Tech (6) LA Tech (6) Florida State (5) Louisiana (5) TCU (5) Arkansas State (5) 
    Seminoles with undergrad degrees 
    QB Christian Ponder* FS Ochuko Jenije C Ryan McMahon DE Jamar Jackson P Kevin Campbell 
    * - also holds MBA 
    marked the 10th time in the last 11 games the 'Noles have amassed at least 200 passing yards and the 11th time in the last 14 games they have eclipsed 400 yards in total offense. FSU finished second in the ACC last season in total offense, averaging 421.4 yards per game. 
    Total offense last 14 games 
    Opponent Rush Pass Total 
    Samford 185 296 481 West Virginia 226 189 415 Florida 83 186 269 Maryland 198 206 404 Wake Forest 217 220 437 Clemson 128 264 392 NC State 278 277 555 North Carolina 43 395 438 Georgia Tech 180 359 539 Boston College 70 341 411 USF 19 269 288 BYU 313 199 512 Jacksonville St. 78 324 402 Miami 110 294 404 
    Totals 2,128 3,819 5,947 
    Averages 152.0 272.8 424.8 

    Easterling: From Diamond to Gridiron 
    Junior wide receiver Taiwan Easterling, who has caught 65 passes for 764 yards and three touchdowns as a Seminole football player, was a member of Florida State's ACC Championship baseball team which advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. As a receiver for the 2009 football team he posted career-highs for receptions (35) and yards (442) as the Seminoles capped the season by winning the 2010 Gator Bowl. A reserve outfielder for the baseball team in 2010, he played in 23 games and earned 23 at bats. Despite not participating in spring practice with the football team, Easterling is expected to start in the opener against Samford. 

    Offensive Line paves the way 
    Florida State's offensive line, generally considered one of the top starting units in all of college football, helped the Seminoles pile up 5,478 total yards and 43 touchdowns during the 2009 season. Florida State ranked second in the ACC and 28th in the nation in total offense 
    (421.4 yards per game). The Seminoles were third in the ACC (25th nationally) in passing offense (271.8 ypg) and fourth in the ACC (59th nationally) in rushing offense (149.5 ypg). FSU has improved its total offense output each of the past three seasons. Senior guard Rodney Hudson and senior center Ryan McMahon enter their fourth season as starters, while tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders and guard David Spurlock - all juniors - are third-year starters who have contributed significantly to that improvement. Collectively the unit boasts 147 career starts. 

    Three-year paving project 
    Year Pass Rush Total TDs 
    2007 3,143 1,659 4,802 27 2008 2,506 2,328 4,834 45 2009 3,354 1,944 5,478 43 

    Hudson: Two Jacobs better than one 
    All-American offensive guard Rodney Hudson, who won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2009, enters his final season looking to become only the 11th player to become a repeat winner of the league's award for the most dominant blocker. Should he win the award for the second consecutive season, he would become only the second guard in ACC history to win the award in back-to-back seasons. 
    Multiple Award Winners 
    Years Player School 
    1953-54 Bill Wohrman USC 1956-57 Hal McElhaney Duke 1961-62 Art Gregory Duke 1975-76 Billy Bryan Duke 1978-79 Jim Ritcher NC State 1984-85 Jim Dombrowski UVa 1990-91 Ray Roberts UVA 1994-95 Clay Shiver FSU 2001-02 Brett Williams FSU 2003-04 Elton Brown Virginia 
    Hudson in elite ACC company 
    All-American offensive guard Rodney Hudson enters the 2010 season looking to become only the seventh player in ACC history to earn All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons. He earned All-ACC First Team honors in 2008 and 2009 and All-ACC Second Team honors in 2007.  Only one player - Ted Brown of NC State - has earned All-ACC First Team honors in each of his four seasons. Only six players - three non-kickers - have earned All-ACC First or Second Team honors entering the 2010 season. Two of the players who have earned All-ACC honors four times are Seminoles - Travis Minor and Brett Williams - making FSU the only ACC school with multiple four-time selections. 
    Four Time All-ACC Performers 
    Travis Minor, Florida State, RB 
    1997 (2nd), '98 (1st), '99 (2nd), '00 (2nd) 
    Brett Williams, Florida State, T 
    1999 (2nd), '00 (2nd), '01 (1st), '02 (1st) 
    2010 Seminole Football - 8

    Will Brice, Virginia, P 
    1993 (2nd), '94 (2nd), '95 (1st), '96 (1st) 
    Ted Brown, NC State, RB 
    1975 (1st), '76 (1st), '77 (1st), '78 (1st) 
    Adam Podlesh, Maryland, P 
    2003 (2nd), '04 (2nd), '05 (2nd), '06 (2nd) 
    Nelson Welch, Clemson, K 
    1991 (1st), '92 (2nd), '93 (2nd), '94 (2nd) 

    Iron Ryan eyes perfection 
    Fifth-year senior center Ryan McMahon has battled injury and bigger opponents throughout his career, but remains the rock in the middle of position coach Rick Trickett's segment. McMahon, who made the transtion from defensive tackle to center in 2007, is working on a string of 40 consecutive starts entering the Oklahoma game. A Rimington Award candidate for a third consecutive season, McMahon is poised to become Florida State's all-time leader in games started and played. Over the course of his career he has handled all but a handful of snaps to start the Seminole offense. 

    Thomas hoping to double-up 
    Junior running back Jermaine Thomas, who led the Seminoles with a career-high 832 rushing yards in 2009, returns to a very productive backfield rotation. Thomas' rushing total was the most by a Seminole since Leon Washington rushed for 951 yards during the 2004 season. Thomas enters the 2010 season looking to lead the Seminoles in rushing for a second consecutive season, which would mark the 10th time for an FSU player since 1990 and 1991. Six Florida State players have led the team in rushing in consecutive seasons since the 1990 and 1991 seasons, including Travis Minor, who led the Seminoles in rushing in four consecutive seasons (1997-2000). 

    Back-To-Back Rushing Leaders 
    Years Player Totals 
    2007-08 Antone Smith 1,611 2005-06 Lorenzo Booker 1,178 2002-03 Greg Jones 1,556 2001-02 Greg Jones 1,651 1999-00 Travis Minor 1,738 1998-99 Travis Minor 1,672 1997-98 Travis Minor 1,480 1995-96 Warrick Dunn 2,422 1994-95 Warrick Dunn 2,268 1990-91 Amp Lee 1,802 

    Top seven rushers return 
    Led by Jermaine Thomas, the Seminoles' top seven rushers are back on the roster for the 2010 season. Thomas (832 yards) leads a pack of players including Ty Jones (251), EJ Manuel (196), Christian Ponder (179), Lonnie Pryor (156), Chris Thompson (120) and Bert Reed (94). They combined for 1,828 yards last season. In all, returning Seminoles produced 1,839 of last season's 1,944 yards (94.6 percent).  The Seminoles lost only one runner (Tavares Pressley to injury) who gained more than 50 yards rushing in 2009. 

    Offense operates with Ginsu precision 
    Florida State returns 10 starters from its 2009 offense, which at time was also the Seminoles' best defense. With quarterbacks Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel at the controls, FSU put together 21 scoring drives of 10 or more plays; 14 of which resulted in touchdowns. It registered a season-best 17-play TD drive at BYU which covered 86 yards and chewed a season-high 8:19 off the clock - one of four on the day the win in Provo, Utah. The Seminoles' proficiency  was easily identifiable in other quantitative ways as well. Their furthest sustained drive covered 98 yards in 12 plays, resulting in a TD against NC State. Of the 21 double-digit scoring drives, 15 of them extended five minutes or longer. On the season the 'Noles put together three scoring drives of 90 or more yards, eight between 80-89 yards, 10 between 70-79 yards and 14 from 60-69 yards. 

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