After a one-week hiatus, it's that time again; let's give out some tomahawks.
I didn't release a "Tomahawk Allotment" column after the Oklahoma loss because it's my personal policy to refrain from doing so when the scoreboard from the previous weekend doesn't put a tally in the 'Noles win column.
Here's hoping the Seminole players read my work here on the Seminoles.com Blog and the added motivation of not being allotted a figurative tomahawk gives them the extra boost to go out and knock some heads come gameday after a loss.
Who knows, perhaps the absence of a week two "Tomahawk Allotment" was the reason that FSU bounced back and beat up BYU last weekend. (I can dream, right?)
More realistically, perhaps it was the simple fact that a humbling loss like the one sustained at Oklahoma was all the fuel that was needed to get the good guys back on track. Head coach Jimbo Fisher had said all week that his program wasn't going to quickly forget the trip to Norman, Okla. but rather remember that feeling of defeat and use the lessons learned to improve.
Using that logic, my first tomahawk for week three goes to the entire program. Adversity can sometimes kill teams and what happened against the Sooners could have easily done just that. But instead of a "sky is falling" type of attitude from the coaches and players, that theme of learning a lesson was the difference against the Cougars at home last Saturday.
From better tackling to better offensive execution, it was clear that the Seminoles used the week to improve upon the mistakes they had made on the road.
My second tomahawk this week goes to the men in the trenches for FSU - on both sides of the ball. The offensive line paved the way for a dynamic run-game that very nearly produced two 100-yard rushers in Chris Thompson and Ty Jones. The defensive line also controlled the line of scrimmage and helped lead an attack that held BYU under 200 total yards of offense, including less than 40 total yards in the entire second half.
As of Thursday afternoon, FSU leads the nation in sacks. Not too bad for a unit that struggled mightily in that category last year.
Talking about the offensive line again, I have a special "welcome to the show" tomahawk that needs to be allotted to redshirt freshman Henry Orelus.
Orelus stepped in at left tackle for the injured Andrew Datko against BYU and certainly didn't look anything like a young man getting the first action of his collegiate career. He did a phenomenal job protecting quarterback Christian Ponder's blind side and he even helped spring Thompson on his 83-yard lightning-bolt run to the endzone for a Seminole score.
With Datko's injured shoulder still a question mark, don't be surprised to see Orelus again very soon.
By the way, since I have no doubt that Orelus will become a household name by the time his FSU career is done, we all need to make sure we know how to say that name - you know, when you are in your house.
Think of it this way: it's Or-eh-Lease. Hopefully my penchant to properly produce a pronunciation is perfectly, ummm, palpable for each of you out there. (Too much?)
My final tomahawk this week goes to a group that has continued to surprise me this year. It's a group that I used to belong to: the students.
I have been in Tallahassee for just over eight years now and I have never seen the student section at Doak Campbell Stadium so powerful early on. Sure, the Miami and Florida games always bring out the best in the students here but for the games so far this year against Samford and BYU, you all have dominated the north side of the stadium.
Major props to each of you for getting to the game before kickoff, staying loud, getting involved in the warchant and for doing your part to make Doak a scary place for opponents. Keep it going this weekend against Wake Forest at 3:30 and throughout the rest of the season and I promise you the players and coaches will feed off your energy and excitement.
More turn-outs like the first two games and the 'Noles will stay undefeated at home.
That's all I've got for this week. Make sure you stay tuned in to Seminoles.com for all the coverage leading up to Saturday's game against the Demon Deacons. For those of you unable to make the game we have everything you will need to stay on top of the action from live statistics to an interactive game chat.
And for those of you that will be inside those hallowed walls of Doak Campbell Stadium, I'll see you there.