October 11, 2012

Insider Report: OL looks to overcome struggles

Sunday barbecue helps FSU move on

After a stunning loss to North Carolina State, many Florida State players may have felt they wanted to just crawl into a hole and be by themselves on Sunday, but the team's veteran leaders made sure this wasn't the case.

Rather than sulk by themselves a majority of the players gathered at Nick Moody's house for a barbecue arraigned by fellow senior Vince Williams.

Williams started things off by fixing up an arrangement of ribs, chicken and sausages among other meats, before handing the grill over to Anthony McCloud.

"It was pretty good," safety Lamarcus Joyner said. "You know losses, when it's a disappointment a lot of guys look to point fingers and people want to be to themselves and lock themselves in a box and feel like the world is falling. We still think the world of each other and still have a lot going, we just had to keep that unity and get together and overcome this as a unit."

Christian Jones said spending the afternoon with his teammates really helped but the sting of Saturday's loss behind him.

"It helped a lot," Jones said. "Just a bunch of us getting together playing video games, eating, just to get our minds off the game. It was good that we did that because we weren't thinking about the game, (now) we're just focused on what's next."

Williams said that he really feels the team has moved on from the loss and is ready to make sure it doesn't turn into multiple defeats.

"I think in year's past we just didn't have the maturity or the leadership to really deal with that.," Williams said. "Now we have leaders that have seen a lot things. We have great amazing leadership on the team."

Linebackers ready for more action

The Seminoles linebacking corps knows that once teams see the film of the second half of Saturday's game against N.C. State that they will instantly become the targets for opposing offenses.

Throughout the second half the Wolfpack used crossing routes across the middle of the field to keep drives alive in their comeback win.

"Obviously we've opened up a can of worms, now people think our linebackers can't cover so this is a two-headed sword," said Williams. "Now we're going to get more attention. To me I see it as just as getting more opportunities to make more plays."

Jones agreed with Williams that teams will most likely attack the linebackers after watching the film, but he thinks that despite the success N.C. State had the linebackers did an OK job in coverage.

"Every game we have mistakes and learn from them," said Jones, who had team-high 14 tackles on Saturday. "Even though they were able to do that against us I think we made it pretty hard on them. They had to work for everything they got. If they do (attack us) we'll be prepared and ready for it."

While Williams and Jones each welcome the extra opportunities to make a play for the defense, Williams admitted that it will take some tweaking from the coaching staff for the correct adjustments to be made.

"It's going to be a two-part effort," he said. "It's going to be for the coaches to coach it slightly different or to come up with a slightly different way to better defend it, and it's for us to take it and try to perfect what they're telling us to do."

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