Seminoles on different offensive path

Maryland-Fla. State matchup

October 22, 2001|By Staff reports

Florida State running game vs. Maryland run defense:

This should be more of a concern for the Terps than it has been in past years. Seminoles offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden is depending on his running backs as more than just decoys for the pass.

To take pressure off redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Rix, the Seminoles have tried to use more of a power attack. With junior tackle Brett Williams and junior guard Montrae Holland as the only returning starters, the team's offensive line struggled with run blocking against North Carolina last month.

But in the past two weeks, against Virginia and Miami, Florida State averaged 258.5 yards on the ground, including 303 in its last effort, led by Greg Jones (107 yards) and Nick Maddux (76 yards).

But Maryland also should be tougher to run against than Florida State might have expected in the past. The Terps' defensive line gets much better penetration than just a year ago, and linebackers E.J. Henderson, Aaron Thompson and Leon Joe clean up from there.

The result is a unit that has allowed 703 yards in seven games this season, a 49 percent reduction from the 1,382 yards it had given up at this point last season.

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