After three straight years of offensive frustration, offensive coordinator
Jeff Bowden was forced out and replaced by highly regarded Jimbo Fisher. Fisher
arrives from LSU where he obtained the reputation for having an innovative, big
play offense. Fisher looks for a balanced offense, and to assist the running
game, FSU brought in one of the top offensive line coaches in the country in
Rick Trickett from West Virginia. Trickett’s zone blocking schemes with wider
splits in the line helped create the spread offense that has made West Virginia
so dangerous. So far the offensive results have not improved over Jeff Bowden’s
offense, but Trickett’s blocking scheme generally takes some time to learn, and
Fisher does not have the type of personnel that he would like, so the verdict is
still out on the improvement in the Florida State offense.
Weatherford (#11, 6-2.5 215, r-Jr., 4.85) is a drop-back quarterback with some
mobility, but he is most effective when he sets and throws on rhythm.
Weatherford’s throwing mechanics can break down when pressured, so Tech will
undoubtedly try to get him to move in the pocket. Last year his decision making
faltered when pressured, forcing passes into coverage and making bad reads.
However, this year he has limited the mistakes and appears to recognize defenses
better. Still, Bud Foster will likely give Weatherford some unique looks.
Weatherford’s ability to read the Hokies’ coverage schemes will likely be a
major key for the FSU offense.
Antone Smith (#6, 5-8.5 187, Jr., 4.35) is a big play back with breakaway
speed. He is amazingly strong for his size with a 440 bench press. He can break
tackles running inside, but Smith is most dangerous when running outside. Smith
is more of an explosive back who can break tackles than a
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