As the 7th-ranked Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on No. 3 Florida State during a primetime showdown on Saturday, Canes Warning recently had the opportunity to chat with Jack Jorgensen of Chop Chat.
Canes Warning: What must Miami do on defense to limit Jameis Winston?
- Jack Jorgensen: It’s not really about what Miami needs to do, it’s about what they DON’T need to do and that’s blitz Jameis. For whatever reason, these teams so far can’t get it through their heads that the blitz doesn’t affect him whatsoever. If anything, trying to put the pressure on him has only made him that much more successful by opening things up down the field a lot more for him. Best case scenario for Miami would be to just try and disguise some secondary packages to see if they can force some mistakes down the field that they may be able to capitalize on.
CW: What is one key that Miami must do to leave Tallahassee victorious?
- To walk out of Tallahassee victorious, the ‘Canes absolutely need to be able to utilize Duke Johnson and Dallas Crawford out of the backfield and spread the Florida State defense out as best they can. This game can’t be put in the hands of Morris, plain and simple in my opinion. While young, this Florida State defense is beginning to click at the perfect time especially in the secondary. If they can throw some focus on Duke and Crawford out of the backfield, then that could make things a little bit easier for Morris when he does have to throw the ball.
CW: Which part of Florida State’s play do you feel most confident in? Most vulnerable?
- As much as people would think I’d answer that first question with Jameis, I’ll say I’m most confident in the secondary. Jeremy Pruitt brought a lot of the complex Alabama schemes to Tally with him and the guys have picked up wonderfully on them, as evidenced in the Clemson game. There’s so many things they can do to confuse your offense, it’s so much fun to watch them work. As far as most vulnerable, the offensive line has been a bit banged up this year. Our veteran center Bryan Stork got his bell rung against Maryland a few weeks ago, and they have had Jameis in some vulnerable positions. If not for Jameis’ amazing awareness, you’d be able to see this weakness a bit more.
CW: How do you see Duke Johnson performing against a talented FSU defense?
- Again, like I said before, I can see Duke doing good if they mix up the things that he does. He’s not going to straight tear through the FSU front four strictly by taking hand offs. James Coley needs to mix things up with Johnson by getting him some touches out of the backfield.
CW: Who worries you most on Miami’s team?
- Stacy Coley, when he’s actually catching the ball. If it weren’t for his affinity for simply not hauling the ball in at times is a bit concerning. However, I feel that the one game is coming where he and Morris just click together, and I hope that’s not on Saturday.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 8:00 pm ET
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL.