The Seminoles have just wrapped up their first win of the season, drubbing Murray State 69-3 and giving the 72,000+ at Doak Campbell a show in their opener.
A few quick things to update you on:
-Brandon Jenkins' ankle was X-Rayed and came back negative, he was held out of the second half of the game and is likely day-to-day with what is listed as a foot contusion.
-Menelik Watson was banged up but actually didn't acknowledge he was hurt until the coaches made him go get treatment. Watson just played his first game at FSU, ninth game total. He was excellent all things considered. Him and Cam Erving may just end up living up to the billing. Of course we'll need to wait until week four to know for sure.
Clemson looks like the real deal, Wake Forest almost lost to Liberty today.
-Savannah State is going to be a bloodbath. That team was down 70-0 to Oklahoma State with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter today. FSU didn't schedule Savannah completely on purpose, they were slated to play West Virginia, but the Mountaineers pulled out due to their move to the Big 12. .
-James Wilder earned his first gameball after rushing for 106 yards and a couple score. Wilder had a tough summer, but he's a genuinely engaging guy and somebody who personally, you can't help but root for. Of all the backs on the FSU roster, I find Wilder the most intriguing because he is litetally a linebacker running the football. Once Wilder gets into the second level he's typically as big, if not bigger than everyone, and he loves initiating contact. Wilder could really blossom down the road.
-Kenny Shaw had a nice bounceback after bobbling a ball that ended up getting picked. He got it pretty rough on the sideline, but ended up catching EJ Manuel's lone touchdown of the evening and also caught a beautiful 40-yard pass down the seam.
-Kelvin Benjamin saw some playing time, but it was mostly a tease. He finished the day with 3 receptions for 50 yards but the long-ball, which make no mistake about it is what we're all waiting to see, has yet to be thrown to him.
-Still no word on Mario Edwards, he didn't appear to be dressed but we also weren't able to ask about him during Jimbo's remarks. I would imagine you'll see Edwards next week, especially if there's any question about Brandon Jenkins' ankle. But for now it remains a mystery.
-Chris Hatcher stopped just short of saying he thinks FSU could win the national title, but he did say FSU has the best defense that he's ever seen as a coach. A word of warning though about national title predictions: Kirk Herbstreit, who picked FSU to win it all, also picked Pittsburgh to win the Big East. Today Pittsburgh lost to Youngstown State by a couple scores.
-Tank Carradine had an underrated day, obviously Bjoern Werner stole the show, but in Brandon Jenkin's abscense Carradine recorded a sack and a couple tackles for loss. Jenkins and Werner said all summer Carradine is on their level, if Jenkins misses any time Tank will have a chance to prove that.
-There is some confusion as to what the sacks and tackles for loss record actually is at FSU. We know Werner had the most TFL's since 2002, whether or not he tied a school record is still being researched as of this post. His four sacks is one short of the record though.
-Ronald Darby got to play a lot. Early in the first quarter when he broke on a ball for a pass-breakup he nearly ended up with a pick-six. All summer the players and coaches have talked up Darby, based on first impressions it wasn't camp-speak. It was legit.
I've got TONS more for you throughout today and tomorrow. Lots of player interviews, more analysis and I'll also have a few other items from around the ACC.