Quick Hits: 2 Keys To Victory For Florida State This Saturday
E.J. Manuel and Sammy Watkins – they may not line up against one another, but their play will determine the outcome of this game.
For senior quarterback E.J. Manuel, this is his game to shine in. Still doubted by many if he is truly an elite quarterback, the stage is set for him this Saturday to perform to his full potential – the potential that Jimbo Fisher saw in him when he recruited him five years ago.
Although the match-up with the Tigers is pivotal for FSU’s chances of winning a national title, when 8 p.m. comes around this Saturday, E.J. Manuel needs to be successful in this game simply for E.J. Manuel. Coming into this season as FSU’s all-time most accurate quarterback, with a completion percentage at 66.1, Manuel will have to be as accurate as ever when hitting the Seminoles’ talented group of receivers. Although Clemson’s offense is as dynamic and explosive as ever with several weapons to go to, FSU’s offense needs to take advantage of the Tigers’ semi-shaky defense that has had potential to give up big plays.
Another key for the Seminoles is being able to contain Clemson’s star wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, who played in his first game of the season last week after serving a 2-game suspension. In his first game back against Furman, Watkins had four receptions for 52 yards. Florida State’s defense struggled with him in last season’s match-up against the Tigers, when Watkins caught seven passes for a total of 141 yards. Although the Seminoles have been impressive in allowing only three points in their first three games this season, their truest test will come this Saturday.