Florida State Seminoles v Ole Miss Rebels
Monday, September 5, 2016
Camping World Stadium/Orlando, FL
Score: Florida State 45, Ole Miss 34
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
Florida State Offense
Dalvin Cook, RB, Junior: It was fantastic to see Cook more involved as a receiver in the passing game where he tallied 7 receptions for 101 yards. In 2015, Cook averaged just 2 catches for 21 yards per game. As he competes to be the top running back in a deep and talented class, showing his full array of skills is paramount. Cook demonstrated good hands, ball skills and even elevated to secure a catch between zones. Lethal with the ball in his hands, Cook was dynamic and elusive in space as we have come to expect. Stock: Up
Roderick Johnson, OT, Junior: This was a forgettable performance for Johnson who was coming off a season in which he won the ACC offensive lineman of the year award. Johnson was clunky in his pass pro sets and allowed far too much pressure on the quarterback. He showed consistent lunging to initiate contact and bending at the waste. There were a few flashes in the run game where he worked his hands well throughout the snap to latch on the inside and sustain blocks but this was a very poor showing. Stock: Down
Florida State Defense
Demarcus Walker, DE, Senior: Walker was one of the main catalysts in the Seminoles come-from-behind win as he tallied 4.5 sacks including one strip-sack. It’s worth mentioning that my notes from earlier in the game cited elongated pass rush moves and lack of flexibility. Each of the 4.5 sacks came either from lining up at 3-technique or rushing from the edge and attacking the B-gap. With that said, getting after the passer is getting after the passer and as long as Walker lines up where he can succeed, he showcased the ability to accomplish that at a high level. Walker showed an impressive swim move and closing burst to the quarterback. Stock: Up
Ole Miss Offense
Evan Engram, TE, Senior: Engram had a terrific showing against Florida State by working the seams and providing a size/athletic mismatch for the secondary. Lining up in the slot, Engram totaled nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. Effectively using his body to box-out opponents, Engram was able to position his frame to make contested on a few occasions. Engram ran well-timed routes against zone coverage and knew how to find space between zones. While Engram did make a considerable impact on the game, he did have 2 drops and one of those lead to an interception. Engram proved to be a difficult cover for the Seminoles which is exactly why he is such an intriguing talent. Stock: Up
Chad Kelly, QB, Senior: This was a typical Kelly performance that we’ve come to expect from the talented but highly inconsistent quarterback. The traits we love to see where on display: the big arm, willingness to test man coverage, athleticism and ability to extend plays with his feet. With that said, so were the bad ones: lack of natural pocket presence, forcing throws, questionable decisions, locking onto targets. Kelly continues to be a total mixed-bag and when combined with his questionable off-the-field history, his appeal is mitigated. I was hoping for more consistency from Kelly in his senior season but it did not start well. Stock: Down
Ole Miss Defense
Marquis Haynes, EDGE, Junior: Haynes gave the FSU offensive tackles fits with his top-end speed off the edge when rushing the passer. Flying past blockers on the edge, Haynes closing burst was too quick for blockers to slide laterally and shut down gaps resulting in pressure on the passer and a tackle for loss against the run. Haynes was able to get under blockers pads and press rush angles while also showing impressive speed-to-power conversion. Listed at 6030, 222 pounds mitigates some of his appeal but his ability to get after the passer in this game was obvious. Stock: Up
Tony Conner, S, Senior: Labeled a safety, Conner primarily plays in the box. Typically safeties that function more as a linebacker offer terrific athletic ability and range which helps overcome their size deficiency. This is not the case with Conner. He flat out looks slow with no burst and clunky transitions when changing directions. Perhaps he isn’t healthy but Conner was underwhelming in summer film study and against the Seminoles. Stock: Down
Other Players that Flashed
Travis Rudolph, WR, Junior, Florida State: With a redshirt freshman quarterback starting, Rudolph provided a reliable target as he raced up six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph worked hard for the football and found space for his young passer.
Derek Nnadi, DT, Florida State: Nnadi showed a strong anchor and ability to stack and shed against the run. Listed at 6010, 312 pounds, those are important skills to have with a fire hydrant-like frame.
Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss: Stringfellow had a modest 3 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown but on each of those three catches, Stringfellow displayed appealing traits that had me craving for more opportunities. On the TD catch, Stringfellow ran a terrific slant route vs man coverage where he timed his stick, established inside leverage and extended his arms to give the corner no shot at disrupting the catch. He went on to show ability to win at the catch point again by securing a back shoulder catch in which he timed his jump and adjusted to the football beautifully. His final reception was a circus catch on the sideline where he showed concentration and ridiculous body control to come down with a massive fourth down catch to extend the Rebels chance to win the game.
DJ Jones, DT, Ole Miss: Listed at 321 ponds, Jones is a massive space-eater but I came away impressed by his movements skills at that size. Jones was able to make a play moving laterally down the line of scrimmage on the line and showed terrific burst. Jones also displayed violent hands and good technique to disengage from blocks. He flashed the ability to play two gaps and even rush the passer as he totaled 2 quarterback hurries on the night. In my first time watching Jones, I was left with a great impression.
Best Players on the Field
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Demarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss