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Marino | Derwin James puts on tackling clinic in Florida State’s win over Duke

OCT 14 Florida State at Duke
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Marino | Derwin James puts on tackling clinic in Florida State’s win over Duke

Florida State Seminoles at Duke Blue Devils


Wallace Wade Stadium – Durham, NC

Score: Florida State (17), Duke (10)

Duke Blue Devils

34 Ben Humphreys, LB, Junior:

Slid off 3rd and 1 tackle where he had the ball carrier stopped behind the LOS – drive ended in a field goal that put FSU up by 7 in the third quarter. Can be slow to process and commit which takes him out of plays. Showed some burst in fourth quarter when challenged by double reverse by taking a good angle and closing down the distance. Over-matched in the hold by FSU RB Patrick.

Stock:  Same

99 Mike Ramsay, DT, Senior:

Shows good lateral mobility down the line of scrimmage to flow with outside zone runs. Continues to flash hand technique and functional strength at the point of attack. Not overly sudden or twitched up. Strong anchor against double team followed by shed for tackler at LOS. Got better as game went on and his ability to disengage from blocks flashed.

Stock: Same

44 Joe Giles-Harris, LB, R-Sophomore:

Perfect backside pursuit angle to make tackle on opposite field boundary run. Whiff in space despite tacking a perfect angle to the football; resulted in considerable yards after contact. Needs to be more aggressive scraping over top of blocks well challenged in lateral pursuit. Didn’t finish as cleanly as he usually does working into the sideline. Washed out of gap on Florida State’s 42-yard TD run in the fourth quarter; lead to huge rushing lane.

Stock:  Same

Florida State Seminoles

18 Auden Tate, WR, Junior: 

On 20-yard first quarter TD reception did a terrific job of crossing the CBs face to establish leverage and position himself favorably at the catch point; stout at the catch point. Shows effective footwork and hand usage to get off the line of scrimmage against press.

Stock:  Same

9 Josh Sweat, DE, Junior: 

On Duke’s first drive on off-tackle run he blew up the tackle and forced the RB to bubble his path to set up TFL for LB. Able to rush with good tilt to worker under pads, flatten and finish on late fourth quarter sack.

Stock: Same

91 Derrick Nnadi, DT, Senior: 

Capable of taking over the line of scrimmage with devastating power. Can overwhelm with strength, leverage and hand technique. If he wins with first contact its game over for interior offensive lineman.

Stock:  Same    

4 Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Junior:

Showcased passive tackling tendencies and appeared disinterested at times. On Duke’s late third quarter TD run to tie the contest, he casually squared up in space and the RB easily broke through contact for a touchdown. Tested in man coverage late in 4th quarter and mistimed him jump and allowed a completion along the sideline.

Stock: Same

3 Derwin James, S, Junior:  

Perfect form tackle in space on Duke’s first drive to force punt; controlled and physical and aggressively attacked downhill. Worked towards sideline after covering inside defender to make another textbook form tackle in space. Showcased outstanding tackling skills and closing burst throughout the game.

Stock:  Same


Other Players that Flashed 

Jacques Patrick, RB, Florida State, Junior:  Showcased the ability to grind out tough yards and challenge tacklers with physicality. Routinely broke first contact and tacklers slid off his thighs. Wore Duke down as the game progressed.

Marcus Gilbert, CB, Duke, Sophomore (Not eligible):  Picked off 4th pass of the season and leads the ACC in pass breakups per game. Also showcased physicality driving off his back foot in click and close situations.


Best Players on the Field

Derwin James, S, Florida State

Jacques Patrick, RB, Florida State

Forgettable Performances


Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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