Florida State is bowl-eligible once again. The Seminoles earned win #6 on Saturday with an easy 49-12 beatdown of FCS program Alabama State at Doak Campbell Stadium.
FSU will now have an extra week to prepare for rival Florida. For the next-to-last time this regular season, the Fifth Quarter team of moderators hand out their game balls to the Seminoles who stood out in all facets of Saturday’s contest. Handing out game balls this week is Mike Ferguson, Cory, Rednollah, Garlic Wing Sauce and Fox15GTI:
Unanimous Game Ball: James Blackman, QB
Since being reinserted into the starting lineup, redshirt sophomore quarterback James Blackman has accounted for 674 total yards and five touchdown passes in two games. In Saturday’s win over the Hornets, Blackman passed for 246 yards on 13-22 passing with three touchdowns. That included a 69-yard scoring strike to Tamorrion Terry on FSU’s first play from scrimmage. Blackman also found Tre’Shaun Harrison and D.J. Matthews for touchdowns. In addition to the effort with his arm, Blackman rushed for a career-high 53 yards on just two carries, including a career-long 35-yard run.
Unanimous Game Ball: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S
One week after recording 22 tackles against Boston College, Florida State junior safety Hamsah Nasirildeen put on another show. Nasirildeen led FSU with 11 total tackles on Saturday, one stop for loss and an interception that he returned 80 yards for a touchdown. It was Florida State’s first non-offensive touchdown of the season. For the year, Nasirildeen leads FSU with 96 total tackles, three forced fumbles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
Mike Ferguson, Rednollah, Garlic Wing Sauce and Fox15GTI: Isaiah Bolden, DB
Since being sent back deep on kick returns, Isaiah Bolden has provided a spark to FSU’s otherwise unimpressive special teams. On his only kick return Saturday, Bolden returned it 34 yards inside the Alabama State 45-yard-line. With a short field, it took the Seminoles just four plays to march 41 yards and find the end zone. For the season, Bolden is averaging 28.5 yards per kick return on four returns.
Cory: Grant Glennon, LS
Florida State said goodbye to a disappointing senior class on Saturday for Senior Day, and the hometown faithful got to say goodbye to what has been a disappointing special teams unit. This week’s (and probably this season’s) special teams game ball goes to long snapper Grant Glennon. For all of FSU’s special teams woes, Glennon was never one of them.
Photo courtesy of Bill Pearce/FSU athletics