November 15, 2007

ASI Insider Report: Secondary concerns

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Secondary concerns (By Derek Redd, Osceola)

The bad news was evident as soon as Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews looked at the Virginia Tech game film. Defensive backs out of position, wide receivers running by, and long plays the result. Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor completed passes of 31, 48, 28 and 45 yards.

Many of those big plays turned into points, and played a large part in FSU's loss to the Hokies. It's not the first time Andrews had seen those defensive breakdowns. The Seminoles allowed big plays against Miami and even in their upset win over Boston College.

The good news, Andrews said, is that those problems are correctable, and he can see where those problems lie.

"That's the biggest thing, their footwork, their hand placement," he said. "You don't ever get in a race you can't win. You can't let the guy just run by you.

"Those things are correctable," Andrews added. "It's just a shame it happens in a game instead of practice."

The Seminoles have used their practice time to work on the details of technique that have been missing at points late in the season. Corner Tony Carter said that as the season drags on, that devotion to technique can go missing.

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