Mario Edwards Jr. was a force to be reckoned with against Virginia on Saturday, racking up a career-best nine tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in the Seminoles’ win.
The reason for the big game, writes the Tallahassee Democrat, is that Edwards is finally healthy after an injury-plagued season.
From the Democrat:
"I've been trying to get back healthy," Edwards, Jr. said. "From spraining my MCL (against Syracuse) and all that stuff and having a concussion, I couldn't do the things I needed to do to keep my weight where it is. So now I'm good and back healthy and I've got my weight where I want it to be."
A healthy and productive Edwards could be a crucial weapon this week against Miami, particularly given that the Hurricanes’ starting left tackle, Ereck Flowers, may not play due to an injury of his own.
For the season, Florida State has recorded a sack rate of just 4.9 percent — good for 90th nationally and down from 7.6 percent a year ago. But getting some pressure on Miami QB Brad Kaaya is crucial.
Kaaya has been sacked twice in each of his last three games and has been taken down multiple times in six of eight games this year. Making the true freshman uncomfortable — and ideally forcing him into a few mistakes — will be a priority for FSU. Miami QBs have six turnovers in the Canes’ four-game losing streak to the Seminoles.
A few more links:
Florida State has been outscored 51-45 in the first halves of its last three games, and Miami is hoping to take advantage of another slow start for the Seminoles, writes the Sun-Sentinel.
Jimbo Fisher is looking forward to another chapter in an old rivalry, writes Fox Sports.
Fisher channelled his inner Al Pacino, writes the Orlando Sentinel.
If NC State can cut down on the mistakes, getting to eight wins this season isn’t out of the question, writes the Charlotte Observer.
The injury problems continue to add up for Virginia Tech, which will start a converted defensive end on the offensive line against Duke, writes The Roanoke Times.
Is Syracuse a college football town? Syracuse.com looks at some data.