Three-point stance: FSU on the rise?

April, 13, 2010
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1. Because the head coach is Jimbo Fisher and, for the first time since 1975, not Bobby Bowden, there are still more questions than answers at Florida State. But keep in mind these numbers about the Seminoles: they have 18 returning starters, including one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Christian Ponder, and an astounding 142 career starts on the offensive line. If new coordinator Mark Stoops’ defense stops anyone, watch out for Florida State.

2. Norm Chow has been teaching a pro-style, West Coast offense for many years, which is why UCLA’s installation of the “pistol” offense this spring comes as such a surprise. But Chow, the Bruins coordinator, knows that UCLA simply must find a running game. The Bruins finished ninth in the Pac-10 in rushing, with 114.6 yards per game, last year. Nevada, running the pistol, tripled UCLA’s total and led the nation with 344.9 yards per game.

3. When veteran Kansas State coach Bill Snyder called fullback Braden Wilson a throwback, that goes a long way. Snyder, not one prone to raving about anything, marveled in a press conference Monday at Wilson’s football IQ. “He would have been great in the days when they did not play with face masks,” Snyder said. “... I do not want someone like Braden Wilson standing by me [on the sideline]."

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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