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Film Review: FSU 27 - Miami 28

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N’Kosi Perry had his rivalry moment on October 6th

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‘Canes Twitter almost went full on ‘Noles Twitter on Saturday, October 6th. As N’Kosi Perry found his footing in his first FSU-Miami game, some fans began turning on him. Then Perry tossed four touchdowns without an interception (although he did fumble) and led the ‘Canes to a 28-27 come from behind victory.

Here are a few key plays from N’Kosi Perry’s first of what I presume will be four straight wins over the Seminoles as the Hurricanes quarterback.

Perry’s fumble

I thought Perry’s mechanics actually looked pretty good here with further research. I went full “I told you so” during the live tweet but the only coaching point I can offer is to get the ball up closer to the ear hole on his helmet. Besides that, the offensive line can’t get beaten as badly as they did here.

LeCharles Bentley is currently the offensive line guru around the country and I own his book. Bentley’s technique is to have the chest up, head back, hands up and butt out like a deadlift.

As you can see above, the tackle has his chest down, face forward, and hands low. This allows a defensive end to use a variety of moves whether it’s a speed rush, or a slap and rip technique to beat him inside.

Once the defensive end decides to speed rush the offensive tackle has to turn out their hips, get square to the rusher, and shuffle-punch him up the field. I refer to this as an “oh shit” block because once he sprints up field that’s what you say as you recover. He feels the speed move too late and by the time his hips are turned the end is already by him.

Shield Punt Coverage

I am not a shield punt expert by any means but much like a traditional punt formation the two outside players are typically your “gunners” or your runners who can also hit. Here, Homer is the most important person in covering the punt returner. He has the middle of the field as Spicer attempts to pin the ball inside the number and sideline to make the returner easier to corral.

Homer really needed to motor down or slow his shoulder rotation by about 10% down to 90% at 10 yards and 10 more percent at five hards. His running form is bad, he’s high in his posture, his elbows are out, and hands are far away from his body.

His one major rule is to stay on the outside (or towards midfield) of the returner. Homer has the sideline and a sideline defender (the other gunner).

As you can see below, Homer allows the returner to get outside of him and into midfield with a blocker (behind Homer) and no help because Homer was the only person to midfield.

His poor decision and technique results in a big touchdown for FSU. As you can see in the GIF, there isn’t any help to the middle of the field and the returner has a lead blocker. Just another all around bad kicking game display from Miami. The ‘Canes will get burned by Virginia Tech if they can’t clean this up immediately.

Oh and this wasn’t even the touchdown return, just a better film shot of bad punt coverage. Don’t forget FSU returns one for a touchdown later in the game.

The middle screen interception

Because Diaz called off the usual pressure, the middle of the field isn’t an open space to hit the receiver on a screen. Michael Pinckney, who had a career day against FSU, sniffs the screen out immediately and jumps in front to intercept the football and really turn mojo in favor of the Hurricanes. I’m not sure why the other linebacker’s drop was so wide and deep but it didn’t matter on the middle screen.

Gerald Willis is the hidden gem in this GIF. He’s the only defensive lineman that feels screen and starts to retrace his steps. If he passes the interview process with the NFL the sky really is the limit for him.

This is a young football team

The Hurricanes are a young football team. Consider that every offensive player who logged a stat against FSU can return except for Darrell Langham and Trayone Gray. The offensive line loses three players who have had a key role in 2018 (St. Louis, Gauthier, Jones) but Jeff Thomas, Travis Homer, Deejay Dallas and Brevin Jordan will still be present for N’Kosi Perry in 2019.

This is a clip of the three Perry 2nd half touchdown passes, all to receivers who will or could return for another run in 2019. I nearly lost my mind on the Brevin Jordan touchdown because I was so excited for this kid to sign with Miami and even more excited to see him on the field making the plays we all expected.