state of floridafor the first time in program history, produced three 100-yard rushers in a single game.
The Seminoles had three running backs who fought their way through an under-equipped defense in Saturday’s 47-7 win over Duquesne. bring back Treshaun District had 127 yards on 14 carries (9.1 ypc) as well as 2 touchdowns, transfer Trey Benson had 105 yards on 11 carries (9.5 ypc) as well as a third-year touchdown and all-around guard Lawrance Toafilli had 101 yards on 13 carries (7.8 ypc).
“I think we have a great rear running room. These guys are very competitive,” coach mike norvel said. “But they are very supportive of the way they work. We want to be a football team that we advance through contact. I thought those guys showed it.
In total, FSU rushed for 406 yards with rookie Rodney Hill coming into action with 55 yards and a score.
After the contest, the three main full-backs sat side by side in the post-match press conference. They were all asked to describe the respective play of the other two fullbacks, and the answers not only spoke about why FSU is confident with its diversity of running styles… but also why that dynamic works. There are three main runners who all admire each other’s play, try to learn from each other and support each other no matter who gets hit.
The Noles RB put on a show against the Dukes!
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Ward was the ACC’s returning leader in yards per carry (6.36) and picked up where he left off, setting the pace with underhand runs while earning praise from teammates for his patience.
Toafili on Ward: “Tre, I feel like he’s a very patient runner. He is very suspicious. You never know what you are going to get with it. And he has speed. It’s a jack in the box, you never know what you’re going to get with it.
Ward’s patience is on display here as he lets his tight end out on the split zone concept. The tight end doesn’t make a clean block, but Ward’s patience allows the block to at least impact the defender so he can climb the ladder to the next level. He then hits an impressive spinning move – frequently displayed on Saturday – to get an extra yard after contact.
Benson on Ward: “8-ball, I would say he’s very patient. I try to learn to be patient, so I learn from him. Because his patience is out of this world, he reminds me of Le’veon Bell. And he’s sneaky too. He has a good rotational movement, it’s crazy.
Ward averaged 5.71 yards before contact per carry on Saturday. This testifies not only to the blockage, but to his ability to let things fall into place.
Benson was beastly on Saturday, breaking 16 tackles according to TruMedia via PFF (16!!!). His tackle avoid rate of 145.5% was absurd. Benson had probably the most broken blocking assignments to deal with, but he made the most of every opportunity with his powerful running style.
Ward on Benson:”Trey Benson, he is strong. The rapidity. He will give you the 1-2. Power and speed mixed together.
Toafili on Benson: “Trey, he’s powerful. And the speed. It has everything you need.
And when he had a good block, we saw his speed in action.
Toafili showed a ton of growth from his performance against an FCS opponent last season. He ran with determination, punching holes quickly while gaining control to slow down defenders in the second tier with his trusty dead leg.
Benson on Toafili: “Very explosive, he has that dead leg. It will catch you slipping. He always catches someone slipping, it’s crazy.
Ward on Toafili: “LT’s game, he’s going to give you a cut and he’s going to be explosive. He’s very explosive and he’s going to get through it.