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The Wake Forest defense is going to be blitzing the Florida State offense Saturday afternoon. That's just what the Demon Deacons do. "It's going to be a challenge," said senior tackle Zebrie Sanders. "They're always moving. … Just the stunts, their blitzes. And with every player out there. They definitely show a lot of stuff. So we have to be on our toes and ready to play."
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Not having played a down of American football until the age of 15, Werner made a significant impact in his freshman year, and continued that success by being named the defensive MVP in the spring, and earning the starting job. Now five games into his sophomore year, Werner has racked up 12 tackles, two sacks, and has scored the only touchdown by the defense. Just recently Clemson officials changed the scoring from an interception to a fumble, which Werner isn’t really concerned with. "Who cares, I still scored," he said. "A touchdown is a touchdown to me."
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"Obviously we’re hungry," said offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders. "Those two losses, I feel like we probably had a better chance than we actually played. … We’re going back to the basics now, back to the fundamentals. Coach [Jimbo Fisher], he told us, throw all of the other hype out the window, the rankings and all that. Just play ball every day, and that’s what we’re trying to do."
It still remains to be seen whether Manuel will get the start at quarterback Saturday afternoon when the No. 23 Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for a key conference game against Wake Forest (3-1, 2-0). Backup and redshirt freshman Clint Trickett has been practicing alongside Manuel all week, and proved in FSU's previous game that he can command the offense. In a five-point loss at Clemson, he threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
"We have fun on trips, and it's not goofy stuff," Grobe said. "They're not having ice battles out in the hallway and all that silly stuff that some young teams have. It's just a good feeling. They practice hard every day. They look forward to Saturday. I thought some of our teams looked more forward to the Friday night movie than playing Saturday.
Florida State 35, Wake Forest 31: Wake Forest can win this game, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the Deacs do. But Florida State has had a week to prepare for this matchup and to heal. The quarterbacks will be key, as both teams are struggling to run the ball, but the defenses could determine the game.