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Former FSU DC Mickey Andrews says current ‘Noles team may be ‘best we’ve ever had’

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How good is this year’s Florida State team?

Consider that former Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews told’s Jeremy Fowler recently that the current Seminoles team might be the most talented in school history.

“As far as talent goes, they might have the best we’ve ever had,” Andrews said. “As far as depth, too.”

That would be saying a lot. And Andrews would be the guy to know, since his time in Tallahassee went from 1984-2010. Over that span, he saw a lot of great teams, including national title squads in 1993 and 1999. But this year’s edition really impresses him.

“It looks like to me this is a team that is blessed at Florida State with a lot of what those past teams had — intangibles that go with our physical abilities,” Andrews said. “If they continue to work hard with it, they’ll have an opportunity to do something that hasn’t happened around here since 1999. They don’t just make plays, they force plays. And they limit mistakes. They don’t beat themselves.”

He’s also wowed by freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, the current front runner for the Heisman trophy.

“I look at him play, I’m amazed at some of the plays he makes, I really am,” Andrews said. “But I’m more impressed by the plays he doesn’t make. He wants to win more than he wants individual statistics, so he makes winning plays and doesn’t make many mistakes.”

Andrews also believes that FSU will provide a very good matchup with Alabama, should the two of them meet in the BCS title game.

As of right now, the polls and the computers agree.

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7 Responses to “Former FSU DC Mickey Andrews says current ‘Noles team may be ‘best we’ve ever had’”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 10, 2013 10:34 PM

    It’s up there with the 1999 team for sure. They won’t be able to make that claim unless they win it all, however. That 1999 team did what the 1988 team should have; go wire to wire, and actually be the best team in the country all year, which they were after they got over their antics and losing to Miami, but this team was underrated to start the season, and they will have a chance to be right there with the 1999 team when it’s all said and done.

  2. drummerhoff says: Nov 10, 2013 10:36 PM

    Unfortunately, we’re not going to know the truth until the BCS championship game since the ACC is so weak*

    *Clemson fans, show up vs S Carolina and I’ll tweak my original assessment of this basketball conference.

  3. grudenthediva says: Nov 11, 2013 1:16 AM

    The same Clemson that beat Georgia when the latter was at full strength? Ok.

  4. waynefontes says: Nov 11, 2013 6:41 AM

    If anyone knows FSU football other than Bobby Bowden, it has to be Mickey Andrews.

    If they run the table, this to me would definitely top 1993 and 1999.

    This team reminds me of the 90s, when they would tear through the ACC and usually crush their opponents.

    It would be very interesting if it does end up in FSU playing Bama for the national title. A very appealing national championship game.

    FSU is going to run the table, that’s almost a given. Alabama isn’t a given, but I hope they do run the table because that would be a much better game to watch than OSU or Baylor.

  5. drummerhoff says: Nov 11, 2013 8:49 AM


    Week one hardly matters in November. If you need to go that far back, you help prove my point. Any team that gets smoked at home by 35 points – when it matters most – is not a great team. It’s really pathetic.

    FSU is more than 2 TDs better than anyone else in this ACC basketball conference. If Mickey Andrews wants to talk about this being the best FSU team ever, I want to talk about FSU’s schedule being the easiest route to a BCS championship game EVER.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    Man keep telling the Noles how great they are…one of the greatest ever. Keep telling Alabama how they aren’t as good as all the other championship teams so they have a chip on their shoulder. That is kind of setting them up for a fall. Let the top teams prove it on the field. See ’05 USC

  7. seminolefan423 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    All teams have maybe 3 ranked team they have on their schedule and the rest are garbage. No matter what conference you’re in, if the other teams you play aren’t rank then they’re not relavent meaning they’re garbage. If you don’t believe me check the top 5 ranked teams schedule. Forget all that conference crap. Ain’t nobody scared of no one

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