Jacques Patrick

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Defense the story of the half between Florida State and Miami

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The rivalry is alive and well in Tallahassee with Florida State looking to score an upset against No. 13 Miami this afternoon. Defenses have set the tone with a good helping of three-and-outs and punts so far this afternoon, and Florida State is holding on to a narrow 3-0 lead at the half.

After the teams exchanged punt son the first four offensive series of the game, Florida State strung together the first drive of the game with a 10-play series traveling 71 yards. Despite getting the football all the way to the Miami 14-yard line for a first down inside the red zone, the Seminoles were held to just four yards and were forced to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Ricky Aguayo for a 3-0 lead.

Florida State seemed to have another drive getting close to putting points on the board in the low-=scoring game, but a pass over the middle by James Blackman was picked off by Michael Jackson with a little more than a minute left in the first half. Fortunately for Florida State, their defense has been just as good at causing problems for Miami and nearly forced a three-and-out but a roughing the passer penalty on a third-down stop extended Miami’s possession.

The two teams have combined for two third-down conversions out of 15 third-down situations. Miami has just 57 yards of offense, while Florida State has accumulated 165 yards of total offense.

Florida State did lose running back Jacques Patrick in the first half to an injury for a brief moment. He returned to the game after initially being evaluated by trainers. Patrick has rushed for 84 yards and is averaging 10.5 yards per rushing attempt.

Doak Walker Award watch list highlighted by 2016 semifinalists Barkley and Pettway

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A watch list of the top running backs in the nation has been released by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Thursday. The Doak Walker Award watch list is full of great players, including 2016 Doak Walker Award semifinalists Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and Kamryn Pettway (Auburn).

Among those included on this year’s initial Doak Walker Award watch list (more players can be added at any time) are LSU’s Derrius Guice, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, LJ Scott of Michigan State, Mike Weber of Ohio State, and Bo Scarbrough of Alabama, Washington’s Myles Gaskin, and Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin.

D’Onta Foreman of Texas beat out both Barkley and Pettway last season for the award. The Doak Walker Award has been presented to the nation’s top running back annually since 1990. Among the winners over the years have included Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie Bush, and Montee Ball.

To be included on this watch list, the university athletic department must submit a nomination.

2017 Doak Walker Award Watch List

Josh Adams, Notre Dame
Ryquell Armstead, Temple
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Alex Barnes, Kansas State
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan
D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa
Nick Chubb, Georgia
Jordan Chunn, Troy
Justin Crawford, West Virginia
Damarea Crockett, Missouri
Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
D’Andre Ferby, WKU
Kendrick Foster, Illinois
Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
Myles Gaskin, Washington
James Gilbert, Ball State
Derrius Guice, LSU
Damien Harris, Alabama
Kyle Hicks, TCU
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Jon Hilliman, Boston College
Justin Jackson, Northwestern
Chris James, Wisconsin
Ty Johnson, Maryland
Ronald Jones II, USC
Ray Lawry, Old Dominion
Phillip Lindsay, Colorado
Tonny Lindsey Jr., Utah State
Bryce Love, Stanford
Sony Michel, Georgia
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech
David Montgomery, Iowa State
Jamal Morrow, Washington State
Ryan Nall, Oregon State
Jacques Patrick, Florida State
Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
Demario Richard, Arizona State
Diocemy Saint Juste, Hawaii
Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
Jordan Scarlett, Florida
LJ Scott, Michigan State
Bradrick Shaw, Wisconsin
Armand Shyne, Utah
Justin Silmon, Kansas State
Ito Smith, Southern Miss
Rodney Smith, Minnesota
Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
Terry Swanson, Toledo
Shaq Vann, Eastern Michigan
Akrum Wadley, Iowa
Mark Walton, Miami
Warren Wand, Arkansas State
Tre Watson, California
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
Mike Weber, Ohio State
Braeden West, SMU
Devwah Whaley, Arkansas
Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
Shaun Wilson, Duke
Marquis Young, Massachusetts