Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.
"You remember what they're capable of, that this can happen," Jimbo Fisher said.
But the FSU coach doesn't feel the need to keep reminding his players about it this week as they prepare to face the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Lamar Jackson (above), again. Fisher said this is a new team, so things are different.
He's partially right. Neither team looks as good as it did last season. FSU is 2-3, and the 4-3 Cardinals are coming off back-to-back losses, including last week's 45-42 home defeat to Boston College.
But Jackson remains as dynamic as he was when he torched the Seminoles for 362 yards and five touchdowns last September.
"I mean, he's like (Michael) Vick was back in the day," Fisher said. "He's just one of those types of special athletes that comes around every so often."
Gators' Sherit out
Florida DL Jordan Sherit's injury-plagued college career appears to have come to an end.
The redshirt senior had season-ending hip surgery to repair an injury sustained in Saturday's 19-17 loss to Texas A&M, coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday.
"It's a bad deal, man," McElwain said.
And it's the latest bad deal for the Hillsborough High alumnus.
Sherit tore his ACL during his senior season of high school. He had more injuries at Florida that caused him to miss part of the 2014 season. Knee problems sidelined him for three games last season.
The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Sherit appeared in each of Florida's first six games this season and started the past four. Sherit ranks among UF's leaders with 23 tackles (five for a loss) and 2½ sacks.
"Coming off the knee injury it's like a mental thing, and finally getting in the end zone it was like a breakthrough for me. … There was no way I wasn't going to score." — Florida WR Dre Massey, a junior college transfer who tore his ACL on the opening kickoff last season and finally got in the end zone with a 6-yard run last week against Texas A&M
Stat of the day
Thanks in part to the progress of true freshman RB Cam Akers, FSU has increased its rushing total each game. The rushing yards, opponent, outcome:
40vs. Alabama 24-7 L
104vs. N.C. State 27-21 L
149at Wake Forest 26-19 W
203vs. Miami 24-20 L
228at Duke 17-10 W
Don't expect to see Florida four-star WR James Robinson (heart) on the field this season. His genetic test results won't be available until late November at the earliest. … Fisher did not provide updates about injured LB Jacob Pugh (Dade City native) or DB Trey Marshall. … Former Jefferson High QB Cade Weldon is playing the role of Syracuse QB Eric Dungey on Miami's scout team as the No. 8 Hurricanes prepare to face an uptempo Orange offense that just upset defending national champion Clemson.
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