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FSU’s Fearsome Foursome faces challenge in Louisville

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Through two games, they have been more than impressive. They have been fierce.

While much of the conversation about the FSU football team has surrounded the offense, what with its old weapons (Dalvin Cook) and its new one (Deondre Francois), the rock for the Seminoles has been its defense, in particular, its defensive lline.

Just Wednesday, in fact, Bleacher Report ranked the Seminoles fourth in the country among defensive lines,

Well, guess what. If FSU is going to say undefeated, it will have to be at least third. Maybe second. Heck, nothing wrong with first, either.

This week, FSU plays Louisville and dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson, who may be the most impressive player in the country after two weeks. Jackson has led Louisville to an average of  66 points a game and 754 yards per game. The Cards are averaging 9.9 yards per play.

Jackson is the leader. He has 1,015 total yards, second in the nation. He leads all quarterbacks in rushing and in plays of more than 20 yards.

That puts the pressure on DeMarcus Walker, Josh Sweat, Derrick Nnadi and DeMarcus Christmas. That’s the heart of FSU, Jimbo Fisher’s team.

A good game Saturday, and FSU’s line will be even more touted. Otherwise, it could be trouble.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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