• On whether or not they are taking NIU lightly:
“No, we practice hard. Coach Jimbo [Fisher] always preached to us that it doesn’t matter who we play. Just go out there and play like it is your last game. So I know we are practicing at a high level like we were playing in the national championship against a great team.”
• On what he thinks NIU is bringing to the table:
“We are looking for them to come out and play us very hard, very tough, bring a physical game, make a lot of trash talk all night. I just think they are going to come out and give us their best.”
Xavier Rhodes - R-Jr - DB
Norland High School
North Dade Bulldogs (South Florida Youth Football League)
• On being in a BCS bowl
“It was a great atmosphere to be at a BCS bowl and to play at Sun Life Stadium. Not many teams have this type of opportunity and we look forward to getting out there on Tuesday.”
• On NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch
“He is a good quarterback to tell you the truth, a really good quarterback. He can run and throw and is very aggressive, likes to take chances and has made some big plays this season.”
• On facing up-tempo offenses
“We have already faced this type of offense before in playing Oklahoma. They run an up-tempo offense and that experience will help. We have to worry about limiting their big plays and stay disciplined out there.”
• On senior leadership
“The senior leadership has been great. Everyone holds each other accountable and takes responsibility. We feel like everyone wants to take that step to the next level. In order to do that, we have to grow both individually and as a team.”
• On reaching goals
“It doesn’t matter who you are, every team has the same goal to go to a big bowl and win it. We were able to reach this game and now we have to focus on doing our best to win it.”
Discover Orange Bowl
FSU 31, NIU 10
At Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens
Game Stats For
FSU Players From Miami
FSU junior defensive back Xavier Rhodes (6-2, 217) made four tackles (two solo, two assists) with one tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
FSU senior receiver Rodney Smith (6-6, 219), an Archbishop Carroll High School grad, made three receptions for 41 yards (25 long).
FSU sophomore running back Devonta Freeman (5-9, 209) had 14 carries for 30 yards (nine long).
• Some of YouTube Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel) including FSU’s Carter, Freeman, Rhodes and Smith.
Archbishop Carroll football
Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School football coach Raviel Maisonet led the Private School all-star football team over the Public School all-stars in the third South Florida Private vs. Public High School All-Star Football Game at McArthur High School in Hollywood.
The Private School all-star team included senior football players from Archbishop Coleman Carroll, Chaminade-Madonna, Columbus, Monsignor Pace and St. Thomas Aquinas.