FSU notebook

Noles ready for rushing attack from Syracuse


Miami Herald Writer

When Florida State faced Boston College, the Eagles gashed them for 200 rushing yards and played them as close as any opponent this season. This weekend FSU faces a similar rushing attack from Syracuse, but coach Jimbo Fisher doesn’t expect a repeat performance. With a healthy Mario Edwards Jr. at one end and Christian Jones lining up at the other, this is a different Seminoles defense from a month ago.

“[It’s] much different. We’re doing things different, and I think they understand things [better],” Fisher said.

“I thought early in the year we played a little selfish. We were trying to force the game. … They’re doing a better job [now] of understanding how everything fits together.”

• Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jacob Coker underwent successful knee surgery Tuesday, and he is likely done for the year.

“He probably won’t be back for the rest of the season, not until spring ball,” Fisher said. “It was cartilage and they just sewed it, so it’s like six weeks non-weight-bearing.

“Let that heal, and then he’ll be back.”

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