After Florida State's 63-0 shellacking of Maryland on Saturday, FSU defensive lineman Mario Edwards said that the Seminoles knew what plays were coming from the Terrapins based off of what stances they saw the Maryland offensive linemen take.
Edwards said FSU saw on film that if Maryland's OL squared their feet, it'd be a run. Legs spread, it was a pass.
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Was Edwards on to something? Well, Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley didn't say he wasn't.
“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Locksley said. “That’s a pretty basic premise that as an offensive lineman, your stance has to be consistent, no different than a receiver when it’s a run-play not coming off the ball. Or a quarterback when it’s a pass licking his fingers, or when it’s a run getting underneath there and not licking his fingers."
When going back and looking at film the Maryland coaching staff saw Edwards point to the sky before some pass plays. It wasn't all of the time, but it happened on multiple occasions.
“They said they were able to tell the difference and we’ve got to get those types of things corrected to not give our opponents any unneeded advantages," Locksley continued. "I don’t know if it’s as noticeable as maybe they seem to make it. I saw [Edwards] on tape a couple times pointing to the air like hey it’s a pass. But I didn’t see him do that every single pass. Was he able to definitely get it? Probably. If it’s there, we’ll get it corrected.”
If Florida State knew what was coming from Maryland, it showed up in the run game more so than the passing game. The Terps ran for just 33 yards on 25 carries, though the passing game wasn't much better with or without C.J. Brown, who was knocked out of the game. Maryland was 15-32 for 201 yards through the air.
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