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#pounditMonday, February 6, 2023

Florida State holds players-only meeting amid poor start

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Florida State’s players have gotten together to try and figure things out before their season slips away.

The Seminoles are now 1-2 after losing 30-7 to Syracuse on Saturday. They looked terrible in a 24-3 loss to Virginia Tech in their opener, and they barely beat Samford 36-26 in their second game. Very little went well in their loss at Syracuse, leading to a meeting between the players, according to the Tallahassee Democrat’s Wayne McGahee III.

Quarterback Deondre Francois described the meeting as “very positive.”

“Got together and trying to iron out the problems that we have, just trying to see what we can do better,” Francois said of the meeting, via McGahee.

Players were arguing during the game, and Francois was so frustrated he blew off a teammate trying to help him up.

The downward trend for Florida State began last year. The team was 5-6 when Jimbo Fisher resigned to take the job at Texas A&M. They had to reschedule their game against Louisiana-Monroe. They won that game easily and then won their bowl game as well to finish 7-6. But this year it looks like another 7-6 record would be a stretch.

The poor start has led to calls for Willie Taggart’s job already even though he’s only three games into his FSU head coaching career. The pressure on him to start performing is intensifying, and the players clearly feel that.


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