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FSU-Syracuse: Game Balls

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Another week of football is in the books and Florida State fans are justifiably dissatisfied. The Seminoles fell to 1-2 for the second straight season and 0-2 in ACC play on Saturday after being blown out at Syracuse, 30-7.

Win or lose, it’s our duty here at The Daily Nole to recognize the FSU players who stood out in each phase of the game. In a segment that seems to be getting tougher by the week, editor Mike Ferguson and lead writer Clint Eiland recognize Florida State’s top performers with game balls:


Unanimous Game Ball: Keith Gavin, WR
The offense was dreadful for Florida State on Saturday, but the Seminoles did get a career receiving day from junior wide receiver Keith Gavin. Gavin caught six passes for a career-high 79 yards in the loss. Gavin’s 79 yards from scrimmage actually led all players in the game.


Mike: Brian Burns, DE
The Florida State defense wore down in the second half, but that wasn’t because of junior defensive end Brian Burns’ efforts. Burns finished the contest with four tackles, including three for loss and two sacks. Burns also knocked a pass down at the line of scrimmage.

Clint: Kyle Meyers, CB
Through three weeks, junior cornerback Kyle Meyers has arguably been Florida State’s best defensive player. Meyers finished with four tackles on Saturday, two pass break-ups and for a short period of time, a forced fumble. A replay review took away what would have been the Seminoles’ only takeaway of the day.

Special Teams

Unanimous Game Ball: D.J. Matthews, WR
D.J. Matthews managed just one yard on one punt return on Saturday, but provided some fireworks early on with a punt return that was negated by a penalty. Matthews caught the punt inside his own 15-yard-line and took it across the Syracuse 40 before being run out of bounds. A holding call negated the big return.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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