Dustin Hopkins knows the mantra of a kicker is to move on quickly from misses. He also says he's not hip to FSU's kicking history in the rivalry against Miami.
After struggling against NC State, the reinsertion of Menelik Watson into the lineup plus a few adjustments allowed Florida State's offense to thrive against Boston College.
EJ Manuel finally got his signature victory against Clemson, and his pocket presence and maturity portend more good things for Florida State.
Florida State has every right to celebrate its win over Clemson, but the Seminoles know they must avoid a letdown.
Two months ago, Nick Waisome was just a sophomore reserve cornerback. Saturday night he was covering Clemson All-American Sammy Watkins. Nervous? Not a chance.
FSU has not done well in the spotlight recently. Jimbo Fisher has his team avoiding the clutter in hopes of keeping big games like the top-10 matchup with Clemson in perspective.
Sammy Watkins tore apart the FSU secondary a year ago, but the Noles are eager for another shot at the Clemson receiver.
In five years at FSU, EJ Manuel's career has been built on consistency as much as anything, but what his resume lacks is that marquee performance on a big stage.
The prelims are over for Florida State. After three easy wins, the real tests begin with No. 10 Clemson in Week 4.