Shannon Dawson talks FSU loss
In today’s weekly press conference, Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson provided analysis of his team's recent performances, emphasizing resilience, strategy, and individual growth.
Resilience and Determination from Emory Williams
Dawson highlighted the sheer willpower and resilience of freshman quarterback Emory Williams, who was injured on the final drive of the game for the Canes. Reflecting on another play, he said, "there was one of the scoring drives we had a third and six, and he ran over a guy for a first down." This play was emblematic of the team's determination to stay in the game against the Noles.
Quarterback's Poise Under Pressure
Dawson praised his quarterback's ability to handle intense game situations. "His feet are in the end zone right, and he showed pocket presence was great," Dawson remarked, emphasizing the quarterback's composure under pressure and his effective leadership on the field. He also commended Williams’ throw to Jacolby George on the goal line for a score.
Van Dyke’s Professionalism
Dawson was impressed by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke’s professionalism after being benched and readiness to step in when needed. He noted, "It's not the first time this has ever happened in the history of football... I thought he handled it great," underscoring the importance of being prepared for any situation.
Jacolby George's Stellar Growth
Wide receiver Jacolby George's development throughout the season hasnot go unnoticed, especially after his big game against FSU on Saturday. Dawson commented, "He's become a really steady player... he's made a lot of big plays." He emphasized George's significant contributions and his evolving role as a key player in the team.
Tactical Insights and Decision-Making
Dawson also delved into the tactical aspects of the game, particularly during high-pressure moments like the two-minute drill. "They can cover pretty good, you know... we missed on a couple back shoulders to Colbie (Young)," he explained, shedding light on the team's last drive of the game..
Maintaining Positivity Amidst Challenges
Dawson stressed the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity. "This game will beat the life out of you if you let it. Don't let it," he advised, emphasizing the need for resilience and a focus on the positives.
Learning from Experience
The coordinator spoke about learning from every game and using experiences to improve. "There's regrets in every situation, you know... that's the reality of the sport."