Mike, will Jacksonville State's attack be any different this week with Ryan Perrilloux back at the controls?
"I think they'll be able to do a few more things and open it up more than we did last week."
After seeing Monday night's game, it's obvious JSU will try to take advantage of FSU's secondary.
"I know they were commenting on that and I think Perrilloux is probably as good a talent as the Harris kid from Miami. But I also know Florida State is very fast on defense and I don't think we've been able to simulate that speed in practice."
Perrilloux had some impressive stats last year. Did his yards on the ground come from designed running plays or because he had to scramble?
"We started the year running some options, but he got beat-up -- especially at Georgia Tech where we opened 2008 also. So we got away from running the option til the latter part of the season. But he got some of that yardage on designed plays like QB draws and running the option, and got some on scrambles, though he didn't tuck it and run as much after he got injured."
Perrilloux didn't get beat up at Tech this year. Since he's fresh and healthy, will Coach Crowe turn him loose against FSU?
"Yeah, I do believe so. We ran a couple of gadget plays last week against Tech and you might see one of those if we get the opportunity. But Ryan's had a year in this offense and he's a very smart kid football-wise. I just hope he doesn't try to put too much on his shoulders and try to win the game by himself. He will match up physically to what he'll see from FSU. But this will probably be the most athletes he's lined up against since he was at LSU."
Since Perrilloux won't play any other D-1 opponents this season, Saturday must be his money game with NFL scouts watching closely.
"He said during the press conference this week that this game was maybe like playing Southeast Missouri State, an opponent in our league. But I know the competitor he is and deep down what he'd like to do and accomplish against Florida State. And he knows that people will be watching, in particular the NFL to see what he does against the kind of speed and caliber of defense that Mickey Andrews runs."
Tell us about the one-two punch JSU has at running back.
"Calvin Middleton (5-11, 220) is a guy who can play tailback and also line up at fullback. He averaged about five and half yards per carry against Tech on Saturday. And then we can bring in the little guy, Jamal Young (5-7, 175). Coach Crowe was at Auburn for a long time and calls him a Lionel James-type back. He's a little bitty guy who can return punts and kickoffs and is a scatback type who gives you kind of a change of pace back there. Where Middleton may not have that breakaway speed, but between the tackles is very good."
After trying to solve Georgia Tech's offense last week, will JSU's defense fare better against a more traditional offense?
"Well, we're more accustomed to playing against the kind of offense Florida State puts on the field. But we're a 1-AA program and the speed I saw Monday night against Miami was just incredible."
Jacksonville State may be 1-AA, but they still have a number of former D-1 players on the roster, right?
"Right, I think we have seven total. There's Perrilloux, of course. Torrey Davis (DL/6-3, 290) is a young man who transferred from the University of Florida. Our punter-placekicker, Patrick Tatum, is an Auburn transfer. Jamison Wadley (6-3, 260) who'll start on the defensive line is originally from Southern Miss. We've got a linebacker, Morrell Jones, who originally signed with FSU, but I'm not sure if he ever got to Tallahassee. He ended up in the JUCO ranks then transferred to us."
So with Perrilloux back, are the JSU players fired up for this game?
"I have no doubt our guys will give it everything they've got. I think if Florida State comes in flat, maybe a little down after the Miami game -- and honestly I thought they should've won the game -- that's got to help us a little bit. But if they show up angry then it could be a long night for us. So we've got to play mistake-free football and not give up any cheap, big plays to have any chance of staying in the game and winning against FSU."