Even now, Florida State junior passer E.J. Manuel still gets nervous before games, which is just…
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Seminoles on Offense: Manuel's Interception E.J. Manuel's interception came from a split-back, three-wide formation in the shotgun against a 4-3, with a standing outside linebacker serving as the fourth man along the defensive front, and then a cloud Cover 3 behind it. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher regularly recites this mantra: "Corners lie. Safeties tell the truth." At the snap, it's obvious this is a three-deep defense, with three players responsible for deep zones and four players having short-to-intermediate coverage responsibilities. There was no attempt at deception. Just an immediate rotation into "cloud" coverage, in which both safeties have deep responsibilities, along with the cornerback to the wide (or "field") side and the short ("boundary") corner having flat responsibility. The call was a play-action pass with a two-man route on the left involving a short in route from the outside receiver and a flag route from the slot. There was also a post from the split...
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