Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher and players Lamarcus Joyner and Rashad Green talk about facing the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6.
One of the top defensive players in the country and a Jim Thorpe Award finalist, Joyner has seen plenty of Auburn in the last month as the Seminoles prepare to face the nation's top running game. He said that it's hard not to be impressed by what the Tigers have done this season.
"I have nothing but respect for those guys," Joyner said. "They are a physical football team and they have stayed consistent. That's what Coach Fisher talks about is consistency, it's all about bend don't break. Those guys don't break. Those guys do what they do, and they do it well. On the other hand we do what we do well. It's going to be a great football game."
A former Auburn assistant, Fisher knows what it's like to play in the physical Southeastern Conference. Because of that he said what the Tigers are able to do running the football week in and week out has been impressive to him as well and it will be a challenge for his defense.
"I think it's their versatility of going outside and inside," Fisher said. "They also have a quarterback that, when they have the speed sweep you have to set the edge on defense so they can't outflank you. At the same time you can't worry too much about the outside because they'll hit you on the inside.
Then you have the quarterback that will play-action off that. They have outside runs, inside runs, and then the quarterback in the running game. They are very three-dimensional and that causes a lot of problems. Also they block very well up front and the receivers block very well. I think that's an underlying theme we have talked about. Their receivers do a good job of blocking."