The experts are calling for big things from Florida State football in 2017, but Seminoles cornerback Tarvarus McFadden made it perfectly clear after practice Thursday night that they expect the most out of themselves.
“I think if we don’t get a national championship, we feel like we failed,” said McFadden according to The Orlando-Sentinel.
— Orlando Sentinel-FSU (@osfsu) August 4, 2017
McFadden and Florida State’s secondary is perhaps the No. 1 reason why a national championship is possible. The Seminoles still possess McFadden, who led the country with eight interceptions as a first-year starter last year, and senior defensive back Trey Marshall. Most importantly, safety and team leader Derwin James will return healthy after missing most of last year with a torn meniscus.
Florida State lost defensive end DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Marquez White to the NFL, but the Seminoles still have starter experience and depth at all three levels of their defense. Matt Brown of Sports on Earth ranked Florida State’s defense No. 4 in the country heading into the season.
The Seminoles will find out right away where they stand in terms of seeking their first College Football Playoff appearance since 2014 when they face Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 1. And as McFadden mentioned, Florida State will also have to beat defending champion Clemson, Miami and Louisville.