Photo Collage: FSU linemen like to block each other even more than we all thought

Let the offseason of fun commence.

A few weeks ago, I began to watch tape of FSU’s offense in various games under Jimbo Fisher. The idea was to write a breakdown piece about how Geoff Collins’s defenses are naturally built to stop such offenses, as a sort of part two to the breakdown piece of his defense I wrote back in December. Specifically, this one was meant to go into depth about how his linebackers and hybrid players would fool the offensive line by disguising their plans for the play and then get themselves into position to stop the play (and I shouldn’t really use past tense here, because I’m still very much planning on writing this breakdown piece sometime in the near future).

But my intentions to analyze FSU’s offense vanished in the very first game I watched (Florida vs. FSU in 2012) when I saw something astounding. Late in the game, down 37-20, EJ Manuel was running for his life despite Florida sending only two pass rushers. So where were his linemen? Why, they were blocking each other, of course.

Of course, being me, I had to find more, and I enlisted in the help of several readers and fans to help me. So before I reveal them, I want to thank IAKOW readers Gator Curtis, Jax Gator, Hybrid Rainbow, The Man, Kyle Jennings and Not A Doctor for assisting me with this project. Each of them found at least one of the pictures you’re about to see below.

As of this writing, it’s been seven weeks since FSU linemen blocking each other first received national attention:

What a beautiful moment. In fact, it’s so touching that I tracked down multiple other angles. Here’s the frame where they first embraced:

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And here’s what it looked like live on TV:

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This little bit of friendly fire was viewed as karmic payback to all the FSU fans who spent an entire year taunting Florida about their linemen blocking each other in 2013 against Georgia Southern, and then again in last year’s game against South Carolina. “You guys did it in the biggest game of the year!” and “Yeah, our worst teams in several decades did it, but one of the best teams in FSU history did it!” were seen as the rationale from Gator fans that FSU’s instance of blocking themselves was worse than both of Florida’s instances.

But Gator fans don’t need such rationale to argue the quality of the occurrences, because sheer volume wins. And as it turns out, FSU has blocked each other literally dozens of times over the past few years.

Let’s start with the first one I found, from the 2012 Florida-FSU game in 2012, which proves that not only did FSU block each other more recently, they also did it first:

Noles block each other Florida 2012- 2

Yep, that’s embarrassing. But wait, it gets better: that wasn’t even the first time that it happened in that game:

Noles block each other Florida 2012

OK, so at least this time there’s a Gator in their area (Dante Fowler) that they originally had their eyes on (and been beat by). In any case, check out their arms and hands, and where they’re facing. There’s no doubt about it, they’re grappling with each other. Sure, it’s partly a result of being schooled by Fowler… but they’re still blocking each other.

It also happened earlier that year against USF in Tampa.

Noles block each other USF 2012

This one is particularly amusing because both guys are facing the sideline, as opposed to the line of scrimmage, and they’re exchanging this most unique sort of friendly fire less than a second after the ball is snapped. #75 does appear to be more energetic about laying his block than his teammate, I’ll say that. But regardless, this was nothing new for USF to behold, because FSU did the same thing against them three years earlier in Tallahassee (in their infamous home whiteout):

Noles blocking each other USF 2009

To be fair, there is a USF defender underneath that pile, engaged with the FSU lineman on the left. But then the second guy launches himself at the two players, causing the USF player to slip and fall. However, the two Noles then continue to grapple with each other for a couple additional seconds.

Here’s another one from 2009, against North Carolina.

noles blocking each other unc

I’ll give these guys credit for trying to block the UNC defender, but he sheds the block and the two Noles run full force into each other- and don’t realize it for about a second and a half. When two teammates fight each other for a full second or more, that’s considered blocking each other. So yes, two FSU linemen blocked each other against UNC in 2009.

They also did it in the Gator Bowl that same year:

Noles blocking each other Gator Bowl

This isn’t even good form.

And neither is this:

Noles block each other Miami 2013

Do they not call face mask penalties when it’s against your own teammate? I guess it’d be hard to, because who would you penalize? Probably FSU, but the victim of the foul was also FSU, so wouldn’t Jimbo Fisher just decline it? Or maybe they’d just be offsetting penalties and no yardage marked off either way? I don’t know. But this is 2013, one of FSU’s best teams ever, and here they are blocking themselves. Hilarious.

Then there was the time they did it in that year’s ACC Championship Game:

Noles block each other Duke 2013

DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT, I CAUGHT YOU ON TAPE WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE COOKIE JAR/ON YOUR TEAMMATE’S JERSEYS.

Yes, FSU fans, even your best teams ever block each other multiple times in a season. But FSU’s worst teams do it more. Back to 2009, in a game (that FSU very nearly lost) against FCS opponent Jacksonville State. Come on, guy on the left, what exactly do you think you’re doing with your right hand? As Ron Bergundy would say, no touching of the hair or face, or garments that protect the hair or face:

Noles blocking each other JSU

I’m not really sure if this really qualifies as “blocking” his teammate, but what’s his hand doing on his teammate’s helmet? That’s not nice.

And neither is this:

 

Noles blocking each other Louisville 2014

Come on, guys, really? I don’t work in FSU’s athletic offices, but I’ll bet that staging an impromptu Oklahoma drill to settle which of you will do the getaway driving for Jameis Winston’s next seafood theft… while the ball is still bouncing around… isn’t what you’re on scholarship to do. Use your words. Fighting is never the answer. (And do it after the game).

At least their predecessors three years earlier showed more affection toward each other in a game against ULM:

Noles blocking each other ULM 2011

How touching.

This next one is what happens when your team is getting blown out so badly you just feel like taking your frustrations out on anyone dumb enough to get in your way. Even your own teammate.

Noles blocking each other Oklahoma

DON’T BLOCK WITH YOUR ELBOWS, KIDS.

And don’t block the back of your opponent’s… or teammate’s… neck.

Noles blocking each other Auburn

This is what happens when you see your teammate is about to get beat and you want to bail him out too badly:

Noles blocking each other Bethune Cookman 2013

And this is what happens when your teammate has already been beat and you want to try to bail him out too badly:

Noles Blocking Each Other VT 2010

So far, we’ve seen several instances of FSU offensive linemen blocking each other. But guess what? Their defensive linemen do it, too:

Noles blocking each other UNC 2010

 

Back to the offensive line: sometimes, the Noles lay cut blocks on each other, too!

 

Noles block each other Notre Dame 2011

This next one, in all fairness, is not two Noles blocking each other. Instead, it features one FSU Seminole trying to block a Miami Hurricane, and a second FSU Seminole who seems to want to claim the first Seminole for himself.

Noles block each other Miami 2012

“I met him first, so I get to block him!”

So far, all you’ve seen are instances of the Noles blocking themselves in the past few years. But that’s not to suggest they didn’t do it back in the good ole days, too:

Noles blocking each other Orange Bowl

That play, from the 2004 Orange Bowl against Miami, may be my favorite. The guy on the right appears to have really dug in. As Jon Gruden would say, he’s really into it, man.

That was the third instance you’ve seen so far against Miami. The Hurricanes appear to have some weird voodoo against FSU, because the Noles have quite a history of blocking each other against them. And even on plays where they’re not actually blocking each other, they’re at least thinking about it:

Noles Blocking Each Other- Miami

Or maybe it’s the Orange Bowl game itself that has the weird voodoo against FSU:

Noles block each other NIU

Now, it’s time to summarize what we’ve learned today, folks.

FSU linemen like to block each other a lot more than Florida offensive linemen do.

But to be totally fair to the FSU offensive line, it’s not always two Noles who mutually agree to block each other. Sometimes, it’s just one who wants to block his teammate. You saw a couple examples of this earlier. Here’s another one:

Noles block each other ND 2014

And as an addendum to that last line about being totally fair: sometimes, there’s a defender in the area who the linemen are assigned to block. It’s just that sometimes, they wind up misjudging the trajectory of their opponent… and wind up slamming into each other.

Noles block each other Oklahoma State

Apologies for the awkward camera angle here, but… you see that little gold sphere between the Seminole and Cowboy defender? Yep, that’s another Nole’s helmet. Yep, they’ve slammed into each other and are blocking each other.

Here’s another look at the same play, leaving no doubt as to what they were doing:

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And finally: contrary to what I wish was the truth, FSU linemen don’t block each other on literally every play. Sometimes they misjudge where their teammate is going to be, takes the wrong angle toward him and whiffs on the block completely:

Noles block each other VT 2012

 

I hope Gator fans have enjoyed this little presentation of FSU linemen blocking each other. I also hope Seminole fans will never bring up the Gators blocking each other ever again, because doing so would be one of the most foolish decisions ever made by a college football fan. Now that this extensive collage of evidence has been revealed, FSU shall forever be known as Florida’s Self-Blocking University.

22 thoughts on “Photo Collage: FSU linemen like to block each other even more than we all thought

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  2. So they’ve been blocking each other since Bobby Golden days lol but GA Southern and one game of UF
    Doing it on film is enough for them to start clowning on UF lol

  3. You are just a sad little pussy gaytor fan with nothing else to do. Because your team sucks you have to find something to make yourself feel better. You sai fsu fans shouldn’t say anything about uf doing it, but you just said something about fsu doing it. Worry about your team winning a game first. Sad. Typical gaytor fan though. You suck and still talk trash!

      1. Hey, it’s just like Jameis said. If we gon do it den, we do it big. Neil did it big. Your boy Jaboo is be prowd of the skrong job he did on this photo album.

  4. Half of the photos you can’t even tell if they are actually blocking each other. U must be pretty bored to write an article like this.

    1. It’s great to be a florida gator that’s y everyone hates us cause we ate the best it’s ok one day you will understand maybe actually no you won’t lol

  5. That was amusing but a few of those weren’t self blocks, but just collisions.

    And also, one of the UF instances happened during a loss to a FCS team in a season that Florida finished 4-8. We really don’t have much ground to stand on right now

  6. Hahahahaha you are so full of shit. None of these photos are even real. Photo shop and the other half are contorted. Face it the GayTurds are a joke and suck at best. You’re just a Douche bag trying to make it look like FSU blocks like your Turd team. GTFOH w/that Bullshit. UF is a JOKE and national laughing stock. Can’t wait to make your new coach Tap out or Get fired.

    1. Hahahahaha Neil’s gonna block your IP address… For the future, try to communicate at a third grade level or higher, and maybe you won’t get laughed out of Gator communities.

    2. Seriously? We the laughing stock when ya boy Jameis will FOREVER be remembered for stealing crab legs from publix, raping a woman, and standing on a table screaminf fuck her in the pussy?…. yea I see how UF is a the laughing stock here. That’s just ONE person. You’ll also forever be known has the CrimiNoles as well so how about YOU GTFO.

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