Briles plans to use Sheffield, get creative with lack of RBs

Florida State is limited at running back without Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn in the bowl game.

But offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has been preparing Deonte Sheffield for opportunities to take on more of the load on Tuesday.

“You definitely have to change. Deonte Sheffield isn’t Cam Akers,” Briles said. “We aren’t going to try to feed him 22 carries like we do with Cam. You have to be a little bit innovative, a little bit creative, find different ways to move the football.”

Sheffield has nine carries this season for 48 yards, including a touchdown against Alabama State.

More from Briles:

On using James Blackman, Alex Hornibrook and Jordan Travis during the regular season: “We’re working with some pieces up front that aren’t perfect,” Briles said. “And so are other teams. We tried to do the best that we could with it and execute at a high level.”

On remaining optimistic through a difficult season: “We try to be positive. Every single day. You put your head down, you go to work and you try to get better. We’re thankful we’re in this bowl game. Hopefully we can go out and play well.”

On the Arizona State defense: “They play really well together. You can tell they are really well coached. … They are multiple. They fly around.”

Watch more of Briles on FSU’s bowl preparations in this video via Seminoles.com:

Harlon Barnett also met with the media on Saturday. Here are highlights of his interview, video courtesy of Seminoles.com:

Barnett said that the game presents some opportunities for Isaiah Bolden and Akeem Dent to play more with Stanford Samuels III stating he will declare for the draft and skip the bowl game.

Quarterback Jayden Daniels is very poised and understands what the Sun Devils want to do on offense, Barnett said. “Hopefully we’ll play our best game of the year,” Barnett said.

Barnett knows he won’t return to Tallahassee in 2020. He said he does not regret the decision to come to FSU. It didn’t work out his way – he envisioned playing for national championships – but is excited about the next door that opens for him.


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