Even with All-ACC DE Brandon Jenkins out for the year, Florida State has had no problem rushing the passer as they've gotten out to a 4-0 start in 2012.
USF offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler has noticed, and he lavished the Seminoles defenders with praise when talking to reporters on Wednesday, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times:
"I don't know that I've seen a team, except maybe the early '90s Florida State teams, that has the depth of quality players. Honestly, after a while, you lose track of who's in there, because they all look the same. When they rest, they come back and holy cow, they play 10 plays and take a break. Their intensity level never wanes. They're as good as a group as anybody I've coached against. The competition level they must have in practice must be off the chart."
Florida State has 13 sacks already in 2012, with 12 of them coming from their starting defensive end tandem of Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine.
If USF will have any chance of pulling off a huge upset on Saturday, they're going to need to figure out a way of controlling the Seminoles' pass rush.