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 4 years ago '05        #2881
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 4 years ago '05        #2883
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Number changes

This time of year, jersey-number changes always draw the most attention and there were several `Noles that have new digits.
Quick disclaimer: these are not yet official and some could still change. The official FSU spring roster will be updated by the Florida State Sports Information Office in the near future.
In the mean time, the following are some of the changes you can expect to see when the roster is revealed.
Sophomore tailback Ryan Green came out to practice wearing No. 6 after wearing No. 15 last season. Despite being at FSU less than a year, this is actually Green's third number. He began his career last fall with No. 24 but switched before the Boston College game so that he could play on special teams alongside linebacker Terrance Smith, who, you guessed it, wears No. 24.
Green wasn't the only offensive player to be sporting a new single-digit. Championship-game hero Levonte Whitfield switched to No. 8 with Devonta Freeman no longer on the team. With Whitfield wearing a new number, redshirt sophomore Mario Pender gets his No. 7 now that he is back on the team.
Freddie Stevenson has replaced Chad Abram as the starting fullback and he has a new number to go along with the promotion. Stevenson is now No. 23 so that allows his No. 33 to go back to Kevin Haplea, who has returned to practice following a lost 2013 season because of a summer-time knee injury. Like Green, Stevenson is now on his third number entering his second year. Stevenson enrolled at FSU last spring as a linebacker wearing No. 51 but switched to the offensive side of the ball during fall camp.
On defense, redshirt freshman Tyrell Lyons has switched from No. 36 to No. 22 and early enrollee freshman safety Trey Marshall gets No. 20. Talk about big shoes to fill; Lyons and Marshall are replacing Telvin Smith and Lamarcus Joyner in their respective jersey numbers.
Redshirt freshman Matthew Thomas wore No. 12 last year but the former five-star linebacker nicknamed "Six" is now wearing ... wait for it ... No. 6. After starring as a freshman at cornerback and safety last year, Jalen Ramsey gave up No. 13 and is now No. 8.
Early enrollee freshman long snapper Stephen Gabbard is wearing No. 57.
 4 years ago '05        #2884
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Florida State kicks off its push for two straight national titles on Tuesday with the beginning of Spring Practice. As FSU gets back on the gridiron a few months after beating Auburn in Pasadena, here are a few things to keep an eye on over the course of the spring:

Who's in the middle?

Florida State is trying to replace a dominant defensive lineman for the second straight year. There's a lengthy list of options to replace Timmy Jernigan, with the most obvious being Nile Lawrence-Stample, who fits the mold of a 3-4 nose tackle with his size and build. But between Derrick Mitchell, Desmond Hollin, Justin Shanks and company, it's still very much up in the air as to who will be in the middle for FSU for 2014. Jimbo Fisher lavished praise on Hollin after the Seminoles' fourth-quarter drills earlier this month, but Hollin has by no means locked up the position.


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Scooter Haggins is one of several FSU players coming back from injury in 2014.
Jernigan was essential to FSU's stout run defense (124.8 ypg, 18th in the country) and it's unreasonable to expect FSU to find another first-round draft pick right away. But finding some kind of solution to help clog the middle and let FSU's defensive backs and linebackers make plays is key to FSU's attacking, aggressive defense.

Jameis' handcuff

In 2013, FSU fans felt pretty confident about backup quarterback Jacob Coker as the stopgap for Jameis Winston. That all changed when Coker's leg injury sidelined him for the season and FSU was left without a proven option at quarterback. Coker has trasferred, and only third-string Sean Maguire and a lot of question marks remain.
Having the Heisman winner under center is huge, but if FSU's recent history with E.J. Manuel and Christian Ponder is any indication, an injury-free season for a signal caller is no guarantee.

That means finding a reliable backup to keep the FSU offense on the move is a priority in spring camp. Maguire has a cannon for an arm and the coaching staff likes what he can do, but his stats from 2013 are perfunctory. John Franklin made some noise as a scout team quarterback much like Winston did during his redshirt year, but it's unclear if he'll stay at quarterback in the long term.

Finding some kind of solution to back up Winston is essential, so look for Maguire and Franklin to stage a battle for the No. 2 spot. If one of them can perform in spring practice, it will make the FSU coaching staff feel much more comfortable.

It's-a-me, Mario!

In terms of electric, highly touted recruits, it's hard to get any better than Mario Pender. The four-star running back has top-end speed and owns a ridiculous high school highlight tape. But so far, his college film is a bit lacking.
A redshirt year in 2012 and academic ineligibility in 2013 kept Pender from the field, though he's drawn consistent high praise for his practice play. He's in line for the possible No. 2 spot at running back, and if Fisher has shown anything it's that he loves to rotate his backs. FSU had three rushers with 80 or more carries in 2013, so Pender could see significant work if he can stay on the field. The fact that he finished with a 3.0 GPA last semester to become eligible again is a positive indicator that he's ready to finally make some highlights on the field.

Back again

There was an extended period of time during 2013 where some wondered if Tyler Hunter would ever play football again. Fortunately for Hunter, he was able to make a recovery from a frightening neck injury and appears to be fully healthy.
FSU will look to him for leadership in a still relatively young secondary - Hunter could be the only starting senior. If Hunter can return to his 2013 pre-injury form, FSU's secondary could be very impressive.

That's a ditto for Jarred Haggins, a redshirt senior wide receiver who sat out 2013 with a knee injury. Haggins returns at an opportune time to see the field: FSU is in need of playmakers on the edge to replace Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw. If Haggins can provide a veteran presence at wideout, it'll go a long way towards keeping FSU's offense operating at Jimbo-Fisher-esque efficiency.

On the edge

FSU's dynamic defense got its highlights from the edge rushers like Christian Jones and Lamarcus Joyner - explosive, versatile athletes who could play multiple positions in the same series and keep offenses off-balance.
Charles Kelly spent all spring telling recruits the FSU defensive scheme would stay the same, which means the Seminoles will have to find someone to fill in those dynamic holes. And those are big shoes to fill. Joyner and Jones combined for 125 tackles (15 for loss), 9 hurries, 7 sacks, 4 interceptions and 3 fumbles forced.

Ukeme Eligwe appears to have the inside track to fill Jones' role as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker, but it's possible Matthew Thomas or even Chris Casher could fill that role depending on how the depth chart fills out and who has a good spring.

Filling Jonyer's joker role is another question altogether. Will Jalen Ramsey slide down from safety? Will Nate Andrews prove a viable option there? Or will another unknown option emerge? FSU has plenty of depth in the secondary, and players like Nick Waisome and Keelin Smith must be hungry for playing time. Who gets reps in spring could help paint a picture as to how FSU's secondary will shake out.

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 4 years ago '08        #2885
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Big 6 finally wearing the #6

G5 is probably my favorite player of the Jimbo era, hope someone gives him a shot.
 4 years ago '04        #2886
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Man I wish g5 would have kept his head on straight while at FSU.. I hope he gets a shot tho..
 4 years ago '08        #2887
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if they change our logo im done with sports
 4 years ago '04        #2888
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day 1 spring practice


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 4 years ago '04        #2889
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ira denson done at fsu


 4 years ago '05        #2890
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G5 signed a 2 year deal with the Rams.....damn im so happy for him keep ya head on straight !!!
 4 years ago '05        #2891
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KISSIMMEE, FLA. - It's not often that Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher takes over a recruitment of one of his prospects. But sometimes Fisher marks his target early and doesn't lose focus.

Jacques Patrick
Jacques Patrick and Jimbo Fisher last summer during camp in Tallahassee.

This is just what has happened with Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek four-star running back Jacques Patrick

"Me and coach Fisher have been close for like three years now," said Patrick, who is entering his senior season. "It's a different relationship that coach Fisher and I have. Getting to know him over these years is something I haven't been able to do with other coaches."

Patrick caught the eye of Fisher and the Florida State staff as a freshman. It was Fisher's decision to extend an offer to Patrick almost four years out from Signing Day 2015.

"From the start he told me he didn't need to see any other schools offer me to know that FSU needed to offer," Patrick added. "It was a relief to get my first offer, but then knowing it came from FSU and the things they've done over the years, it was really special."

Since his freshman year Patrick has developed into quite a player. At 6-foot-1.5, 230-pound this power running back that can do a little bit of everything out of the backfield. He runs with authority, speed and has soft hands in the pasing game.

Even though the 'Noles offered first, they still face stiff competition in landing Patrick. Since his first offer Patrick has picked up over three dozen more. Schools that have offered include, Alabama, USC, Auburn, Florida, Miami and Clemson to name a few.

Patrick plans to announce his college decision on October 27th. The date is signifiant because it is Patrick's younger brother's birthday. Family has become a common theme throughout Patrick's recruitment.

"My mom loves coach Fisher and has a good relationship with the rest of the staff. He's a genuine guy and I feel like he cares more about me than just football," he said.

Patrick wouldn't tip his hand by naming a leader. However, he did admit that if he decided on a school other than Florida State, the phone call to inform Jimbo Fisher of the news would be one of the hardest he's ever had to make.

Jacques Patrick is rated a 4-Star prospect, the 5th best running back in the country and the 63rd ranked player overall.
 4 years ago '04        #2892
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Mane im feening for sum updates
 4 years ago '05        #2893
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I don't care about any other corners in the class besides Tyreke Cole. I've been say since before people start blowing up Mcfadden's head that Cole was the best corner in this class. Nike camp MVP, comes back a week later and gets the Rivals camp MVP. If we lose him, I'll be pissed. Cole will need a redshirt year to get stronger then it's a wrap.
 4 years ago '08        #2894
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I like Cole the best too. I think his recruiting wont be simple though.i remember him saying something weird about how committed he was. He's been performing the best in the state out of a dem n*ggas though. After we send two cbs 1st round though I think that'll solidify him
 4 years ago '05        #2895
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 MRS. RONDO said:
G5 signed a 2 year deal with the Rams.....damn im so happy for him keep ya head on straight !!!
i am bit confused on this...

was he certain he would not be drafted and wanted to sign a contract? why was he in the FA pool prior to draft day? i follow college football and NFL football but never really pay attention to the draft/FA...
 4 years ago '05        #2896
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^^^ nah G5 a free agent....remember he been out the game for 3 years so he wouldnt of been in the draft this year
 4 years ago '05        #2897
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Watson on switching teams and FSU

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Former Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Dekoda Watson
Four years later, he is able to look back at his time with the Buccaneers.

“It has truly been a blessing,” Watson said after a.ssistant as a counselor at Nike Football Training Camp near Orlando. “I have walked into every game like it was just something new. It felt new to me. I was blessed to stay with (the Buccaneers) for four years. We had a lot that was going on, but I was able to stay focused and learn a lot. I was able to make plays and impress coaches and players, not only my coaches and teammates but coaches and players on others teams. It has all paid off with giving me more opportunities.”

Watson is looking forward the next chapter in his NFL career.

“Now I am a Jacksonville Jaguar,” Watson said.

For Watson, the decision to make the move to Jacksonville was an easy one after his first visit during the free agency period.

“They were my first and last visit,” Watson said. “It was a no-brainer.”

The Jaguars were an appealing option for Watson.

“I am excited about the opportunity. They saw something in me. I think it will be a lot better fit for somebody that plays like I do. I am looking forward to it. I love the head coach (Gus Bradley) and I love the way he presented himself and represented the team when I met with them. I think it is going to be something truly special.”

Away from the playing field, Watson continues to keep tabs on Florida State. He was impressed by his alma mater earning a National Championship during the 2013 season.

“It was crazy,” Watson said. “Coach Jimbo Fisher has really done a fabulous job with the team, the players, and being able to relate to them and allowing them to play.

“They were able to overcome a lot,” Watson added. “It definitely showed in the last game. Even when they were looking down and out, they were able to come back and come out on top. It just says a lot about the character of the coaches and the character of the players. The relationship and the unity of that team. It is a beautiful thing.”

Watson attended the spring game last season and said the change in the culture in Tallahassee was evident at that time.

“Just love, it is a family, a family atmosphere,” Watson said. “That is what I love about it. I am not trying to bash Coach Bobby Bowden, or anybody like that from when I was there, but I just felt like they were able to relate to the players a lot more and everything. A young feel was coming in with the new coaches. Everything was just loose and those boys went out there and played ball. It looked like they were having fun with it.

"When you are having fun playing this game and you trust your coaches, you are willing to run through a wall for the coach and you are willing to die for that player beside you,” Watson added.
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Get to watch Watson and Geno play every home game now
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Some students and their family go on vacation during spring break. There are other students use it to think about their future.

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) five-star cornerback Tarvarus McFadden and his family spent some of his spring break visiting Florida State. His father, brother, nephew and mother all got to experience what it is like to be a student athlete at FSU on Thursday.



FSU is clearly the team to beat for the nation's No. 4 rated cornerback.
McFadden had the 'Noles a favorite prior to his trip. Does he still feel the same way after his visit?

"It was amazing. FSU is at the top for me. I just love everything about it and felt so comfortable with everyone there," he said. "Every single coach, person I spoke with was great. I got to see a lot of things. It was just very relaxing."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback had a packed schedule during his time in Tallahassee. He toured the campus and facilities, met with coaches and players and learned more about the academics and support at FSU.

"The academics surprised me. I didn't realize how good it was. I want to major in Sports Management or Criminology. I learned FSU has the No. 1 Criminology program in the country, so that impressed me a lot," McFadden said. "I also spent a lot of time talking with the different professors on my visit. FSU also offers a lot of tutors for their student athletes. I was pretty impressed overall."

One of the highlights of his visit the time he spent with one of FSU's best known former student athletes - Rhodes Scholar and now second year medical student Myron Rolle.

"We had an immediate connection. He didn't tell me things to make me feel good. Myron was very direct about the things I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear or things that sound good," explained McFadden. "He gave me some very good advice about how to handle the recruiting process and talked about how the academics at FSU can help me and in what ways.

Later in the day, McFadden spent some time with FSU's coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Charles Kelly and his main recruiter Sal Sunseri.

"We talked a little about the scheme FSU runs, but not as much as getting to know each other. Coach Kelly is a great person and a very good defensive backs coach," he said. "I did see FSU runs a lot of press coverage and that's what I'm best at. Me and my family felt very comfortable around him."

"I love Coach Sal. He's been on me for a while. FSU has been their from the start and that's why I've liked them so much," added the No. 4 rated cornerback in the country. "But Coach Sal had me and all my family laughing nearly the entire visit. It's funny seeing him to relate to young kids and he's a great coach and person. I mean really all the coaches were great, including Coach (Jimbo) Fisher. There's no pressure when you visit. It's a comfortable feeling and the campus is really nice."

McFadden was also able to attended a spring practice. During that session he saw the coaches in action and how the players responded.

"I noticed they did a lot of press coverage and the defensive backs were fast. I liked it the practice had a lot of energy and I got a chance to see Coach Kelly with the defensive backs," he said. "The defense is very up tempo and aggressive."

McFadden doesn't have any other visits planned in the near future. His visit to FSU this week was one of the first unofficial visits he's made. He says he would also like to visit Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Miami, LSU and Ohio State this spring or summer. There is no timetable on making a commitment.
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Replacing 2 1st rounders in Darbs and PJ with Hollywood Cole and baby Cromartie
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