Florida State Seminoles Football News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/24/14: Seminoles' head coach Jimbo Fisher was fortunate enough to learn from two the greats in the college game: Bobby Bowden (FSU) and Nick Saban (at LSU). He is generally considered to be cut from the Saban cloth, but there is one notable distinction. Whereas Saban seems to disregard his past successes and only focuses on 'what's next'. Fisher wants his team to enjoy the success they earned with last season's national championship. Fisher believes that they did not enjoy their championship at LSU as much as they should have, so he wants his players to bask in the glory from last season. Of course, only to an extent.
4/17/14: Florida State held their annual Garnet and Gold Spring Football Game last Saturday, and who else would be the star other than the best college football player in the country? Jamies Winston continued his brilliance with a monster game, throwing for 396 yards and two touchdowns. Winston and the first team offense led the Garnet team, while Mario Edwards Jr. and the first team defense led the Gold team. Garnet won 31-14. It is still early, but Noles fans remember that this game, one year ago, was Winston's introduction to college football, which ended with a Heisman Trophy and the National Championship.
4/10/14: Florida State leaked out an updated version of their iconic Seminole logo this past week, which was met with less than enthusiastic responses. The new logo no longer features the words "Florida State", but instead uses "FSU". The features of the man's face and hair have changed, and the warpaint is no longer black, but rather garnet and gold - the official school colors. It is not a major re-design, but an updating of the original logo, which has been in tact since it debuted in 1971. The reason for the change is somewhat confusing, but National Champions have their prerogative. Now the question is if the school will have to put the new logos in the newly completed locker room, or if they are already installed.
4/3/14: It is well-known that FSU's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, is also a releif pitcher for the Seminoles' baseball team. Like their football counterpart, the Noles' nine is ranked #1 in the country as well. Word got out last week that the Seminoles and Gators baseball squads got into a brawl. That is not really the case. Both benches emptied but no punches were thrown. Winston rushed out with his teammates but there was no real fight. He did sign the hat of a Gators fan, and wrote 37-7 on it. That was the score of the FSU/UF football game last fall.
3/20/14: When you win the National Championship, you get new opportunities. Such is the case with the Florida State Seminoles. FSU announce a major renovation of training facilities which include 'state of the art graphics and technology". Last year, both Alabama and Oregon announced major upgrades to their training facilities which resemble more of a luxury lifestyle than the practice areas of a football program. FSU's new facility will pay homage to the great tradition of Florida State football, including their championship seasons of 1993, 1999, and 2013. It may not win championships, but certainly will get the interest of prized recruits.
3/27/14: Florida State University has a bona-fide star on their hands with Jameis Winston. Winston, of course, won the Heisman Trophy last season while leading the Seminoles to an undefeated record and the national championship. Every time a Nole wins the Heisman, the team wins the national championship game - Charlie Ward in the 1993 season and Chris Wienke in the 199 season. Winston is also the closer for the Seminoles baseball team, which is among the best in the NCAA. And they are not interfering, as Winston missed only one spring football practice due to the baseball schedule.
3/13/14: One of the knocks against Florida State (and there are very few) is that they play in the ACC. No one doubts that other conferences - particularly the SEC and Pac 12 are stronger from top to bottom. By definition, the Seminoles have a relatively easier path to the NCAA Championship than teams from tougher conferences. However, looking at the schedules for 2014 shows the Noles have a tough stretch. One review shows FSU with the eighth toughest schedule among title contenders. In fact, they have Oklahoma State, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Louisville on the schedule next season, so they will have a tougher road than this past season when they won the Championship.
2/20/14: The Seminoles still have a shot at five star recruit Malik McDowell, apparently. McDowell's parents never wanted him to stay in-state and attend Michigan State University. So while McDowell sent in his letter of intent to the Spartans, it is not valid because his custodial parent (mother in this case) never signed it. So that leaves both Ohio State and Florida State as the remaining options. Malik is a five-star defensive lineman, and the Noles have put forth a few good ones into the pros over the past few years. He is expected to visit Tallahassee in the near future.
3/6/14: Former Seminoles head coach and legend Bobby Bowden used to say that he wants it noted on his tombstone that he always played Florida. That tradition will continue as FSU and the University of Florida have agreed upon an extension to keep the classic state of Florida game going through 2018. Overall, the Gators lead the series (dating back to 1959) 34-22-2. The Noles have won four of the last five. And that overall record includes FSU's early years as a football team, when they were terrible. The game in 2014 will be in Tallahassee, part of a very compelling schedule that includes Notre Dame and Clemson.
2/27/14: With the ACC adding Louisville to the mix next season, and losing Maryland, as well as the fact that the National Championship will be decided with a four team playoff, the ACC has been discussing their scheduling. The conference needs as many high profile games as possible, so keeping some big rivalries with SEC teams is a must. FSU does not want to lose its traditional rivalry game with Florida, and it looks like that will stay in tact. The Seminoles have a great home schedule in 2014, including Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida. Likewise, season ticket sales have increased with an additional 5,000 being sold already.
2/13/14: A few weeks ago, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said he thought star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston would play two more years. That is in stark contrast to popular opinion which has the redshrit freshman playing one more year before heading to the NFL draft. For his part, Winston agreed with Fisher. Winston is also a star baseball player and wants some more time with the Noles baseball team to win a national championship there, as well. Time will tell if his schedule will change, but for now, the Noles may have Winston at QB for two more seasons.
2/6/14: Florida State has had three Heisman Trophy winners: Charlie Ward (1993), Chris Wienke (1999), and Jameis Winston (2013). Not only have they won the most prestigious award in college football, they each led their teams to the national championship. Even better, Winston has a chance at a second Heisman and championship. But this is about Charlie Ward. Ward is going close to home in Pensacola, FL to be the head coach of Booker T. Washington High football program. Ward never played in the NFL, and had a pretty successful career in the NBA. Sitll, he is a legend in the Panhandle, so best of luck.
1/30/14: Any successful coach will tell you that it is tough to keep a winning team together. Several Noles are leaving early for the NFL, which is to be expected. A few have expired their eligibility, and that is part of the system. FSU defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt left the program for another opportunity. Finally, it looks like backup quarterback Jacob Coker is headed to Alabama. He has a couple years of eligibility left and is a fine QB. However, he is stuck behind Jameis Winston, so he would have a tough time seeing the field next season. The move hurts QB depth, but Coker is good enough to start almost anywhere, and he deserves that opportunity.
1/23/14: The Seminoles are losing a few great players from their BCS Championship team to the NFL. Most notably, running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr., wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, and defensive tackle Timmy Jurnigan have all opted to leave early. That would be cause for concern on many teams, but the Noles have recruited extremely well for years and there are top tier guys ready to make their mark. They have also been able to flip UF recruit Davin Cook (running back) and may get his close friend, who happens to be a top WR.
1/16/14: Its good to be king. The Seminoles will go down in history as the last team to win the BCS Championship. Also of note, FSU (under head coach Bobby Bowden) played in the first three BCS Championship Games, winning in 2000 (1999 season) over Virginia Tech. Next season will be the first with a playoff, and the Noles seem set for that. Three key starters, including running back Karlos Williams and tight end Nick O'Leary have committed to returning instead of going to the NFL. FSU has had a lot of great recruiting classes, so expect them to be in the mix next year as well.
1/9/14: Champions! That single word sums up the Florida State Seminoles. FSU rallied from an 18 point deficit to beat Auburn 34-33. Head coach Jimbo Fisher rolled the dice with fake punt late in the second quarter. The fake paid off and eventually led to a touchdown. FSU defense owned the third quarter, allowing the offense to inch back into the game. Add in a 102 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a gutsy 80 yard drive with 1:11 remaining, including the winning touchdown with 13 seconds left - and the Seminoles are the National Champions. The look to repeat next year too.
1/2/14: Just four days until FSU takes on Auburn in the BCS Championship Game. This is the fourth time the Seminoles have been in the BCS Championship Game - they were in the first three, and fittingly, in the final version against an SEC team. Star QB Jameis Winston has been racking up the awards in the gap between the regular season and the bowls. He has won the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award, and the Davey O'Brien Award. He now adds the AP Player of the Year Award, becoming the first Seminole to take home the honor.
12/26/13: With Nick Saban out of the mix for the University of Texas head coaching job, a lot of eyes are turning towards FSU's Jimbo Fisher. Fisher is a logical choice, having turned the Seminole's program around and getting FSU to the BCS Championship Game this season. However, many believe that Fisher will stay put. While Texas can offer more money and buy out his extension, Fisher already has a premier program that is winning under his leadership. Also, he would probably have to take the job before the Championship game as well as sacrifice a chance to play for the title next year too. Chances are that Jimbo is well entrenched in Tallahassee.
12/19/13: The Downtown Athletic Club announced their Heisman Trophy winner last Saturday, and it was redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston in a landslide. Winston has been racking up the awards lately - recognition for his outstanding season. Now that the awards season is over, it is time to get back to work. The Noles face Auburn in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, Calfornia on January 6. An interesting note - two other Seminoles have won the Heisman, QBs Charlie Ward and Chris Wienke. Both led the Noles to the Championship in the season they won the award.
12/12/13: FSU continued their roll by decimating the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship Game 34-7. FSU is the only team from a major conference that is undefeated this season and now has a month to prepare for the Auburn Tigers in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, California. The Noles started off very slowly and the score was tied at 0-0 after one quarter. The team settled down and methodically put up 34 straight points in the second and third quarters to roll to the win. QB Jameis Winston was not charged in his legal issues and was named the MVP of the game.
12/5/13: FSU finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record by overwhelming in-state rival Florida 37-7. The Seminoles cruised to a win behind three touchdown receptions by Kelvin Benjamin and another strong day from QB Jameis Winston. Combined with Alabama's loss, the Seminoles moved into first in the BCS, and are expected to play for the championship should they win the ACC Championship. FSU will face Duke in that game this Saturday and is expected to win handily over an inferior opponent. A win would be the second consecutive ACC Championship for the Noles who look like they are returning to their dominant ways of the 90's.
11/28/13: Florida State had a gimme game against the Idaho Vandals in Tallahassee last Saturday. The Noles were favored by 57 heading into the game and more than covered with an 80-14 victory. Florida State was never in danger in this game and wanted to come out of it without any significant injuries. The Noles removed most of their starters for the second half, which was to be expected. FSU heads to Gainesville next week to take on Florida in their annual rivalry game. It is not expected to be much of a rivalry as Florida only has four wins this season and just lost to Georgia Southern at home.
11/21/13: Another week, another ACC decimation by the Seminoles. FSU became the first team to both score at least 59 points and give up three or less to a conference opponent three times in one season by embarrassing the Syracuse Orange 59-3. The game was essentially over in the first quarter as FSU rolled up a 28-0 lead on four straight scoring drives. As expected, the Noles took out their starters for the second half, which gives the backups quality playing time. FSU is still ranked #2 in the BCS and should make the National Championship Game if they remain unbeaten.
11/14/13: FSU got a big gift last week, several days before they routed Wake Forest 59-3. The gift came from #5 Stanford beating down #3 Oregon last week. Had Oregon won, they would have had the inside track for the National Championship game. The loss keeps FSU squarely at #2 and a likely shot at the title. The Noles win on Saturday secured their place in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte in a month. Their opponent is still to be decided and could be either Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Duke, or Miami as those four teams all have a chance at winning the ACC Coastal Division.
11/7/13: The Seminoles continue to prove that they are among the top teams in college football. They hosted the #7 ranked Miami Hurricanes last Saturday and routed their fellow undefeated Florida team 41-14. Red-shirt freshman sensation QB Jameis Winston threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions, while running back Devonta Freeman added 89 yards and two scores. The Noles led 21-14 at halftime and simply dominated the second half. FSU needs a loss by Alabama or Oregon to ensure they have a shot at the National Championship, and Oregon plays #5 Stanford this Thursday.
10/31/13: FSU hosted N.C. State last Saturday in a classic trap game. They destroyed the #3 ranked Clemson Tigers at Clemson the week before and host the #7 Miami Hurricanes the following week. N.C. State was the only ACC team to beat the Noles last season, ending any hope of playing for the National Championship. That would not repeat itself this time. The Noles jumped to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter and ended the game before it started. This Saturday will be another huge test when the undefeated Hurricanes come to town with bragging rights and National hopes on the line.
10/24/13: Florida State must be recognized as the best team in the ACC after completely obliterating and embarrassing Clemson up at Clemson. It was the biggest game for the ACC in the last decade. Gameday did their broadcast from the Clemson campus and the Tigers wanted to set a record for the loudest crowd. FSU did not care about any of the peripherals - they just came to take ownership of the ACC, and they did with a 51-14 rout, which wasn't even that close. FSU moved up to number 3 in polls and should be considered a National Championship contender as long as they take care of business the rest of the season.
10/17/13: The Noles had a bye week, which is probably good for them right now. The team is ranked 7th in the nation, though there are doubters out there because they have only played one top 25 team. That was Maryland, whom they destroyed 63-0. FSU has their biggest test of the season next week when they head to Clemson for an ACC showdown. FSU got some good news when it was determined by both the ACC and the NCAA that Jacobi McDaniels did not target Maryland QB C.J. Brown on a hit that knocked Brown out of the game. He will be eligible to play against Clemson.
10/10/13: A lot of experts put the Noles on 'upset alert' going into Saturday's showdown against #25 Maryland. Maryland destroyed the West Virginia Mountaineers a few weeks ago and had a good looking offense. FSU took notice and tied a record for largest margin of victory over a top 25 team with a 63-0 rout. The defense looked much better after giving up over 30 points to Boston College a week prior. The win sets up a top 10 and ACC showdown next week. Florida State travels to Clemson for what should be the biggest game of the weekend.
10/3/13: FSU scored another road victory against an ACC rival on Saturday, knocking off Boston College in Boston 48-34. FSU was down 14 points early before redshirt freshman Jamies Winston rallied the team for a seven point halftime lead. Winston made what may be the play of the year on the final play of the first half. He somehow eluded two sacks and heaved a 50 yard bomb for a touchdown. BC put up a fight in the second half, and the Nole defense was not as strong as it usually is, but the win keeps the Seminoles ranked 8th in the country. Next up is a home match against the surprising Maryland Terrapins.
9/26/13: Florida State played their second home game of the season on Saturday. This game was over when it was scheduled as the Noles hosted Bethune-Cookman College, and FCS school. FSU won 54-6 in their tune-up for the heart of the season. QB Jameis Winston threw fro 148 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Jimbo Fisher thought there was a lot of room for improvement on offense, such as running back James Wilder Jr. fumbling on the three yard line. The defending ACC champs are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference. They travel to Boston College to face the Eagles next week.
9/19/13: That redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston had a sensational debut at Pitt on Labor Day, on national television, is old news. The chatter from some Florida media, who need to create a news story, centered on how he would do in his first home start. The suggestion was that if he was not as spectacular as in Week 1, then it would be a let down. That 'controversy' was laid to rest on Saturday. The Seminoles were out of sync for most of the first half. They only led 17-7 at halftime. Then they destroyed Nevada, scoring 31 points in the third quarter. All four FSU running backs had touchdowns. Jameis threw two TDs and ran another in himself. Jameis' day ended midway through the third quarter as the Noles put the game out of reach. FSU racked up 377 yards rushing in the 62-7 win. FSU hosts Bethune-Cookman College next week before going to Boston College on September 28.
9/12/13: The Seminoles like to play on Labor Day Night. It is a Monday before the NFL season and they have a monopoly on the football games. This year was no exception as the Noles destroyed the Pitt Panthers (in their ACC welcoming) 41-13. FSU ushered in the Jameis Winston era with a bang, and now expectations are sky-high. If Winston can continue to play at such a high level then the experts that picked them to finish behind Clemson will be eating their words. The Seminoles have the week off as they prepare to host the University of Nevada Wolfpack in their home opener on September 14.
9/4/13: World meet Jameis Winston. Winston, this is the World. Winston is the redshirt freshman starting quarterback of the Florida state Seminoles. He played his first collegiate game on Monday at ACC newcomer Pitt and proceeded to pick apart the defense with the poise of a veteran and the skill of world-class surgeon. Winston threw for four touchdowns and added another running while setting marks for completion percentage (over 92%). The 41-13 win is a good start for the Noles who are now ranked 11th. Florida State now has a bye week before hosting the University of Nevada Wolfpack in their home opener.
8/29/13: The talk in the ACC is that Clemson is the team to beat. But FSU has something to say about that. FSU has been among the tops in the nation in recruiting for the past several years, so the fact that they are starting a lot of new faces does not phase them. FSU will play Clemson in Death Valley in October, with the winner likely having the inside track for the Coastal Division title and a shot in the ACC Championship Game. The last question remaining for the Noles is the starting quarterback, but most reports indicate it will be redshirt freshman Jamies Winston.
8/22/13: The season opener is right around the corner, and that will be a Monday night game at ACC newcomer Pitt. This will be an interesting year for the Seminoles. Many believe it is a make or break year for head coach Jimbo Fisher. Fisher has led the team to an ACC championship and Orange Bowl victory last year, but many believe that he has underachieved considering 11 players from last year's team were drafted into the NFL. The Noles have six new assistant coaches, including Jeremy Pruitt, as the defensive coordinator. Clemson is the consensus pick for the ACC, but not if the Noles have anything to say about it.
8/15/13: Only a few more weeks until the college football season kicks off, and Seminole fans are giddy with anticipation. Rival Clemson was selected to win the Atlantic division and the conference championship over the Noles, who are the defending champion in both. FSU opens the season on the road, welcoming ACC newcomer University of Pittsburgh on Monday, September 2. It will be a good test for the Seminoles to start the season, and the team wants to make a good impression in the nationally televised game. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has not named the starting QB yet, but most expect it to be redshirt sophomore "Famous" Jamious Winston.
8/8/13: In case you missed it - and most Florida State fans did not - Clemson is the consensus pick to win the ACC this coming season. Clemson and FSU are in the same division, so they cannot meet for the Conference Championship Game. Instead, most pundits picked Clemson to win the ACC outright, which would imply the Tigers beating the Noles. But this is just the motivation that FSU needs - they want to be undervalued and simply win every game outright this season. While FSU may have a litany of new coaches, they still have the most talent in the ACC.
8/1/13: It has been a tough summer for Florida State tight ends, but nothing worse than Nick O'Leary crashing his motorcycle. There is video available, showing O'Leary riding down a road when a car pulls out in front of him. O'Leary slammed into the car and flipped off the bike. The crash could have killed him, yet he walked away with minor injuries, thank goodness. O'Leary is also the grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, and is the starting tight end for the Seminoles. He is expected to be fully healed and even take on a bigger role in the offense this season.
7/25/13: The Seminoles have been racking up commitments for top recruits faster than Urban Meyer's Gator teams racked up arrests. FSU recently got recruit number 19 in local running back Jonathan Vickers, who also had offers from Alabama and Stanford. The Noles also landed wide receiver Javonte Seabury from Orlando. FSU also has a great chance of getting five star cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who dropped into FSU's final day of camp. This is shaping up to be another top 5 recruiting class for the Noles and head coach Jimbo Fisher, and more success well in the future.
7/18/13: All eyes in the ACC will be on Florida State this season, as the Seminoles are being picked to be the conference champion again. It will be a new look for the team, as many assistants left for promotions, including former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops who is now the head coach at Kentucky. Also, about a dozen Seminoles are now in the NFL, including quarterback E.J. Manuel (Buffalo Bills, 1st round). Redshirt freshman Famous Jamious is expected to replace Manuel and bring more athleticism to the position - and he already has Nole fans excited after the clinic he put on in the Spring Game.
7/4/13: Good news for the Seminoles and their fans. The school is almost finished with the indoor practice facility that has been needed for so long. FSU has always practiced outside, but severe thunderstorms and even hurricanes that come out of the Gulf of Mexico and hit the Florida Panhandle often lead to cancelled practices - and that does not include the treacherous heat and humidity of the area in the summer and fall months. Head coach Jimbo Fisher made this a priority when he took the job, and was able to get strong support from boosters to build the facility. It puts them on par with other major programs and will contribute to the Noles ongoing success.
6/27/13: Last year, Florida State's defense was hit hard by injuries and player dismissals (looking at you, Greg Reid). However, the 'next man up' theory worked well here as a result of FSU's stellar recruiting (nice to meet you Tank Carradine, now do well in the NFL). But the offense is starting to get hit this season. Tight end Kevin Haplea will miss the season with a torn ACL. The injury occured during voluntary summer workouts when his feet got tangled up with another player. Haplea was expected to take a bigger role in the Seminole's offense this season, which has used the tight end much more under Jimbo Fisher than under legendary coach Bobby Bowden.
6/20/13: The Seminoles landed a coup when they got five star linebacker Matthew Thomas to sign a few months ago. Then it turned a bit bad. Thomas wanted out of his commitment and to go elsewhere, presumably USC. However, after speaking with the coaching staff, Thomas is staying and appears committed to continuing the Seminole excellence on defense. He may not play right away, but he will be a force to be reckoned with during his time at FSU. The Noles also received a verbal commitment from Jacob Pugh, another highly sought after linebacker (who is from Tallahassee).
6/6/13: When Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher hired Jeremy Pruitt to replace Mark Stoops as defensive coordinator, many questioned the decision. Stoops is now the head coach of Kentucky, and did a fantastic job as the Noles DC. But Pruitt is proving up to the challenge of the prestigious position. He was able to land Jakob Pugh, one of the top ranked linebacker prospects, to FSU. Though it is still just a verbal commitment, it shows that Pruitt and Fisher can recruit, and the Noles expect another top 10 recruiting class this season. 11 Seminoles were drafted by NFL teams in April - the most of any school, so it is obvious for those players who want to play on Sundays, that FSU is a good place to train.
5/23/13: A little love for the Florida State football offensive scheme from former starting QB E.J. Manuel. After going through his first rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills, he said the Bills offensive playbook was simple and very easy when compared to the Seminoles offense. Some people took that at as a shot at Noles head coach Jimbo Fisher, but it sounds more like a complement. FSU runs a pro-style offense, which better prepares QBs for the NFL than spread offenses. Enjoy the simplicity for now, E.J, it will likely get a whole lot more complicated and a lot faster very soon.
5/9/13: FSU wide receiver Marvin Bracy has decided to turn pro. In track. Bracy has world class speed and decided that he want to pursue a career running around an oval rather than catching balls. Bracy was one of the most highly recruited prospects coming out of high school, primarily for his speed. Racing for FSU in February, Bracy recorded one of the world's fastest time in the indoor 60 yard dash at an astonishing 6.54 seconds. FSU should not suffer too much. The team has four of their top five receivers returning next season, including Rashad Green, who led the team with 57 catches.
5/2/13: The reigning Orange Bowl and ACC Champion Florida State Seminoles showed up big at the NFL draft. A record 11 Seminoles were selected in the draft, more than any other program. Among them, QB EJ Manual, Bjorn Werner, and Xavier Rhodes went in the first round. This gives credence the belief that the Noles are back on the college football map. The fact that they play a pro-style offense and have a reputation for tenacious defense is a lure for top high school recruits that want to play on Sundays one day - and their recent recruiting classes reflect that mindset.
4/24/13: The battle for the starting quarterback position for the Seminoles seems to be taking care of itself. Redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston stepped into the spring game last week and threw for three touchdown. He electirfied the offense and the crowd with his onfield heroics. Meanwhile, junior Clint Trickett was serviceable, but the buzz is with Winston. Trickett announced that he was transferring just days after the spring game, and would like a chance to start before his college career is over. Meanwhile, the Florida State faithful are all amped up about the possibility of having Winston for a couple years and all he could accomplish.
4/18/13: The Seminoles will have four representatives from their 2012 season in New York City for the NFL Draft, including E.J. Manuel and Bjorn Werner. Losing that kind of leadership may damage a team that just made a big step last season by winning its first BCS bowl game in seven years. Additionally, the Noles are bringing in a whopping seven new assistant coaches. But the team seems confident that they can build on last year's success and do better in 2013. Clint Tricket is expected to be the starting QB, but he may have competition from a redshirt sophomore.
4/4/13: The Seminoles held their first spring scrimmage and head coach Jimbo Fisher was fairly tight lipped about the results. FSU lost six assistant coaches in the off season, and replacing them will not be easy. They also lost star defensive tackle Bjorn Werner (to the NFL draft) and starting quarterback E.J. Manual (graduation, and the draft). The Noles figure to have several players drafted by NFL teams around the country in a couple weeks, and it will be no easy feat to replace that kind of talent. Still, many believe they will be better next season, and cruise to another ACC title.
3/21/13: The Seminoles held their annual Pro Day on Tuesday, March 19, and showcased the talents of a whopping 14 players. Participating were stars like QB E.J. Manuel, defensive lineman Bjorn Werner, and former cornerback Greg Reid. Representatives from all 32 teams were on hand to watch the workouts. Manuel continues to move up draft boards across the NFL, particularly since there is not a lot of QB competition this year. He has now been asked to attend the Draft in New York in April - as he is expected to be a rather early draft pick - possibly by the Arizona Cardinals or New York Jets.
2/7/13: The Noles finished with another top-10 recruiting class, which is truly remarkable considering they lost a whopping six assistant coaches since the end of the regular season. Two big 'gets' were linebacker Michael Thomas out of Miami, who chose FSU over the Hurricanes and cornerback Jalen Ramsey of Chattenooga, who the Noles flipped from USC. The big loss was wide receiver Stacy Coley as well as offensive linemen Austin Golson (Ole Miss) and Denver Kirkland (Arkansas). Other players of note include defensive end Demarcus Walker, guard Ira Denson, and wide receiver Jesus Wilson. The continued influx of talent ensures that FSU will stay atop of the ACC.
1/31/13: Former Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel played his final football game in college in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, capturing Most Outstanding Player honors. Manuel threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as his South team beat the north 21-16. Manuel will now return home to Virginia to be with his mother who just completed chemotherapy for breast cancer and is about to undergo surgery. Considering his performance in the Orange Bowl and Senior Bowl, and the lack of QBs in the draft, his stock may rise to the first or second round in the April draft.
1/10/13: Many people scoffed when the Northern Illinois Huskies of the Mid America Conference was invited to the Orange Bowl. Several others thought that the Seminoles would be uninspired, that they would overlook the Huskies, and that they were primed for an upset. Then the game was played. FSU dominated the Orange Bowl, ran up 534 yards and won easily 31-10. NIU was simply out-manned and should not have been a BCS game. The win was FSU's 12th of the season and first BCS bowl win since 2005, and sets the Noles up for another strong recruiting class.
1/3/13: In the weeks leading up to the Discover Orange Bowl, many experts assumed that the Seminoles would not be interested in the game against Northern Illinois. FSU proved them wrong with a decisive 31-10 victory that proved that the Huskies did not belong in a BCS game. The Seminoles put up over 500 yards of offense and limited NIU to about 250 yards total. The victory gave FSU 12 wins on the season and their first BCS bowl win since 2006. After the game, junior cornerback Xavier Rhodes announced that he would forego his senior year and will enter the NFL draft.
12/27/12: With less than a week until the Orange Bowl, the speculation is mounting on whether several Seminole juniors will declare for the NFL draft and leave early. At least four juniors, including star defensive end Bjorn Werner and cornerback Xavier Rhodeswill likely be drafted with the opportunity to play on Sundays. Additionally, there are 10 more who may decide to try the professional ranks. Werner could be among the top five picks in the April draft, which would make him the highest drafted German born player ever. But all the possible pros have decided not to speak about their career decisions until after the Orange Bowl.
12/20/12 Rumor is that FSU has found their replacement for Mark Stoops. Stoops, the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, announced he was leaving the program to be the head coach at Kentucky following the ACC Championship Game. His replacement appears to be Jeremy Pruitt, who is currently the Defensive Backs Coach at Alabama. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher acknowledged that he met with Pruitt, but has not announced the hire, which may not come until after Alabama plays Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game on January 8. Meanwhile, FSU is preparing to play Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl on January 1.
12/13/12: FSU's defense was among the top ranked units this past season, and has improved steadily for the past three years. The architect of the defense is Mark Stoops, who has left the Defensive Coordinator job at FSU for the head coaching job at Kentucky. Stoops is the brother of Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, but has emerged from his older brother's shadow as a top defensive mind. It is Mark Stoops' first head coaching job. While Kentucky is not a strong football program, it is in the SEC and a great opportunity to rebuild the team.
12/6/12: The bowl match-ups are all set, and FSU is heading back to the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech 21-15 in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, scoring all of their points in the first half. GT made a game of it late, but the Noles defense shut down the Yellow Jackets running game and held on. FSU will play in its 9th Orange Bowl on January 1. Rather than playing the Big East champion, the Seminoles will face the Northern Illinois Huskies out of the Mid America Conference (MAC), who qualified by finishing in the top 16 in the BCS standings.
11/29/12: FSU football took a big hit last Saturday when the Florida Gators beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Poor play early put the Noles down by 13 at the half. FSU took the lead in the second half, but a vicious hit to quarterback EJ Manual forced a fumble. A UF touchdown on the next play effectively sealed the game. FSU now travels to Charlotte to play Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship, with a birth to the Orange Bowl on the line. Additionally, Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops has accepted the head coaching job at Kentucky and will leave the team following the ACC Championship.
11/22/12: FSU completed the formality of locking up the ACC Atlantic Division by dismantling a lowly Maryland team that was starting a linebacker at quarterback. The Noles finished conference play 7-1, tied with Clemson for the best record. However, they own the head-to-head matchup with the Tigers, and will go to the ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech. But first, the No. 10 Noles will host their arch rival, the No. 4 UF Gators in a game that has BCS Championship implications. Expect the FSU defense to wreak havoc on the Gators' offense, and move up the BCS standings.
11/15/2012: FSU didn't beat Virginia Tech so much as survive. Playing in a hostile environment, on a national Thursday night game, against a talented but underachieving team, on the road - well, anything could happen. And it almost did. E.J. Manual's touchdown pass to Rashad Green with 40 seconds left gave FSU the final lead and save the Noles' season. FSU could not get past VA Tech's blitzes for most of the night, and actually had -20 rushing yards. But they did exploit the blitz when they needed to, and won a crucial game. Now, just beat Maryland at home and go to the ACC Championship Game.
11/8/12: The Seminoles enjoyed a bye week and still have the inside track over Clemson for the division title in the ACC. FSU's only loss was and unexpected upset by North Carolina State. The loss likely derailed any national championship aspirations, but a trip the ACC Championship and the Orange Bowl are still in line. The Seminoles next test comes tonight on the road against Virginia Tech. The Hokies have struggled all year, but will be geared up for this game. The Noles need to win this game, their ACC finale at Maryland, and the last game of the season at home against arch rival Florida.
11/1/12: Florida State did what most teams do against Duke football - put them away early and make the Blue Devils pray for basketball season. The final score was 48-7, but the game was never even really that close. The Seminoles were playing their first game without running back Chris Thompson, who is out of the season (and career) with a torn ACL. Devonta Freemand and James Wilder Jr. picked up the slack, and combined for about 200 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Quarterback E.J. Manuel did not have to work too hard for the victory, as the Noles used this game as preparation for a Thursday night road game at Virginia Tech on November 8.
10/18/12: It's a long shot, but FSU does have an outside chance of playing for the national championship this year. All they have to do is continue to blowout opponents and have everyone else lose. The Noles lost to NC State two weeks ago and took their frustrations out on a hapless Boston College team in a 51-7 drubbing. Next up is long time rival Miami in Miami. FSU fans are also in the unusual position of having to root for the hated Gators. The Noles host the Gators in late November, and need Florida to be unbeaten to improve their strength of schedule.
10/4/12: FSU overcame some early-game sloppiness to put University of South Florida away, 30-17 last Saturday. It was the first game in Tampa for FSU since 1979, though the program has traditionally recruited well in the area. USF upset the Noles in Tallahassee in 2009, and while players and coaches would not say anything publicly, the fans treated this as a revenge game. This coming Saturday, the Seminoles leave Florida for the first time this season, when they travel to Raleigh, NC to face ACC foe North Carolina State. FSU is now ranked #3 in the nation, bypassing LSU who struggled with Towsen.
8/16/12: The Blues made the Stanley Cup Finals in their first three years of existence (getting swept three times). They have not been back since. Of course, the Blues were part of a six team expansion that doubled the size of the league in the late 1960's, and all expansion teams were in the same conference. Hope are high in the Gateway City that this is the year that the Note returns to the Promised Land for the first time in forty years. The roster is relatively unchanged from the team that made the giant leap from afterthought to second in the West. And Vegas agrees, placing the Blues odds at 10 to 1 currently.
8/2/12: A bittersweet day for the Seminoles, as the first Coach's Poll was released, ranking the FSU #7, with one first place vote. In order: LSU, Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Georgia placed ahead of Jimbo Fisher's squad. As for bragging rights, the Florida Gators were ranked #22, though that will not mean anything by the time they play in November. On the downside, starting star cornerback and kick returner Greg Ried was dismissed from the team. Ried is among the best at his position and his loss will be felt. He had a few run-ins with the law over the past 18 months, which likely contributed to his dismissal.
7/26/12: The Penn State scandal had reverberating effects through the NCAA recordbooks, as all of the school's football wins were vacated from 1998-2011. Prior to the forfeits, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was the NCAA's all-time Division I wins leader. The move vacated 111 winds, moving FSU's Bobby Bowden into first place with 377. Bowden had 12 wins vacated from a tutoring scandal in 2006 and 2007, and additionally has over 20 wins from his time as the head coach of Samford that are not counted. Bowden is not taking any pleasure in the new record, lamenting that the thoughts should be with the victims.
5/23/12: Add Florida State to the list of schools considering switching conferences. Rumors are rampant that FSU is considering moving from the basketball-centric ACC to the more lucrative Big 12. The Big 12 is down to 10 members as Mizzou and Texas A&M bolted for the SEC. FSU has sent mixed signals, with administrators claiming they love the ACC but the Board of Trustees admitting to considering a move. The ACC dreamed of being a superconference when they stole Miami, Virgina Tech, and Boston College from the Big East a decade ago, but the hype was never achieved, and the ACC is the fifth of the six BCS conferences these days.
Florida State Seminoles Football Tickets - Overview
The Florida State Seminoles play Division I college football for Florida State University in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Seminoles play their home games on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL. Jimbo Fisher is the Seminoles head coach. He took over for the legendary Bobby Bowden, who retired after the 2010 season.
Florida State Seminoles Football Tickets - History
Florida State's football program began in 1947. When Bowden took over in 1976, Florida State quickly became one of the nation's top football programs. The Seminoles appeared in the national championship game five times from 1993 to 2001, and won it twice in 1993 and 1999. Florida State won 89 percent of its games during the 1990s.Florida State also finished in the top five of the Associated Press poll 14 straight seasons from 1987 to 2000--an NCAA record. FSU has won 15 conference titles to go along with their national crowns--they most recently won the ACC in 2005.
Florida State Seminoles Football Tickets - Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium is located on Champions way in Tallahassee. Florida State as played at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1950. The stadium currently holds just over 82,000 people thanks to an expansion in 2003.Bowden's name was added to the Stadium's name in 2004.It is the largest football stadium in the ACC.