Florida State Seminoles Football News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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.