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Fisher is still optimistic as Game 5 approaches

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@BriBiancardiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( –The Florida State-Miami rivalry continued last Saturday at Doak
Campbell Stadium, as the two teams squared off for the 62nd time.

The Miami Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 in the American Coast Conference) trailed by three points in the fourth quarter, but the Seminoles (1-3, 1-2 in the American Coast Conference) were unable to hang
on for the win.

With only six seconds remaining in the game, the Hurricanes’ redshirt junior QB Malik Rosier threw a
23-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior WR Darrell Langham to put an end to Florida State’s seven-game winning streak against the Hurricanes.

“It was a great physical football game,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Unfortunately, they made one more play than we did.”

After scoring three touchdowns in the final quarter, the Hurricanes came out victorious, defeating the Seminoles 24-20.

“Miami is a good team,” Fisher continued. “I give them credit, but at the same time we had opportunities and we just have to do things a little bit better.”

The Seminoles continue their ACC season on Saturday, as they head North to take on Duke (4-2, 1-2 in the American Coast Conference) at Wallace Wade Stadium at noon

Duke enters the game having lost back-to-back games and two of their three in-conference matchups. Despite their record, the Blue Devils rushing defense ranks seventh in the NCAA.

“They are a good football team,” Fisher said. “They are right on the verge of winning all of their games defensively.”

Meanwhile, the Seminoles have increased their rushing totals with each game, posting 203 yards in last Saturday’s contest. Going into this weekend’s matchup, Fisher hopes to lead his team to
victory after their 1-3 start to the season.

“It’s about us,” Fisher said. “We’re all in this together.”
Things to know about this game:

● James Blackman became the first true freshman starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles. Blackman has completed 50 of his 87 passes so far this season for the
Seminoles, leading to 602 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 60.7 percent of his passes in last week’s game, which was a career-high for the young quarterback.
● It is not often that these two teams face one another, but the Seminoles have won all 17 of their previous matchups against the Blue Devils.
● Most famously, in 2013, Florida State defeated Duke 45-7 in the ACC Championship game thanks to three touchdown passes from Jameis Winston.

Noles to Host Hurricanes

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – The Miami Hurricanes will be making their way to Doak Campbell Stadium as they get ready for the Florida State Seminoles at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Seminoles (1-2, 1-1 ACC) are heading into this week’s matchup against the Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0) unranked for the first time in more than five years under head coach Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles have beaten the Hurricanes the past seven years. Miami is still leading the all-time series 31-30.

Last year’s matchup ended with the Seminoles blocking the Hurricanes PAT to win 20-19. Also, the Seminoles had Dalvin Cook in the backfield, who carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards. This year’s matchup will feature true freshman quarterback James Blackman under the center for FSU.

Last Saturday, Blackman and the Seminoles traveled to Wake Forrest for an in-conference game. Blackman accounted for 121 yards while completing 11 of 21 passes and a touchdown.

Miami played an away conference game against Duke last Friday and won 31-6. The Hurricanes defense did not allow a touchdown the entire game. Miami’s quarterback Malik Rosier accounted for 270 yards while completing 15 of 26 passes for two touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

Some key players for the Florida State Seminoles are:

Derwin James (Defensive Back)

James was sidelined due to an injury last season which forced him to watch the game from a different perspective. This year he is healthy and will be a key factor for the Seminoles to win the game. James has 18 total tackles, 12 solo tackles and six assisted tackles.  

James Blackman (Quarterback)

Blackman is a true freshman starting for the Seminoles after an injury sidelined Deondre Francios for the season. Blackman has completed 33 of his 59 passes so far for the Seminoles, racking up 399-yards and two touchdowns.

Auden Tate (Wide Receiver)

Tate is a 6-foot-5-inches target that can go up and get the ball. Tate has 13 catches for 226 yards and three touchdowns this season, including the game-winning touchdown against Wake Forest last week.

Some key players for the Miami Hurricanes entering this game:

Malik Rosier (Quarterback)

Rosier is a junior for the Hurricanes and has completed 59 of 90 attempts for 820 yards and eight touchdowns in three games this season. Rosier has the patience to stay in the pocket and also the legs to keep the chains moving.

Ahmmon Richards (Wide Receiver)

Richards is a sophomore and although he hasn’t started the season like he did last year he will be a key player for Rosier in this matchup against the Seminoles. He has three catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.

Shaquille Quarterman (Linebacker)

Quarterman was ranked as one of the top linebackers in the ACC last season as a freshman. This season he has accounted for 21 tackles, 13 solo tackles and eight assisted.




Travis Rudolph’s Father Fatally Shot

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Darryl Rudolph, the father of former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph, died Saturday night after being accidentally shot in the head. Rudolph, a club bouncer at Sugar Daddy’s Cabaret in West Palm Beach, was found inside a back storage room of the club with a mortal gunshot wound to the head and neck area.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, Rudolph was doing some kind of repair work inside the club when an employee in an adjacent room moved a firearm from a shelf, subsequently (accidentally) firing through the wall and striking Rudolph. The incident occurred at 9:25 PM on Friday night.

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Derwin James Back and Better Than Ever

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( –  When defensive stud Derwin James went down with an injury in week two of last year, many Florida State fans held their breath. After the game against Charleston Southern, those fans’ fears quickly became reality—the talented junior safety was victimized by a season-ending knee injury that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season.

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Fans Get Glimpse of the 2017 Seminoles at Spring Game

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Florida State held its 2017 Spring Game on Saturday afternoon, giving football fans a preview of what they can expect to see in the upcoming season. The game, which showcased a variety of new Nole faces in the form of prized recruits, was a defensive battle for the majority of the four quarters, ending with a 17-7 victory for the Gold.

The Gold team, headlined by returning redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, struck first with eight minutes to go in the second quarter, as junior running back Jacques Patrick powered across the goal line for a two-yard score. Ricky Aguayo converted on the extra point to make the game 7-0.

The Garnet squad was led by junior safety Derwin James, who returned to action for the first time since his season-ending injury in week two of last year. He looked as good as ever, surveying the field and providing an overall confidence boost to a defense that will look to him for leadership next year. He led all players with seven total tackles and added two sacks.

“He’s better than he ever was,” Francois said about James after the game. “He’s the quarterback of the defense,” he added.

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Florida State 2017 Pro Day Recap

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter)  

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WWW.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – With Pro Day complete, the Seminoles will now await the 2017 NFL Draft which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eatkins Oval.

On Tuesday, March 28th inside the FSU indoor facility 12 Florida State Seminoles were able to display their skills to NFL scouts, general managers and coaches at the FSU annual Pro Day. Continue reading Florida State 2017 Pro Day Recap

Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

 Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Florida State football is back in full swing this week. The Seminoles started spring practice this Monday, with lots of new and returning faces.

Sophomore defensive back Derwin James is back after missing 11 games last season with a torn meniscus, and five-star running back Cam Akers donned the garnet and gold for the first time.

With seven early enrollees, a few players coming back from injury, and some guys who were up-and-coming toward the end of last year, there are several people to be watching this spring. Continue reading Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

Cook Reflects On Seminole Journey In Letter

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Dalvin Cook opened up to Florida State fans in a letter that he published on Monday, reflecting on his experiences as a Seminole.

In the letter, the two-time first-team All American running back thanked his coaches and fans for contributing to the growth he has experienced since the first time that he arrived on campus. Cook cites the game against The Citadel in 2014 (in which he scored his first career touchdown), as one of his favorite memories, saying that he will “remember it forever.”

Since then, Cook has started all but one game for the Seminoles, setting several school rushing records. Cook leaves Florida State as the school’s all-time rushing yards leader with 4,464 yards, the schools all-time leader in rushing yards in a season with 1,765 yards, and holds 3 of the 5 best single-game rushing performances with 267 yards, 265 yards, and 225 yards in a game, respectively. If statistics tell us anything, he will surely be missed as the Seminoles work to find his replacement.

The letter also acts as a farewell to the Seminole community, as Cook is widely considered one of the top running back prospects for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. He concludes the letter; “I hope you think of me in a positive way. I hope I left my stamp on the program. And I hope that you remember me forever.”

Sports Brief: FSU signing day recap

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

The Florida State Seminoles capped another successful National Signing day on Feb. 1. Head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles had the No. 5 recruiting class, according to This is the fourth straight year the Seminoles achieved a top-five recruiting class. In total, they signed four five-star recruits, nine four-stars, and ten three-stars.

One of those five-star recruits was running back Cam Akers. Akers was the No.1 running back out of Mississippi, and many Seminole fans are confident that he can carry the torch of good running backs at FSU. He has athleticism, size, and power. He has already enrolled at FSU, is going through spring practices, and will compete with junior Jacquez Patrick for the starting job.

The Seminoles had to wait until late in the afternoon for the decision of five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. Coming out of Houston, TX, he will be a great addition to a defensive line. He was ranked No. 6 overall according to 247Sports.

Here is the rest of the 2017 signing class:

B DeCalon Brooks – Tampa, FL

WR D.J. Matthews – Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian)

QB Bailey Hockman – Powder Springs, GA

DE Joshua Kaindoh – Baltimore, MD

TE Tre’ McKitty – Bradenton, FL

LB Adonis Thomas – Lawrenceville, GA

CB Stanford Samuels III – Pembroke Pines, FL

RB Khalan Labron – Virginia Beach, VA

DE Tre Lawson – North Augusta, SC

QB James Blackman – South Bay, FL

OL Brady Scott – Powder Springs, GA

TE Alex Marshall – Andover, Ma/ Bridgton, ME

LB Leonard Warner – Convyers, GA

DB Hamsah Nasirildeen – Concord, NC

DT Cory Durden – Newberry, FL

DL Ja’len Parks – Newberry, FL

DB Ontaria Wilson – Ashburn, GA

WR Tamorrion Terry – Ashburn, GA

RB Zaquandre White – N. Fort Myers, FL

DT Marvin Wilson – Houston, TX

The Seminoles spring game is on April 8. It will be the first live scrimmage in which we will see the new recruits in action. They open the regular season on Sept. 2 against Alabama.

Seminole Showdown in NFL Conference Championships

Halli Allen, Correspondent (@HalliAllenFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www, – It will be a showdown as some of the best of the former Florida State Seminoles compete this weekend in the NFL conference championship matchups Sunday afternoon. 

The Falcons and former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman, who had 2,730 yards, 31 touchdowns as a Seminole (2011-13) will kickoff the conference championship matchups against the Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his rookie year he accumulated 248 rushing yards on 65 carries and 225 receiving yards on 30 receptions. He also recorded one receiving and one rushing touchdown.

In his first NFL start against the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, he scored his first professional career touchdown and hasn’t stopped since. Devonta has recorded 1541 combined yards and 14 touchdowns this past season. During the last game played against the Seattle Seahawks Freeman recorded 125 yards combined with one touchdown.

The Falcons will not only welcome the Green Bay Packers inside the Georgia Dome Sunday, but also former Florida State defensive tackle Letroy Guidon. As a Seminole from 2004 to 2008, Guidon had 66 career tackles. Both men decided to forgo their senior years at Florida State to declare for their respective drafts.

Guidon was selected in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2008 NFL draft. He appeared in 66 games while starting in half of those as a nose tackle for the Vikings. He had 88 recorded tackles, with even more assists, sacks, and had two fumble recoveries. He went on to be picked up by the Green Bay Packers in 2014.

He finished the 2014 season with a career high 3.5 sacks, 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and one batted pass. After the 2016 regular season Guidon recorded 20 tackles with 10 assists. The former Seminole started in the last match against the Dallas Cowboys but recorded no stats.

Closing out Sunday’s playoff games, former Seminole offensive lineman Tre Jackson, and the Patriots will face the Pittsburgh Steelers. And, former Seminole Lawrence Timmons, a 6’1 234lbs linebacker, who while at Florida State (2004-06) accumulated 126 tackles and eight sacks.

Also playing for the Steelers, Linebacker Vince Williams, recorded over 50 tackles during his time at Florida State (2008-12). All three men chose to forgo their chances to enter their respective drafts, and all played their senior years with the Seminoles. Continue reading Seminole Showdown in NFL Conference Championships

Weekly Sports Brief: Devonta Freeman, Falcons look to earn Super Bowl LI Berth

 Dimertry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Last Sunday, running back Devonta Freeman contributed to the Atlanta Falcons 26-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional-round win in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.

In his first ever playoff game of his NFL career Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman had 14 carries for 45-yards and one touchdown. He also contributed to the receiving game with four receptions for 80-yards.

The former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman led the team in receiving yards with his performance. His biggest play was a 53-yard catch and run late in the third quarter.

This Sunday Devonta freeman and the Atlanta Falcons will face-off against the Green Bay Packers Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET, for the NFC Championship and a chance to earn a trip to Super Bowl LI in Houston. This game will be the Falcons last game in the Georgia Dome stadium. 

The Atlanta Falcons hosted the NFC Championship Game  in 2013 but lost to the 49ers, 28-24, missing out on reaching Super Bowl XLVII.

Weekly Sports Brief: Glades Central QB James Blackman commits to FSU

 Brittany Defran, Correspondent (@BrittDefranFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, Fla., ( – With National Signing day just around the corner on February 1, 2017, James Blackman, a 6-foot-5, 163 pound pro-style quarterback, makes it clear that his heart is at Florida state University.

In a statement posted this past Monday evening on Twitter through Blackman’s account (@jamesblackman15) states “First and foremost, I would like to thank God for blessing me with all the great opportunities bestowed upon me…. To all the schools that have offered me a chance to enroll and attend at your great institution it is also greatly appreciated and I feel truly blessed. At this time I have decided to forgo all other visits and I will enroll at Florida state University where I feel all my academic and athletic needs will be met and feel at home away from home.”

The Glades Central quarterback from Belle Glade, Fla., had also received 12 other offers from schools such as Miami, Louisville, and Temple, according to

The three star pro-style quarterback attended FSU for his first official visit this past weekend, closing up his visit Sunday morning  with reporters from, who got the chance to chat with Blackman. 

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“I had a great time hanging out with the players, the coaches,” QB James Blackman told reporters. “I really loved it.”

Blackman spoke very highly of the coaches and players at FSU. He felt a sense of home away from home, thanks to everyone treating him as if he were already apart of the family.  

“Yes, sir,” Blackman responded, according to reports, when asked if he could see Tallahassee being his future home.  “Great atmosphere, great players, and when you get around the players they treat you like family, like you’ve been around them since day one. Just a great feeling.”