Over this past weekend, six members of last year’s FSU football team participated in the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Over 200 players were invited to the event from all over the country to make a case as to why NFL teams should draft them April 28-30. Players were asked to perform different drills based on their position. This includes bench press and the ever talked about 40-yard dash.
Below is an account of how each member of the Seminoles performed and where they have a chance of being drafted come late April. All information in here is provided by nfl.com, cbssports.com, and foxsports.com.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State gave up runs early and had a hard time coming back, dropping their second game of the season to Jacksonville University 7-3.
Jacksonville scored four runs in the second inning and stayed ahead the rest of game. Dolphins starting pitcher Michael Baumann struck out six Seminole batters, and allowed only one run on four hits, pitching 6.1 innings.
“Starting pitcher [Baumann] was very impressive,” said Florida State head Coach Mike Martin. “Six strikeouts in a little over five innings. He was dynamite.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday, upsetting No. 23 Notre Dame 77-56.
The Fighting Irish came into the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency. The Seminoles, however, held them to just 56 points, a season low.
“They’re tremendous perimeter shooters, so we had to be able to catch them and contest their shots,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “That makes a big difference when you have to shoot contested shots versus uncontested shots. I think that gave us an opportunity to get stops because our guys were just conscious of the fact that if we were not able to catch them, they would knock them down.”
Florida State never trailed. Dwayne Bacon hit a three to start the game, and the Seminoles never looked back. With the score tied at seven with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half, Florida State went on a 9-0 scoring run, surging to a 16-7 lead.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Noles got back on track after Friday’s loss as they defeated the College of Charleston Cougars 8-3 with a big third inning on Saturday afternoon.
Florida State (4-1) broke the game open with four runs coming in the third inning. It started with a leadoff walk by Jackson Lueck (0-1, three walks), a single by Taylor Walls (3-5, two doubles), and a walk by Matt Henderson (0-4, one walk) that loaded the bases for John Sansone (3-5, two RBI).
Sansone ripped a single into right field that scored Lueck from third while Cal Raleigh (2-4, two RBI) followed with a looping single over the shortstop’s head that scored Walls and Henderson. One out later, Dylan Busby (3-5, two RBI) singled on a ball that split the third baseman and short stop that scored Sansone.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles were held to one run by the College of Charleston Cougars after an almost record breaking 50-run outburst in their season opening series last weekend, falling to College of Charleston 2-1.
Florida State (3-1) swept the University of Rhode Island to start the season, outscoring the Rams 50-6, tied for second most runs for a season opening series in school history.
John Sansone led the offense, contributing two homeruns, a two run homerun and a grand slam, while also racking up nine RBIs. Starting pitchers Compton, Carlton, and Sands were dominant on the mound pitching a combined 15 innings while only giving up three runs.
The series opener against the Cougars (3-1) went very different for the Noles. Florida State didn’t collect their first hit until the bottom of the fifth inning in the form of a single to shallow left field off the bat of Darren Miller (1-for-2). Later in inning, already down two, the Seminoles stranded runners on first and second. They went on to strand eight total in the game.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State came into the Wednesday night matchup against Georgia Tech needing a win to keep their NCAA Tournaments hopes alive, but the Yellow Jackets had other plans as they stole one in Tallahassee 86-80.
The Seminoles (16-10, 6-8) had beaten Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-9) 10 consecutive times previous to the Wednesday night matchup. This Yellow Jacket win was their first against Florida State since 2007.
“I don’t know if you ever get over those tough losses, but you are able to build up scar tissue a little bit. I think our guys took a big step tonight in finishing the game,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Miami led the entire second half, but Florida State had the ball with a chance to tie with just 27 seconds left in the game.
However, Xavier Rathan-Mayes dribbled the ball off his foot after Dwayne Bacon couldn’t find a hole in the Hurricane defense and Miami won 67-65.
Miami started off the game strong taking an early lead and continuously outplaying the Seminoles. Benji Bell gave the Seminoles life in the first half, hitting a corner three and seconds later after a steal in transition, Bell took the opportunity nailing another three from the same spot.
Then Terrance Mann grabbed a rebound off a Hurricane miss and went coast-to-coast for an and-1. That gave Florida State their first and last lead of the night 15-14.
Miami responded quickly with a layup by Davon Reed, and the Hurricanes led the rest of the game with Florida State knocking at the door.
Devon Bookert scored 14 points for FSU (16-9, 6-7) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 12. They were the only Seminoles in double figures.
Freshman Malik Beasley had scored in double figures all 24 games this season, but the Miami defense limited him to just six points.
McClellan, pictured below, led all scorers with 20 points and Reed added 14. Rodriguez finished with 11 points and six assists for Miami (20-4, 9-3).
Florida State now takes on Georgia Tech this Wednesday at 9pm.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – After a poor start in conference play, Florida State records a huge win at home against ACC rival Clemson 76-65.
The Seminoles (14-7, 4-5) played with high intensity and a sense of urgency throughout the entirety of the game. Freshman Dwayne Bacon led the team in scoring notching 21 points, 15 in the first half, and also grabbed six rebounds.
The Clemson Tigers (13-8, 6-3) played in a 2-3 zone for most of the game, which gave Bacon a lot of room to score down low.
“I’m good at attacking from either block or the short corner,” said Bacon. “That’s what coach Ham told me to do. He said when I get it there, just attack; and that’s what I did.”