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Fans Get Glimpse of the 2017 Seminoles at Spring Game

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 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

Weather-Shortened Game Goes the Noles Way

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Timely hitting and lots of lightning lead Florida State to a weather-shortened 3-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.

Florida State (20-11) finished off the two-game sweep of the Eagles in a short, (4.5 innings) but official game.  Will Zirzow started on the mound for the Noles, going three innings while striking out five and allowing two runs on four hits.  The Seminoles’ three runs came off of six hits, including an RBI triple from Cal Raleigh, his first of the season.

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Noles Drop Second Straight To Rallying Tar Heels

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State was defeated 5-2 on Saturday night. North Carolina rallied back in the top of the ninth inning, capitalizing on six Seminole errors on its way to a comeback win.

The Noles (18-10) found themselves up early in the contest, after sophomore Jackson Lueck drove in freshman Nick Derr with a single that got through right field. A couple of innings later, junior Rhett Aplin tripled to center field, the first of his career. Freshman Drew Mendoza then sac-flied out to left field, bringing home Aplin from third and making the score 2-0.

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Seminoles Catch Case of the Carolina Blues

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Pitching dominates, as Florida State had no answers for North Carolina ace J.B. Bukauskas and drops the series opener 3-1.

The Seminoles (18-9) were only able to muster three hits against the UNC right-hander.  Bukauskas (5-0) struck out 10 batters while walking two and allowing only one run.  The Tar Heels (20-6) enjoyed home runs from both Brian Miller and Ashton McGee.

This game was a pitching display early on as Cole Sands and Bukauskas threw up zeros over the first two frames.  Sands got bit for two runs in the third inning—in-part due to Miller’s homer—but managed to work through six innings allowing only the two runs.  FSU’s offense just couldn’t figure out Bukauskas, plain and simple.

“It was just one of those nights where you tip your hat to Bukauskas. That was beautiful pitching on his part, he was masterful.”  High praise from FSU coach Mike Martin.  When the winningest active coach in college baseball is impressed, he’s probably the real deal.

Bukauskas is currently rated the No. 3 prospect for the 2017 MLB draft by Baseball America.

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Seminoles Survive and Advance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State survived a late surge by Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night, winning their first game in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

The Seminoles (26-8) used their collective size to alter shots all night, producing nine blocks over the course of the game to overcome poor foul shooting at the end.

“We’ve been a team that contests shots and changes shots all year long. It’s a part of who we are,” Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game.  

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Noles Earn No. 3 Seed In the Big Dance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Following a historic season, Florida State has been selected to participate in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2012.

The Seminoles (25-8) are slotted as a No. 3 seed in the West Region, and will face off against Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) on Thursday, March 16 in Orlando.

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Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

 Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 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

FSU Bats Come Alive In Series Sweep of Oakland

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State’s offense showed up again in big numbers Sunday, as they completed the three-game sweep of Oakland in a 14-6 victory. FSU scored 12 or more runs in all three games this weekend against the Grizzlies.

Florida State (9-2) got on the board quickly with a first inning sacrifice fly by Quincy Nieporte (2-for-3, 3 RBI).

Starting pitching was a slight issue again for the Seminoles. After a relatively quiet first inning and a strikeout to start the second, freshman Drew Parrish found himself in a bases loaded jam. That’s when Oakland’s Tyler Janish knocked a single into left to score Connor Fannon. Parrish struck out the next batter, but Zach Sterry hit a two-run single to left field to give the Grizzlies (1-10) a 3-1 lead.

As with the first two games of the weekend, the Seminole bats didn’t die down. They got Oakland into a bases loaded situation of their own, with the first three Seminoles reaching base. Nick Derr and Dylan Busby scored to tie the game.

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Florida State Ends Their Regular Season Unbeaten At Home After Beating Miami

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State beat rival Miami to secure their first unbeaten season at home since 1976. Dwayne Bacon made some clutch baskets near the end of the game to seal the deal and finished with a game-high 23 points.

The Seminoles (24-7, 12-6) had an 11-point lead with four minutes left in the game, but the Canes got the game tight in the final stretch. Some clutch free throws from Bacon, and some missed free throws from Miami (20-10, 10-8) helped the Seminoles secure the win.

“We made some shots and were obviously able to keep them at bay,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We hit some key free throws down the stretch. I thought Jarquez gave us good play. Obviously Dwayne came up big today.”

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Noles Rally Back Against the Golden Grizzlies

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State rallied back against the Oakland in a high scoring game on Friday night, shaking off early struggles to take the first game of a three-game series, 18-10.

The Noles (7-2) did not play well at the start, allowing seven runs in the first three innings. Starting pitcher Cole Sands struggled placing the ball, forcing coach Mike Martin to go to the bullpen early. Sands had three wild pitches with runners in scoring position, which put the Noles into a 7-0 hole.

“Sands had trouble locating tonight, something that he has not had a problem with,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “But he had trouble and they took advantage of it.”

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Cook Reflects On Seminole Journey In Letter

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 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.”