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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.”

Video: FSU Jimbo Fisher on Dalvin Cook Declaring for NFL

By: Marcus Joseph

Capital One Orange Bowl 2016 


Tallahassee, Fla. ( – Just a day after beating Michigan in the Orange Bowl at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium, and improving the Seminoles to a 9-2 record against Big Ten Schools. Orange Bowl MVP Dalvin Cook stated that he will apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cook announced  this information Saturday afternoon via Instagram Live. 

Florida State’s all-time leading rusher Cook ranks top three in ACC history with rushing yards, and is the first back in league history with 4,000 yards in just three seasons. 

Against  Michigan, Cook rushed for a total of 159 yards, and had a total of 62 receiving yards on just three passes. He finished his last game with a total of 221 total yards which helped Florida State defeat them 33-32 in the Orange Bowl. 

Cook also had his second consecutive season of 19 touchdowns. His fourth quarter , 71-yard run from scrimmage is the longest non-scoring run in Orange Bowl history since George Tech Sinjin, who ran for 69 yards against Mississippi State in 2014.


“Yeah, I think he’s a great player,” said University of Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh when asked about Cook moments after the 2016 Orange Bowl. “I thought that coming into the game, like Chris said, and as advertised, he’s a great back.” 

Entering the bowl game, Cook ranked sixth nationally in rushing yards and eight in all-purpose yards per game with 170.5. 

In order to the begin the  process off entering the 2017 NFL Draft Dalvin Cook will need apply before the Jan. 16 deadline for early draft eligibility.  


Orange Bowl 2016: Michigan 32 Florida State 33 Recap

By: Alex Krutchik, Correspondent 

Miami, Fla. ( – First, Michigan Heisman candidate Jabrill Peppers gets hurt during warm-ups. The, Chief Osceola fell off his horse, Renegade. What else could happen in the 2016 Orange Bowl? 

To sum it up, things got weird before the game even started. Therefore, it makes sense that this Orange Bowl also ended in a wild fashion.

Florida State came out with the quickest start we’ve seen all year. Dalvin Cook busted through for two straight first downs, picking up 40 yards on those two carries. A few plays later, he busted through for a 2-yard touchdown.

The Seminoles forced a Michigan punt the next drive, but Nyqwan Murray muffed the punt on the 1-yard line, giving Michigan the ball at the goal line. However, Florida State held their ground, limiting Michigan to a field goal.

Later on Nyqwon “Noonie” Murray made up for the muffed punt, with a 92-yard touchdown reception. It was the longest touchdown pass in Orange bowl history, and the sixth-longest pass in FSU history.

FSU quarterback Deondre Francois went down after a hard hit, but returned two plays later. Michigan tight end Jake Butt also exited the game with an injury and hasn’t returned.

Michigan had been held to 83 yards of total offense at the half. While Florida State had gained 255. The Michigan defense averages 257 yards allowed per game.

The second half didn’t bode so well for the Seminoles. They started with two three-and-outs, and gave up a pick-six to linebacker Mike McCray. Suddenly it was 20-15, Seminoles.

To start the fourth quarter, Francois ran it in for a 3-yard touchdown to make it a 12-point lead.

Florida State kept their lead all game until, with 1:57 left in the game, Michigan running back Chris Evans ran for a 30-yard touchdown. Then quarterback Wilton Speight completed a pass for the two-point conversion to put Michigan up 30-27.

On the ensuing kickoff, true freshman Keith Gavin fielded the kick in the endzone, which teammates thought should’ve been a touchback. Teammate Kermit Whitfield yelled at him to kneel it, but Gavin brought the ball out of the endzone—teammates still yelling at him—and returned it for 66-yards to put the Seminoles in prime scoring position. 

Dalvin Cook ran for 21-yards, and Deondre Francois completed a pass to Nyqwan Murray to put FSU back on top with :36 seconds remaining in the game. Murray and Francois each finished with two touchdowns.

Michigan then block’s the PAT and ran it all the back to their endzone. Since it was on an extra point, it only counted for two-points. FSU regained the lead, 33-32.

With :36 seconds still remaining in the game, and Michigan at their own 25-yard line. FSU’s defense didn’t let them gain a single yard. On fourth and 10, Wilton Speight’s pass was tipped by defensive back Calvin Brewton and then intercepted by freshman defensive back Carlos Becker.

The last time FSU won the Orange Bowl, they went on to win the National Championship the following year. With the talent they have returning next year, that goal may not be too far off. The first challenge toward reaching that goal will be against No. 1 Alabama on Labor Day Weekend.

Capital One Orange Bowl Halftime Report

By: Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

Miami, Fla. ( – Florida State came out with the quickest start we’ve seen all year. Running back Dalvin Cook busted through for two straight first downs, picking up 40 yards on those two carries. A few plays later, he busted through for a 2-yard touchdown.

The Seminoles forced a Michigan punt the next drive, but Nyqwan Murray muffed the punt on the 1-yard line, giving Michigan the ball at the goal line. However, Florida State held their ground, limiting Michigan to a field goal.

Later on Nyqwon “Noonie” Murray made up for the muffed punt, with a 92-yard touchdown reception. It was the longest touchdown pass in Orange bowl history, and the sixth-longest pass in FSU history.

FSU quarterback Deondre Francois went down after a hard hit, but returned two plays later. Michigan tight end Jake Butt also exited the game with an injury and hasn’t returned.

Michigan has been held to 83 yards of total offense. While Florida State has gained 255. The Michigan defense averages 257 yards allowed per game


Halftime Stats: 

Dalvin Cook – 81 Rushing Yards, 41 Receiving Yards and 1 Touchdown

Deondre Francois – 6-15-0 for a total of 177 yards Touchdown 

Matthew Thomas leads the defense with 9 tackles 

A.J Westbrook has a total of 5 tackles 

Orange Bowl 2016: What to know about Florida State vs. Michigan

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS)

Miami, FLA. ( – On Thursday, we learned some pretty important things. For one thing Jim Harbaugh “doesn’t know anything” about bikinis. He also enjoys oranges. In fact, he had one Thursday, the day before, and probably a lot more before that.

On Friday, we will know the more important answers to some questions as the No. 6 Michigan and No. 11 Florida State face off in the Capital One Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. in Miami.

This is the 10th Orange Bowl game appearance for the Seminoles, which is the third most for a team in this game. They’re trying to notch their 5th win in the game against Michigan, who are 1-1 in the Orange Bowl.

This isn’t the bowl game both teams were hoping for going into the season. Both team had playoff aspirations early on, with Florida State and Michigan starting the season ranked at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively. But if you ask both coaches, the opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl isn’t one to take lightly.

“If you’re keeping score, it’s not meaningless,” said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, whose team will be playing in their fifth straight NY6 Bowl game. “You play your tails off. It’s competition. That’s your job.” 

Whether it’s part of the College Football Playoff or not, there are still some intriguing questions to ask going into the game.

How will FSU Running Back Dalvin Cook Perform?

Of course, the junior running back hasn’t given reporters an answer in regards to whether or not he’ll enter the upcoming NFL draft. But most signs point to this being his last game as a Seminole. It would be an almost perfect way to go out for Dalvin Cook.

Photo by: Alex Krutchik

The game is only eight miles away from Miami Central High School, Cook’s alma mater. In his three years at FSU, the ‘Noles have played here three times, all against Miami, and they’ve won all three games. He also averages 154 yards per game, along with four total touchdowns. This year was possibly his best in his already illustrious career at FSU. Against Syracuse in week 12, he broke Warrick Dunn’s record for rushing yards all-time, with 3,959 yards.

Cook notices the advantage is given to not only him, but also his fellow Seminoles, when playing in Miami.

“We call it Doak South.,” said Dalvin Cook. “That’s Doak South. You know, being in that stadium in front of my family, I always get that extra boost to go play, being in front of my family.”

Cook still doesn’t know what his fate will be at FSU, but he said he’s enjoying this week and taking it all in with his teammates.

Will experience play a factor?                

Florida State has had a plethora of injuries this year, especially on the defensive side. This means they have a relatively young group of players who will start. The only two seniors who will start are defensive end DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Marquez White. However, every FSU coach will say that the injuries are a good opportunity to develop these younger players, and they employ a “next man up” mentality. 

“We’re not in the business of making excuses,” said Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly. “If somebody goes down, it’s the next man up.” 

For Michigan, they have 10 players starting on defense, including Jourdan Lewis, who won the Big Ten Defensive Back Player of the Year. Two more names to watch out for are defensive lineman Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley. They both won First-Team All-Big Ten honors this year. They combined for 14.5 sacks and 19 tackles for losses this season. The only non-senior who regularly starts is Heisman Finalist and Big Ten Defensive Player of the year, linebacker Jabrill Peppers.

Will the Florida State offensive line protect Deondre Francois?

At one point, FSU was near the top of the list for sacks given up per game. Now, they aren’t even in the top 50. They’ve certainly improved as the season progressed, but this will undoubtedly be their biggest challenge this year. Michigan is No. 2 in the country for sacks, with 44 all year. The line will be anchored by sophomore Alec Eberle and All-ACC tackle Rod Johnson.

“I think we had a very good bowl prep practice and things like that,” said Florida State Rod Jackson. “We finished the week just fine tuning things and making less mistakes.”

 Francois has taken his share of big hits this season and has landed himself in the medical tent numerous times. If FSU can keep him standing, FSU has a good chance to pull away with the upset in Miami.

Game Preview Video: Noles face Wolverines in 2016 Orange Bowl

Noles, Wolverines Meet for First Time in 25 years

By: Alex Krutchik, Correspondent 

For the first time in 25 years, and just the 3rd time ever, No. 11 Florida State will face No. 6 Michigan in the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl Dec. 30. It is the fifth-consecutive BCS/New Year’s Six bowl for the Seminoles and the 10th all-time appearance in the Orange Bowl.

 FSU will be looking to avenge a loss five year’s earlier to the Wolverines, top-ranked FSU scored the most points by an opponent in Big House history, beating No. 3 Michigan 51-21.

A win tomorrow night will improve FSU’s bowl record to 27-16-2. And, give Coach Fisher 17 wins against AP Top 25 teams.