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FSU Football Prepares For Spring Game

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – As the Seminoles wrapped up their spring football training on Saturday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher seemed to be dissatisfied with his team after their second scrimmage.

“I was not pleased with that part of today. They (Quarterbacks) made plays today with not enough consistency and not enough fire in them taking leadership in what they,” Fisher said.

The quarterback group includes true freshman Malik Henry, who was a 4-star recruit and one of the nations top 60 prospects according to ESPN, Orlando native and redshirt freshman Deandre Francois, who was ranked the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to ESPN, and J.J. Cosentino, the red shirt sophomore from Pennsylvania, who was considered the No. 3 best player in Pennsylvania and the No. 11 best quarterback by scouts.

Senior Sean Maguire, who started five games for the Seminoles in 2015, is out this spring with a fractured ankle due to an injury he suffered in the first quarter of the Peach Bowl last year against Houston.

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NFL hopefuls showcase talents at FSU Pro Day

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Two of the names that headlined Florida State’s Tuesday Pro Day were kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

Other than Aguayo and Ramsey, 11 other players worked out for NFL scouts. Florida State has had a total of 36 draft picks since 2011 including seven first round picks.

In 2015, Jameis Winston was the first overall pick, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of The Year and the highest draft pick to ever come out of Florida State.

Aguayo, who entered FSU as the sixth best kicker in the nation according to ESPN.com will now be leaving Florida State and entering the NFL as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history with an astounding conversion rate of .9673 (267-276). The promising kicker holds countless awards and records in the ACC division as well as the entire NCAA.

Aguayo will look to make an immediate impact on the team that selects him in this year’s draft.

Jalen Ramsey is a name that has been apart of many of the conversation for all the teams that are selecting picks 1-10. On day four of the NFL combine Jalen Ramsey (6’1, 202 LBS.) posted a 4.41 second 40-yard dash, a 41.5-inch vertical jump, and an 11-3 broad jump.

Coming into Florida State as a four-star prospect Ramsey has really proven himself these past years, and is projected to go top 10 in this years NFL draft.

“Its what I always dreamed of,“ Jalen Ramsey told reporters when asked about going first in the draft. “It’s what I worked for and I want them to pick me because I’m the best player in the draft.”

Ramsey who competed in all 13-games in the 2015 season was selected to the ALL-ACC first team and Sports Illustrated ALL-American second-team, these are just a few of his many accomplishments during his years at Florida State.

“You’re going to get championship effort every day,” Fisher told reporters. “You got a guy that’s very intelligent who can process the game, who is very physical and tough mentally and physically. And you got a great athlete. But you have a guy that wants to win not only every game, he wants to win every play.

Now the 13-players that are projected to leave Florida State will have to wait until Thursday, April 28th for their names to be selected to enter the National Football League.

FSU forced to cancel two contest because of weather

Halli Allen, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State baseball team was forced to cancel its last ACC games of the weekend against NC State due to thunderstorms and rain.

FSU’s Ben DeLuzio was hit by a slippery ball thrown by NC State Pitcher Joe O’Donnell in the first inning of the Noles 8-5 win in game one of the scheduled three-game series.

It was announced that the teams would play a double­header March 26 due to weather predictions for next day’s game.

“I would say Im hoping for sunshine, but I hope we play two ball games. Amazing we were able to get the field the way we got it. Its like nothing happened. We had at least two inches of rain on that field,” FSU head coach Mike Martin said.

The matchup was scheduled to start at noon but was pushed back early within the hour to 1 p.m. as the field was still covered by the tarp and rain still coming down. By 1:53 p.m. there was .17 inches of rain that had fallen per weather.gov.

Officials announced that the game would be further delayed to 6:05 p.m. The rain did not let up. It was later announced that the game would be pushed back another 30 minutes because of the non-stop rain. At 6:50 p.m, the game was officially cancelled and Game 3 of the series was scheduled for noon on March 27.

The Seminoles look to defeat the top­-ranked Florida Gators on Tuesday in Jacksonville and will travel to Boston College for another ACC series this weekend.

Seminoles rally to upset Wolfpack

Halli Allen, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –Moments after the first pitch was thrown, rain fell at Dick Howser Stadium. The slippery game ended in an 8-5 Noles victory.

FSU took a big lead early rocking in six runs in the first inning.

“When you go up six to nothing you better not relax, you better not think you have this thing all figured out,” FSU coach Mike Martin said.  “They are going to come back at you,  and that’s exactly what they did. They really battled.”

Seminoles Senior Mike Compton dashed through the first two innings only to give up one run in the third. NC State came back in the fourth and scored three runs, bringing the score to 6-3 at the end of the inning. Junior Jim Voyles came to the mound to replace Compton at the bottom of the fourth, only for the Wolf Pack to come back a score a run bringing the score to 6-4.

FSU redshirt senior Matthew Kinney started the sixth strong. He threw 24 pitches and gave up one run bringing the Wolf Pack within one run of the Noles. By the bottom of the sixth, FSU had changed pitchers three times.

“Our bullpen has been used a lot this year, and i think the best part about it is that we’ve all been used in different situations. Tonight was the first time I was expected this long,” Kinney said.

NC State Sam Adler steps up at the mound to strike out Taylor Walls to close the sixth. In the seventh, FSU freshman Cal Raleigh hit his third home run of the season.  This bomb also brought in an RBI, bringing the score to 8-5.

“I didn’t think it was gone. I hit it good though, it was a nice surprise,” Raleigh said.

Taylor Warmoth  came in 9th and struck out 2 batters to seal the victory.

FSU improved its record to 18-5 overall and looks to continue its winning streak the March 26 at noon in a doubleheader against NC State.

Noles Knock Off The Knights

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Seminoles survived extra innings against the UCF Knights, giving the team its second straight series win against the Knights and outscoring them 16-5 in the two-game series.

Taylor Walls batted in Matt Henderson in the bottom of the 11th to beat out a close throw at home, ultimately giving the surging Seminoles a 5-4 comeback win.

“It’s a win you remember because you had a chance to see a team kind of feel sorry for themselves,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. FSU took a 3-1 lead after a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh, but the Noles got themselves in some trouble in the top of the eighth.

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FSU Advances To Second Round Of NIT

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Seminoles did not make it look easy, but earned their first win in this year’s NIT beating Davidson 84-74. Freshmen duo Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley were top scorers combining for 44 points.

Davidson shot well from behind the arc for the entirety game, shooting 39.4%, but the Noles played tough and with intensity in the second half and came out on top.

Sophomore Peyton Aldridge had only five points at the end of the first half for the Wildcats but finished with 16 after knocking down three threes in the second half. Junior Jack Gibbs led the team in scoring with 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half.

“You have to give them [Davidson] credit; I thought our effort was good,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said.

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“They’re a good basketball team and they executed. It wasn’t as much about what we were not doing, I just think you have to give them credit.”

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FSU Combine Breakdown

By: Andrew Small

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.

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Early Hits Doom Noles Chances

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

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.”

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Errors Give Noles The Advantage Over College of Charleston

Andrew Small, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles (5-1) take the series against the College of Charleston Cougars (3-3) 2-1 with their 11-2 victory on Sunday.

The Seminoles were able to capitalize off of the Cougars’ six errors and great pitching by freshman starter Cole Sands (2-0).

“I was very pleased to see a zero in that final column [for my ball club]” said Head Coach Mike Martin after the game. “It’s those errors that allowed us to break away with the lead.”

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FSU Basketball Gets Back On Track Against Notre Dame

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

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.

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Noles Cruise Thanks To Key Hits

Bryan Uzbay, Correspondent

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.

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