Madison Read, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –
Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin met with reporters to discuss his team during fall practice.
Baseball America has named Florida State baseball’s recent recruiting class as the eighth-best in the country and second among Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The Seminoles have brought in 14 newcomers for the 2017 season.
The 14 newcomers include three junior college transfers and 11 freshman. Among the newcomers, Drew Mendoza, a freshman from Minneola, Fla., was ranked the No. 10 prospect by Baseball America and is the highest-rated player to attend college this season.
Credit: Jordan Giorgio
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., WWW.FRANCHISESPORTSONLINE.NET – Saturday’s matchup was the Seminoles’ 68th all-time football game played on homecoming weekend. Florida State is 55-12-1 in those contests, the lone tie coming off a 14-14 decision with Wake Forest in 1956. The Seminoles are now 3-0 against Wake Forest on homecoming since joining the ACC, and have won five consecutive homecoming games overall.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – After an emotional win against Miami, Florida State looked sluggish in their homecoming game on their way to beating Wake Forest 17-6. The Seminoles offense struggled a bit keeping possession, but the defense played hard and did not falter.
The first drive for the Seminoles was short-lived, ending in a three-and-out. This was the first time all season that the Noles were unable to move the chains on their first drive.
“You have to finish drives,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher. “But its just part of it. Got to get better at it, got to work on it. We try to script them, do everything to come out with energy – got to play better. Now defense, remember they were starting slow and now they’re coming out good. So we just have to keep going. Just keep playing, and keep coaching, and doing what we’re doing.”
Florida State had trouble holding on to the ball today, turning the ball over a season-high four times. Francois was picked off and lost a fumble on a sack in the second half. Dalvin Cook uncharacteristically fumbled the ball twice in this game; one fumbled forced him out of the game for some time, but he did later return.
Francois did not look to be 100% on the field, but still threw for 319 yards with a completion percentage just under 60%. Even with the one mistake Fisher was still happy with his quarterback’s performance.
“His decision making on the day, even though he got hit, was good,” said Fisher. “When he got time to set his feet, he was hitting the guys he needed to hit.”
Another injury that the Noles sustained during the game was to senior wide receiver and return man Bobo Wilson. The injury came on a non-contact play when Wilson was breaking out of a route. Wilson was then carted off the field but later returned to the sideline with crutches and a boot on his foot.
A bright spot for the Florida State offense was Travis Rudolph’s career day. The junior wide receiver eclipsed his previous career-high in receiving yards, 201, with a very important 238 today. Coach Fisher talked about Rudolph’s increase in confidence this season.
“Anytime you go get numbers, and you look at them, it makes you feel good, makes you play good,” said Fisher. “Kind of validates what coaches are saying to him, ‘is he really saying that, am I really doing it or am I not?’ Because you’re saying, ‘why am I not getting the ball?’ But that’s where you have to keep believing. All of a sudden the balls came to him.”
The defense finally stepped up and put their mark on the game and, for the most part, played to their ability; for the first time this season they did not allow a touchdown. The defense allowed only 184 yards through the air, intercepting the ball twice, and 68 yards on the ground, forcing one fumble. Defensive back Tarvarus McFadden picked off his fifth pass of the season, which puts him in the lead for most interceptions in the country.
Josh Sweat had an impressive game too. He finished the game second in tackles for the Noles, tallying seven on the day with 1.5 sacks. This is really the first time we’ve seen Sweat healthy and he is proving himself to be an elite defensive game changer.
“I feel like I’m doing really good,” said Sweat. “I feel like I figured it out a little bit. I don’t know what it was and I know it took me a while, but I feel like I’m playing a lot faster now. It feels good, I had a lot of fun.”
Sweat attributed some of his success to lining up opposite of one of the best defensive lineman in the country DeMarcus Walker. Walker, coming off of a game-winning PAT block against Miami last week, had two sacks, which brings his total up to 8.5 on the season, and was just one tackle shy of Sweat’s total today.
“I like it,” said Sweat. “They’re probably focusing on him [Walker] a little more, so I’m just going to make the most of it – I’m not going to lie to you.”
Both Sweat and Walker were both appreciative of the scheduling of this year’s bye week, which is lined up right before the third ranked team in the country, Clemson. Walker sounded relieved talking about this week of rest.
“It’s lined up perfect,” said Walker. “It gives everybody some time to get some rest. Clemson is going to be a pretty good game. We just have to worry about everybody getting healthy, catching up with schoolwork, and preparing for those guys.”
The Seminoles get a much-needed week of rest for their upcoming ACC showdown against Clemson. Players need rest, the offense needs a little bit of maintenance, and the defense just needs to continue to do what they are doing. Look to see an energized Florida State team on both sides of the ball in two weeks against Clemson.
Florida State is ranked No.9 by the National Soccer Coaches Association and No. 13 by TopDrawerSoccer for the week of October 11.
Florida State is 16-3-2 all-time against NC State, including a 7-3-1 mark on the road in Raleigh. The Noles are unbeaten in the last 17 matches of the series (15-0-2)
The Rattlers are at Delaware State this weekend. Kickoff will be 2:00 p.m,
Samuel Profeta, Correspondant
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net)-Florida State and The University of Miami is arguably one of the biggest rivalries in college football. It’s a rivalry that has been going on for decades and decades to come.
Whenever these two teams meet, it always draws lots of viewers. Their 2006 game is the most watched college football game in ESPN history. Miami leads the rivalry 31-30, but Florida Sate has dominated in recent years. On Saturday night in Miami, the Seminoles extended their streak over the Hurricanes to 7. DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami’s extra point attempt that would have tied that game at 20 with less than two minutes to go.
Overall it was a good game for Deondre Francois and the Seminoles, as the redshirt Freshman went 20-31 for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dalvin Cook also had a big night for Florida State, as the Miami native amassed 150 yards on 27 carries. Cook also had a 59-yard reception for FSU’s first touchdown of the night.
The Seminoles came into the game ranked #23, but should make a significant jump in the rankings after beating #10 Miami on the road.
Nick Pierce, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Friday night’s annual kickoff party to the FSU Men’s basketball season provided much entertainment for the hundreds of fans in attendance.
This year’s Jam with Coach Ham was 80’s themed, and the team was introduced with strobe lights and a fog machine. The players came out wearing throwback jerseys, while coaches were clad in hippie and disco attire.
After a quick warm-up, it was time for the 3-point contest. C.J. Walker, the four-star recruit from Indianapolis, beat out Mfiondu Kabengele to win the contest.
Following the 3-point contest was a 24-minute scrimmage between teams Garnet and Gold. It quickly turned into an alley-oop contest. Big men Christ Koumadje and Michael Ojo threw down dunk after dunk. Ojo, a fifth year Senior from Lagos, Nigeria, missed all of last season due to a a meniscus tear, so it was great for Seminole fans to see him playing again. Team Garnet went on to win the scrimmage 75-72, after Xavier Rathan-Mayes hit a deep buzzer beater.
The final event of the evening was the always enticing dunk contest. There were lots of great dunks on the evening, but Phil Cofer won the contest with a high-rising tomahawk dunk. Like Ojo, Cofer also missed all of last year with an injury, so fans were excited to see him healthy.
While there’s only so much to that can be said about watching a team mess around in front of their fans, FSU certainly showed that they have lots of individual talent. Last year, the Seminoles fell just short of the NCAA Tournament. But this year, with Rathan-Mayes and Dwayne Bacon returning to a team that brought in two top-50 recruits (Jonathan Isaac and Trent Forest) hopes are high.
The Noles will face the Eagles at Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday’s match against the Orange will begin at 1:00 p.m.
“We are reasonably battle-tested when it comes to traveling,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “What we know is that we are going to go up and compete against some very good teams. It is about doing the best we can in the game with Boston College, then recovering and getting our way up to Syracuse and competing against another good team.
The Noles are 12-1-3 all-time against Boston College, including a 3-1-1 mark on the road. The only FSU loss in the series came in Newton, Mass., on Oct. 18, 2012, with the Eagles earning a 3-2 win.
“Right now, we are going to look at these two games as two challenging games on the road in the ACC and know that we are going to have to have our best performance to win.”
Veteran FSU golfer Harry Ellis posts his best tournament yet while the 17th-ranked Seminoles finish 10th in Alabama
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – After two good rounds on Monday, redshirt junior Harry Ellis followed with a 1-over 71 in his final round on Tuesday to tie for fifth (-2 overall) at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate held at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala.
The fifth-place finish is a career best for Ellis, eclipsing his previous best finish of 16th at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate. The Southampton, England, native’s three-day score of 208 (68-69-71) was seven strokes better than his former career low of 215.
Ellis’ ability to put himself in good position off the tee allowed him for easier shots on several holes. Known as one of FSU’s longest drivers, he played the course well in all three rounds on Monday and Tuesday.
“The golf course allowed me to play to my strengths, that being distance off the tee and iron play,” Ellis said following his fifth-place finish. “I only hit one driver this whole tournament around a course that measures 7,200 yards, par 70. Putting myself in good position off the tee always allowed me to play aggressive with my iron play.”
Tallahassee Community College’s men’s basketball team officially opened preseason practice on last Saturday by hosting the annual Southeastern Jamboree at the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
The Eagles, under the direction of second-year head coach Mark White, will open the 2016-17 season exactly one month later on Tuesday, November 1.
Saturday jamboree featured 18 of the top NJCAA men’s basketball teams in the Southeast, all of whom will play in front of coaches representing a who’s who of four-year schools nationwide. Each of the 18 teams played three games, consisting of two 23-minute halves with a running clock.