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VIDEO: FAMU Weekly Press Conference Highlights

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

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


Highlights of FAMU head football coach Willie Simmons, Quarterback Ryan Stanley and Middle Linebacker Jabreel Hazly talking about their week 1 matchup against Fort Valley State. Full press conference can be found on our YouTube page.

Deondre Francois Named Starting Quarterback

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – For the first time in over a year, Deondre Francois will trot onto Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium as the starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles.

Francois last appeared in the opening game against Alabama last September in Atlanta, Ga.  Francois exited the game in the fourth quarter after being tackled from behind. Later that week, it was revealed that he tore his patellar tendon in his right knee, and would miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

The redshirt junior won ACC Rookie of the year honors in 2016, posting a 20:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 3,350 yards with a 142.1 quarterback rating.

Francois was also competing with redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman and sophomore James Blackman, who replaced Francois last year.

Seminole fans have been longing for the start of this season after the hiring of head coach Willie Taggart. Last season’s 7-6 record was the worst at FSU since 2009.

No. 19 FSU opens the season against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m.

EJ Manuel back at practice for Buffalo Bills

Credit: Kevin Patra, Around the League writer  


Quarterback EJ Manuel is ahead of schedule after returning to the Buffalo Bills practice field Sunday, said coach Doug Marrone.The first-round draft pick had been sitting out after having his knee scoped. Manuel participated in individual drills Sunday and is expected to take part in team drills beginning Monday.

Marrone said the team will make the determination Wednesday whether Manuel or fellow rookie quarterbackJeff Tuel will start the Bills‘ season opener.

Manuel told reporters Sunday that he didn’t feel any soreness in his knee after running and throwing Saturday.

The rookie added that he “most definitely” would play next week if it was up to him. Last week, Marrone hoped to get Manuel back to practice before the opener and that he would need to practice by Wednesday have a chance to play Week 1 against the New England Patriots. Manuel beat that deadline. Continue reading EJ Manuel back at practice for Buffalo Bills

FAMU Baseball Coach Wille Brown Season Wrap-up

Produced By: Omari Brown
Videography By: Marcus Joseph & Omari Brown

The Florida A&M University baseball team had it’s first season under new head coach Willie Brown, this year. With a rebuilding team, the Rattlers finished with an (7-45) overall record and (5-19) in the MEAC.

This week on the diamond report Mr. baseball himself, Omari Brown, decided to sit down with coach Brown to talk about the season, and the future of FAMU baseball team. CHECK OUT THIS WEEKS DIAMOND REPORT….

Rattler Baseball Inks Four In 2012 Class

Release: Thursday 06/07/2012 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE,FL (June 7) – Florida A&M baseball announced the signing of four players to help rebuild the squad.  Included in the group are two pitchers.  The achilles heel for the Rattlers this past season was relief pitching.

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Lady Seminoles Adds 2011 Florida Standout Morgan Jones

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announced the addition of Northwestern transfer Morgan Jones on Wednesday.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Jones will have to sit out the 2012-13 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Garnet and Gold.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Morgan to our Seminole family,” Semrau said. “She is a true game changer. Morgan is one of the most versatile players I have ever seen. The minute she steps on the floor, she will have the ability to be one of the top players in the ACC. Her return to the state of Florida will be a catalyst for other great players to also join the Garnet and Gold, and once again propel us to the top of the conference.”

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TCC’s Amanda Ake Earns NJCAA All-American Honors

By TCC Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 29, 2012) – Tallahassee Community College softball standout Amanda Ake added “All-America” to her résumé when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its 2012 Division I All-American softball team.

Ake, a native of Carrollton, Ga., was named a third-team All-American by the NJCAA, one of 11 players selected from the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA)/NJCAA Region VIII. She is Tallahassee’s first NJCAA All-American in softball since Ashley Ivey received first-team honors in 1999.

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Florida State Selected To Host Regionals

May 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced 16 regional sites for the 66th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Florida State University was selected as a regional host for the 29th time in school history. The four-team regional will begin on Friday, June 1 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The national top eight seeds are Florida (42-18), UCLA (42-14), Florida State (43-15), Baylor (44-14), Oregon (42-17), North Carolina (44-14), LSU (43-16) and South Carolina (40-17).

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4th and Inches Tallahassee High School Football Update 2012

4th and Inches Tallahassee High School Football School Update 2012

Videography By: Marcus Joseph & Ariel Bedford

Produced By: Omari Brown

Tallahassee, Fla.- This week on 4th and Inches we take you to the gridiron as Spring Football is under way in Tallahassee! Godby, the defending state champs North Florida Christian and Leon High are all preparing for their 2012-13 seasons, and Franchise Sports is here to bring you the latest info heading into the summer…

53 FAMU Athletes Make MEAC All-Academic Squad

Courtesy of MEACsports.com 

NORFOLK, Va., – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announces the 2012 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, recognizing 814 student-athletes from the conference’s 13 member institutions who achieved academic success during the 2011-12 academic school year.  The team honors student-athletes, including sophomores to seniors, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

“I am excited to highlight the 814 student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the 2011-12 academic school year,” said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas.  “I would like to commend the administrators, athletic academic support staff and personnel, coaches, institutions, and parents for their contributions to the academic success of these student-athletes.”

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Seminoles’ Mike Martin Voted ACC Coach of the Year for the Seventh Time

May 21, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State senior outfielder James Ramsey and NC State freshman pitcher Carlos Rodon lead the 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Ramsey, who led the Seminoles to the Atlantic Division title and the No. 1 seed in this week’s ACC Championship at Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Park, was selected as the conference Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

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