By Marcus Joseph
The Preparation for Murray State Begins Now.
It’s game week in Tallahassee, as the Seminoles begin their game preparation for their season opener against the Murray State Racers.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA – The Seminoles will be kicking off their 66th season of college football against the Racers in their 2012 opener. FSU is 49-16 all time in season openers, and 29-6 in home openers.
“They like to blitz, and they are not afraid to come after you,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher when asked about Murray State. “They bring presser which makes you pick things up. They have a good defensive coordinator, he also said.”
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Manuel earns solid marks, while defense also steps up production.
By Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In virtually every aspect – except the lack of tackling – Thursday’s Florida State football scrimmage was as close to a game situation scenario as possible.
The Seminoles punted when three downs failed to yield a first down, kicked off after scores and even mixed in a few field goal attempts when warranted, mixed with a heavy dose of situational work. In short, it was just what the ‘Noles needed with the Sept. 1 season-opener against Murray State just nine days away.
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By Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s been a few years since the Florida State football slogan was Carpe Diem – Seize the Day – but Jimbo Fisher did exactly that Tuesday, when he saw a break in the weather.
After Monday’s camp-opening practice was wiped out by foul weather, Fisher was anxious to see the Seminoles get their preparation for the 2012 campaign started. A short time after a mid-day thunderstorm buffeted the campus, the sun popped through and the Seminoles hit the field, about an hour ahead of their scheduled practice time.
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Senior linebacker is first Seminole taken in this year’s draft.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The first Florida State player since Marvin Jones to lead the Seminoles in tackles three consecutive seasons became the first Seminole selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Linebacker Nigel Bradham was selected in the fourth round with the 105th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills Saturday.
“I’m extremely happy for Nigel and his family,” FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I know he’s worked very hard in accomplishing this goal. He was a phenomenal player at Florida State – one of the best we’ve had. He’s an outstanding young man. I’m sure he’s going to be a great pro and I’m looking forward to watching him at the next level.
Bradham became the 31st Seminole linebacker ever taken in the NFL Draft and the sixth FSU player ever taken by the Bills. Sam Cowart was the last one in 1998.
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Tallahassee, Fla.- FSU Head Coach Fisher and former FSU cornerback Terrell Buckley will both be battling it out on April 29 – May 1 in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.
The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 – May 1 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.
Fisher and Buckley won the event in 2010. They will join three other former winning teams in the featured round including 2011 tournament champions Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech, two-time winners Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from South Carolina who won the event in 2008 and 2009, and Frank Beamer and Dell Curry from Virginia Tech who won in 2007. A 16-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni are set to compete.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Redshirt junior wide receiver Willie Haulstead sat out the 2011 season with a concussion sustained in practice before the season began, but his return this spring has added to a very deep receiving corps.
“I had a smile from ear-to-ear, knowing I’m out there playing football, the game that I love,” Haulstead said about being back on the practice field.
Haulstead finished the 2010 season as the Seminoles third leading receiver with 38 receptions, but he led the team in touchdown catches (6) and yards per catch (15.4) and ranked second in receiving yards (587). Fisher referred to him as the team’s top receiver heading into the 2011 season. He did return for some late season practice during Champs Sports Bowl preparation, but did not play against Notre Dame.
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FSU gears up for final practice with Garnet & Gold Game set for Saturday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State took it light Wednesday afternoon practicing in just shorts and helmets at the intramural fields across from Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles wrapped up their second scrimmage of the spring on Monday, and after taking Tuesday, they returned for a correction day.
“A productive day,” FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said following Wednesday’s practice. “We got a lot of situational work. The guys had a good attitude today. We got their attention from some of the little things they had done wrong in the scrimmage. It’s what you would expect from a mature group that has a lot of pride in what they do. I was very proud of the way they worked today, and we got some things done offensively and defensively. It was a solid practice, especially for being in helmets and shorts.”
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State squeezed in a Saturday morning practice after pushing back it’s originally scheduled scrimmage to Monday. That second scrimmage of the spring will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
“It was better today, physical,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Defense won some. Offense won some. It was a good practice. There are still some inconsistencies that we got to get ironed out, but we’re getting there. We got to clean some things up.”
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Sophomore running back James Wilder Jr. returns to the practice field.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A late afternoon threat of inclement weather passed through the Tallahassee area, but the Florida State Seminoles still managed to get their 10th practice in of the spring. The Seminoles worked through their usual 2 ½ hour session at the intramural fields across from Doak Campbell Stadium one day after having a practice cancelled due to weather.
“Not a bad practice today,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “You could tell we had been off. Sometimes when you get off two days (in a row), I hate that, but we got going. The offense played real well on the goal line today. The defense, I like what we’re going blitz package-wise. We’re going to bring a lot more pressure. … We picked some up and made some plays. “The goal line went really well.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State settled right back into spring practice Monday at the Al Dunlap Practice Fields donning full pads for the second straight practice. While Mondays during the regular season are usually a light workout in shells, the Seminoles got right back into their groove with another two-hour plus session with plenty of live action and contact.
“Good practice, a little better,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We’re getting there, making a lot more drills live and getting after it, finding out and trying to make sure these young guys still want to play. There’re still a lot of mistakes, but there’s still some good things happening. Guys are making plays, progressing, putting them in some situations to see. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s been a solid spring so far. I don’t want to say spectacular. We’re getting there.”
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Last Friday, the Florida State Football team landed the No. 1 ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and also a top baseball prospect. Winston will not only be a new addition to the football team, but also the Seminole baseball team.
Winston was selected a USA Today All-USA first team All-American, Parade All-American and Under Armor All-American as well as being named the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama.
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Florida Citrus Sports announced Sunday night that FSU will face Notre Dame in the December 29th game at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. This is Florida State’s 30th consecutive trip to a bowl game, which is the second longest streak in NCAA history for a team.
The first match-up between these two teams in the Florida Citrus Bowl goes back to 1994, FSU won 23-16. Florida State has now played Notre Dame six times, wining four games.
“It’s a pleasure to go to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando and face an opponent with great tradition like Notre Dame,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said, according to seminoles.com. “They’re very well-respected and I think we’ll be in for a great matchup. Orlando is a great city. Our kids are very excited about coming down there. From being at the bowl in the past, the hospitality, the way we’re treated and the first-class organization in which they are, it’s a great honor to play in this game.”