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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.

NFC Routes John Paul II

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – In the opening round of the Florida high school football 2A playoffs, John Paul II took a short bus ride to play the favored North Florida Christian Eagles. NFC won 43-10 in a dominant performance offensively as well as defensively.

NFC running back Von Hayes totaled 115 yards and two touchdowns and Macho Arza added two touchdowns on the ground.

John Paul quarterback Brain Woodend gained 232 yards of total offense against the stout Eagles defense. Star running back Nehemiah Mitchell added 122 total yards as well as the Panthers lone touchdown on a 73-yard touchdown reception.

The first half was anyone’s ball game. The Panthers scored first with a 15-yard field goal on their opening drive.

Defensive line pressure led by Jalen Norwood forced Woodend into a grounding penalty that resulted in a safety to set the score to 3-2.

In the second quarter, Arza scored on a quarterback option from 25 yards out that gave the Eagles the lead. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was 10-3.

The Panthers answered quickly with what would be their first and last touchdown of the night on a 73-yard pass from Woodend to Mitchell.

NFC went on to score 33 points unanswered.

A 33-yard pass touchdown from Trey Fisher to receiver Deondre McCray kicked off NFC’s scoring tirade.

On the Eagles opening drive of the second half, they marched 50 yards down the field to scored on a one-yard run by running back Quan Myrick.

Later in the third, the Eagles would score again on an 18-yard pass from Fisher to Hayes. One series later, Hayes scored on a 15-yard scamper for the final score of the game.

“We feel like we have weapons,” NFC head coach Steve Price said. “Fisher’s been playing well and we have some great runners.”

John Paul’s historic season did not end as planned but the Panthers posted the schools all-time best record, 9-1.

“I’m very proud of my guys, they played great, they really stuck their necks out there. We had a terrific season,” -JPII head coach Kez McCorvey said.

Next week NFC will travel to Jacksonville and play University Christian.

Rattlers Can’t Handle Talented Ohio State Buckeyes

Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information 
COLUMBUS, Ohio. (Sept. 21) – Ohio State scored in bunches as they defeated the Florida A&M Football team 76-0, here Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium
Seventy-points is the most points given up by a FAMU team, since the 2011 season, when the Rattlers gave up 70 points against the University of South Florida.
OSU  would go into the break with 55-0 lead as the Buckeyes scored eight first half touchdowns, fueled by Kenny Guiton’s record-setting six touchdown tosses.  Fifty-five was the most first-half points given by a Rattler team against an FBS opponent, since the  2004 season, when Virginia Tech went into the break with a  48-0 lead.
The Buckeyes scored their first three TDs of the game as they started their drives from inside the FAMU 25-yard line.

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

‘Noles Take Field for First Full Practice of 2012 Preseason Camp

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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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….

FSU Kassey Kallman Prepares for the U-20 World Cup in Japan

By: Ryan Syrkus


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Every athlete dreams of representing their country in international competition. That dream has become a reality for Florida State junior Kassey Kallman. The twenty-year-old was selected to compete with the USA U-20 team as they travel to Japan for the World Cup which runs August 19-September 8.

“This is my first time playing for the U.S. so putting on that jersey was just incredible being able to represent your country,” said Kallman. “Everyone has the same goal in mind that they want to win a World Cup.”

Even with the bigger stage ahead of her, Kallman hopes to use her past experiences at FSU to her advantage looking forward.

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FAMU Davis Graduates Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

By Florida A&M Sports Information

MIDWAY,FL – Former football player Justin Davis knows what it means to be disciplined and dedicated. Davis graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from FAMU in December 2011, while playing linebacker for the Rattlers during his time in school. Davis was well known for his hard-nosed dedication to special teams. A player that head coach Joe Taylor described as a model citizen, Davis has taken the next step in his career, as he graduated from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy on June 26, and is preparing to take the next step in his life.

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2nd Annual Joe Taylor Camp Set For June 27-30

By Florida A&M Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FAMU head football coach Joe Taylor, will host his annual football camp on the campus of Florida A&M University on June 27-30. The camp will take place at the Rattler practice fields, Galimore-Powell Fieldhouse and Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The camp will host more than 150 young athletes (ages 10-18). Taylor and his staff of coaches will train the youngsters in updated techniques for all basic fundamentals.

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Tallahassee Flag Football All-Stars

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Here are interviews from the All-Big Bend Flag Football team. All of these players were selected by Tallahassee high school sports officials. Check it out…

Ken Bishop Rickards Offensive Coordinator Interview


TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Franchise Sports Editor Ariel Bedford talks with Rickards high school offensive coordinator Ken Bishop about the teams improvements on the offensive side of the ball, and the expectation of the team for upcoming season.

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