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Pro Football Focus ranks FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook No. 4 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

"With questions surrounding the quarterback position in Tallahassee, Cook will be relied upon more than ever and he’s proven up to the challenge as a freshman and sophomore," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Given Cook’s ability to change angles with his speed and his incredible acceleration that gets him to top speed, he is the nation’s best running back when given strong blocking up front." The 6-foot, 200-pound big-play-waiting-to-happen finished 2015 with 1,691 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, accruing 62.9 percent of his yards on 15-plus yard carries, tops in the nation. "While he may not be the classic runner that will keep the offense on schedule and fight for the tough, early-down yards, Cook’s big plays will keep him entrenched in the Heisman race," Palazzolo wrote.
Jun 24 - 4:34 PM

FSU 2016 LB signee Keion Joyner will enroll at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas after being ruled academically ineligible.

Joyner is the second 2016 Florida State signee in a few days to move from the Seminoles to this specific junior college. Shavar Manuel, a four-star defensive tackle, will also play for Fort Scott Community College, a program with strong ties to FSU. Both players could rejoin the Seminoles in about two years.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 23 - 11:41 AM

Pro Football Focus' John Breitenbach says Florida State junior T Roderick Johnson's "generally high-level of play [last season] was interrupted with occasional lapses that should be rectifiable."

Johnson ended last season with PFF's No. 52 tackle grade and actually had a negative grade in pass protection. The issue is waist-bending, which PFF calls a "legitimate concern." On the plus side, Johnson’s +14.7 run blocking grade was No. 17. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder has Round 1 skills and is a legitimate mauler in the run game right now. Breitenbach believes his "occasional lapses" in the passing game "should be rectifiable." He concluded: "Assuming Johnson is able to iron out those inconsistencies, look for him to join Florida State teammates Derwin James and Dalvin Cook in the 'elite' category this upcoming season."
Jun 22 - 6:40 PM

Four-star FSU DT signee Shavar Manuel will enroll into a junior college for the 2016 and 2017 season.

Specifically, Manuel is off to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. Manuel originally committed to Florida before flipping his commitment on National Signing Day in February. FSU defensive end coach Brad Lawing indicated the school knew all along that Manuel would switch his original commitment. An academic issue appears to be the reason for Manuel not qualifying. Manuel could join FSU in 2018.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 22 - 9:50 AM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared FSU four-star 2017 S Daniel Wright to former Ohio State S Vonn Bell.

"Bell was also very well-rounded at this stage with the size, speed and athleticism to make plays in all three levels of the defense," Luginbill wrote. The analyst refers to Wright as "bring[ing] premium range and speed to the secondary" and notes that while the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder is not yet physically developed to the point where he would start for Florida State immediately, "he is versatile enough in skill set to fill an earlier role at Nickel or even corner in certain schemes." Rivals ranks him as their No. 179 overall prospect for the 2017 class.
Jun 20 - 4:00 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker compared FSU five-star 2017 CB Stanford Samuels to Florida junior CB Jalen Tabor.

"Tabor might have had a bit more strength as this same stage than Samuels," Tucker wrote, "but their blend of height, athleticism and scheme versatility are very similar." The analyst notes that the 6-foot-1, 161-pounder "will enter college ahead of the curve in his understanding of corner play." On the ESPN 300, you will find Samuels at a healthy No. 34, while Scout.com checks him into their master prospect list at a lofty No. 10. Tucker sees him as a potential immediate impact freshman come 2017, assuming he can add a bit of weight.
Jun 20 - 2:50 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher indicated that redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire (ankle) has begun to put weight on his left leg.

Maguire fractured his left ankle during the team's Peach Bowl loss to Houston. Not only is he now able to put weight on the injured leg, he has begun to practice dropping back and throwing. Fisher said earlier this offseason that he expects Maguire to be back to full health by the end of August. This injury has opened an unexpected door for redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, who took advantage of Maguire's absence to impress during the spring. Francois hasn't won the job yet, but if nothing else, he will push Maguire. FSU has drawn summer chatter as a potential Playoff contender, but they will need some level of stability at quarterback if they are legitimately going to make that run.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 4:25 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said that junior RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is running at full-speed.

This sounds right in line with what Fisher has been saying throughout the offseason. Cook underwent shoulder surgery in early March and sat out spring practice, but Fisher has been consistent in saying that the dynamic, 6-foot, 200-pounder would be nearing 100% health in June or July. And here we are. Cook is expected to be ready for August camp. He will be on the Heisman short-list this coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 2:43 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said that his staff will not attend or host a satellite camp this summer.

Fisher feels that Florida State's own camp (which just wrapped on Friday) is more than sufficient. "We satellite right here in Tallahassee," he said. Clemson HC Dabo Swinney is in the same boat as Fisher, saying at the ACC meetings that the Tiger staff would take part in only Clemson's own camp. After the NCAA lifted their bans on satellite camps in April, Alabama HC Saban called their regulation "the wild, wild West."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 1:59 PM

Five-star 2017 CB Stanford Samuels committed to Florida State.

Nice week for Florida State on the defensive recruiting front. They earned a commitment from four-star S Daniel Wright earlier this week. Now, Samuels. According to Scout.com, the 6-foot-1, 161-pounder is a "[v]ery instinctive player," one who "can bait the quarterback and then make a play on the ball." He ranks as their No. 10 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle, with the outlet noting that Samuels is "how you draw up big-time corners in today's game."
Jun 16 - 3:24 PM

Four-star 2017 S Daniel Wright committed to FSU.

Wright met with HC Jimbo Fisher on Wednesday before hopping over to Twitter to announce his choice. He indicated that he has been toying around with the idea of officially committing to the Seminoles for about a week. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder stands as Rivals' No. 179 overall recruit for the 2017 cycle. Per Scout.com, "Wright is a safety who plays the ball and the defender. In run support, [he] flies up to the box and sticks the opponent. When the ball is in the air, he has shown the ability to make the play on it or to strike the opponent." The outlet would like to see him improve his overall coverage skills and fill out his frame in the weight room.
Jun 16 - 12:47 PM

Four-star 2018 CB Isaiah Bolden committed to FSU.

Bolden indicated that he was ultimately choosing between Florida and Florida State. Jimbo Fisher won out for the 6-foot-1, 170-pound four-star stud-to-be. He summed up the essence of his game to 247Sports, saying that he likely appealed to the Seminoles because of his speed, size and versatility. "I feel like that is a great opportunity for me to stay in Florida and excel in-state," said the Jacksonville native. "It is just a great school."
Jun 15 - 12:54 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman believes FSU redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois will overtake Sean Maguire for the starting job "sooner than later."

"He's very talented and has the kind of presence to him that I think will lend itself to being a guy teammates will gravitate to and follow," Feldman wrote of Francois. "Francois also would have the luxury of playing behind a good O-line, with a great RB (Dalvin Cook) and has some dynamic WRs to work with." Maguire sat out the spring while recovering from ankle surgery, allowing the 6-foot, 191-pound Francois to inch ever closer in a fight that should come down to the wire.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 14 - 6:18 PM

CBS Sports' Ben Kercheval believes FSU has a chance to win this season's College Football Playoff.

While many suggest Clemson can top their participation in last year's title game with a championship this season, one of Kercheval's bold predictions is instead predicting FSU as the ACC's top team. There is an argument for Dalvin Cook having the best 2015 season of any ball carrier in the country (we would make it), due to his market share of team rushing totals and big play ability. However, there are question marks on the defensive side of the ball and at quarterback. Starter Sean Maguire underwent ankle surgery this offseason and will be pushed by younger passers. However, Kercheval suggests the team's competency at receiver and offensive line can stabilize the ship.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 10:39 AM

Per Pro Football Focus' 2015 grades, FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook ranked sixth overall among returning backs, fifth in elusive rating and third in yards after contact per attempt.

"[He] stands out the most for his ability to break off huge runs," Jeff Dooley wrote. "He led the nation in breakaway yards (yards that come on rushes of 15 yards or longer) with 1,066 of his 1,696 total. ... [Cook is] one of the nation’s top big-play threats." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the 6-foot, 200-pound Cook as the No. 1 RB in the 2017 class. CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang has called Cook "a future franchise back in an era missing them."
Jun 8 - 6:18 PM


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