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Florida State junior DE Brian Burns announced his intent to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Burns is considered one of the best pass-rushers in this class, and finished the year with 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and 15.5 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defender is considered a bit of a volatile prospect, with some concerns about consistency with effort. Because of his length and quick first step, however, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's one of the first edge rushers to be drafted in 2019; very possibly in the first round.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 5:18 PM

Florida State redshirt senior C Alec Eberle accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The Seminoles' offensive line wasn't considered a strength in 2018 -- on the contrary, actually -- but Eberle, when healthy, was one of the better options on the offensive line. A strong showing in the game against better interior players could see him among the top centers drafted, although he currently rates as a late-round selection.
Dec 3 - 1:03 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois completed 14-of-29 passes for 154 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 41-14 loss to Florida on Saturday.

The loss ends two of the most impressive streaks in college football: A streak of 41 straight winning seasons for the Seminoles, and their run of making a bowl game in 36 straight seasons is also over. Florida State had decently high expectations for the season under new coach Willie Taggart, but injuries, a porous offensive line, and inconsistent play from Francois put an end to those expectations, in a big way. Francois will likely battle for the starting quarterback job in 2019 -- assuming he doesn't transfer.
Nov 24 - 3:39 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler reports that Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor plans to return to school for his senior season.

In other words, Taylor is strongly leaning towards not declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. Per Brugler, Taylor suffered a stress fracture in his back during fall camp. The injury went undetected until it was revealed in an MRI a few weeks ago. "That helps explain why he didn't look as explosive as his sophomore year film," Brugler wrote. "Big time talent when healthy." Brugler's colleague Bruce Feldman placed Taylor on his annual "freak list" over the summer. Taylor reportedly runs a 4.3 second 40-yard dash with a 40-inch vertical jump.
Nov 20 - 1:11 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman Tamorrion Terry went for 112 yards and a score on three receptions in a 22-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Terry (6'4/197) didn't have much success over the first 58 minutes of this game, but that's not what we'll remember. He connected on a 74-yard strike from Deondre Francois with just 1:40 left that gave the Seminoles the 22-21 lead and the victory. The redshirt freshman has big-time potential, and we saw it on that play. He'll try and make more plays next Saturday against Florida.
Nov 17 - 7:56 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois completed 19-of-39 passes for 322 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 22-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

The completion percentage was ugly, and the two turnovers are less than ideal. That being said, Francois made a few big plays, particularly a 74-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with only 1:49 on the clock to give the Seminoles a 22-21 lead. Francois's offensive line is still a disaster, but there have been just enough moments that have reminded us of how good he was a few short years ago. He'll look to lead the Seminoles to another upset win over Florida next Saturday.
Nov 17 - 7:54 PM

Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers carried the ball 14 times for 110 yards and

It's weird to call Florida State beating Boston College an upset -- and a fairly significant one -- but this is where they are. After getting stomped by Notre Dame, give the Seminoles credit for picking up the win against the Eagles on Saturday. Akers was particularly solid, picking up a 55-yard gain and also a four-yard touchdown; his sixth of the season. Akers has not had the breakout season many expected, but he's coming on strong to end the year. If the Seminoles can beat Florida next Saturday, they'll go to a bowl game.
Nov 17 - 7:39 PM

Florida State sophomore WR D.J. Matthews is listed as a co-starting receiver on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Boston College.

Matthews is listed as starter, with Nyqwan Murray and Keyshawn Helton following him up after an "OR" designation. This isn't an earth-shattering change off last week's depth chart, but is notable, as it had been Murray leading the way last week, followed up by Matthews and Helton. This is more or less just the football equivalent of shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic for the 4-6 Seminoles, who will need to defeat Boston College and Florida over the next two weekends just to achieve bowl eligibility.
Nov 13 - 6:46 PM

Florida State HC Willie Taggart declared redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

"He's not the issue with our football team," Taggart said. We tend to agree with Taggart. But there's also more going on here than meets the eye. True sophomore James Blackman has only appeared in four games this season and is eligible for a redshirt if he doesn't play in another game this season. Expect Francois and Blackman to engage in another quarterback derby next summer.
Source: War Chant
Nov 12 - 1:53 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (head) completed 23-of-47 passes for 215 yards with an interception in a 42-13 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.

No, Francois wasn't great. He missed on several throws and turned the football over, and he held onto the football longer than he should have. He was better than this, though. Florida State's offensive line is awful, and on the rare occasions that the junior signal-caller had time to throw the football, he made some NFL throws. Just not nearly often enough, and again, that offensive line is horrific. Florida State falls to 4-6, and will need to beat Boston College next Saturday to remain in bowl contention.
Nov 10 - 11:10 PM

Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers (undisclosed) limped off the field during the third quarter of Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

Akers gained a first down on the play, extending a Florida State drive that would ultimately end with a turnover on downs. The sophomore, whose status for the remainder of the game is unknown at this point in time, rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries in the first two-plus quarters. Should Akers be limited on unable to return Jacques Patrick would be the top remaining option at running back for the Seminoles.
Nov 10 - 10:12 PM

Florida State sophomore QB James Blackman will serve as backup to redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (head) in Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

Blackman threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns in place of Francois against NC State last weekend. Now dropping back into a reserve role. If the Seminoles can hold off on playing him for the rest of the season, he will be eligible for a redshirt. He has already played in the max four games.
Nov 10 - 11:11 AM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (head) will start Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

Coming into the weekend, it was an open question whether Francois or James Blackman would be starting against the Fighting Irish. Both signal-callers split first-team reps during the practice week. Blackman started in place of an injured Francois versus NC State last Saturday, and played well in that spot.
Nov 10 - 11:07 AM

On Florida State's Week 11 depth chart, sophomore QB James Blackman and redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois are listed as co-starters.

Blackman started in place of Deondre Francois (head) in Saturday's loss to NC State and went on to throw for 421 yards and four touchdowns. Francois has come out and insisted that he remains the team's starting quarterback this week, but the depth chart does not make that clear, nor did Tuesday's practice. While the redshirt junior did take first-team reps, he was trading off with Blackman on those. We will continue to keep a close eye on this situation over the remainder of the practice week. FSU plays Notre Dame on Saturday.
Nov 6 - 3:41 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (head) told reporters "I'm still the No. 1 guy" and then practiced with the starters on Tuesday.

The full quote: "I'm still the No. 1 guy. Coach Taggart continues to know that. James understands that but James [Blackman] is always ready." Very strange comment between the Taggart "continues to know that" bit to the allusion to Blackman as the contented backup who's just excited to get a shot whenever Francois isn't active. To be honest, it feels like a bit of posturing to us at first blush. Francois has gone through his share of struggles this year (13/7 TD/INT ratio) and then watched Blackman throw for 421 yards and four touchdowns against NC State over the weekend as Francois sat out with an injury. We don't have ears inside the building, but we'd be surprised if this situation is truly the open-and-shut case that Francois makes it out to be. Taggart himself said Monday that he hasn't decided who will start at No. 3 Notre Dame. To be fair, Francois did practice with the "1s" in Tuesday's practice. We'll have clarification soon enough.
Nov 6 - 1:17 PM


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