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FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston said there was nothing malicious about his contact with an official in the third quarter of Saturday's win against Boston College.

Midway through that period, with the score tied 17-17, an official stood between Winston and C Cam Erving to prevent the Seminoles from snapping because the defense hadn't been given ample time to make substitutions. Winston tried to move the official out of the way. "He was just holding me because he said we had a substitution," Winston said of the official. "It was actually a fast-tempo play, so I was trying to get up under there and let it ride." Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher echoed the sentiment, indicating that the Seminoles had sent in an RB, unbeknownst to his signal-caller.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 23 - 6:29 PM

FSU senior WR Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 106 yards in Saturday's 20-17 win over Boston College.

Greene left the game briefly with an arm injury, but was able to return. As per usual, he acted as a safety blanket for Jameis Winston. This was Greene's seventh game with 100+ receiving yards. At only 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, he isn't as big as some of the more heralded prospects in the nation, but he's consistently shown an ability to work his way open with his precise routes and quick movements. On the season, he's caught 75 balls for 1,1148 yards and five touchdowns.
Nov 22 - 6:55 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 22-of-32 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-17 win over Boston College.

Winston also threw an interception in the contest. Yet again, he had to pull a rabbit out of his hat, this time leading the team to a game-winning field goal in the final minutes. Winston seemed agitated at times, yelling at the officials, his receivers and himself. His wideouts dropped several passes and favorite target Rashad Greene left for a time with an injury. Even on what was an off-day, Winston still completed 68.8% of his passes and showed the pinpoint accuracy and arm strength that could see him drafted in the Top-10.
Nov 22 - 6:41 PM

The Sporting News reports that former Heisman winner Doug Flutie, said that "there are a percentage of guys that will not vote" for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston, due to his off-field drama.

"I think it will very much affect his run for the Heisman," Flutie told Sporting News this week. "There are a percentage of guys that will not vote for him because of it." While Winston continues to impress on the field, it's his off-field issues that remain a heavy topic amongst evaluators and Heisman voters. Flutie noted that, although Winston's 2014 "numbers aren't what they were a year ago, I honestly believe he's done more for that team because he's doing more." Flutie believes that the FSU prospect has "carried the weight of the team on his shoulders."
Nov 21 - 3:07 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman ranks No. 5 overall on the MMQB writer Andy Staples' big board.

"The Seminoles can thank Goldman for the fact that they’re still undefeated," Staples opens, which is a massive statement but used in the context of the Clemson game. FSU's defense has a ton of individual talent, but miscues and offensive turnovers have not helped. Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr., who ranks at No. 11 for Staples, form a nice duo on the Noles' front four.
Source: The MMQB
Nov 20 - 11:45 AM

An AFC executive told NFL.com that he thought FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was "pretty impressive" on the football field.

"When you study him on tape...his pocket movement and accuracy are both outstanding," said the scout. Winston is completing 65.8% of his passes this season. NFL.com's draft team of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein wrote that "there might not be a bigger boom-bust prospect to enter the draft" than Jameis Winston. Same old story of off-field vs on-field with Winston. In the latest draft ranking by Rotoworld's Josh Norris, Winston is listed as the No. 2 quarterback prospect for the 2015 draft. Norris noted, "I focus on things I can see."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 9:39 PM

An NFC South personnel director said that FSU senior C Cameron Erving's move from tackle to center "stabilized" his team.

Erving was moved from tackle to center prior to the Miami game on Saturday. Head coach Jimbo Fisher said that the move was permanent. The NFC South personnel director who spoke to NFL.com noted that "[Erving] handled the transition very, very well" and said that he was "eager to see more of him at that spot." Draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein noted that the move "could distinguish the fifth-year senior as a really special OL prospect and cement a first-round selection."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 6:53 PM

According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel, Florida State will receive $3.5 million for their game against Ol' Miss to open the 2016 season.

No word as to how much money Ol' Miss will be making off of the match in the Citrus Bowl. Neutral site games generally have these kinds of big paydays. Earlier this season, Alabama and West Virginia split $6.4 million to face-off in Atlanta. Ol' Miss and Florida State have played just once, back in 1961 when Ol' Miss blanked the Seminoles 33-0. Revenge is a dish that takes decades to marinate.
Nov 19 - 6:13 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted that he believed that FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston more comfortably fit into NFL projections than Oregon redshirt junior Marcus Mariota.

CBS draft analyst Rang cited Winston's "big game moxie" and his "experience in a pro-style offense." He went on to observe that "Winston possesses ideal size, arm talent and rare composure for such a young player." Strangely, Florida State's habit of falling behind has actually boosted Winston in the eyes of some analysts, as they have now repeatedly seen Winston embark on game-winning drives and big comebacks with no margin for error. Whereas Mariota's team has only played in one game decided by fewer than 10 points--their loss to Arizona on October 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 19 - 5:35 PM

Former Viking Randy Moss said that if FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston needs a mentor, the quarterback should reach out to him.

"We've both been in a similar situation where we've had people coming down on us. Feel free to get up with me," said the former wideout. Moss had his own share of problems in the NFL and believes Winston can learn from the mistakes he made. "I like Jameis Winston, I went to Florida State, so I know some of the things he's going through as far as the hype and magnitude of where he's at." Johnny Manziel has also offered to mentor Winston. The redshirt sophomore is clearly drawing attention from people who understand how easy it is to make mistakes under the limelight.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 18 - 9:29 PM

According to sources who spoke to the Palm Beach Post, FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston told school compliance officers that alleged autographs of his had been forged.

Earlier on Tuesday, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that items supposedly autographed by Winston could not be authenticated. This new report supports that. Per ESPN.com, "Winston met with compliance officers a month ago to examine memorabilia such as jerseys and photos that were being sold online with his signature. Sources told the newspaper on Tuesday that Winston identified several signatures pictured on the James Spence Authentication (JSA) website as forgeries and pointed out items with his signature that he said he knew he had not signed." Winston has made some mistakes, but it appears that he's out of hot water on this one unless new information surfaces.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 8:38 PM

FSU freshman RB Dalvin Cook's emergence has been a season saver for the Seminoles, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Weidl highlights Cook's game winning touchdown run, one that included four broken tackles. Cook's part in the offense has been sporadic, but it is difficult to argue against him being the most talented back on the roster. Karlos Williams has not gotten it done as a lead back and FSU's offensive line has struggled in both phases. The latter might have been fixed this weekend, and expect Cook to see valuable time during FSU's playoff push.
Nov 18 - 10:58 AM

The more than 1,000 items that were certified as being signed by FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston have been rejected because of legitimacy concerns, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

The owner of the company that is hosting the items is still confident the autographs are authentic. The dealer, Donnie Burkhalter, says he received the autographs through a relationship with ex-FSU running back Devonta Freeman. Freeman told ESPN he did approach Winston after the former Seminole had finished his eligibility, but the quarterback said no. Basically, the items cannot be validated or authenticated, and Winston has not admitted to doing so. Therefore it will be viewed as a different case than the one Todd Gurley just concluded.
Source: ESPN
Nov 18 - 9:58 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's student conduct code hearing has been moved to December 2.

The hearing was just pushed back a day because of scheduling conflicts. Retired Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding will hear the case on Dec. 2. He will hear the evidence, determine if the FSU student conduct code was violated and, if necessary, dole out a punishment ranging from verbal reprimand to expulsion.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 17 - 10:12 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that FSU junior DB Ronald Darby has been "badly exploited" several times this season, most recently against Miami on Saturday.

The draft analyst still likes Darby as a prospect, but wrote that the 5-foot-11, 188-pound corner has a ways to go before he is NFL-ready. Pauline was particularly concerned about the way that Darby's been beaten by No. 1 receivers. DeVante Parker burned him several weeks ago and Phillip Dorsett had a big game on Saturday night. "Darby is a solid corner with a great deal of upside but there will be numerous bumps on the road," said Pauline. Darby has Superman-speed, which can cover for a lot of mistakes, but he needs to refine his coverage skills.
Nov 17 - 7:16 PM


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