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Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in a comeback win Thursday over Louisville.

Nobody said repeating as National Champions was going to be easy. Florida State trailed for the vast majority of the game and faced a 31-28 deficit with four minutes remaining, but scored two late touchdowns to fend off the Cardinals, who finished 0-for-10 on third downs. Winston played through a bum ankle, throwing a career-high three interceptions, though we don't suspect anybody will remember that. After an ugly first half (10-for-22 with zero touchdowns and two interceptions), Winston lit it up after emerging from the locker room to put the finishing touches on his second career 400-yard game, improving to 21-0 as a starter.
Oct 31 - 12:00 AM

Florida State junior DT Eddie Goldman "has the talent to be highest drafted Seminoles DT since Brodrick Bunkley, who went 14th overall in 2006," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Goldman has forceful hands and takes pride in working off blocks and being physical at the point of attack, extending his arms and not allowing blockers to dictate his path. Goldman isn't the biggest "name" on the FSU defense, but he has the talent to be highest drafted Seminoles DT since Brodrick Bunkley, who went 14th overall in 2006," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 303 pound Goldman currently leads FSU in tackles for loss (5.5) and sacks (3.0) in 2014. Brugler notes that Goldman "impacts the game with his quickness, power and ball awareness," and "might be the better NFL prospect than (Timmy) Jernigan."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 3:39 PM

"The Cardinals' top-ranked defense will present arguably the toughest challenge for" FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "up to this point in 2014," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The Cardinals' top-ranked defense will present arguably the toughest challenge for Winston up to this point in 2014, a unit allowing only 177.0 passing yards per game. With a bye last weekend, the Seminoles quarterback has heard over the last two weeks how he is "back" in the Heisman race after his impressive performance against Notre Dame two weeks ago, leading his team to the comeback victory," Brugler wrote. Brugler adds that the FSU prospect "will be at the top of his game because on the field, he seems to be in his element and comfortable regardless of the pressure or situation." The Louisville defense currently ranks top-10 in the FBS in pass defense and sacks.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 2:32 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang sees the Rams as the kind of team that is "more than willing to take chances on draft day," making them a possible landing spot for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

Rang is referring to the Rams' drafting of formerly trouble-prone college athletes like Janoris Jenkins. He writes that "Rams' GM Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher have been more willing than most to take chances on draft day and they may see the gutty Austin Davis as the competitor to push Winston (or another rookie) to reach his full potential." While this logic makes sense and it wouldn't be a shock to see the Rams draft Winston in the Top-10, it's also possible that given the team's checkered history of quarterbacks over the last decade, they may feel safer drafting somebody who doesn't have the same kind of baggage as Winston. Winston's ability and physical tools have never been in question.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 29 - 5:52 PM

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced senior RB Karlos Williams will play Thursday against Louisville.

Fisher declined to comment on Williams' case. Williams is being investigated for domestic battery. On Tuesday, the alleged victim's attorney asked the Tallahassee Police Department to drop its investigation. "She doesn't want to make any comments on the facts of the case," the alleged victim's lawyer, Nathan Prince, said. "There aren't any witnesses that have provided testimony." Prince believes someone alerted the school and police after internet rumors swirled over the weekend that Williams' girlfriend had been beaten.
Oct 28 - 7:05 PM

The alleged victim in the case involving FSU senior RB Karlos Williams has asked for the Tallahassee Police Department to drop their investigation.

The news comes from the alleged victim's lawyer, Nathan Prince. "His client, he said, will not talk to investigators, has not filed a complaint and did not notify TPD or FSU about any alleged domestic battery incident," beat writer Sean Rossman writes. The alleged victim and Williams have a child together and another is on the way, but the report states they are no longer together. It will be difficult for Williams to be arrested if the alleged victim will not testify. The senior running back did practice with the team on Monday.
Oct 28 - 1:45 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Sean Maguire is nearing a return to the field after recovering from a broken bone in his throwing hand.

Maguire has missed several weeks, and luckily the team has not needed his services following the game against Clemson. He did return to practice on Monday. In his only start, Maguire completed 54 percent of his passes for 304 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Oct 28 - 10:12 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore RB Mario Pender is unlikely to play against Louisville on Thursday with an undisclosed injury.

Pender missed practice on Monday, but not specifics were given regarding his injury. Pender previously dealt with a right foot injury along with a concussion this season. With Karlos Williams' status uncertain, freshman Dalvin Cook could see the bulk of the carries.
Oct 28 - 10:02 AM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams practiced on Monday and his current status is "under review."

Williams is being investigated for alleged domestic battery, but no suspension has been handed down while FSU collects more information. "Domestic battery is a felony offense," beat writer Brendan Sonnene notes. "FSU policy states that athletes may not participate in events if they are charged with a felony." At this time, Williams has not been charged with a crime. Head coach Jimbo Fisher declined to talk to reporters on Monday. ESPN reported on Monday that a state attorney wants to question Williams regarding an armed robbery, but Williams declined.
Oct 28 - 9:53 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's "talent on the field and ability to block out the off-field distractions are exactly what the Jets need," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"New York will likely be in position next spring to draft one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Winston certainly has his baggage, but his talent on the field and ability to block out the off-field distractions are exactly what the Jets need," Brugler wrote. Brugler adds that, "there are a lot of unknowns right now with the Jets organization, including the future of the quarterback position, head coach and front office."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 27 - 2:23 PM

Tallahassee Police are investigating FSU senior RB Karlos Williams for an alleged domestic battery.

The investigation is on-going and police were notified of the incident on Saturday. The Seminoles did not have a game this past weekend. No further details have been disclosed and the Tallahassee Police Department says none will be given until the investigation is complete. Williams, who has been the school's starting running back this season, became a father in August of 2013 and has since played the title of "Senior" attached to his name.
Oct 27 - 1:55 PM

TFY Insider Tony Pauline reports that "MLB agents have been pursuing" FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "in the hopes of signing him as a client."

"The recent news stating Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is likely to enter the draft should come as no surprise to anyone as this was expected to be his last season with the Noles. What is surprising are reports which have MLB agents pursuing Winston in the hopes of signing him as a client," Pauline writes. Pauline notes that, Winston "is a legitimate baseball prospect as a relief pitcher" and according to league insiders, "Winston could be using his baseball opportunities to leverage where he will play in the NFL" or an instance where he "chooses baseball over the NFL."
Oct 24 - 3:53 PM

The Orlando Sentinel's Brandon Sonnone reports that FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "has struggled to match the same level efficiency from last year."

"After losing key targets like Kelvin Benjamin – a first-round draft pick – and Kenny Shaw, the FSU quarterback has struggled to match the same level efficiency from last year," Sonnone writes. Aside from being "less efficient," Sonnone believes that a "different offensive philosophy" could be a reason for the dip in Winston's production. Last season, the Seminoles threw the ball 46.6 percent of the time. This season, Florida State has thrown the ball 53.7 percent of the time. Sonnone believes "this philosophical difference is bound to impact Winston’s numbers" and the Seminoles are not running the ball with as much consistency" in 2014.
Oct 23 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to dropping FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "a little too far" following his suspension for saying an obscene statement in the student union.

Kiper dropped Winston to No. 25 overall after ranking him at No. 1 to open the season. Winston then jumped to No. 16 and now sits at No. 14. The first drop was "based on a lot of initial feedback regarding his suspension earlier in the season," Kiper writes, adding the quarterback "needs time to prove doubters wrong." This story line will continue throughout the draft process, so buckle up.
Source: ESPN
Oct 22 - 12:33 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks the bulk and brawn to regularly hold up as an in-line blocker at the next level, despite his aggressiveness and tenacity," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He'll need to move around and match up with linebackers to be an effective blocker in the NFL," Muench wrote. "But teams that need help in the passing game should be able to overlook his deficiencies as a blocker." O'Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. "Most tight ends lack the raw explosiveness to separate from athletic linebackers and safeties," Muench wrote. "But O'Leary moves well enough to challenge linebackers underneath, and in addition to throwing his weight around, he does a nice job of setting up his break working against defensive backs. His ability to locate and exploit seams in zone looks is also noteworthy. He's a natural pass-catcher who can adjust to passes thrown outside his frame and absorb contact without dropping the ball, despite having smaller hands."
Oct 21 - 7:24 PM

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