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FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. was "underwhelming" in Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, hurting his draft stock, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He appeared heavy with limited range and didn't show much explosiveness as he routinely was the last lineman off the snap," Brugler wrote. Edwards remains arguably the draft's most divisive prospect. He went No. 7 overall in Brugler's mock draft published in August, but TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a UDFA. "Edwards, who lined up mostly in a two-point stance on the edges, showed only one pass rush move -- upper-body power," Brugler wrote. "He didn't dispaly any creativity with hand use and struggled to sequence effective rush moves together. Edwards' added weight this off-season was probably by design, but his competitive drive is something he can control better and did not show consistent hunger on a snap-by-snap basis in the opener. A former high-profile high school recruit, the light bulb seemed to come on for him at the end of last season, but there was more bad than good from Edwards to begin this campaign."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 5:39 PM

Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene hauled in 11 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-31 victory over Oklahoma State.

The Seminoles needed a playmaker to step up in the nailbiting win, and Greene did so emphatically. Jameis Winston's only touchdown pass was a 50-yard strike to Greene, and the signal-caller, having an uncharacteristically shaky game, looked to Greene early and often (Greene was targeted 20 times, a career high). Greene was named to the All-ACC team in 2013 after finishing with 76 receptions, the third straight season he's led the Seminoles in catches. He averaged eight targets and 81 receiving yards last season. Greene is fourth in school history with 171 catches. He is a potential Round 1 pick.
Sep 1 - 9:12 PM

FSU sophomore WR Jesus "Bobo" Wilson has been reinstated from suspension.

Wilson had been suspended due to the theft of a scooter over the summer. He told police he lifted the bike after seeing its keys in the ignition; he later crashed. Wilson pleaded down to two misdemeanors in July. The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder practiced and traveled with the team while he was suspended.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 8:26 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston No. 1 on his big board.

"A product of both special instincts for the position and good training, Winston's natural gifts are clear -- size, arm strength, athleticism -- but so is the ability to manipulate the pocket, see pressure early and deliver the ball to the right target," Kiper wrote. "Winston does have areas to improve, however, with consistent ball placement a notable one. His off-field decision-making will be scrutinized as well, and that will certainly factor into his draft status when he declares, which might not be in 2015." Winston completed 25-of-39 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State. CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks it will take Winston some time to adjust to the loss of star WR Kelvin Benjamin.
Sep 1 - 4:50 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's "interceptions look worse on paper than they did in reality."

"Though Winston was far from perfect in this contest, his interceptions look worse on paper than they did in reality. Upon closer inspection, each was thrown into single coverage and required terrific plays by Oklahoma State's defenders to even get their hands on the ball, much less intercept it," Rang wrote. On Saturday, Winston completed 25 of 39 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. Winston also had an amazing rushing touchdown, showing amazing athletic ability for the quarterback position. Rang adds that Winston looks more like "a young quarterback adjusting to the loss of star receiver Kelvin Benjamin, than a player panicking under pressure."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 10:31 AM

Florida State redshirt sophomore DE Chris Casher was suspended prior to Saturday's opener against Oklahoma State because of an "academic-related matter."

"Chris Casher is being withheld pending review of an academic-related matter," a statement from the school read. "Student privacy will not allow us to expand any further." The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder would have made his first career start against the Pokes after appearing in 13 games as a redshirt freshman. Casher's career is now at a crossroads. He was previously placed on probation for one year for two violations of the university's student honor code for his alleged involvement in the sexual assault case centering on Jameis Winston.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 31 - 6:08 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler spoke with one NFL scout who thinks FSU senior Karlos Williams might be the top RB the school has produced since Warrick Dunn.

Since Dunn, the Noles have produced Devonta Freeman, Chris Thompson, Lorenzo Booker, Leon Washington, Greg Jones, Travis Minor and Lamar Glenn as backfield draft picks. We think Williams is extremely talented, as he couples power with straight-line speed. It will be interesting to see him take on pass protection opportunities.
Aug 28 - 3:58 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the nation's No. 1 prospect.

"A product of both special instincts for the position and good training, Winston's natural gifts are clear -- size, arm strength, athleticism -- but so is the ability to manipulate the pocket, see pressure early and deliver the ball to the right target," McShay writes. We could not have said it better ourselves. His eye level while pressured is what makes Winston so special. For the record, McShay ranks Marcus Mariota as the No. 2 overall prospect.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 2:37 PM

Bovada lists Florida State as a 4/1 favorite to repeat as champions.

Seminoles' QB Jameis Winston is also Bovada's favorite to win the Heisman. Following the Seminoles, per Bovada: Alabama 5/1, Oregon 15/2, Auburn 10/1, Oklahoma 10/1, UCLA 14/1, Georgia 16/1, Ohio State 20/1, LSU 22/1 and Michigan State 25/1. South Carolina and Baylor are two notable teams that Bovada thinks are on the outside looking in at the moment.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 5:40 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston enters the season as Bovada's favorite to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Winston was the early favorite, and the betting market never moved against him in favor of Marcus Mariota or Brett Hundley. Winston, of course, won the Heisman last season by setting NCAA freshman records with 40 touchdown throws and 4,057 passing yards. The Florida State quarterback is listed at 9/2 after opening as a 2/1 favorite. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, the 2013 preseason favorite, is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Oregon's Mariota is 5/1, UCLA's Hundley is 10/1, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is 12/1, as is Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Auburn's Nick Marshall. Rounding out the top 11 are Todd Gurley, Trevor Knight, Everett Golson, Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 4:41 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks ideal size and has just average top-end speed, so he may never be a huge vertical threat in the NFL," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay grades O'Leary (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) as the No. 3 TE prospect, behind consensus top prospect Devin Funchess and No. 2 Jeff Heuerman of Ohio State. "O'Leary is a very competitive player who does a good job as both a blocker and a receiver," McShay wrote. "He is a natural pass-catcher who can snatch the ball away from his frame and shows good body control on 50-50 balls. He is quick off the line, has good route running skills and is effective running after the catch." O'Leary, who missed spring practices after a second motorcycle accident resulted in a severe ankle injury, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns.
Aug 26 - 5:40 PM

NFL.com revealed that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was voted as college football's best players by its draft analysts.

Winston won the Heisman Trophy by setting NCAA freshman records with 40 touchdown throws and 4,057 passing yards last season. "He has excellent arm strength and sneaky athleticism," Daniel Jeremiah said. Winston received four first-place, two second-place, and a sixth-place vote from the site's panel of seven judges. "He has only scratched the surface of his immense potential. Winston could be the first back-to-back Heisman winner since Archie Griffin," Bucky Brooks said. Added legendary evaluator Gil Brandt: "Rare athletic ability, very good decision-maker."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 3:58 PM

FSU freshman edge rusher Jacob Pugh is already listed on the two-deep depth chart behind redshirt sophomore Chris Casher.

Jimbo "Fisher and defensive coordinator Charles Kelly really like his size and athleticism, and think he can contribute as a pass rusher," according to beat writer Brendan Sonnone. The Noles lost a good bit of talent along their front seven, so Pugh could see time early on.
Aug 26 - 10:57 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the No. 5 overall prospect for the 2015 draft.

Rang lists Winston behind QB Marcus Mariota, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DL Leonard Williams and DE Randy Gregory. "Boasting the build, touch and on-field composure of an NFL pro already, Winston looks every bit the part of a top five selection," Rang wrote. "He doesn't come without questions, however, including well-documented off-field issues, as well as a slower-than-ideal release and questions from some scouts as to how much he's aided by the spectacular supporting cast around him." Bovada lists Winston as the favorite to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 9:44 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay gives Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston a 94 grade, one point behind No. 1 overall prospect Marcus Mariota.

The competition between Mariota and Winston for the No. 1 pick in the spring (assuming both leave school early) will be fascinating to watch. Mariota enters the season as the slight favorite, mostly due to Winston's off-field transgressions. "[Winston] has a prototypical frame for the position and excellent arm strength, with the ability to drive the ball downfield and deliver the deep outs with very good velocity," McShay wrote. "His accuracy is inconsistent, as he misses within the strike zone too much on short-to-intermediate passes and sails some deep balls, but he has the potential to get better with improved mechanics. His decision-making is a bit inconsistent as well, but he shows good anticipation and the ability to beat blitzes and handle pressure. He has good pocket mobility and can make defenders miss and break a few tackles, although he doesn't project as a big-time NFL running threat."
Aug 23 - 11:35 PM


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