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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "it will be much tougher for Houston to pass on a quarterback in the first round of next year's draft if" Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is on the board at the No.7.

"Head coach Bill O'Brien can't be overly excited about his current quarterback situation and with several talented passers projected to be in the 2015 class, including Winston, it will be much tougher for Houston to pass on a quarterback in the first round of next year's draft," Brugler wrote. During last years draft the Texans passed on a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick and drafted Tom Savage with their 135th pick in the fourth round.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 15 - 3:55 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's "talent is undeniable but to earn a high selection in the NFL Draft, he'll need to answer serious questions about his behavior off the field."

If the FSU prospect can keep a low profile following a pair of highly-publicized off-the-field issues involving theft and a sexual assault allegation, he could hear his name called in the top 5, however, he'll have to realize there's a certain behavioral expectation that comes with being a first round NFL prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 4:03 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 22-of-27 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in Saturday's win against The Citadel.

The bigger news from this game was the claim of a Citadel offensive lineman that his position group were intentionally "going for the knees" against Florida State, costing the Seminoles three defensive lineman to injury. Luckily, Citadel defenders weren't targeting FSU's skill players as well. As for Winston, he was essentially flawless in leading the Seminoles to a school-record 18th consecutive win. The reigning Heisman winner was pulled from the game with a 34-0 lead.
Sep 8 - 4:53 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary caught five balls for 51 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against The Citadel.

O'Leary snagged a 1-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston with 29 seconds left in the first half to give Florida State a 28-0 lead. While they played, Winston looked early and often to O'Leary and Rashad Greene, who finished with four catches for 80 yards. 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. ESPN's Todd McShay graded O'Leary (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) as the No. 3 TE prospect over the summer, behind consensus top prospect Devin Funchess and No. 2 Jeff Heuerman of Ohio State.
Sep 8 - 4:36 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher responded with anger to the news that The Citadel's offensive lineman were targeting his player's knees on Saturday.

"When you play these kind of teams, they’re constantly cutting the knees and ankles," Fisher said. The Seminoles saw three defensive lineman -- Eddie Goldman, Nile Lawrence-Stample and Justin Shanks -- get hurt in the game due to the questionable blocking strategy. Fisher wouldn't say that Citadel was playing dirty, but he clearly wasn't happy. "Those guys that cut and block like this, it’s crazy," Fisher said. "I’d rather play more conventional teams, just because of the chance of injuries that occurred." If something good can come from this, we hope it's that team's at the highest level discontinue the practice of bringing in sacrificial sub-division lambs.
Sep 7 - 9:36 PM

The Citadel OG Victor Hill wrote in an online post that he and his fellow offensive lineman were intentionally "going for the knees" against Florida State on Saturday.

The Seminoles lost three defensive linemen to injury -- Eddie Goldman, Nile Lawrence-Stample and Justin Shanks -- in a 37-12 victory, so you can guess how well Hill's proclamation went over. "I played in the game last night and also contributed to the injury list and that was just the mindset going into the game," Hill wrote. "Me and my offensive line brothers preached to each other all week that we would be going for knees from the first play to the last play with the A-backs included. We saw it as if they [won't] respect us for blocking them then we'll make them respect us for cutting them!" Bulldogs coach Mike Houston condemned the sentiment: "In no way does one person's words reflect the philosophy and mindset of our program, players and coaches," he said in a statement. Hill has since apologized: "I am both embarrassed and ashamed of my comments. They reflect in no way, shape or form how I am taught or coached to perform."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 7 - 9:07 PM

FSU redshirt freshman LB Matthew Thomas has been suspended for multiple weeks for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Thomas missed the opener with an ankle injury and was already ruled out of the Citadel game due to the same ailment. "Sources within the athletic department... said that Thomas should be able to return to action by mid-season, specifically the Oct. 18 home game versus Notre Dame," writes Warchant.com. Thomas missed the majority of his true freshman season with a shoulder injury.
Source: Rivals
Sep 6 - 9:48 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore DE Chris Casher has been reinstated following his suspension during the season opener.

Casher, who was projected to be a starter, is eligible to play versus the Citadel. He missed the opener due to academic reasons. In limited duty in 2013, Casher recorded five tackles for loss, including two sacks.
Sep 6 - 9:33 AM

Florida State has restarted its Title IX investigation into sexual assault allegations made against redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

John Clune, an attorney for the accuser, confirmed that the school restarted its investigation by speaking with his client. "Clune said the lengthy interview with his client gave FSU more information than it previously had from the Tallahassee police department investigation," USA Today wrote. Because of that meeting, the accuser’s legal team "expect[s] that there will be code of conduct charges that will be brought" against Winston. Added Clune: "There’s no basis not to bring those charges now." Title IX investigations should be shorter than 60 days, mandates the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. If Winston is found guilty, he faces a wide range of punishment outcomes ranging from a verbal slap on the wrist to an expulsion. It's not yet known if FSU has interviewed Winston since re-opening the investigation. Winston and his attorney have not yet publicly commented on the report.
Sep 4 - 5:17 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston must get back to playing loose.

"One of the things that set Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston apart last year was that he played with such joy," Davis wrote. "He played loose, fast, easy and with confidence. Nothing seemed to tighten him up at all, even though he was only a redshirt freshman." The analyst thinks Winston seized up in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State (25-of-39 passes for 370 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions). "I thought he played tight," Davis wrote. "He forced a few throws. I didn't see the same ease that he had last year." Davis isn't concerned, however, concluding: "He'll get comfortable again -- playing like he did on Saturday is just not him. Improvement in the areas where he needs to grow might eventually show. But if that's the worst we see of him this year, then the Seminoles are in good shape. It's probably a good thing for FSU that it struggled a bit."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 3 - 9:17 PM

Florida State junior CB Ronald Darby impressed TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline in a Week 1 victory over Oklahoma State.

"The junior is sized well, physical and shuts down opponents on crossing patterns or down the field," Pauline wrote. "His instincts need polish but Darby looked terrific against what could be the toughest offense FSU faces this year." Darby, who ran a 21.05-second 200-meter dash as a high schooler, is one of the fastest players in the nation. Over the summer, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called Darby one of the best cover men in college football.
Sep 3 - 8:47 PM

Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene's huge game against Oklahoma State -- 11 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown -- has his draft stock on the rise, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

He averaged eight targets and 81 receiving yards last season, but QB Jameis Winston, looking less poised than usual, looked to Greene early and often on Saturday. "The rocky start from Winston was made easier by Greene, who finished the game with 11 receptions for 203 yards and 1 score," Pauline wrote. "Most impressive was the way Greene found openings in the defense and worked his way back to Winston, who struggled with consistency most of the night. An average of 18.5-yards on 11 catches for a wide out not considered a vertical threat will also raise eyebrows." Greene is a potential Round 1 pick.
Sep 3 - 7:21 PM

Although impressed with FSU senior Karlos Williams' ability catching the ball out of the backfield, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Williams "wasn't overly impressive leading the Noles' ground attack against Oklahoma State."

"Although impressed with his ability catching the ball out of the backfield, Florida State RB Karlos Williams (6-1 | 219 | 4.42) wasn't overly impressive leading the Noles' ground attack against Oklahoma State," Brugler wrote. The FSU prospect "appeared comfortable on the outside where he could be an athlete and create" but did not show "game-breaking ability between the hashes," according to Brugler. On the day of the game, Williams was told that his grandmother passed away, but still managed to play with a heavy heart, rushing for 23 times for 66 yards and 5 receptions for 36 yards against Oklahoma State.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 3 - 3:25 PM

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.
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