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FSU sophomore DE Lorenzo Featherston will miss Saturday's season-opener against Texas State with a knee injury.

This was expected after Featherston underwent a knee scope several weeks ago. The 6-foot-7, 229-pound sophomore started three games last season and finished the 2014 campaign with 5.5 TFL. He was reportedly pouring in a strong August prior to being sidelined by knee woes. Two silver linings exist for the Seminoles. First, Featherston should be able to play later this season. Second, his absence will allow true freshman talent Josh Sweat to see more of the field.
Sep 4 - 8:07 PM

FSU junior CB Jalen Ramsey has "the length, range and exceptional instincts to make plays all over the field," according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Ramsey's the third overall player on Kiper's first Big Board of the season. The Florida State star would have been the ESPN analyst's pick for best safety in the country, but Ramsey will be lining up at corner this season. No matter for Kiper, who wrote that he "expect[s] a smooth transition to corner. He is a truly gifted athlete." The 6-foot-1, 204-pound defensive stud could be drafted at either position. Kiper labeled him a "does-it-all talent."
Sep 3 - 6:14 PM

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher pointed out Everett Golson's big play ability when asked about his decision to name the Notre Dame transfer the school's starting QB.

"He can throw the ball down the field," Fisher said. "He can create big plays with his legs when he has to, but the thing I’ve very pleased with is (he makes) great decisions when he’s in the pocket, and doing the things he has to do with his versatility and athleticism." This is a facet of Golson's game that Josh Norris has pointed to. During coaching clinics, Fisher emphasized the importance of big plays and how they can be high percentage snaps if the quarterback respects and utilizes his checkdown. We don't think Sean Maguire offers these skills.
Sep 3 - 11:13 AM

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher named Everett Golson the school's starting QB.

Golson only began practicing with the team a few weeks ago after graduating from Notre Dame this spring and beat Sean Maguire for the right to start this season. Jimbo Fisher said earlier today that his starting quarterback, now Golson, will not have a short leash. Many have focused on Golson's turnovers last season, and Brian Kelly's resulting frustration, but Fisher has experience with quarterbacks who turn the ball over. That is not to say that Fisher is okay with turnovers, but he also emphasizes big plays- something Golson offers that Maguire does not.
Aug 31 - 6:28 PM

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said there will be "no limitations" for sophomore RB Dalvin Cook in the season opener against Texas State.

Cook missed a large amount of preseason camp while in court, but immediately re-joined the team and the first unit once being found not guilty of misdemeanor battery charges. FSU did not really let Cook loose until the final four games of the season. Cook's 1,008 rushing yards were good for 52 percent of the school's total.
Aug 31 - 1:58 PM

FSU freshman DE Josh Sweat (knee) will be available to play in the team's season-opening game against Texas State.

Sweat's recovery from a torn left ACL and a dislocation in that same knee--he underwent surgery in October--has been nothing short of remarkable. In March, HC Jimbo Fisher admitted that he wasn't sure if the former No. 1 recruit in the country would play at all in 2015. Oh how times have changed. On Thursday, Fisher indicated he had no qualms with the prospect of playing the 6-foot-5, 236-pounder so soon after the devastating injury, noting that Sweat "hasn't missed a practice, hasn't missed nothing."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 7:29 PM

FSU sophomore OT Roderick Johnson showed himself to be a "quick study as the new starting left tackle [following a mid-season position change]," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

After Cameron Erving moved from left tackle to center during the middle of the 2014 season, Johnson slid over to fill the vacant hole. Draft analyst Reuter liked what he saw from the 6-foot-7, 315-pound then-freshman during his five starts to finish out the season, writing that Johnson "used his enormous wingspan and relatively light feet to effectively pass protect and block for the run." He's already considered one of the top left tackles in the country, though as Reuter's colleague at NFL.com Lance Zierlein pointed out in late June, he's still understandably raw. As the only returning starter on the FSU line, his development is going to occur under a spotlight.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 3:51 PM

FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook was immediately reinstated following his not guilty verdict on misdemeanor battery charges.

FSU's statement went as follows: "In light of today’s ruling in his misdemeanor battery case, FSU football player Dalvin Cook’s indefinite suspension from the team has been lifted, and he will be eligible to practice and to compete representing the University effective immediately." Many beat writers expect Cook to join practice on Tuesday and to start the first game despite missing a few weeks of preseason practice.
Aug 25 - 9:33 AM

FSU sophomore edge rusher Jacob Pugh "has shown promise in his ability to get to the passer and, at minimum, disrupt the quarterback's rhythm," reports ESPN's Travis Haney.

"Experienced line coach Brad Lawing was also brought in from Florida's staff in the offseason," Haney wrote. "Lawing has worked with many prodigious pass-rushers -- Jadeveon Clowney, for one. He'll have an impact on the sack count as he develops and utilizes talented players such as Pugh." Haney ranked Pugh as the No. 43 breakout player.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 9:59 PM

FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery.

Cook's trial took over 10 hours and could be followed on Twitter via beat writers. Despite the 10 hour trial, the jury took less than 30 minutes to come to their decision. The star running back was accused of punching a woman outside of a bar in Tallahassee. Cook's status with FSU has been up in the air since the accusation, and the school even took one team picture with and without Cook. Expect the running back to re-join the football team soon.
Aug 24 - 8:08 PM

FSU junior CB Jalen Ramsey "has the look of a top 10 pick, regardless of where he ultimately lines up in the secondary," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"It was the sophomore, Ramsey, not 2015 draft picks Ronald Darby or P.J. Williams who proved the Seminoles top defensive back a year ago. Injuries to teammates pushed Ramsey all over the field last year and his versatility shined through, starring at safety, cornerback and even linebacker, at times," Rang wrote. The FSU prospect has showcased his freakish athleticism and positional versatility since he's set foot on campus at Florida State. Ramsey was the first freshman to start at CB for FSU since Deion Sanders did in 1985. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder could possibly offer shut-down corner ability at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 2:16 PM

When jurors were asked if they had heard of suspended FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook, nobody raised their hand.

Cook's trial is set for August 24. He's suspended indefinitely for allegedly punching a woman outside a bar. Cook's lawyers aren't interested in a plea deal.
Aug 22 - 11:40 PM

FSU redshirt junior RB Mario Pender returned to practice on Friday after dealing with a quad contusion and toe infection.

Pender is the odds on favorite to start in place of Dalvin Cook but has missed multiple preseason practices due to the combination of injuries. For his career, Pender is averaging 5 YPC, with 206 yards and four touchdowns. Obviously the Seminoles have a lot of work to do offensively this season.
Aug 22 - 9:08 AM

FSU junior CB Jalen Ramsey was praised for his versatility by NFL.com's draft analysts.

"Versatility" is the big buzzword with Ramsey. In an ongoing NFL.com countdown of the Top-20 players in college football, the junior corner checked in at No. 14. Draft expert Chad Reuter wrote that Ramsey is a "truly versatile defender who can shut down receivers on the outside and wreak havoc in the run game at nickel/safety," while colleague Bucky Brooks noted that the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder "can play anywhere in the secondary, but looks like a natural safety between the hashes" while praising him for his "exceptional instincts and awareness." Ramsey is viewed by many analysts as a potential Top-10 pick for the 2016 NFL Draft, with either safety or cornerback representing a possible future for the star.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 20 - 3:50 PM

FSU junior CB Jalen Ramsey's "versatility shined through" last season, notes CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

Rang is referring to the fact that Ramsey started at corner, safety and linebacker last season, due to a rash of injuries to FSU's defense. Regardless of where he's playing, he's a "freakish athlete" who plays the physical kind of ball that NFL coaches love. The versatility is a testament to said freakish athleticism, but cornerback is Ramsey's preferred position and he will almost certainly be drafted as a corner. Multiple draft experts, including Rang and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., believe he'll be a Top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 8:48 PM


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