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Former Florida State redshirt sophomore T Josh Ball will not be returning to Florida State.

Ball (6'8/323) was dismissed from the program over the summer due to allegations of dating violence levied against him, but there had been some speculation recently that he might be returning to the team. That's no longer in the cards, if it ever was, as Ball took to Twitter on Thursday to say that he would not be coming back. The former four-star prospect spent the 2018 season at the JUCO level after starting the final seven games for Florida State during the 2017 campaign. Whether he will resurface with another FBS program remains to be seen.
Dec 14 - 2:11 PM

One NFC area scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that he "loves" the "burst and athleticism" of Florida State junior DE Brian Burns.

"Watch this dude go top-15," the scout said. In his scouting notebook, Miller also quotes an NFC DL coach who said that Burns "made the right call" in declaring for the draft at the beginning of December. Miller, himself, is right in lockstep with these opinions, ranking the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder as his No. 14 overall draft-eligible prospect for the 2019 draft.
Dec 11 - 7:20 PM

Duke Howell, the father of Florida State four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Sam Howell, said that while his son would like to sign during next week's early window, that is not set in stone.

Howell (6'1/193) has been committed to FSU since last April, but with OC Walt Bell leaving for the head-coaching position at UMass earlier this month, he has begun to reassess his options by degrees. Explained his father, "I think he would like Florida State to hire their guy, figure out if he's comfortable with that guy and he wants to stick with his commitment." NC State and North Carolina would be two schools that are circling should Howell be ready to budge off his pledge. Rivals ranks him as the No. 100 overall prospect in the 2019 class. UNC, it should be noted, has just reportedly hired Ole Miss' Phil Longo as offensive coordinator, which has obvious appeal given what Longo has been able to do with Jordan Ta'amu.
Source: Rivals
Dec 11 - 3:33 PM

Florida State junior DE Brian Burns announced his intent to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Burns is considered one of the best pass-rushers in this class, and finished the year with 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and 15.5 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defender is considered a bit of a volatile prospect, with some concerns about consistency with effort. Because of his length and quick first step, however, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's one of the first edge rushers to be drafted in 2019; very possibly in the first round.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 5:18 PM

Florida State redshirt senior C Alec Eberle accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The Seminoles' offensive line wasn't considered a strength in 2018 -- on the contrary, actually -- but Eberle, when healthy, was one of the better options on the offensive line. A strong showing in the game against better interior players could see him among the top centers drafted, although he currently rates as a late-round selection.
Dec 3 - 1:03 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois completed 14-of-29 passes for 154 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 41-14 loss to Florida on Saturday.

The loss ends two of the most impressive streaks in college football: A streak of 41 straight winning seasons for the Seminoles, and their run of making a bowl game in 36 straight seasons is also over. Florida State had decently high expectations for the season under new coach Willie Taggart, but injuries, a porous offensive line, and inconsistent play from Francois put an end to those expectations, in a big way. Francois will likely battle for the starting quarterback job in 2019 -- assuming he doesn't transfer.
Nov 24 - 3:39 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler reports that Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor plans to return to school for his senior season.

In other words, Taylor is strongly leaning towards not declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. Per Brugler, Taylor suffered a stress fracture in his back during fall camp. The injury went undetected until it was revealed in an MRI a few weeks ago. "That helps explain why he didn't look as explosive as his sophomore year film," Brugler wrote. "Big time talent when healthy." Brugler's colleague Bruce Feldman placed Taylor on his annual "freak list" over the summer. Taylor reportedly runs a 4.3 second 40-yard dash with a 40-inch vertical jump.
Nov 20 - 1:11 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman Tamorrion Terry went for 112 yards and a score on three receptions in a 22-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Terry (6'4/197) didn't have much success over the first 58 minutes of this game, but that's not what we'll remember. He connected on a 74-yard strike from Deondre Francois with just 1:40 left that gave the Seminoles the 22-21 lead and the victory. The redshirt freshman has big-time potential, and we saw it on that play. He'll try and make more plays next Saturday against Florida.
Nov 17 - 7:56 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois completed 19-of-39 passes for 322 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 22-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

The completion percentage was ugly, and the two turnovers are less than ideal. That being said, Francois made a few big plays, particularly a 74-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with only 1:49 on the clock to give the Seminoles a 22-21 lead. Francois's offensive line is still a disaster, but there have been just enough moments that have reminded us of how good he was a few short years ago. He'll look to lead the Seminoles to another upset win over Florida next Saturday.
Nov 17 - 7:54 PM

Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers carried the ball 14 times for 110 yards and

It's weird to call Florida State beating Boston College an upset -- and a fairly significant one -- but this is where they are. After getting stomped by Notre Dame, give the Seminoles credit for picking up the win against the Eagles on Saturday. Akers was particularly solid, picking up a 55-yard gain and also a four-yard touchdown; his sixth of the season. Akers has not had the breakout season many expected, but he's coming on strong to end the year. If the Seminoles can beat Florida next Saturday, they'll go to a bowl game.
Nov 17 - 7:39 PM

Florida State sophomore WR D.J. Matthews is listed as a co-starting receiver on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Boston College.

Matthews is listed as starter, with Nyqwan Murray and Keyshawn Helton following him up after an "OR" designation. This isn't an earth-shattering change off last week's depth chart, but is notable, as it had been Murray leading the way last week, followed up by Matthews and Helton. This is more or less just the football equivalent of shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic for the 4-6 Seminoles, who will need to defeat Boston College and Florida over the next two weekends just to achieve bowl eligibility.
Nov 13 - 6:46 PM

Florida State HC Willie Taggart declared redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

"He's not the issue with our football team," Taggart said. We tend to agree with Taggart. But there's also more going on here than meets the eye. True sophomore James Blackman has only appeared in four games this season and is eligible for a redshirt if he doesn't play in another game this season. Expect Francois and Blackman to engage in another quarterback derby next summer.
Source: War Chant
Nov 12 - 1:53 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (head) completed 23-of-47 passes for 215 yards with an interception in a 42-13 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.

No, Francois wasn't great. He missed on several throws and turned the football over, and he held onto the football longer than he should have. He was better than this, though. Florida State's offensive line is awful, and on the rare occasions that the junior signal-caller had time to throw the football, he made some NFL throws. Just not nearly often enough, and again, that offensive line is horrific. Florida State falls to 4-6, and will need to beat Boston College next Saturday to remain in bowl contention.
Nov 10 - 11:10 PM

Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers (undisclosed) limped off the field during the third quarter of Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

Akers gained a first down on the play, extending a Florida State drive that would ultimately end with a turnover on downs. The sophomore, whose status for the remainder of the game is unknown at this point in time, rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries in the first two-plus quarters. Should Akers be limited on unable to return Jacques Patrick would be the top remaining option at running back for the Seminoles.
Nov 10 - 10:12 PM

Florida State sophomore QB James Blackman will serve as backup to redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (head) in Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

Blackman threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns in place of Francois against NC State last weekend. Now dropping back into a reserve role. If the Seminoles can hold off on playing him for the rest of the season, he will be eligible for a redshirt. He has already played in the max four games.
Nov 10 - 11:11 AM


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