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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher indicated that FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is ahead of schedule and will be fully healthy at some point next month.

Cook was injured during a pass protection drill in spring practices. "When June goes, he'll be running full speed with our players, and when August comes he'll be in contact and everything will be going great," Fisher said. Rotoworld ranks Cook as the No. 1 RB in the 2017 class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:21 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher believes redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire (ankle) will be fully healthy by the end of the summer.

"He's back to 50 percent on the treadmill, running real hard," Fisher said. "Starting to do drops already. Hopefully by June, middle of June, he'll be going full speed." Maguire fractured his left ankle in the New Year's Eve Peach Bowl loss to Houston. Assuming he's ready for camp, Maguire will battle redshirt freshman Deondre Francois for the starting job.
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 8:16 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher told the Palm Beach Post that the possibility of coaching in the NFL is "not something that drives me."

"I love college and I had opportunities to go to pro football as an assistant coach and as a coordinator and I’ve had inquiries as a head coach," Fisher said. We don't blame him for feeling comfortable in his situation. During his six seasons at the helm of the Seminoles, he has won three ACC titles, a national championship and holds an .829 winning-percentage. "I'd love to be here forever and ever," he said. The 50-year-old wouldn't completely rule out taking a potential NFL coaching job in the future, but indicated that it would need to come at the right time and in the right situation if he were to seriously consider it.
May 23 - 4:25 PM

FSU sophomore WR Auden Tate caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the program's spring game.

The touchdown showed off both the athleticism of Tate and redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Tate actually ran the wrong route on the play, but Francois still managed to adjust and hit him in the corner of the end zone for the score. "[Francois] was finding me places. I got open, and he found ways to put it there," Tate said. The Seminoles named Tate one of its most improved players this spring. Come the start of the season, the former four-star recruit will be looking to carve out a receiving niche alongside Travis Rudolph, Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 3:28 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks FSU junior DE Demarcus Walker No. 19 on his Big Board.

"At 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds, Walker has the frame you look for on the edge in a 4-3 base," Kiper wrote. "He broke out as a pass-rusher last year, with 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. Another leap this season could lock him into the first-round mix." Walker asked for a Draft evaluation after the 2015 season and was reportedly told to stay in school. He'll need the aforementioned leap to get into Rd. 1.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 7:27 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht wrote that "[i]f there is any team that can keep up with the talent level of Alabama this year, it’s Florida State."

"In many ways, the Seminoles are in a similar position to the Tide: loaded with returning stars but needing to answer some questions at quarterback," Becht noted. The analyst offered one interesting line of logic for why redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois should start over redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire, writing that Francois' "diverse skill set [w]ould mean [junior RB Dalvin] Cook won’t have to carry the offense as much as he did last season." Cook, of course, will be the offensive linchpin at FSU regardless of which quarterback wins the starting job.
May 20 - 5:23 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang called FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook "a future franchise back in an era missing them."

Rang ranks Cook as the No. 4 underclassman prospect in the 2017 class and specifically cited his elusive nature as a reason why he should find success at the next level. The 6-foot, 200-pounder has our stamp of approval, as Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been pounding the pavement for the Florida State star for months. Health might be the only real concern here. Cook was haunted by a hamstring injury at times last season and sat out the spring after undergoing a surgical procedure on his right shoulder.
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 8:43 PM

FSU redshirt junior LB Tyrell Lyons will transfer.

Lyons appeared in just two games before a torn ACL suffered in practice sidelined him for the remainder of the 2015 season. The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder also missed spring practice while he recovered from the serious knee injury. A former four-star recruit, Lyons has not yet settled on a transfer destination.
May 19 - 12:42 PM

ESPN and Alabama Media Group analyst Cole Cubelic "really likes" FSU junior T Roderick Johnson.

Cubelic is a former offensive lineman and produces some of the best Auburn and Alabama football content around. Johnson has been mocked as a first round selection by many, but that does not prevent questions and expectations to be tied to that projection. Cubelic, however, seems sold. Johnson has "super long arms. Big punch. Almost too aggressive at times but I like that in an OT," Cubelic tweeted. Alabama's Cam Robinson is the presumed top tackle, but his recent arrest will certainly alter his evaluation in some way. Johnson could emerge this season.
May 18 - 9:42 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that FSU senior DE DeMarcus Walker is "just scratching the surface of his potential."

Frightening. Walker considered jumping for the 2016 NFL Draft, but instead opted to return to the Seminoles for his senior season. The 6-foot-3, 281-pounder's numbers have improved in each of his first three years in college. Last season, he recorded 58 tackles (15 for loss), 10.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles. With the 10.5 sacks, Walker became the first Seminole to hit the double-digit takedown mark since 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
May 17 - 11:14 PM

ESPN's Jared Shanker deemed Florida State to be the most overrated team in the country.

"A seasoned, future first-round draft pick at quarterback isn’t required to win a championship, as we’ve seen lately," Shanker wrote, "but Florida State’s offensive line and receivers have not yet proven they can shoulder part of the QB’s burden." Overrated or otherwise, Florida State figures to be landing in the top-10 or even top-5 of most preseason national polls. At this early stage, Athlon Sports has FSU ranked as the No. 2 team in the country.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 1:59 PM

Athlon Sports ranked Florida State No. 2.

Alabama was No. 1. "After winning 10 games in a rebuilding season, FSU is poised to challenge for the title," Athlon noted. "Most of the roster returns intact, but the Seminoles have to find a QB and replace cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Dalvin Cook is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman." The Seminoles are motivated to end this coming season better than they ended 2015, with a Peach Bowl meltdown against Houston on New Year's Eve.
May 16 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper slots FSU junior T Roderick Johnson No. 10 on his Big Board.

"The 6-foot-7 Johnson has been dominant as a left tackle since the Noles coaches moved him there halfway through his freshman season," Kiper wrote. "He was superb as a true sophomore and is another good season away from a possible top-10 draft slot." Johnson is best known for displacing Cameron Erving at left tackle when he was a true frosh in the middle of the 2014 season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 5:07 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Gorney wrote that "In many ways, [FSU junior RB Dalvin] Cook is just more dynamic [than LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette] and it could intrigue NFL teams."

"My guess is Cook has a phenomenal season," Gorney predicted, "maybe even better than Fournette, and then tests better at the NFL Combine." Fournette is generally viewed as being the better professional prospect, but not in all corners. Not even in the corner in which you are currently reading this blurb. Rotoworld's Josh Norris views Cook as the best running back in college for the 2016 season. Meanwhile, back in March, Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis noted that the 6-foot, 200-pound speedster "might have been the most underappreciated player in the country in 2015." Last season, Cook rushed for 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns. Offseason shoulder surgery prevented him from taking part in spring practice, but HC Jimbo Fisher believes he will be ready for August camp.
Source: Rivals
May 14 - 4:55 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson tagged FSU sophomore S Derwin James as the Seminoles' most versatile player.

"Arguably the best player on the Seminoles defense, James could start at either safety spot," Adelson wrote. Speaking to that versatility, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound sophomore even played defensive end on some pass-rush sets last season. In 2015, he recorded 91 tackles (9.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. Pro Football Focus was certainly impressed, with analyst Jeff Dooley writing that James was "perhaps the most well-rounded defensive back in the entire country last season." That he did all of this as a freshman should be considered downright terrifying for the rest of the ACC.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 9:43 PM


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