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FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook said that he has focused on watching film of several of the worst games of his career in order to improve.

Cook specifically singled out losses to Oregon (he fumbled twice in the 2014 Playoff semifinal) and Houston (he rushed for just 33 yards on 18 carries in last season's Peach Bowl loss). Said the dynamic 6-foot, 200-pounder, "That’s how I get better. Watching myself in games like that." He estimated that he has watched the film of the Oregon loss around 100 times. Speaking at the ACC Football Kickoff, Cook noted that in addition to watching his own game tape, he also makes a point to watch the work of fellow Heisman contenders Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Royce Freeman in order to help him tweak his game.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 8:01 PM

FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook said that he watches the other top running backs in the country in order to find areas in which he can improve.

"I keep up with all of them. Christian [McCaffrey,] Leonard [Fournette,] Royce [Freeman]," Cook said. "I watch their games and try and pick up little things to get better." The 6-foot, 200-pound back is already considered a shortlist Heisman contender, but he is not content to rest on his laurels. "The game plan is going to come in; they are going to want to stop Dalvin. "If [I have] the ball or not, I just want to influence the defense and stay active in the game," Cook explained. He is coming off a 229-carry campaign, the most an FSU back has posted since Larry Key toted the rock 239 times in 1977. His 229 carries came in a season that saw ankle and hamstring injuries diminish his impact on several contests, meaning that it isn't out of the question that he makes a push for that school record this coming season.
Jul 23 - 8:16 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher indicated that he has no concerns about the upcoming Showtime series 'A Season With Florida State.'

Last year, Showtime aired the Hard Knocks-esque 'A Season With Notre Dame.' Florida State is next up for the premium cable network. Outwardly, it might seem like a strange fit given some of the Seminoles' off-field issues in the recent past. Fisher is not concerned. To the contrary -- he believes the added attention this coming season could actually help his squad, saying, "I think it will bring more focus. I think when people know you're watching … you change. I think this team can handle that little bit of distraction, if it's a distraction."
Jul 23 - 8:04 PM

FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) indicated that he feels like he has returned to full health.

"I'm very ready, very confident. I'm just excited about this season, going into it a healthy Dalvin," Cook said at the ACC Football Kickoff on Friday. He underwent shoulder surgery at the beginning of April to shore up an offseason ailment. Injuries are just about the only thing that seems to be able to slow down the 6-foot, 200-pounder. He dealt with hamstring issues at times during the 2015 campaign but still managed to rush for 1,691 yards (7.4 YPC) and 19 touchdowns in 12 games.
Jul 23 - 1:36 PM

FSU redshirt senior edge rusher Chris Casher has left the program.

While HC Jimbo Fisher did confirm Casher's departure, no reason was given for his exit. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder had himself an up-and-down career with the Seminoles, to say the least. He entered the program as a five-star recruit out of high school, but injury and off-field issues (he was placed on a one-year probation for his involvement in the Jameis Winston sexual assault case and also served a one-game suspension relating to academics) prevented him from reaching anything resembling his full potential. He was being transitioned over to tight end this spring.
Jul 23 - 12:40 PM

Florida State's contingent at the ACC Kickoff has not shed any light on their quarterback starter for 2016.

Dalvin Cook did tell reporters he believes the Seminoles are good enough to beat Clemson this coming season (he noted that they were "just a few plays away" in 2015), but who might be leading the charge against the Tigers on October 29 is another question. HC Jimbo Fisher said that this summer, players in offseason workouts would tell him that redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire might perform better one day, only for redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois to come out on top in the next session. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman speculated in mid-June that Francois would overtake Maguire "sooner [rather] than later."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 3:48 PM

The ACC and ESPN announced a 20-year agreement for a future ACC Network set to launch by August, 2019.

No surprise here, as ESPN's Brett McMurphy sort of stole his own network's thunder by reporting on the agreement earlier this week. The deal will run through the 2035-2036 academic year. While the ACC Network won't have its proper launch until 2019, they will be starting up their digital platform this autumn. That is expected to show in the neighborhood of 600 live events. The television network will carry upwards of 1,300 when it lurches to life in three years. Also of note, if Notre Dame were to opt out of independence in the next 20 years, they would be contracted to join the ACC.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 1:11 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that the ACC Network will launch by August, 2019.

Per McMurphy, ESPN and the ACC have agreed to a (sit down for this) 20-year deal and rights extension set to last through the 2035-2036 academic year. We might all be living in virtual reality by then. In addition to that barebones deal, he is reporting that the ACC has extended its conference grant of rights deal nine years, with that, too, lasting through 2036. The grant of rights deal essentially makes it financially unfeasible for an ACC program to leave the conference during this time, as the ACC would own said university's media rights (that includes revenue) for all home games even if the university joined another conference.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 2:05 PM

FSU earned the commitment of four-star 2017 RB Khalan Laborn.

If nothing else, Laborn knows how to make an entrance. He showed up at The Opening in a Lamborghini with FSU's logo stenciled on the hood, then later ran onto the field waving a Seminoles flag. Subtle is the recruiting game. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 48 overall prospect for 2017, with the outlet noting that Laborn is "an electrifying playmaker who is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball." ESPN's Tom Luginbill isn't quite as keen on his speed, comparing Laborn to Arizona RB Nick Wilson due to the fact that "neither is a blazer or significant gear shifter."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 11 - 3:18 PM

FSU signed AD Stan Wilcox to a two-year contract extension and promoted him to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics.

Wilcox, who took over in 2013, had initially been on a five-year contract set to expire in 2018. With the extension, his contract will run through 2020. It is not known if he is also receiving a raise off his $510,000 annual salary. In a statement, he said, "It is an exciting time to be a Seminole, and it is an honor to work with and for so many fine coaches, student-athletes and partners throughout the university community." The Seminoles have won a pair of national titles under Wilcox's watch -- football in 2013 and women's soccer in 2014.
Jul 3 - 12:10 PM

Former FSU QB Everett Golson signed with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

After going undrafted, Golson will commence his professional career up north. He took several shots at the NFL as a UDFA, participating in post-draft rookie mini-camps with the Colts and Eagles. Both teams passed on him. Now onward to Canada and the Ticats. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder finished his college career having thrown for 7,628 yards (61.2% completions) with a 52/23 TD/INT ratio between Notre Dame and (after a transfer) FSU.
Source: 3DownNation
Jun 27 - 1:43 PM

FSU four-star 2017 S Cyrus Fagan will visit Florida and USC.

"I’m not just going for fun. I’m really going to look at other schools when I visit them," Fagan said. "But I’m really strong with Florida State. How they’re recruiting me is perfect." FSU, Florida and USC should be considered locks for official visits at this point, with Georgia and Tennessee in play for the final two slots. Notably, three of the five programs are located in the SEC and four of the five are located in the southeastern portion of the country. That heavy representation is at least part of the reason why USC is on his radar. As the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder explained it, "I want to see the West Coast. I just want to see how their college is different from ones down here." Fagan ranks as Rivals' No. 72 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. He dropped a few slots from No. 64 when the outlet released their newest set of rankings earlier this month.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 26 - 2:56 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook No. 4 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

"With questions surrounding the quarterback position in Tallahassee, Cook will be relied upon more than ever and he’s proven up to the challenge as a freshman and sophomore," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Given Cook’s ability to change angles with his speed and his incredible acceleration that gets him to top speed, he is the nation’s best running back when given strong blocking up front." The 6-foot, 200-pound big-play-waiting-to-happen finished 2015 with 1,691 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, accruing 62.9 percent of his yards on 15-plus yard carries, tops in the nation. "While he may not be the classic runner that will keep the offense on schedule and fight for the tough, early-down yards, Cook’s big plays will keep him entrenched in the Heisman race," Palazzolo wrote.
Jun 24 - 4:34 PM

FSU 2016 LB signee Keion Joyner will enroll at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas after being ruled academically ineligible.

Joyner is the second 2016 Florida State signee in a few days to move from the Seminoles to this specific junior college. Shavar Manuel, a four-star defensive tackle, will also play for Fort Scott Community College, a program with strong ties to FSU. Both players could rejoin the Seminoles in about two years.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 23 - 11:41 AM

Pro Football Focus' John Breitenbach says Florida State junior T Roderick Johnson's "generally high-level of play [last season] was interrupted with occasional lapses that should be rectifiable."

Johnson ended last season with PFF's No. 52 tackle grade and actually had a negative grade in pass protection. The issue is waist-bending, which PFF calls a "legitimate concern." On the plus side, Johnson’s +14.7 run blocking grade was No. 17. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder has Round 1 skills and is a legitimate mauler in the run game right now. Breitenbach believes his "occasional lapses" in the passing game "should be rectifiable." He concluded: "Assuming Johnson is able to iron out those inconsistencies, look for him to join Florida State teammates Derwin James and Dalvin Cook in the 'elite' category this upcoming season."
Jun 22 - 6:40 PM


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