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FSU freshman S Hamsah Nasirildeen shined in the team's first scrimmage of camp.

"Try to find something you can’t like about [Nasirildeen]," gushed HC Jimbo Fisher. "I’m not joking about that. That guy can cover. Unbelievable ball skills. Can judge the ball. Can catch the ball. Can cover big guys or small guys. Can play the run." The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder had been committed to South Carolina until late in January, when he flipped over to Florida State. Rivals ranked him as the No. 63 overall prospect for the cycle.
Aug 14 - 4:38 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher indicated that junior RB Jacques Patrick is being viewed as the starter at this juncture.

"He can catch, he can run, he has proven he can do it at a good level. He understands the urgency. He's getting to be a junior," Fisher said. Five-star Cam Akers is among the more anticipated freshman in the country, but it would not surprise if Patrick maintains his starting place on the depth chart through to the end of camp. While backing up Dalvin Cook last season, he rushed for 350 yards and four touchdown on just 61 carries, which works out to a 5.7 YPC clip. "I'm ready for [starting work]. I have high expectations for myself and for the position," Patrick said. "I feel like right now that the moment is here I just work and do what I have to do."
Aug 13 - 2:45 PM

FSU junior CB Tavarus McFadden "offers next-level size and ball skills" and is effective against both the pass and run, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"McFadden plays with good instincts and routinely locates the pass in the air then positions himself against opponents to defend the throw," Pauline wrote. The analyst believes he has spotted one fatal flaw in McFadden's game, however. "If there’s an Achilles' heel in his game its playing speed -- and it’s a major concern in my opinion," Pauline wrote. "All too often I saw McFadden getting beaten down the field or playing catch-up in order to make the play. Presently I stamped him as a third-rounder though we’ll have to see how he times in the 40 once he declares for the draft." Not everyone shares this trepidation. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has said McFadden has a similar ceiling to Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes.
Aug 11 - 2:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Florida State senior DT Derrick Nnadi as a Day 2 pick.

"The senior is short but stout, quick and very explosive. He offers potential as a conventional tackle or possibly a three-technique defender," Pauline wrote. Nnadi totaled 10.5 TFL last season. Against the national champion Clemson Tigers, he logged one sack, two TFL and a pass breakup. ESPN's Todd McShay slotted Nnadi No. 15 to the Jaguars in his 2018 mock draft.
Aug 11 - 1:54 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is taking a "wait-and-see approach" with FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James.

"Despite the fact that he played just three games last season after suffering a knee injury, many project James as a top-six selection in the 2018 NFL Draft," Pauline wrote. Pauline isn't one of them, at least not yet. He wants to see how James looks in his return to the field. "The redshirt sophomore safety strikes fear in opponents with his linebacker mentality," Pauline wrote. "He’s athletic and powerful but has limitations. James is really best up the field and isn't a rangy center fielder. His return to the field is highly anticipated and the results will ultimately determine his draft stock." James racked up 91 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in 2015.
Aug 10 - 2:14 PM

FSU junior WR Nyquan Murray said that he is ready to be "that dude" for the Seminoles.

"That’s what I came to Florida State for: I came here to be that guy, that dude. I’m ready to take that next step to be that guy that [HC Jimbo Fisher] wants me to be," Murray said. In the spring, Fisher called the 5-foot-11, 176-pound Murray "one of the big keys for us." He put forth a 27-441-5 receiving line last season, with perhaps his most memorable performance coming when he torched Michigan in the Orange Bowl for two catches totaling 104 yards, both of which went for touchdowns. "I like what I’ve seen out of him," Fisher said in the early going of preseason camp. "He’s understanding that mentality so much better, which is allowing him to play a lot more consistently."
Aug 7 - 6:20 PM

Of the team's aspirations this season, FSU junior CB Tavarus McFadden said, "I think if we don’t get a national championship, we feel like we failed."

Florida State had national championship aspirations last season, too, but a knee injury to Derwin James and subsequent losses to Louisville, North Carolina and Clemson doused what could have been a strong season. They'll try to pull it off for real this time around. First up will be a huge immediate test -- the Seminoles open the 2017 season against Alabama.
Aug 4 - 6:19 PM

Florida State junior WR Da’Vante Phillips has been charged with five counts of fraud.

Phillips has been indefinitely suspended. He was previously arrested in February for a minor traffic violation and released on bond. Phillips has only made five catches for 30 yards over his FSU career while mostly contributing on special teams. The former four-star recruit missed time during his freshman and sophomore campaigns after undergoing groin surgery.
Aug 4 - 2:15 PM

When asked if FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James might be used on offense this season, HC Jimbo Fisher floated the possibility he could be used as a receiver or on reverses.

In the spring, Fisher had also indicated that James could see work as a return man, so we could see James in a number of different capacities during the coming season. The potential top-five draft pick racked up 91 tackles (9.5 TFL), 4.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in 2015. A knee injury this past September knocked him out for the 2016 campaign. He has recovered in full from that injury and showed it in the team's spring game, when he recorded seven tackles (3.0 for loss) and two sacks.
Aug 1 - 11:00 PM

Former FSU junior DB Marcus Lewis has transferred to Maryland.

"I think it’s the best thing for me and my family," Lewis said. It is notable to state Lewis is from the D.C. area. He will miss the 2017 season and has two more of eligibility after that.
Jul 31 - 11:41 AM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Israel Mukuamu.

Mukuamu (6'4/190) needed just one visit (which he took earlier this summer) to Tallahassee to convince himself that the Seminoles were the pick. He's a physical, long athlete who plays with a nice, aggressive edge. Rivals ranks Mukuamu as the No. 24 safety prospect in the 2018 class.
Jul 25 - 10:31 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Jalen Curry.

Another one lands for HC Jimbo Fisher, who has turned on the recruiting afterburners to net several big-name recruits (including four-star 2018 WR Marquez Ezzard and five-star 2019 DB Akeem Dent) over the last week or so. Curry (6'3/190) already has the requisite size to play at the collegiate level and he has yet to even begin his junior season at Stafford High School (Texas). Scout.com ranks him as the No. 67 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Jul 24 - 3:43 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Marquez Ezzard.

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compares Ezzard (6'1/180) to Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs, writing that they are both "big, physical, bull in a china shop types" and adding that "Cobbs and Ezzard can just out-muscle defenders for the ball." Luginbill additionally notes that "Florida State has a lot of youthful, but unproven talent at WR returning on this roster, and if a few guys don't emerge as go-to players, then Ezzard could find himself in the mix early." Ezzard ranks as the Worldwide Leader's No. 258 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. His other finalist in this race was Georgia, but they will have to look elsewhere in the class for receiving help, now.
Jul 24 - 2:48 PM

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein ranks FSU redshirt junior TE Ryan Izzo as the No. 7 prospect at his position.

"The first thing that stands out about Izzo is his toughness as a blocker," Zierlein wrote. "He's an excellent lead blocker in space and has the scrappy demeanor and size necessary to do battle at the point of attack." Izzo (6'5/245) had 19 catches for 227 yards (11.9 ypc) and a touchdown last year. "Has a feel and understanding for leverage in his routes and uses soft hands with natural attack of the ball away from his body when able," Zierlein wrote. "He's a little slow in and out of his breaks and has been penalized 14 times over the last two seasons."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 12:56 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Akeem Dent.

"Dent really gets downhill in a hurry, flashing big-time closing speed and acceleration, but also does a nice job of playing under control," Scout.com noted in their breakdown of the 6-foot, 170-pound stalwart out of Wellington, Florida. The outlet additionally passes along that Dent has shown an ability to excel at both corner and safety during his high school career. He ranks as Scout's No. 9 overall prospect for the 2019 cycle and stands as their No. 1 corner in the class.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 21 - 4:56 PM


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