Wed May 16 10:17am EDT
I'd like to interrupt your Florida State to the Big 12 talk with a quick look at how an actual Seminole team is performing on the field... in the ACC.
FSU baseball (41-11, 22-5 ACC) just wrapped up a 2-3, five-game road trip against Stetson and Clemson. Still despite the losses, the Seminoles remained No. 1 in two of the major polls and clinched the Atlantic Division title. It was the sixth straight season FSU has at least shared the division crown.
With just three games left in the regular season (against North Carolina State Thursday-Saturday) FSU needs just one win or a North Carolina loss to clinch the top seed in the ACC Baseball Tournament.
So here is your weekly wrap up of the regional projections for FSU.
Our friends on the Rivals network at SEBaseball.com, still have the Seminoles as the No. 1 overall seed paired with a Stanford regional. The one thing that will still make FSU fans unhappy with the regional is that it is projected to still feature Central Florida, a 40-win club. The regional is rounded out with Auburn and Jackson State.
Jeremy Mills' latest ESPN Bracketology has FSU as the No. 1 seed as well, paired with an Arizona regional. Mills also has the Knights as the two-seed in the Tallahassee regional, along with Mississippi State and Bethune-Cookman. Last year's Tallahassee regional featured a similar lineup with Alabama the lone SEC school with the other Florida schools instead of Miss. State.
Baseball America's Aaron Fitt has the Seminoles secure as a national seed in his stock report. He still has UCF on the bubble as a possible regional host, but currently out.
Perhaps the most favorable projection for Seminole fans come from Perfectgame.org's Kendall Rogers. In his field of 64 projection, Rogers has FSU has the No. 1 overall seed, paired with a Purdue regional. His picks for teams to join the Seminoles in Tallahassee are Georgia as the two-seed, followed by Stetson and Manhattan. If Seminole fans could choose any of the regional projections to come true there is no doubt that Perfect Game's would be most desirable.
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Wed May 02 11:24am EDT
Florida State baseball is off to a tremendous start this season. The Seminoles are ranked No. 1 in three of four major polls, currently have the No. 1 NCAA RPI, are 36-7 overall, and an astonishing 19-2 in ACC play.
The 19-2 conference record ties the 1999 team for the best start in school history. With just 12 games (including Wednesday at JU) left in the regular season it appears that FSU, in what was once considered a rebuilding year, are headed towards a No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
In ESPN's latest Bracketology the Seminoles are the No. 1 overall seed paired with Arizona for a Super Regional. ESPN also has Central Florida in the Tallahassee region, which I don't expect if the Knights can finish strong the next weeks because they will be regional host themselves.
SEBaseball.com has a similar projection, but with FSU at the No. 2 national seed behind Baylor. SEB also has UCF in the Tallahassee regional. Mark Ethridge, the site's publisher, posted on twitter that he also thinks UCF is on the bubble for hosting a regional.
In Aaron Fitt's latest stock report for Baseball America, he has the Seminoles as one of three teams that are locks for a national seed, along with Baylor and Kentucky. He has UCF on the bubble for hosting a regional, but out currently.
The other interesting thing to keep an eye on is the fact that Florida with its weekend struggles has slipped down to around the No. 7 seed in most projections. If the Gators continue to slip, they could be paired with FSU for a Super Regional if they fall out of the national seed discussion.
I think that if FSU continues to win its remaining weekend series (FSU is currently the lone team in the country to win every weekend series this season) then they will be the No. 1 seed over Baylor no doubt. A pair of wins at the ACC Tournament would also help solidify the top seed.
We'll keep an eye on how things progress and I'll post a regional projection roundup once a week until the tournament begins.
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Mon Apr 30 12:57pm EDT
With the 2012 NFL Draft in the books (Seriously three days!??), it's time to look ahead to next year's draft. You've got this Cleveland (just guessing).
The NFL.com is way ahead of me, and Bucky Brooks rates E.J. Manuel as the 30th best prospect ('But the Spring Game!' the message board posters shout).
Also on NFL.com Chad Reuter rates the top five prospects at each position. Reuter ranks Manuel the 3rd best QB in next year's draft behind only USC's Matt Barkley and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson. Brooks had four QBs ahead of Manuel in his top 30.
Other Seminoles to make Reuter's list are Bjoern Werner (No. 2 defensive end), Brandon Jenkins (No. 4 OLB, in a 3-4 presumably) and Dustin Hopkins (No. 1 specialist).
It's interesting that Jenkins is already pegged solely as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. I think he has the ability to play defensive end in a 4-3.
Here is my look at the Top 10 FSU prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
1. Brandon Jenkins DE/OLB
2. Bjoern Werner DE*
3. E. J. Manuel QB
4. Xavier Rhodes CB*
5. Christian Jones OLB*
6. Everett Dawkins DT
7. Anthony McCloud DT
8. Dustin Hopkins K
9. Greg Reid PR/CB
10. Tank Carradine DE
*Underclassmen, if they declare.
Thu Apr 26 01:25pm EDT
Look I know we have neglected the blog here the past few months but this was big and I had to share with you guys on this space.
I just received breaking news in my inbox that Florida State will revive the Cimarron Character (the horse pictured below) as mascot at athletic events.
This means that at next year's ACC Basketball tournament a golden girl won't have to run around during the mascot basketball game.
Here is the full release:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Athletics Promotions and Marketing Office at Florida State University unveiled on Thursday the costume and logos associated with the revived character "Cimarron" that will be associated with Seminole athletic events.
Under the supervision of FSU's cheer and spirit groups, Cimarron will make appearances at many Florida State athletic events and functions. In addition, the character will make public appearances and will be available for functions at area schools and service projects. Cimarron will also serve as the mascot of the Florida State University Kid's Club. Fans can find officially licensed products bearing Cimarron's likeness at retailers soon.
"Osceola and Renegade are revered and honored symbols of Florida State athletics as has been recognized by their recent selection as the best tradition in all of college football," said FSU Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Promotions Jason Dennard. "We treat our symbol with great honor and respect and they appear only at football games, Homecoming and Fan Day. Cimarron has been revived to give a promotional presence at other designated events It also allows us to participate in some opportunities that were not appropriate for the distinguished symbol of Osceola and Renegade."
FSU commissioned the design and fabrication of Cimarron by Scollon Productions, Inc. in the fall of 2011. Scollon has been the costume character designer and manufacturer of choice for many corporations world-wide including Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and over 100 sports teams.
So the same guy that made Sponge Bob for Universal studios helped bring back this horse. Ok back to reading your mock drafts. I promise to keep this blog more updated as we go through these long summer months with no football.
Oh and you can follow the horse on Twitter.
Wed Feb 15 11:56am EST
Reid played just under four minutes, scored four points, going 2-2 from the filed, had one rebound and one turnover.
With Reid's call-up from the NBA D-League that marks five Seminoles now in the league. Al Thornton would make six but he is currently injured so he is still a free agent.
Toney Douglas has struggled to find his shot this year for New York Knicks. In 25 games this year he is averaging 7.8 points per game while shooting 32 percent from the field. He hasn't played since Feb. 6 after being replaced in the lineup by Linsanity (nowhere is safe from Jermey Lin talk).
Solomn Alabi has played sparingly this season for the Toronto Raptors but is currently on the roster. He has seen action in three games, last on Feb. 1 and recorded just one block and not other statistics.
Hard to believe but Von Wafer is already in the middle of his sixth season in the league. This year for the Orlando Magic he has appeared in 17 games averaging 6.1 points per game. He hasn't played in the last six games for the Magic, last seeing action on Feb. 4 against the Pacers.
While the Washington Wizards have struggled mightily during Chris Singleton's rookie season, the 6-foot-8 forward has broken into the starting lineup. Singleton has started 14 of the Wizards 29 games this season averaging 3.9 ppg and 3 rebounds per game. He has yet to score over 12 points this season.
Singleton is joined in Washington by former Seminole Sam Cassell who is in his third season of coaching.
In foreign league news Derwin Kitchen is having a great rooking campaign in Israel for the Maccabi Rishon, averaging 15.2 rebounds per game and 7.6 rebounds. He was recently named to the Israeli League All Star game.
Tim Pickett is currently playing for Xinjianf F.T in the China Basketball Association. In 13 games he's averaging a robust 28.2 points per game.
Alexander Johnson has landed in South Korea with the S.K. Knights. He is averaging 27.1 ppg and 14.6 rebounds.
For a complete list of Seminoles playing over seas check out Eurobasket.com.
Mon Feb 06 03:48pm EST
While it might not have the flair or the controversy of a Madonna and friends half-time show, Saturday's basketball game between Florida State and Miami (a suddenly very important match-up in terms of ACC standings) will feature a bit of intermission entertainment.
On Monday aftertoon FSU announced it will retrie the jersey of Dave Fedor (1960-62, the first ever Seminole basketball player to be selected in the NBA draft, on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6 forward was selected with the seventh pick of the third round (23rd overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1962 NBA draft.
Fedor was Florida State's co-captain as both a junior and a senior, scored 1,456 career points and averaged 20.2 points scored per game during his 72-game career. He is the 12th-leading scorer in school history.
Sun Feb 05 04:25pm EST
On Friday, Feb. 3, two days after National Signing Day, a chapter in Hueytown, Ala. quarterback Jameis Winston's life closed. The No. 1 player in Alabama signed his letter of intent with Florida State, a team he's been committed to for nearly a year.
At first glance, Jameis "Jaboo" Winston may seem like a typical high school senior. He volunteers as a math tutor at his high school, coaches youth football, volunteers as a motivational speaker and he's active in his church youth group. He loves being a jokester, playing video games and watching cartoons. But Winston is far from ordinary. He just might be he most heralded quarterback prospect to come to Florida State.Take a look at some of his accomplishments in his senior year alone:
* Led his Hueytown Golden Gophers (13-1) to the Alabama state semi-finals
* Threw for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns, completing 163-of-234 attempts
* Rushed for 1,063 yards and 15 touchdowns on 144 carries
* MVP of the Elite 11 Quarterback camp
* Under Armour All-American selection, Game MVP
* USA Today All-USA first team All-American
* Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year
* Rivals.com five-star prospect
* No. 1 QB in the nation, No. 10 in the Rivals100, No. 1 in the state
* Alabama Class 5A Back of the Year
* Birmingham News Player of the Year
* Selected to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.
* Selected to Team USA in the International Bowl
* Parade All-American
At first, Jaboo's father, Ant Winston didn't realize the level of his son's talent.
"I always knew he would be a good state player, but I didn't realize he could be a top national player until he started being invited to camps, not just going to camps," his father said. "That's when we knew he was special."
One big accolade is glaringly missing from his impressive resume - Alabama Mr. Football. Daphne running back T.J. Yeldon, an Alabama Crimson Tide early enrollee edged him for the honor. But awards are merely an afterthought considering Jaboo has maintained an 'A' average in the classroom. It's something that makes his parents beam with pride.
"Even if someone knocks him down, he gets right back up," Ant Winston said. "That's the way he was raised. He maintains a 4.0 GPA. It's not easy for an athlete to do, but his mother and I are proud of how hard he works."
Although he can be serious and focused on the field or classroom, when he's just hanging out with friends, a different side of Winston emerges.
"He is really crazy. You never know what he's going to do next," FSU's 2012 cornerback signee P.J. Williams explained. "All the commitments love him. He can make anyone laugh because he is just so loose and always making a joke about himself or other people. You just always want to be around him."
But football is not the only sport he excels at. Winston, a pre-season All-American is projected as an early-round draftee in the First-Year Player Draft this June. As an outfielder-pitcher, he hit .424 with seven home runs last spring and was 8-3 with 92 strikeouts. In the AHSAA North-South All-Star baseball game, he hit a grand slam, stole a base, had five hits and pitched two scoreless innings. As talented of a football player Winston is, some feel he may never step foot on a college campus. But he is hopeful the can maintain two professional leagues.
Where does his drive come from? The answer - his love for the game.
"He started playing football when he was four years old," explained his father."From that age until sixteen, he's heard the words 'Never give up, never give up, never give up.' So whatever he does, he has that attitude. He's very driven."
One thing is certain, Seminole fans won't give up hope that Winston turns down pro baseball and ends up in Tallahassee.
Bonus video: Hueytown, Ala. head coach Matt Scott talks about the kind of player the Seminoles are getting.
Sun Jan 29 02:57pm EST
Earlier this month, Florida State wide receiver commit Marvin Bracy showed he was more than just a track star with his performance in the Under Armour All-America game (three catches for 56 yards and a TD).
But on Sunday he reminded everyone how he got the track star label by running a 6.08-second 55m at the Jimmy Carnes Youth Invitational track and field meet in Gainesville, Fla.
Bracy's time is the world's fastest time in the 55m so far this season and obliterated the previous high school record of 6.14.
When Bracy committed to the Seminoles in July he and personal coach (as well as former FSU sprinter) Ricky Argro said they hoped that Bracy would make Team USA for the 2012 Olympics later this summer in London.
He will have that chance later this summer on July 24 at the U.S. Olympic trials for in Eugene, Ore. His 10.05 100m last summer already qualified him for the trials.
Make no mistake, Bracy is a football player first and will be a great addition to the 'Noles next season, but he also has a very bright future as a track & field star.