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ENTRY - 12/10 @ 3 p.m.

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ENTRY - 9/13 @ 8 p.m.

After Florida State QB ameis Winston had an incredible debut against Pitt, the ACC Digital Network takes a look back at another former FSU QB EJ Manuel's 1st start against Wake Forest in 2009. Manuel was the only QB selected in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Highlights: A comparison between the 1st start of Jameis Winston's career and EJ Manuel's career. Jameis Winston throw for over 350 yard and had 5 total touchdown. EJ Manuel beat Wake forest in his debut in 2009. Throwing for over 200 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns.

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ENTRY - 9/12 @ 12 p.m.

FSU continues to decorate the IPF as the season goes on. The most recent additions are banners around the far wall commemorating all of Florida State's bowl appearances going back to the 1949 Cigar Bowl (that sounds like a fun one to me).

Here are some pictures of what it looks like.

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ENTRY - 9/6 @ 3 p.m.

Props to the fan who put together this cool video of Jameis Winston. Nice job.

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ENTRY - 9/4 @ 4 p.m.

Jameis Winston's girlfriend tweets about how well her boyfriend will do in the Pitt game well before kickoff.

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ENTRY - 8/29 @ 2 p.m. '

Clinton Portis breaks with the ACC Digital Network down his top 3 complementary football players in the ACC starting with FSU DB Lamarcus Joyner.

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ENTRY - 8/20 @ 1 p.m. '

The ACCDN continues to roll out its players to watch for football, and FSU has plenty of players on the list. Today, Timmy Jernigan showed up on the list at No. 2. Here's a quick video:

Among on that list is Lamarcus Joyner in the past few days among other FSU players.

Also released to day is the Senior Bowl Watchlist , which includes six Seminoles: Joyner, Christian Jones, Demonte McAllister, Bryan Stork, Terrence Brooks and Telvin Smith.

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ENTRY - 8/15 @ 12 p.m.

Here are a few fun video FSU-related links: Florida State's Chief Osceola was named the best college mascot in the country by Sports Illustrated. It's a funny list. You should check it out.

Also, the ACC thinks Lamarcus Joyner is a player worth watching. See that here:

And finally, FSU has started a campaign to get forward Okaro White in the conversation for All-American. We'll see how that goes, but they have put together a pretty cool highlight video. Check that out here:

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ENTRY - 8/13 @ 11 a.m. '

As expected, FSU's media day was somewhat dominated by this Jameis Winston guy. You can check out a number of stories on our home page about him and I'm sure we'll have plenty more, but that's what happens when someone drops the mic and MC Hammer dances away within 5 seconds:


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Of course, Winston's antics are hard to top. But outside of Winston, there was still plenty more going on. Here are a few quotes, some funny, some not, from the rest of FSU's media day on Sunday:

James Wilder: "I'm pushing for it to be called 'Wild and Free,"' (On FSU's two-back sets)

Wilder: "That's what I used to hear all the time. Nobody thought I could play running back at the time, but I've changed some opinions." (On playing defense instead of offense)

Christian Jones: "Coach Pruitt has that swagger," (on new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt)

Timmy Jernigan: "He chews me out just like he chews the walk-ons out, and that's the kind of coaching I need and the team needs." (On Pruitt)

Demonte McAlister: "It's so much that it's hard to say what we really could do." (On FSU's new defensive schemes)

Telvin Smith: "We knew he was going to bring that Alabama-type swagger to the defense. … We're trying to bring our own swagger to the defense. We feel like we have a lot more athletic guys."

Nick Waisome: "The crime fighting starts day one." (on his incident apprehending a burglar in his house during the off-season)

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ENTRY - 8/12@ 2:30 P.m. '

FSU's Bryan Stork has been named one of the ACC's top 25 players to watch this season. Here's a short video:

Stork is No. 14 on the list.

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ENTRY - 8/10 @ 11 a.m. '

Florida State's basketball team left the country on Thursday for its 15-day tour of Greece. It's a working trip - FSU will be working alongside the Greek national team. But that doesn't mean there aren't a few things to see.

Seminoles.com posted a few photos from the first day in Greece on Friday.

But FSU's team also has more than a little international flavor. For example, London native Robert Gilchrist was happy to return to Europe.

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ENTRY - 8/07 @ 1 p.m.

By now, you've probably heard about FSU moving defensive end Giorgio Newberry over to tight end this season to address depth concerns.

You've probably also read a little but about how Jimbo Fisher is excited about Newberry doing some good things blocking and maybe even receiving for the Seminoles.

As far as receiving goes, here's a quick rundown of how FSU has used tight ends under Jimbo Fisher.

2012: 25 catches (8.7 percent of team total), 280 yards (7.4 percent) 4 touchdowns (16.7 percent)
2011: 21 catches (8.5 percent), 241 yards (7.2 percent) 2 touchdowns (8 percent)
2010: 18 catches (7.2 percent) 203 yards (6.9 percent) 2 touchdowns (8.3 percent)

A few things of note: FSU has targeted tight ends with almost exactly the same frequency year-to-year under Fisher. But the places the TE's are targeted shifted in 2012 to the red zone (that uptick in percentage of touchdowns). A lot of that is the quality of Nick O'Leary, but Beau Reliford was even more exclusive as a tight end receiver in 2010 and split catches with O'Leary in 2011.

For Newberry, that likely means FSU won't rule out targeting him especially in the red zone where a player of his size can be effective. O'Leary will see the lion's share of tight end targets, but if Newberry can run routes and catch, he'll probably get a few passes tossed his way.

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ENTRY - 8/6 @ 10 a.m.

FSU's fall camp begins today, and football season gets going, finally.

UPDATED: At Fisher's pre-camp press conference, he clarified that the staff hadn't banned twitter, but rather the team itself had decided to abstain from social media for the season. Players are hoping off twitter, for example, James Wilder, Jr.

The merits of banning social media are up for debate; plenty of coaches do so and plenty don't, but that's the way Fisher does it. He hinted at a tweet-free season during ACC media days, so this doesn't come as a surprise. If nothing else, players are pretty hyped about the season. Like Bobby Hart.

And obviously, the crime-fighting Nick Waisome, among others.

It's only sad because there are some truly funny guys on the FSU roster, but they're hoping to be off twitter until 2014.

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ENTRY - 8/5 @ 4 p.m.

The ACC Digital Network has a list of 25 players to watch for the upcoming season. And guess who's No. 25? Yup, Jameis Winston.

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ENTRY - 8/5 @ 11 a.m. Football season officially begins today, so it's as good a time as any to break out a new feature I'd like to start here.

Each week, I'll put up a few links and notes from around the ACC and around Florida, things pertinent to FSU from around the east coast, just so that you'll be able to see a bit of a snapshot of what's going on out in the world.

For starters, the Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) had this story last week about the ACC network, with some intriguing numbers and possibilities. The Raleigh News and Observer also wrote a story on the same subject.

That's a big deal to FSU, which would love to see that additional revenue sooner rather than later.

There's also the continued love-fest for Clemson among ACC writers, like this story in the Roanoke (Va.) Times.

And while the season opener is still a month away and FSU has plenty of questions to be answered between now and then, Pittsburgh also has some things to work out - specifically at running back.

So there, a few things worth keeping an eye on going forward that relate to FSU. We'll have more links next week as camps get underway and the season really gets rolling.

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ENTRY - 8/4 @ 7 p.m.

There is plenty of cool stuff coming from FSU recruits on Twitter. Here are a couple examples.

First is Tallahassee Godby long-snapper Stephen Gabbard who recently celebrated his official scholarship offer from Florida State.

Next up is some FSU love for five-star DB Marlon Humphrey.

With Lamarcus Joyner graduating after this season Humphrey could be wearing this jersey next season in Doak Campbell Stadium.

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ENTRY - 8/02 @ 4 p.m.

Hopefully you saw our new Countdown to Kickoff clock on the front page of Warchant.com marking the days, hours, minutes and seconds until FSU's Sept. 2 opener at Pittsburgh.

If that doesn't get you excited about the 'Noles' season opener, and the national debut of Famous Jameis Winston, this video named "FSU vs Pitt Panthers Hype up (Welcome to ACC)" certainly will. Enjoy!

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ENTRY - 8/02 @ 10 a.m.

In case you missed it, today the USA Today Coaches' preseason college football poll came out. FSU was ranked No. 12. That's not a bad way to start off the season, but the Seminoles have a roller-coaster relationship with polls in recent years.

For kicks, here's a quick juxtaposition of FSU's preseason and final coaches' poll rankings in the past four years. It's doubly worth mentioning because Jimbo Fisher has said that he thinks the coaches' poll should be a factor in determining the four-team BCS playoff.

2013: Preseason poll: 12. Final: TBA
2012: Preseason: 7. Final: 8.
2011: Preseason: 5. Final: 23.
2010: Preseason: 20. Final 16.
2009: Preseason: 19. Final: NR.

To be fair, a number of preseason publications mentioned that FSU's string of head-scratching losses to inferior ACC teams made folks cautious about ranking FSU too high early. But hey, if the Seminoles don't like it, a game at No. 8 Clemson on Oct. 19 should be an early chance to move up in a big way.

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ENTRY - 8/1 @ 11 a.m.

Former Florida State offensive tackle, and current Oakland Raider, Menelik Watson finally received his ACC Championship ring. You may remember that last month he received an "SEC" Championship ring by accident.

Watson showed his new ring on Twitter and had some fun at the same time.

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ENTRY - 7/31 @ 11 a.m.

Historically, how good is Florida State's football program? Is it the best of the last 25 years? Plenty of fans seem to think so.

ESPN and EA Sports have been running an Ultimate Team fan voting poll this summer, and the Seminoles are in the final round.

Essentially it's been a bracket of matchups between historically great programs. FSU has already beaten out Michigan, Ohio State and Auburn and now the 'Noles are matched up against Nebraska for the best program of the past 25 years. If you want to vote, click on the link in the paragraph above.

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ENTRY - 7/30 @ 4 p.m. '

For much of the day today, Jimbo Fisher has been going through ESPN's Car Wash media onslaught. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fisher was in interviews with various ESPN shows and writers. Heck, they even interviewed the poor guy at lunch.

Here are a few highlights of Fisher's run-through of various interviews. He stuck mainly to his previous talking points on various hot-button issues, but there were a few new things.

- Fisher talked a little about the tight end situation on SportsCenter. He said that even before the injuries and transfers in the offseason, FSU had planned to work with a few guys in dual roles. He didn't specify whether those were defensive guys or offensive guys or which players would be learning dual roles.

That's important as FSU will need to add someone to feel at all comfortable running two-tight end sets. Expect a few emergency tight ends trained during the fall.

After repeated showings of starting tight end Nick O'Leary's scooter crash video, Jimbo said the junior didn't suffer any broken bones, just bruises.

-Fisher predictably deflected assumptions that Jameis Winston will start in the fall. When asked twice, both times he said that he'd be watching Jacob Coker in the fall practices, and that Coker could still win the job, before talking about Winston's obvious talent and potential.

At any rate, that implies that Fisher is in no hurry to name a starter at quarterback, and there's no reason he should be.

-When asked about still calling the offensive plays, Fisher said yes he will still call the plays and referenced a litany of other head coaches who called or still call the offensive plays: Chip Kelley, Mark Richt, Steve Spurrier and, of course, Bobby Bowden.



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ENTRY - 7/29 @ 9 p.m. '

Nick Waisome is an FSU defensive back. He also fights crime on the side, apparently.

According to WCTV news in Tallahassee, Waisome walked in on two men robbing his apartment three weeks ago. He chased one of the men down at the scene, and recognized the other three weeks later at a gas station. He called the police, who then arrested the other man at his home, along with $4,000 in stolen goods.

Quick note to burglars: don't rob an FSU defensive back's house and then try to run. Those guys are pretty fast.


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ENTRY - 7/29 @ 11 a.m. '

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher will join the crowd of coaches going through the ESPN "Car Wash" in the next two days. He'll be in Bristol, Conn. for a full day of interviews tomorrow (Tuesday)

Here's Fisher's schedule of events, in case you wanted to catch any of it. But if you're tuned in to ESPN at some point during the day tomorrow, you're likely to hear a bit of Fisher. If you've got questions for Fisher, tweet them to @ESPNCFB with the hashtag #ESPNACC.

10 a.m. Podcast ESPNU CFB with Ivan Maisel

10:20 a.m. ITK:Front Row

10:35 a.m. ESPN.com Chat

11 a.m. SportsCenter Tonight Radio

11:30 a.m. First Take

Noon: Highly Questionable

12:25 p.m. Meeting w/ESPN's Brett McMurphy

12:40 p.m. Digital media

1:20 p.m. SportsCenter

1:45 p.m. SVP & Rusillo Radio Show

2 p.m. Meeting with ESPN's Travis Haney

2:20 p.m. College Football Live

2:45 p.m. Coach and Company Radio Show

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