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ENTRY - 1/4 @ 12:00 p.m.
Patrick, FSU football brighten day for young stroke victim
Freshman running back Jacques Patrick and the Florida State football team are receiving praise from a Florida family for brightening the day of a young stroke victim.
John Michael Night, a high school lacrosse player from Winter Park, Fla., suffered a stroke in mid-December and is recovering at a Florida hospital. Although Night recently signed a college scholarship to play lacrosse at Mercer, he is a Florida State fan and is passionate about the Seminoles.
When Patrick heard about Night's situation, he paid the young man a visit in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Here's a recap of the visit from Night's CaringBridge site (registration required).
"John Michael got a HUGE surprise that he never expected!
Jacques Patrick (running back for FSU) paid John Michael a personal visit in the ICU. John Michael's eyes lit up as he walked into the room. It was awesome seeing him as Jacques gave him some words of encouragement and inspiration, and then spent a good amount of time with us all.
During his visit, Jacques was nice enough to call and get star FSU running back Dalvin Cook on FaceTime and he too gave JM some great words of encouragement. Dalvin is one of JM's favorite FSU players.
When Dalvin got off the phone, Jacques then got Roberto Aguayo (FSU Kicker) on speaker phone and he too gave JM some great words.
And just when JM didn't think things could get any better…
Jacques left the room, made a call, walked back in with the phone on speaker mode and when we told the person on the other end that JM could hear him, none other than Jimbo Fisher, the head coach of FSU, was right there ready to chat with JM. JM was out of his mind with excitement we Coach Fisher introduced himself.
Coach Fisher spent a few minutes really giving JM a great uplifting speech while sharing some personal hardships he had along the way. JM could not believe Coach Fisher was talking to him. Many in the room had tears in our eyes. It was a very special moment for JM.
I know JM, the Night Family, and everyone else in the room was so grateful to Jacques Patrick for taking time to visit in person and then getting the other guys on the phone.
Jacques, you are one class act and we wish you nothing but the very best. I know JM will never forget what you did for him."
ENTRY - 12/29 @ 3:00 p.m.
Kelly chokes back emotions talking about FSU, Fisher
FSU defensive coordinator Charles Kelly, who recently was courted to take the same position at his alma mater, Auburn, spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about his desire to stay with the Seminoles.
Kelly said he was flattered by the interest but hopes to stay at FSU for years to come. He later had to choke back his emotions when a reporter asked him to explain why he wants to stay at FSU.
"Well, first of all," Kelly said, "Florida State is a great place to coach, Tallahassee's a great place to live, Jimbo Fisher has been very loyal to me ..."
Kelly then paused for several seconds and looked down at the table in front of him, while tapping his fingers. The pause lasted for about 15 seconds before Kelly looked up to let reporters know he couldn't finish the thought. Finally, another reporter broke the silence by asking a light-hearted followup, and then FSU's sports information staff interjected that the time for the interview had concluded.
Kelly has reason to appreciate Fisher's loyalty. The Seminoles' head coach stood by him when FSU's defense struggled in 2014. This year, it was one of the most improved units in the country.
No video was permitted during this portion of the Kelly interview, but here is the audio excerpt:
ENTRY - 12/23 @ 12:00 p.m.
Cook visits Children's Hospital in Miami
During his Christmas break in Miami, FSU running back Dalvin Cook took some time to brighten the lives of children at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Cook apparently purchased presents for the kids and shared part of the day with them on Tuesday. Here is a video from the visit that was posted on Youtube:
ENTRY - 12/16 @ 6:00 p.m.
Juco DT signs with 'Noles
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hadn't seen the paperwork by the time practice concluded on Wednesday, so he couldn't comment publicly. But junior college defensive tackle Walvenski Aime has signed with the Seminoles, according to posts by him and others on Twitter.
Aime, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder, is a three-star prospect from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He went to high school in South Florida.
Olympic Heights grad, Fort Scott DT Walvenski Aime (@walvenskiaime) signs with #FSU. #Noles Wells Dusenbury (@DuseReport1063) December 16, 2015
ENTRY - 12/12 @ 4:00 p.m.
FSU quarterbacks throws football into Doak Campbell Stadium
Quarterbacks always like to show off their arm strength. Florida State's Sean Maguire is no different. Student QB equipment manager Tyler O'Brien took a short video of the 'Noles' junior QB tossing a football from the parking lot into Doak Campbell Stadium by going over an outside wall that is several stories high.
@seanmaguire_10 #TrickShotSaturday #GoNoles #GoJesus Tyler O'Brien (@_TylerOBrien) December 12, 2015
ENTRY - 12/10 @ 1:20 p.m.
Sneak preview of FSU Players Lounge
In the latest effort to enhance the student-athlete experience for Florida State's football team, the Seminoles are putting the finishing touches on a brand-new Players Lounge inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
The lounge will be available for use when FSU's players return from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in early January. In this brief video, FSU director of football operations Mark Robinson gives an overview of all the amenities.