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    FSU places second in CoSIDA media guide contest

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    The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced June 11 a special recognition for Florida State's 2013 football media guide.

    As selected by a special panel, the 'Noles' guide created by FSU Sports Information personnel Kerwin Lonzo, Zach Stipe and Scott Moriak, as well as Grant Hawkins Design, placed second nationally in excellence in publications among football media guides at the FBS level.

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    Video: SB Nation interview with Devonta Freeman

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    Courtesy of @DanRubenstein:

    Twitter has revolutionized the way fans interact with major sports and it turns out only the mighty NFL was more popular on social media in the past year than Florida State's third national championship this past January.

    According to Nielsen, the 2014 BCS National Championship game featuring FSU and Auburn generated a reported 4,392,000 tweets and boasted an audience of 10,404,000. 

    In that same time span, only the NFL's Super Bowl and AFC and NFC Championship games established a larger Twitter audience but 'Noles versus Tigers still had more tweets than those two conference title games.

    Why is all this important beyond the fact that so many people interacted socially during an event that featured the Seminoles? Because it shows the power of Twitter and why the FSU athletics department takes this medium so seriously when it comes to highlighting the Seminoles.

    All news, notes, pictures and videos about the FSU football team is shared from the program's official account at @FSU_Football to nearly 100,000 followers. So be sure to follow today and utilize the hashtag #Noles to interact with the reigning kings of college football.


    In other media news...


    Friday's announcement that Red Hills broadcasting is the new home for Florida State football, baseball and basketball games is a big deal for 'Noles fans that listen to games on the radio.

    No more scratchy AM-dial connections while the Seminoles are competing. Now fans can always find the games in clear quality on the FM dial.

    To learn more, check out the press release here

    Florida State leads the nation with five first-team selections and 11 overall selections on Phil Steele's 2014 pre-season All-America team released Friday.

    FSU's four first-team nods include star tight end Nick Oleary and offensive linemen Cameron Erving and Tre' Jackson. Kicker Roberto Aguayo and return man Kermit Whitfield round out the squad on the special teams unit.

    Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is on the second team at quarterback and is joined by his favorite target, wide receiver Rashad Greene. Cornerback P.J. Williams is also a second-team selection.

    Running back Karlos Williams, guard Josue Matias and Mario Edwards, Jr. are each on the fourth team.

    Phil Steele's pre-season All-America team

    FSU's Kelvin Benjamin signs NFL contract

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    Courtesy of Panthers.com:

    The entire 2014 Panthers draft class is now under contract after first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin and third-round pick Trai Turner signed Wednesday.

    The Panthers selected Benjamin with the 28th overall pick after the 6-foot-5, 241-pound wide receiver produced a breakout season in 2013. Benjamin recorded 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns to help Florida State capture the national title. 

    "He has a lot of upside, and he gives us a legitimate chance to have a number one receiver," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He is a terrific kid. He has come a long way, and we are real excited to have him."

    The Panthers upgraded their offensive line with the selection of Turner, a physically imposing guard from Louisiana State. 

    "He gives us the power that we're looking for," Gettleman said. "He can displace defensive linemen. He's a tough, nasty kid. He plays that way."

    FSU recognized by Sporting News, Phil Steele

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    Sporting News announced Wednesday its college football pre-season All-American teams and 'Noles Cameron Erving, Tre' Jackson, Roberto Aguayo, Jameis Winston, Nick O'Leary, Kermit Whitfield and Ronald Darby were all listed. 

    Erving, Jackson and Aguayo were each named to the first team.


    Also Wednesday, Phil Steele revealed his pre-season All-ACC squad that featured a league-best 11 'Noles on the first team and 19 ovearll FSU players on all four teams.

    The first-team group included Winston, Karlos Williams, Rashad Greene, O'Leary, Jackson, Erving, Mario Edwards, Jr., Terrance Smith, P.J. Williams, Aguayo and Whitfield.

    Former FSU LB Smith signs NFL contract

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    Courtesy of Jaguars.com:

    JACKSONVILLE - Telvin Smith did his work first on Tuesday.

    Then, he fulfilled a dream.

    Smith, a rookie outside linebacker, did the first part by participating in the first day of the Jaguars 2014 organized team activities at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields, and then did the second when he signed his rookie contract with the organization shortly thereafter.

    "This makes it real," Smith said with a smile moments after signing. "It's no longer a thought anymore. It's reality. This is what I'm living now. A lot of people say, 'I wish I could make it. I wish I could do this or do that.' I withstood the storm.

    "I passed all the tests and I got here. It's just a dream come true."

    Smith (6-feet-3, 218 pounds), a fifth-round selection from Florida State University, became the fifth player from the team's 2014 draft class to sign with the team.

    "It's something you put so much time into, to reach the professional level," he said. "It feels great. It's amazing."

    But while he said Tuesday was about realizing how far he had come to get to the NFL it was just as much about knowing how far he has left to go.

    "Now is not the time to say, 'Oh, I made it and I did it,'" he said. "Tiger Woods says, 'When you feel like you're arrived that's when you really never arrive because how do you know when you've reached the peak.'"

    Former Florida State stars Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman will each participate in the annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Details below, courtesy of the NFL Players Association:

    LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2014 - More than 35 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft class will come together in Los Angeles May 29-31 to learn the business of football at the 20th annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere. A robust roster of business partners will be on site to grow their brands and promote their products through the utilization of group player rights facilitated by NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI).

    The 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere partners include Panini America, Topps, Nike, EA SPORTS, Pepsi, USA TODAY Sports, Bose, élevée, Uber, Original Retro Brand, and Fandeavor.

    The three-day event, hosted by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA, will also feature one of the most thrilling moments for any rookie - wearing their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during photo shoots with trading card companies Panini America and Topps at LA Memorial Coliseum.

    "There is no event more important for NFL Players Inc. partners than NFLPA Rookie Premiere," said Panini America Vice President of Marketing Jason Howarth. "The content that's captured and the long-term relationships developed with players during the week set the stage for our entire NFL product calendar and are key elements in driving our products for the 2014 season and beyond."

    Throughout the event, players will gain information to assist in the development of their professional careers. The union's annual orientation includes seminars focused on financial planning, brand building, group player rights, and social media best practices. Among the featured guest speakers are former and active NFL players Marshall Faulk, Willie McGinest, Torry Holt, Brandon Williams, Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Bentley, Jamaal Charles, Israel Idonije, and Austin Pettis. Additional speakers include NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFLPI President Keith Gordon.

    "NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for our partners to engage with tomorrow's most influential athletes today," said NFL Players Inc. President Keith Gordon. "For the first time as professionals, players will learn about the business of football from fellow players, union leadership, and industry experts as they start to build a game plan to succeed beyond their playing careers."

    Launched in Los Angeles in 1994, NFLPA Rookie Premiere is unique across professional sports as the event provides business partners with unmatched access to many of the NFL's most promising and marketable young stars. Each year, NFLPI facilitates approximately 100 individual player service deals for NFLPA Rookie Premiere participants. The event also generates numerous opportunities for current and former players.

    Among the rookies participating in the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere are quarterback Blake Bortles (Central Florida, Jacksonville Jaguars), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, Minnesota Vikings), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina, Houston Texans), wide receiver Marqise Lee (Southern Cal, Jacksonville Jaguars), linebacker Khalil Mack (Buffalo, Oakland Raiders), quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, Cleveland Browns), and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Clemson, Buffalo Bills). A complete list of participants can be found below and at nflplayers.com.

    For the first time, five players who competed in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will participate. These players include linebacker Kevin-Pierre Louis (Boston College, Seattle Seahawks), quarterback Connor Shaw (South Carolina, Cleveland Browns), defensive lineman Khyri Thornton (Southern Miss, Green Bay Packers), tight end Asa Watson (N.C. State, New England Patriots), and linebacker Avery Williamson (Kentucky, Tennessee Titans).

    Media and fans can follow official accounts on Twitter (@NFLPA@NFLPlayersInc), Facebook (NFLPA), Google+ (+NFLPA), Instagram (NFLPA) and YouTube (NFL Players Association) and via #RookiePremiere for updates, exclusive photos, video, and news throughout 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

    About NFL Players Inc.
    NFL Players Inc. is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. NFLPI has been a trusted resource since 1994, delivering access to the influence, power and personal stories of NFL players. NFLPI is a "one-stop shop" for businesses seeking licensing rights, access to players through hospitality and events, marketing strategy and player procurement. For more information, please visit nflplayers.com.
     

    About the NFL Players Association
    Established in 1956, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union. The NFLPA represents all NFL players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protects their rights as professional football players; ensures that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiates and monitors retirement and insurance benefits; provides other member services and activities; provides assistance to charitable and community organizations; and enhances and defends the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.NFLPlayers.com

     

    2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Participant Roster*

    LAST

    FIRST

    POS

    SCHOOL

    TEAM

    Adams

    Davante

    WR

    Fresno State

     Green Bay Packers

    Archer

    Dri

    RB

    Kent State

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Beckham

    Odell, Jr.

    WR

    Louisiana State

    New York Giants

    Benjamin

    Kelvin

    WR

    Florida State

    Carolina Panthers

    Bortles

    Blake

    QB

    Central Florida

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Boyd

    Tajh

    QB

    Clemson

    New York Jets

    Bridgewater

    Teddy

    QB

    Louisville

    Minnesota Vikings

    Carey

    Ka'Deem

    RB

    Arizona

    Chicago Bears

    Clowney

    Jadeveon

    DE

    South Carolina

    Houston Texans

    Cooks

    Brandin

    WR

    Oregon State

    New Orleans Saints

    Ebron

    Eric

    TE

    North Carolina

    Detroit Lions

    Evans

    Mike

    WR

    Texas A&M

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Freeman

    Devonta

    RB

    Florida State

    Atlanta Falcons

    Garoppolo

    Jimmy

    QB

    Eastern Illinois

    New England Patriots

    Hill

    Jeremy

    RB

    Louisiana State

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Hyde

    Carlos

    RB

    Ohio State

    San Francisco 49ers

    Landry

    Jarvis

    WR

    Louisiana State

    Miami Dolphins

    Latimer

    Cody

    WR

    Indiana

    Denver Broncos

    Lee

    Marqise

    WR

    Southern California

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Mack

    Khalil

    LB

    Buffalo

    Oakland Raiders

    Manziel

    Johnny

    QB

    Texas A&M

    Cleveland Browns

    Mason

    Tre

    RB

    Auburn

    St. Louis Rams

    Matthews

    Jordan

    WR

    Vanderbilt

    Philadelphia Eagles

    McCarron

    A.J.

    QB

    Alabama

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Moncrief

    Donte

    WR

    Ole Miss

    Indianapolis Colts

    Murray

    Aaron

    QB

    Georgia

    Kansas City

    Pierre-Louis

    Kevin

    LB

    Boston College

    Seattle Seahawks

    Richardson

    Paul

    WR

    Colorado

    Seattle Seahawks

    Robinson

    Allen

    WR

    Penn State

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Sankey

    Bishop

    RB

    Washington

    Tennessee Titans

    Savage

    Tom

    QB

    Pittsburgh

    Houston Texans

    Seferian-Jenkins

    Austin

    TE

    Washington

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Shaw

    Connor

    QB

    South Carolina

    Cleveland Browns

    Thomas

    De'Anthony

    RB

    Oregon

    Kansas City Chiefs

    Thomas

    Logan

    QB

    Virginia Tech

    Arizona Cardinals

    Thornton

    Khyri

    DL

    Southern Miss

    Green Bay Packers

    Watkins

    Sammy

    WR

    Clemson

    Buffalo Bills

    Watson

    Asa

    TE

    N.C. State

    New England Patriots

    West

    Terrance

    RB

    Towson

    Cleveland Browns

    Williamson

    Avery

    LB

    Kentucky

    Tennessee Titans

    Sporting News' college football preview magazine is now on retailers' shelves and the publication's pre-season All-America team features six Florida State players.

    Highlighted by the first-team selections of tackle Cameron Erving, guard Tre' Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, the second-team features quarterback Jameis Winston and kick returner Kermit Whitfield. 

    Cornerback Ronald Darby earned a third-team nod.

    May 15, 2014 Update:

    Ronald Darby has been named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.
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