Hey Seminole Fans! It's week four of my blog and things just keep getting better for me and my team. This weekend we had Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia coming to Tully, and it was an interesting weekend - one day we didn't play the best we could, and then the next day we were more like ourselves. After practicing all week we were ready to play our second weekend in ACC play. First off was Virginia Tech on Friday. As our food was delivered to the locker room and we were getting ready for serve and pass, our music was blasting loudly in the locker room. It's crazy that when you walk down the hallway in Tully you can hear the music pretty clearly! As we got back to the locker room and got ready for the match, my teammates started dancing - which is a common pregame ritual - but this time it made us laugh so much more than ever. I caught a lot of it on my camera! Led by our fearless dance leader, Stephanie Neville, the girls danced to "I like to Move it," 'Ice Cream Paint Job," and "Jock Jams."
Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden spoke with the ACC media on Tuesday and here are the transcripts from that call: On the performance vs. USF compared to BYU game: It was just the opposite. We go to BYU, heavy underdogs, they're 7th in the nation and we execute perfectly and they don't. We wear them out and you come home, and it's the other way around. USF executed, not perfectly, but real good. We had five fumbles, three of them we lost. We had a touchdown called back because of penalty. Things like that.
To be honest with you, our turnovers had a lot to do with USF. They hit hard. They hit harder than anybody we've played this year. I think they're good; might be the best team we've played this year. We'll find out down the road but still, we've been hit before. You've got to hold on to the football. You can't turn it over like we did and expect to win.
On Greg Reid: Greg Reid played well. He had excellent punt returns, one that set up a touchdown for us. He's played well when he's been in there. He's playing all of our special team and has been on our nickel teams and our power teams. He's playing a lot more than people realize.
On getting back to conference play: The last three ball games have not been conference ball games but now, we have Boston College this up there and we're catching them after they just beat Wake Forest so they have some confidence going. They're all big now. You simply have to win. On BC's offensive line: Every part of the country has characteristics that make them different. Down here, you have speed. Up there, you have size, big size, massive men. They'll pound that ball at you. Remember last year, they pounded it right down our throat and we couldn't take the ball away.
About the BC series - home team doesn't win: Isn't that amazing? We've been up there twice and they were favored both times and we won. They come down here and I think we were probably favored both times and they won. It's been that way and I hope that continues one more year.
Boston College Head Coach Frank Spaziani spoke with the ACC media on Tuesday and here are the transcripts of that call:
Obviously we are very fortunate to get a win (Saturday) over a fine Wake Forest team. They are battle tested and well coached. They made plays and worked well on both sides of the ball.
On Dave Shinskie and the future of the quarterback position: (It was) one game. He did a good job and performed well. We are very happy with his performance but there are a lot of other circumstances that surround this. Once again, we are happy with what he did. There are different circumstances that they all will see and that hasn't been done yet. There is still a lot of football to be played and a lot of different things coming his way.
On what he has learned about his team: I've found out that we have a little bit more emotion in us than we have shown in the past. I found out there is a little bit more leadership there than we have seen. We knew it was there but we finally have seen it.
On if he thinks the team is where he expected it to be: We take it one game at a time. We expect to win every week and that's how we play. At the end of the year, we'll find out. It's still early in the year to find out what kind of team you are. I think you are seeing that in college football right now. It's too early. It's going to take us awhile to figure it out.
On what he is expecting of Florida State: There are lot of different schemes and approaches (to consider). There is different speed and different scorers. There a lot of different circumstances that we have to get a better handle on.
After knocking off three consecutive top-10 teams in the past few weeks, the Florida State Women's Soccer team continues to make headlines.
Not only did Mark Krikorian's squad move up to No. 5 in the current women's poll, but they also received another spot in an even bigger poll.
In the most recent USA Today Soccer Team of the Week poll, the FSU Women's Soccer team was selected at No. 7 for Soccer team of the week. This includes all U.S. teams, and Florida State received the prestigious honor for their performance against Maryland and Boston College.
Also, Tiffany McCarty received her second ACC Player of the Week honor this week. The sophomore forward continues to have a great season for the Seminoles and most recently scored her 20th career goal.
As the Seminoles prepare to make the trip to Boston College this weekend we want to raise awareness to Mark Herzlich's fight against Ewing's Sarcoma bone cancer. Herzlich was diagnosed on March 14, 2009 and has begun an aggressive treatment of chemotherapy.
As one of the top linebackers in the country last season, Herzlich was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Herzlich led Boston College with 110 tackles last season and was projected as one of the top picks in the NFL Draft.
He continues to follow and agressive treatment and recovery plan and we want to spread the word on Mark to aid in his fight.
Here is a feature video that Fox Sports.com produced about Herzlich:
So how can you help? Here are a few links that we want you to check out. The first, Herznation.com, the official fan site of Boston College's Mark Herzlich. Herznation.com is the go to site for information regarding Mark's treatment and recovery. Check out their blog for up to date information on Mark's recovery and to see how you can get involved.
If you want to donate toward the fight of Ewing's Sarcoma you can do so in two ways. You can purchase merchandise from the following site: HerzWear. All net profits from the purchases go to cancer research in Mark Herzlich's name. You can also click here to donate to the Boston College Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. These donations will go directly to Ewing's Sarcoma research in Mark's name.
Florida State University will present a check for $9400 in Mark's name for Ewing's Sarcoma research. This was a collaborative funding effort led by the Florida State University Alumni Association along with support from the FSU Student Alumni Association, FSU Foundation, Department of Athletics and Varsity Club.
Both Clemson and Virginia Tech have or are planning fund raising efforts for Mark as well. Mark will also be featured on College GameDay this weekend. This is bigger than the Florida State and Boston College Game this weekend so please show your support.
ESPN has announced that it will broadcast its popular College GameDay Show live from the Boston College campus next Saturday (October 3). The Eagles play Florida State at 3:30 p.m. that day on ABC.
The show, hosted by Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, will originate from BC's Campus Green area. The program airs from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday during the college football season. This will mark the second appearance by College GameDay on the BC campus; the program originated from the Campus Green on September 17, 2005, prior to BC's inaugural game in the ACC.
Boston College will release more details, including parking and access information, in the upcoming days.
I'm not sure if it was so much that we learned a lot from the football trip to Provo last week or if was more of being reminded of some things that maybe were not so fresh in our memory.
Despite the number of times the coaches hammer it home, we were reminded that the game is usually won and lost at the line of scrimmage. FSU's offensive line had a great game especially in terms of carrying their blocks to the second line of defense - the linebackers. FSU running backs, and there were a bunch who played in the game, deserve a lot of credit for the ground performance. They consistently bounced potential short gains into longer ones instead of plunging into gaps with their heads down.
I suspect we were reminded of just how far exceptional quarterback play can take you. FSU's team believes in Christian Ponder and he was determined to do everything he could to win that game.
We were reminded what our defensive staff can do with a full week of preparation and a few scouting tapes on their opponents. The Seminoles were reacting to a new offense almost the whole game against Miami then only had one solid practice for Jacksonville State. The secondary improved dramatically against a sophisticated BYU system and would have looked even better had it not been for some unbelievable catches by Cougar wide receivers.
FSU fans who attended the game were reminded of what being hospitable really means. Greeters outside the stadium made a point of welcoming Seminole fans and our travel party reports that everyone from the grounds crew to ticket takers to concession workers seemed to be trying to "out polite" one another. It is an atmosphere we would like to revive here at Doak Campbell. We are determined to return to a better atmosphere among our work force and to promoting good sportsmanship and just plain appropriate behavior in the stands. After all, hearing a student body chant an expletive used to be something we heard at "other" stadiums.
In case you missed it last week, we put up a motivational message from none other than "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. The Seminoles then went out and crushed BYU 54-28. So we decided to go back to the 16-time world champion for a little more motivation before this week's game against USF.
Send us your suggestions for next week and we will post it before our trip to BC.
The 10th anniversary of Florida State's 1999 national championship season is reason to celebrate. The Seminoles were the first team to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1 and remain the only undefeated team in program history. This is the second of six feature stories which will appear in Game Time this season, with coach Bobby Bowden and several players sharing their most memorable moments as we take a game-by-game look at the 12-0 campaign.
Kicking game, defense rise up to keep the momentum rolling
The Seminoles were off to a fast start in 1999, throttling Louisiana Tech, then out-scoring Georgia Tech in wild duel to move to 2-0 on the season.
Florida State's offense had shown early on that it had the makings of one of the most explosive units in the country. Yet somewhat lost in what would be a championship campaign of lopsided triumphs, was just how complete Bobby Bowden's team was.
Before the season was through the Seminoles' star-studded defensive cast, blessed with incredible speed and big-play ability, shared equal billing with explosive kicker Sebastian Janikowski leading the special teams. Those qualities came to the forefront as FSU faced Tobacco Road foes N.C. State (at home) and North Carolina (on the road) in weeks 3 and 4.
"We were looking to do the same thing defensively," said would-be All-American defensive end Jamal Reynolds. "We wanted to show people we could hold up our end of the bargain, which was to go out there and make plays and play the shortest amount of time out there offense.
"It was awesome knowing that the person that was next to you or behind you had your back. You had playmakers all around you."
That was readily apparent in the two-game stretch as the Seminoles forced 10 turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns, while Janikowski booted five field goals - all against the Wolfpack..
What a difference a week makes - and what a difference this Saturday could make.
All the hullabaloo surrounding the Florida State football team's thrashing of No. 7 BYU last weekend in Provo, Utah is still raging strong among Seminole fans from coast to coast. And if you saw the game or watched the highlights right here on Seminoles.com you know why.
The offense was dynamic as quarterback Christian Ponder was spectacular and the running backs truly lived up to their self-imposed nickname, the "Ground Pounders."
The defense - albeit porous at times - made plays when it had to and true freshman cornerback Greg Reid once again proved he might be the best freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference with his pick-six on Cougars quarterback Max Hall.
54-28. Wow, what a win. Who would have thunk it? I'm proud of the way we played going to no. 7 BYU who hasn't lost a home game since 2005, against a Heisman candidate and we won by 26 points. There was a lot of doubt about this team's potential after the Jacksonville State game, but we knew the true ability of this team. And we finally showed it in a big statement away from home--and a sod game at that!
Now the big challenge is can we maintain the same level of play this weekend as USF comes into Doak. They're a good team and this is our first time playing them in school history. We know that they're going to come in with the mindset of trying to prove that they're the best team in Florida, and we have to be ready for them.
It should be a fun atmosphere. The blackout didn't turn out that well, and hopefully the white-out should be just the opposite. I wish I could be there to see everyone eating breakfast at the tailgates around the Stadium, and that noon kickoff should be a lot of fun.
I'll be back next week as we go up to Bean Town to play Boston College. We need your support this weekend, and Go 'Noles!
Editor's note: The 10th anniversary of Florida State's 1999 national championship is reason to celebrate. The Seminoles were the first to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1 and remain the only unbeaten team in program history. This is the first of six feature stories which will appear in Game Time this season, with coach Bobby Bowden and several players sharing their most memorable moments as we take a game-by-game look at the 12-0 season.
Seminoles driven by defeat, carried by talent in '99 national championship season
Virtually all of the pieces were in place for the 1999 Florida State football team to put together a season to remember.
The Seminoles were motivated by defeat, blessed with talent and driven by a quarterback, Chris Weinke, who had much to prove.
"There are some years when you go into the season and you know, 'This is not the year you've got the chance,'" FSU coach Bobby Bowden said recently. "Then there are some years you go into it and (say), 'We've got a chance this year.'
"It was very obvious in '93 with Charlie (Ward) coming back with all those guys. And it was very obvious in '99 because we had been there in '98. The feeling was, if we can do it right, we've got a great shot."
Florida State's 23-16 loss to Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl, which denied the Seminoles the '98 national championship, lingered in the minds of the players throughout the off-season.
"We were more motivated and determined than we had ever been as a group because of the defeat the year before," said Weinke, who was forced to watch from the sidelines in Tempe, Az. after suffering a career-threatening neck injury during a Nov. 7 win over Virginia.
Former Florida State Seminole and MAC Herman Trophy winner Mami Yamaguchi was selected by the Atlanta Beat in the international expansion of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league. Here is the complete release from the WPS:
Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced the results of its WPS International Draft for expansion teams on Tuesday, officially assigning the WPS-playing rights of those selected by the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. Each expansion team was allowed to draft the rights to five international players, providing them with the opportunity to begin a formal negotiation process with each selected player upon receiving permission from that player's current club. For the 2010 season, teams will ultimately be allowed to sign up to five international players per roster while holding the WPS-playing rights to a sixth international player.
Here is the transcript of Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden from the ACC teleconference for Wednesday, September 23rd.
Opening statement: We came out of last game in not bad shape. We didn't lose anybody from last week that won't be able to play this week. We do have a lot of sore football players right now, but in terms of injuries are concerned, unless they get hurt today in practice we should be in pretty good shape for this ball game. Your hoping you don't have a letdown. You played your best game last week. The big thing is you can't let down this week or you'll get beat. Those are the things we are working on.
What is the most difficult or hostile environment to play in the ACC other than your own stadium?
It would have to be Clemson. They really do a great job up there of getting everybody together. It is a bowl where the noise stays in there. Right off the bat I can't think of anywhere that compares to them.
Why is it so difficult for teams to build a good offensive line?
You've got to get a guy who is good at it. I have known (Rick)Trickett since he coached with Terry Bowden over at Auburn and then followed him where he has gone. Everywhere he has been he has been pretty doggone successful. Then you come in here and you kind of start all over. You start with freshmen. Last year we started three pure freshmen on our offensive line and the other two were sophomores. Well this year you have those same guys back and then they have another year of eligibility so you've gotten over the hump. We are still not as good as we need to be. I think in our three ball games you have different variations of line blocking. Last week is about as good as we can get. You hope that you maintain that.
Give me some of your thoughts on Miami cornerback Brandon Harris from the game you played against him earlier this year?
I remember him vividly. I thought he covered man-to-man about as good as anyone we have played. He is good enough to get all over you. He is real good. I don't know why you asked about him unless you have seen the same thing but he is an excellent cover man.
Hi Seminole fans! So it's week three on my blog and this is going to be a very exciting one! Us Lady 'Noles were finally back in the comfy confines of Tully Gym and I couldn't wait to play on Lucy McDaniel Court again! We practiced all week preparing ourselves for the two matches we would play: Miami and Notre Dame. Friday came around and it was Match Day - we wore our new t-shirts that our marketing department gave us that say, "Volleyball Match Tonight! See You in Tully!" and we got a lot of people asking about our match! It all started with the Hurricanes - and everyone I talked to on campus was like, "please beat Miami!" We had to get revenge for our football team! We had our pregame meal delivered to Tully and we were getting treatments and getting ready for serve and pass. As we came back into the locker room to wait for the coaches it hit me that we were starting ACC play tonight! The matches we play in the ACC season are very important to us as a team because each match we play and hopefully win will continue to bring recognition to our program as a whole and make us known amongst some of the big contenders across the nation.
With the USF Bulls making their first trip to Tallahassee this weekend, we wanted to get you acquainted with some of their personnel. We have included interviews with Head Coach Jim Leavitt, defensive end George Selvie and Tallahassee's own quarterback B.J. Daniels.
Our apologies for the :30 ice cream commercials. These clips are from gousfbulls.com.
It's that moment we've all been waiting for. Posey was called up to the Giants about one month ago, and with the game in hand as the Dodgers were pummeling the Giants, San Francisco sent in Buster Posey.
The former Golden Spikes Winner did what he does best, and recorded his first career hit as a major leaguer.
Florida State junior guard Rodney Hudson, true-freshman cornerback Greg Reid and Miami sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris headline a list of this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Week. Other winners include two-time recipient Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech, Clemson senior defensive end Ricky Sapp, and junior place kicker Richard Jackson.
Hudson and Reid helped lead the Seminoles to a 54-28 upset win against seventh-ranked Brigham Young on Saturday (Sept. 19), a win which vaulted Florida State to No. 18 in the most current Associated Press Top-25. Harris took in his second honor of the season in helping the Hurricanes to a 33-17 win against No. 14 Georgia Tech on Thursday night (Sept. 17) in front of a national television audience on ESPN, a win that propelled Miami to a No. 9 AP ranking, the Hurricanes' first top-10 ranking since 2005.
Sapp helped the Clemson defense post numbers the program has not seen in 20 years, while Jackson tied an ACC record with six field goals in a 25-7 win against Boston College. Williams helped the Hokies to a win against 19th-ranked Nebraska.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Rodney Hudson, Florida State, G, Jr., 6-2, 283, Mobile, Ala. (BC Rain) Florida State guard Rodney Hudson became the second Seminole in as many weeks to be named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week - joining senior tight end Caz Piurowski - in helping the Seminole offense rack up 54 points against seventh-ranked Brigham Young. The graded out at 88 percent and helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for 313 rushing yards, the most for Florida State since a 397-yard output against Virginia in 2002. Additionally, Hudson was not penalized and provided plenty of protection for junior quarterback Christian Ponder, who was not sacked in the win.
DEFENSIVE BACK - Greg Reid. Florida State, CB, Fr., 5-9, 175, Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes) Florida State true-freshman cornerback Greg Reid kept the Seminoles' first-half momentum in its favor by beginning the second half with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 54-28 upset win against seventh-ranked Brigham Young. Reid jumped an inside pass route and picked off Brigham Young quarterback Max Hall's pass-one of three miscues forced by the 'Nole defense in the game-and raced 63 yards to extend Florida State's lead to 23 points. He also recorded two tackles and a quarterback hurry on defense and returned three kickoffs for a total of 71 yards (23.7 yards per return). Reid leads the Florida State defense with two interceptions in 2009.
USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt spoke with the media on Monday during the Big East teleconference. Here are some excerpts from that call discussing the matchup with the Seminoles.
Just going back to last game I was happy with the way our guys played. They played well and we needed to play well as we move forward. Matt Grothe is a great quarterback and we all know that. His play speaks volumes. He is a great young man and we all feel bad for Matt. B.J. Daniels is a heck of a quarterback and we are excited about what he can do and Evan Landi. We are excited about Florida State, we know they are awfully good, everybody knows that. They showed that by going out and doing what they did to BYU; a team that beat Oklahoma. It is a great opportunity for us and should be a heck of a ballgame.
How does playing Florida State help in the progression of building your program?
Certainly everyone knows the tradition of Florida, Florida State and Miami. In the last twenty years those programs have escalated to three awfully strong traditional programs. We had an opportunity to play down in Miami a number of years ago and I thought we did some good things. It kind of set our direction of just where we want to get to. Certainly Coach Bowden and his storied career and what he has done at Florida State with that program is legendary. For us to have the opportunity to play them and compete, hopefully we will compete at a high level. We haven't gone in there and played before but I think it is very important for our program. It is important for our program to get involved in games against Florida State, Florida and Miami.
Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that ESPN/ABC has declared a six-day
option for two ACC games on Oct. 4. ESPN/ABC will announce the start times and
TV networks for the following games, no later than by 12 noon on Sunday, Sept.
27. The games to be held are: Florida
State at Boston College, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC at either 12 noon or 3:30 pm
If you have DIRECTV then you missed the big win by the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night. DIRECTV has you covered and will be rebroadcasting the game on the Mountain Network Channel 616. Here is the schedule:
Monday, September 21st - 10:30am and 6:30pm Tuesday, September 22nd - 8:00am Wednesday, September 23rd - 10:00pm
-Pat Watkins didn't record any stats and Montra Holland was inactive for the Dallas Cowboys
-Kamerion Wimbley had six tackles for the Cleveland Browns
-Javon Walker didn't record any stats, Mario Henderson started at left tackle and Sebastian Janikowski made two field goals for the Oakland Raiders
-Antonio Cromartie had two tackles and Travis Johnson was inactive for the San Diego Chargers
-Lawrence Timmons had two tackles and two pass break-ups for the Pittsburgh Steelers
-Chauncey Davis had two tackles for the Atlanta Falcons
-Everette Brown had one tackle for the Carolina Panthers
-Anquan Boldin had four rushing yards and eight catches for 69 yards, Darnell Dockett had four tackles, a tackle for loss and forced fumble and Bryant McFadden had four tackles and a pass break-up for the Arizona Cardinals.
-Greg Jones and Tra Jones didn't record any stats for the Jacksonville Jaguars
-Letroy Guion had one tackle for the Minnesota Vikings
-Ernie Sims had nine tackles and a fumble recovery and Andre Fluellen had two tackles, a sack, a quarterback hurry and a tackle for loss for the Detroit Lions
-Laveranues Coles had two rushing yards, two catches for nine yards and a touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals
-Ray Willis started at right tackle and Walter Jones was inactive for the Seattle Seahawks
-Alex Barron started at left tackle for the St. Louis Rams
-Chris Hope had five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up for the Tennessee Titans
-Garrison Sandborn served as the long-snapper for the Buffalo Bills
-Geno Hayes had 10 tackles and a tackle for loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Leon Washington had 14 rushes for 58 yards, two catches for 18 yards and four kick returns for 127 yards
In case you missed the post-game interviews with Bobby Bowden and Bronco Mendenhall, here are some post-game quotes:
FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH BOBBY BOWDEN "This is where experience pays off. Here at FSU we have been to Nebraska, we've been to Michigan, we've been to Ohio State, we've been to LSU, we've been everywhere and we've won a lot of them. So I felt coming into this game that was a big advantage for us because they were sitting on top of the world, they were in the top ten and we were not even ranked. And I thought we had a chance at slipping up on them, I felt like we had a tremendous chance to catch them not ready.
"I've been through this thing so many times I knew we had an advantage. We went out there and made some plays, which we hadn't done lately and we also forced some crucial turnovers. They had to come out after the half and do something. But we got so far ahead of them they couldn't win."
"The game against Jacksonville State was the best thing that could have happened for us."
The trip to Provo, Utah was one to remember. I remember thinking on 3 1/2 hour plane flight from Tallahassee to Salt Lake City that this was a make or break game for the Seminoles. After a heart breaking loss to Miami and a less than spectacular performance against Jacksonville State, the game against BYU provided an opportunity for Florida State to show their true colors this season.
They did not disappoint.
During the pre-game show on the Seminole ISP Sports Network radio broadcast, William, Monk and I discussed the last time the 'Noles had beaten a Top 10 team. You only had to look back to 2007 when the Seminoles traveled to play #2 Boston College. BC quarterback Matt Ryan and the Eagles were a big favorite in that matchup much like the Cougars were last night. But the Seminoles were able to rise to the occasion in both games. Here is a look back at some of the more memorable moments from the BYU trip.
After the 54-28 win over #7 BYU, the Florida State Seminoles return to the AP Top 25 for the week of September 20th, checking in at #18.
The USA Today / Coaches Poll has the Seminoles ranked at #25. Most of those coaches who voted must have missed the game last night. In case you did here is the recap to our story with video, photos and stats.
Florida State arrived here in Provo, Utah after a long plane ride and are excited to get things going here at BYU tomorrow evening.
We'll have much more from here in Provo as the day progresses and into the pre game radio show tomorrow before kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
Also, make sure you check out the Game Preview that will air later this evening on Seminoles.com. We'll also have highlights and updates from Soccer's game at Florida and Volleyball's home match against Miami.
Mmmm, the fresh mountain air of Provo, Utah.I can smell it already.We are a couple days away from one of the
biggest games of the year, #7 BYU in their home turf.I have a lot of admiration for BYU.Reading news articles and hearing interviews,
they express nothing but class.They represent
much more than football-- which falls toward the bottom of their priority list--but
the impressive thing is how well they play the game.This team proves the theory that what someone
does off the field has a direct correlation to what happens on the field.This team takes care of business and handles
everything they do with maturity and whole-heartedness and it transfers
straight over to game day.
The thing I am happy to see is that our team has a lot of
guys with the same characteristics.I
can't express the change that I have seen in our team over the past couple
years.This year might not have started
off the way we wanted it to, but the character on this team will make sure that
this season only goes up from here.I
have already learned a lot from BYU in such a short period of time and am
looking forward to our match on Saturday evening.
Christian Ponder will write a weekly blog entry for Seminoles.com.
Ever since the Dynasty Years, I have boasted and bragged every off-season that the upcoming year would be the Garnet and Gold's return to glory. But ever since the 2001 season, I have been proved wrong by early January.
There's been some highs here and there and some definite lows, but certainly FSU football is not back to where it needs to be ... yet.
As a Seminole optimist, I pride myself on my ability to put positive spins on the rough times throughout these down years and my knack for spinning has come in handy this week. After all, there weren't too many things to be excited about last Saturday and the days since.
With a huge game coming up this weekend against #7 BYU we thought it might be a good opportunity to get a motivational speaker to rally the Seminole faithful before the game. Well budgets are tight but we found a classic clip that should get you fired up.
Hello again Seminole fans! I'm back to let you guys know how our weekend down in Miami went. We boarded our plane and headed to Miami last Friday excited to see what was in store for us at the FIU / Miami Tournament. After arriving in Miami we headed to FIU's campus to have a short practice to get used to the gym, but unfortunately traffic was a little bit of a problem so we didn't get to use the gym that day. But we did get to go straight to Dave and Buster's for dinner! When we got to our hotel we had time to relax a little before we as a team were going to watch game film on Middle Tennessee State - the team we would be playing against the next morning. All week in practice the coaches had been stressing the fact that their team runs a very quick offense and what we needed to do stop them. As the video is running and the coaches are explain key points in the footage, I look around at my team and think to myself, "It finally has come ... being ranked nationally and being on a team that performs to the best of our abilities each and every day we go out and play. This is awesome!!"
Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes today that former Seminole linebacker Lawrence Timmons is hopeful to be ready to play for the Steelers in their second game this season against the Chicago Bears. Timmons did not practice yesterday and may be a game-time decision.
Speaking of Chicago and linebackers, there is a huge hole to fill in the Bears linebacking corp with the news that Brian Urlacher is out for the season with a dislocated right wrist. Former Chiefs and Jets head coach Herm Edwards suggests brining Derrick Brooks in to fill the void:
The ACC just released that Caz Piurowski was named ACC Offesnive Linemen of the Week:
is the common theme shared between this week's list of Atlantic Coast
Conference Players of the Week as five of six honorees helped their
teams to come-from-behind wins in the fourth quarter. Wake Forest
senior signal caller Riley Skinner headlines the list after guiding
Wake Forest to the seventh comeback victory of his career and a
record-setting day, along with Duke senior cornerback Leon Wright, who
scored two defensive touchdowns in a 16-second span to help Duke
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Caz Piurowski, Florida State, TE, Sr., 6-7, 267, Land 'O Lakes, Fla. (Land 'O Lakes)
Florida State senior tight end Caz Piurowski hauled in two passes for a career-high
78 yards, including a 53-yard catch that led to Florida State's first
touchdown of the game in a 19-9 win against Jacksonville State. The
53-yarder was the longest reception for a Seminole tight end since
Lonnie Johnson's 78-yard touchdown reception against Clemson in 1993. Piurowski also helped anchor a line that led the Seminole offense to more than 400 yards for the second straight game.
-Greg Jones had one reception for nine yards and Tra Thomas did not play for the Jaguars.
-Samari Rolle did not play for the Baltimore Ravens (he is on the PUP list).
-Darnell Dockett posted two tackles, a sack, a quarterback hurry and two fackles for loss, Bryant McFadden had two tackles and two pass breakups and Anquan Boldin had two catches for 19 yards for the Cardinals.
-Chauncey Davis had a tackle for the Falcons.
-Ernie Sims had five tackles and Andre Fluellen had four tackles for the Lions.
-Ray Willis started at right tackle and Walter Jones (injury) did not play for the Seahawks.
-Alex Barron started at right tackle and Eric Moore (PUP list) did not play for the Rams.
-Brodrick Bunkley had two tackles for the Eagles.
-Everette Brown did not record any stats for the Panthers.
-Pat Watkins had five tackles and Motrae Holland did not play for the Cowboys.
-Geno Hayes had six tackles, three quarterback hurries and a tackle for loss for the Buccaneers.
-Kamerion Wimbley had three tackles, a sack, three quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss for the Browns.
-Letroy Giuon had three tackles, a sack, a quarterback hurry and a tackle for loss for the Vikings.
-Laveranues Coles had one catch for 11 yards for the Bengals.
-Leon Washington had 15 carries for 60 yards, four catches for 24 yards, a kickoff return for 20 yards and two punt returns for 16 yards.
With two games in five days behind the Florida State Seminoles they now turn their attention to the BYU Cougars. BYU came away with a 54-3 win over Tulane this weekend and in case you missed the game here are some highlights of what the Seminoles will see first hand when they travel to Provo, UT.
We're almost there, Seminole fans. Just about 30 minutes to go until kickoff, and thankfully the rained has subsided somewhat.
Just about an hour ago, it looked like a monsoon outside, but now, just a light drizzle is falling on Bobby Bowden field.
We'll keep you updated more on the weather forecast as the game progresses.
Also, be sure to check out Seminoles.com All-Access after the game to watch the Post Game Press Conference with Bobby Bowden, and watch great player interviews as well with guys like Christian Ponder, Dekoda Watson, and many more.
Florida State continues to be well-represented in the NFL, with 30 former 'Noles appearing on opening day, active rosters. The list includes three rookies, led by Carolina Panthers defensive end and second-round pick Everette Brown, undrafted free agents Garrison Sanborn a long snapper with Buffalo and Houston linebacker Toddrick Verdell. At the opposite end of the experience spectrum is 13-year veteran offensive tackle Walter Jones (Seattle) and 12-year veterans, cornerback Samari Rolle (Baltimore) and offensive tackle Tra Thomas (Jacksonville). Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland) and wide receiver Laveranues Coles (Cincinnati) are 10-year veterans.
For the eighth time in program history and the seventh time this decade, Florida State will line up to play with less than a week between games today against Jacksonville State. FSU is 6-1 in such games in Bobby Bowden's 34 seasons and have won the last four. The lone loss came on the road in overtime to Louisville in 2002. Despite the limited preparation time, following Monday's 38-34 loss to Miami, the Seminoles hope to continue their successful trend in quick-turnaround games. FSU has out-scored its opponents 267-101 in the seven previous games. The 'Noles are 4-0 at Doak Campbell Stadium and 2-1 on the road.
Former Florida State teammates Todd Fordham and Reinard Wilson (1993-96) are honorary captains for today's game against Jacksonville State. Fordam, a Tifton, Ga. native, was a three-year starter who appeared in more than 40 games for the Seminoles at either offensive tackle or guard. Signed as a free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in '97, he enjoyed an 10-year NFL career with stints in Jacksonville, Denver, Pittsburgh and Carolina.
Reinard Wilson arrived at Florida State as a country-strong defensive end out of Lake City Columbia High School in 1993, and finished as his career as a consensus All-American and the school's all-time leader in quarterback sacks.
Wilson was one of seven former Seminoles inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame last night in a ceremony at the University Center. He was joined by Mike Augustine (baseball), Jeff Bray (track and field), Danielle Cox (softball), Dr. Cecile Reynaud (volleyball coach), Bob Shave (golf) and Dennis Boyle (Moore-Stone Award).
One of a handful of true freshmen to play on the '93 national championship team, Wilson came into his own as a sophomore, leading the ACC in sacks. He was an All-ACC selection as a junior and senior, when he capped his career with a brilliant season. Wilson registered 105 tackles - unheard of for a defensive lineman - to go with 13.5 sacks, as he became the school's career sacks leader (35.5).
Teaming with fellow defensive end Peter Boulware - their M.O. was "Meet me there, or beat me there" - they combined for 32.5 sacks in '96, and were both consensus All-Americans. It's the only time in modern college football history that one school produced both All-American defensive ends in the same season.
Wilson was one of four Seminoles selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, when he was chosen 14th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. He enjoyed a seven-year career, which culminated with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
After a tough start to the season for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the fortunes have turned in the second week of the season. In early action both Wake Forest and North Carolina came back to defeat Stanford and UConn respectively.
Duke, Virginia Tech and Boston College are leading in their games and look to be headed to wins.
Anybody who knows me is well-aware of the fact that I love to write about sports.
It's not a hobby but rather a passion. And what do I enjoy writing about most in the sports world? The Florida State football program, of course.
As an assistant sports information director at FSU, I unfortunately don't get to write as often about Bobby Bowden's boys as some may think. After all, my exciting duties working for the volleyball and softball programs and all the other tasks that come with working within the walls of an elite Division I athletic program keep me busy.
It's my hope, though, that this blog will serve as the platform to share both my thoughts and love for both the written word and Seminole football on a more frequent basis.
What I'd like to do is start a once-per-week column about the state of affairs regarding the Seminole football team. We can call it the "State of the Seminole Union."
By Rob Wilson, Seminoles.com ESPN 360 play by play voice Frank Gardinia, who is in town to do the Jacksonville State football game tomorrow on the internet home of ESPN, said of the Miami game. "You know, if you didn't mind who won it was just a great football game," he said. Yeah, that and five bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
It's hard for all of us after a loss, but one thing is for sure we know where we are strong and where we are weak after Monday night. Perhaps the place we were strongest was in the stands. Hats off to Florida State fans that made Doak Campbell rock like I've not heard it since back in the 90's. We had staff who couldn't hear each other on headsets, students' partying like it was 1999 as Prince would say and a setting that left veteran TV announcers with broad smiles on their faces.
As most of you know, ESPN begged, pleaded and then resorted to using its considerable muscle to get the game moved to Labor Day night and it paid off big time. The Nielsen ratings for the game made it the most watched football telecast on the network in five years and the second most watched college football game in the history of ESPN. What is the highest rated game ever on ESPN - Florida State and Miami in 2006. Asked whether that means next year's game would move to Labor Day, Coach Bowden was quick to say no. The Seminoles will play Oklahoma in Week 2 next year.
Jacksonville State quarterback Ryan Perrilloux is very familiar with Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. Fisher recruited Perrilloux to play at LSU while he was the O.C. in Baton Rouge. Perrilloux spoke yesterday about Coach Fisher:
Q. Talk about your relationship with Coach Fisher. A. "It was a good relationship. It had its ups and downs. Overall, it was a good learning environment. I enjoyed him and his family. I actually had Thanksgiving with his family before and I enjoyed it.
Q. How did you get to know Coach Fisher A. I got to know him when I started going to LSU's football camps. I was a junior in high school. He recruited me my second half after Coach Dooley and Coach Saban. Coach Miles and Coach Fisher recruited me to LSU.
Q. Did you ever look to him for any advice? A. He always gave me one phrase. Just control what you can control. I use that phrase all the time. We can't control what anyone else can do, I can only control what I do.
Brian Landman reports this morning that former Florida State wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe has been added to the roster of the New York Sentinels of the United Football League (UFL).
If you haven't read much about the UFL I would advise giving it a look. They have come up with some of the most unique team names since the XFL. Speaking of the XFL, as a former season ticket holder of the Orlando Rage, I reminisce back to Vince McMahon's journey into professional football.
This year's Miami at Florida State game drew a sterling television
rating of 5.89. With over 8.4 million viewers, this game is ESPN's
second most-viewed regular season college football game ever with only
the 2006 FSU-Miami game ranking higher.
According to Wikipedia, here are the top 10 network primetime telecasts since 2000 in the United States: 1. Super Bowl XLIII - Steelers vs. Cardinals - 98.7 million viewers 2. Super Bowl XLII - Patriots vs. Giants - 97.5 million viewers 3. Super Bowl XLI - Colts vs. Bears - 93.2 million viewers 4. Super Bowl XL - Steelers vs. Seahawks - 90.7 million viewers 5. Super Bowl XXXVIII - Patriots vs. Panthers - 88.4 million viewers 6. Super Bowl XXXIX - Patriots vs. Eagles - 86.1 million viewers 7. Super Bowl XXXVII - Buccaneers vs. Raiders - 88.6 million viewers 8. Super Bowl XXXIV - Rams vs. Titans - 88.5 million viewers 9. Super Bowl XXXVI - Patriots vs. Rams - 86.8 million viewers 10. Super Bowl XXXV - Ravens vs. Giants - 84.3 million viewers
Great idea by Ryan to post a little classic Caddyshack to lighten the mood after the loss Monday night.
Now that you've laughed, enjoy a look at the future to keep your spirits up.
Sure we lost, but there's no denying that true freshman Greg Reid's coming out party took place in his very first game as a Seminole.
For those that don't follow college football recruiting, Reid very nearly took his special athletic gift to Gainesville as he was at one point committed to the Gators as a high school senior. Thank goodness he came to his senses and signed with the 'Noles last February.
The sky is definitely the limit for No. 5. Now take a look at his highlights and think about what the future holds for this budding star.
With the start of the 2009 NFL season tonight we wanted to update you on some of the latest news concerning former Florida State Seminoles now playing in the league.
According to their official website, the Arizona Cardinals are confident that Anquan Boldin will be able to play in the opener this weekend against the San Fransisco 49ers. Boldin did not practice yesterday but told FSN Tuesday night that he "most definitly" would play this weekend.
Travis Johnson is glad to be back in California as a member of the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers have welcomed Johnson with open arms and he hopes to show the Houston Texans that they made a big mistake by trading him.
It is not looking good for Lawrence Timmons to make the start tonight for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their home opener against the Titans. Timmons missed practice again on Wednesday, the third consecutive day he was out.
Good Morning Seminole Fans! It's Brianna Barry from the Women's Volleyball team at Florida State - but you can call me Bri. (All my friends do!) I'm going into my senior season this year and I have been asked to write a weekly blog letting you into the lives of us volleyball girls.
Let's start with the beginning of our season. We went into the Florida State Invitational feeling positive and believing that our preparation throughout preseason training brought us to the level we needed to be at. As we sat in the locker room down in the basement of Tully Gym, it finally hit me that my senior season is starting and I got butterflies in my stomach! I knew that we were going to do big things, but little did I know what the future held for us (which if you keep reading you will find out!)
Yesterday Jacksonville State Head Coach Jack Crowe and starting quarterback Ryan Perrilloux spoke with the media about their season opener against Georgia Tech and their upcoming game against Florida State:
The sting of the loss is still there, but a big shout-out goes to the student section at Doak Campbell Stadium for packing the stands early and staying loud on Labor Day Night as Miami and Florida State squared off.
In his postgame press conference, legendary Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden mentioned to the media how impressed he was with the fact that the FSU students came out in full force and so loudly represented their team so early before kickoff.
Support from the northeast stands at Doak has never been an issue but a large number of students showing up well after kickoff was pretty evident in recent years. If Monday night was any indication, it appears as though that may not be a problem anymore.
Jacksonville State is certainly no Miami but let's pack the student section before the fireworks of pregame begin on Saturday and keep it going as the season continues.
There are only five more home games left this season so let's make them count.
It looks like it may take a week before former Seminole linebacker Lawrence Timmons can assert himself into the Pittsburgh Steelers starting line-up. Timmons has been bothered with a high ankle sprain and looks doubtful for the Steelers opener against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
During this morning's ESPN College Gameday, former Florida State Seminole Lee Corso was quick to correct broadcast partner Kirk Herbstreit. While talking about the Monday night showdown between Florida State and Miami, Herbstreit thought the 'Canes had the edge with experience around quarterback Jacory Harris.
Corso had heard enough and for the first time during the 2009 college football season used his "Not So Fast" tag line. Corso went on to say that the speed of the Seminoles on offense and defense would be the difference.
Just a reminder that the ESPN college football studio show will be live from Doak Campbell Stadium on Monday night. Make sure to get to Doak early.
Last night's NC State-South Carolina showdown to start the 2009 college football season lacked much excitement as the Gamecocks pulled off a 7-3 victory.
But for as sloppy as the play was on the field, a certain commercial more than made up for it if you are a Seminole fan.
Allstate Insurance has featured several commercial spots the past several years with references to legendary head football coach Bobby Bowden but this year's version takes the cake -- or takes the "steak" I should say.
The web is a buzz this morning with news on current and former Seminole athletes. Here's a look:
Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat has a great feature today about Ricardo Cannon who served as a United States Marine and is now fulfilling a life long dream of playing football at Florida State.
Former Seminole linebacker Geno Hayes has earned the trust of the Tampa Bay Bucs and that could translate into a starting role this season.
We told you yesterday that Travis Johnson was traded to the San Diego Chargers this week. Not only is he changing teams he is also changing his number this season.
More on the huge news yesterday that Buster Posey was called up to the Majors to play for the Giants.
On Thursday evenings, Seminole fans know that the Seminole Radio
Network is THE source for information on Seminole Athletics. Check our
radio affiliate list to find the station nearest you. Coach Bowden's
Call-In Show is presented by Ashley Furniture Homestore and is an hour-long
broadcast beginning at 7:00 p.m. The show features Bobby Bowden and
Gene Deckerhoff talking directly with fans from across the country,
touching on game insights, trivia and random Seminole banter. The show
can also be seen locally via television on WTXL ABC 27 or listened to
via the statewide Seminole Radio Network.
Click Here for a list of the Seminole ISP Radio Affiliates Click Here to listen online at Seminoles.com All-Access
With the relaunch of Seminoles.com this week, we wanted to re-visit some of the older versions of the official website for Florida State athletics. Seminoles.com started in 1998 and has grown to be one of the most popular websites in college sports.
There is a very cool website called the Internet Archive that has listings of old website pages. We hope you like the new look of Seminoles.com and all the new features.