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    Road Warriors Have Left Charlotte

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    It's 10:59 p.m., and we're on the way to the great state of Virginia.  We'll be stopping off for the night just two hours south of Charlottesville.  

    Make sure you keep tuned right here at and on facebook and twitter as we keep you updated on all of our adventures from the road.

    Charlotte was great, as we got to meet with a great group of Seminole fans at the Blackfinn Saloon.  And tomorrow...we'll be in Charlottesville.

    What's our plan for tomorrow?  Stay tuned to find out!

    Headed to Charlotte

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    The Road Warriors have left Augusta, Ga. after a great lunch at Nacho Mama's in Downtown Augusta.  We're now on our way to Charlotte for a Seminole Boosters Rally at Blackfinn Saloon, and we hope every Seminole fan in the Charlotte area can come join us to talk some Seminole Football!

    Keep following us on twitter and facebook, and of course, right here on  We're on the road again...Go 'Noles!

    Headed to Augusta!

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    The Road Warriors are on I-75 headed North towards Augusta, GA.  We'll be stopping at Nacho Mama's for lunch today, so if you're in the area, come out and talk some Florida State Football with us.  

    After that, we're headed to Charlotte for a Seminole Boosters function at the Blackfinn Saloon.  Keep tuned for the latest updates here on the blog, and on facebook and twitter as well.

    Go 'Noles!

    Road Warriors Daily Report: September 30

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    Road Warriors - Thanks To Camping World Tallahassee

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    We would like to thank Camping World Tallahassee for the Freedom Elite RV. If you would like to travel in style just like the Road Warriors call Camping World Tallahassee at 1-866-413-0471 or visit them online at

    Practice Report: September 29

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    Tallahassee, Fla. --  Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher conducts his weekly call-in radio show in front of a live audience at Tallahassee's Hotel Duval and beginning this week audience members may win tickets to an upcoming home game, the ACC Championship Game or the Discover Orange Bowl.

    The Jimbo Fisher show originates from the Level 8 club on top of the Hotel Duval from 7-8 p.m. every Wednesday night with host Gene Deckerhoff and Fisher taking calls from Seminole fans far and wide.  The live audience gets a chance to meet Fisher during the breaks and beginning with this week's show will have a chance to win tickets to the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game on December 4th and the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3rd 2011.  FSU's marketing and promotions office will select a lucky winner at random at the end of each show.

    "We are excited about the live environment surrounding Coach Fisher's show," said Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing at FSU Jason Dennard.  "Our fans have a great opportunity every week to get to know our head coach better and to be a part of his radio show."

    Fans who wish to be in the live audience must sign up in advance at

    Click Here to register for tonight's show.

    Fall Practice Report: September 28

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    Road Warriors Will Be In Charlotte Thursday Night

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    Exciting news for all of our Seminoles fans and Seminole Boosters in Charlotte. The Seminole Booster club in Charlotte is planning to welcome the Road Warriors Thursday night at Blackfinn starting at 6pm. Make sure to stop by and talk football with the Road Warriors as they make their way to Charlottesville, VA for the game this weekend. 

    Blackfin is located at: 

    210 East Trade Street

    Charlotte, NC 28202-2413

    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 27th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor, Layne Herdt and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On the weekend recap edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys dissect the Seminoles win over the Wake Forest Demona Deacons. They hand out their tomahawks for outstanding play from the 'Noles, and make their picks for the heroes and zeros from around college football in week four.

    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 27th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Monday Football Press Conference - September 27th

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    Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher and starting quarterback Christian Ponder met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Virginia.

    Jimbo Fisher Press Conference - September 27th

    Christian Ponder Press Conference - September 27th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Fall Practice Report: September 27

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    ACC Network Local TV Listings







    Charleston, SC



    Live 5

    Charlotte, NC



    WBTV 3

    Columbia, SC



    TV 57

    Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Pt., NC



    ABC 45

    Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC



    FOX Eastern Carolina

    Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, SC-NC



    My 40

    Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC



    WMBF News Xtra

    Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, NC



    WRAL TV 5

    Wilmington, NC



    FOX 26


    Baltimore, MD



    WJZ 13

    Bluefield-Beckley, WV



    My FOX WV

    Charlottesville, VA



    The CW 29 (29.3)

    Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA



    CW 27

    Richmond-Petersburg, VA



    FOX Richmond

    Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA



    WDBJ 7

    Salisbury, MD



    My RTV 9

    Tri-Cities, TN-VA



    FOX Tri-Cities

    Washington, DC



    My 20


    Albany, GA



    WSWG SW Georgia

    Atlanta, GA



    CW 69

    Augusta, GA



    FOX 54

    Chattanooga-Dalton, TN-GA



    CW Chattanooga

    Columbus, GA



    CW GA-BAMA (38.2)

    Dothan, AL



    FOX 34

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    ABC 16

    Savannah, GA



    Savannah's CW


    Fort Myers-Naples, FL



    ABC 7

    Gainesville, FL



    TV 20

    Jacksonville, FL



    FOX 30

    Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL



    CBS 4

    Mobile-Pensacola, AL-FL



    Gulf Coast CW

    Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL



    My 65

    Panama City, FL



    News 13

    Panama City, FL


    This TV

    This Panama City (13.2)

    Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL



    FOX 49

    Tampa-St. Pete-Sarasota, FL



    CW 44

    West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL



    The CW West Palm


    Boston, MA



    TV 38

    Portland-Auburn, ME



    TV 35

    Providence-New Bedford, RI



    The CW 28

    Springfield-Holyoke, MA



    (TV 38)

    Road Warriors Are Hitting The Road This Week

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    Follow the Road Warriors as they travel from Tallahassee, FL to Charlottesville, VA for the Florida State vs. Virginia game this weekend.  We will provide live updates from the road as well as bringing the Seminole fans video and blogs from the big game.  If you have suggestions for places we should stop visit or where to eat, please let us know.

    UPDATE: Monday, September 27th - 9:59 a.m.
    We have our route for this weekend mapped out for the trip and you can see it below. After a great trip to Oklahoma we are looking forward to getting back on the road this week. Let us know the places to stop along the way and we hope to see you out on the road. Go Noles!

    Becky Edwards Wins WPS Title

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    Former Florida State All-American soccer player Becky Edwards won her first Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Title on Sunday with the FC Gold Pride.

    Congratulations to Edwards and the rest of the FC Gold Pride!

    Seminoles Slam Wake Forest, 31-0

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    "Nature Boy" Ric Flair Wake Forest Motivational

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    It worked last week and I am sure it will work again.  Never call out Ric Flair

    Peterman Reality Tour

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    It's time for this week's Seinfeld Clip!  I haven't done it yet, but it's finally time for the Peterman Reality Bus Tour...Enjoy!

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 23rd

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Layne Herdt, Scott Kotick and Ochuko Jenije for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On this edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys break down the X's and O's of the Florida State vs. Wake Forest game with Ochuko Jenije. They also make their picks for three key ACC games and the Alabama vs. Arkansas game.

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 23rd

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Plant The Spear Vol. 3: Week 3 Tomahawk Allotment

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    After a one-week hiatus, it's that time again; let's give out some tomahawks.

    I didn't release a "Tomahawk Allotment" column after the Oklahoma loss because it's my personal policy to refrain from doing so when the scoreboard from the previous weekend doesn't put a tally in the 'Noles win column. 

    Here's hoping the Seminole players read my work here on the Blog and the added motivation of not being allotted a figurative tomahawk gives them the extra boost to go out and knock some heads come gameday after a loss.

    Who knows, perhaps the absence of a week two "Tomahawk Allotment" was the reason that FSU bounced back and beat up BYU last weekend. (I can dream, right?) 

    More realistically, perhaps it was the simple fact that a humbling loss like the one sustained at Oklahoma was all the fuel that was needed to get the good guys back on track. Head coach Jimbo Fisher had said all week that his program wasn't going to quickly forget the trip to Norman, Okla. but rather remember that feeling of defeat and use the lessons learned to improve.

    Using that logic, my first tomahawk for week three goes to the entire program. Adversity can sometimes kill teams and what happened against the Sooners could have easily done just that. But instead of a "sky is falling" type of attitude from the coaches and players, that theme of learning a lesson was the difference against the Cougars at home last Saturday.

    From better tackling to better offensive execution, it was clear that the Seminoles used the week to improve upon the mistakes they had made on the road.

    My second tomahawk this week goes to the men in the trenches for FSU - on both sides of the ball. The offensive line paved the way for a dynamic run-game that very nearly produced two 100-yard rushers in Chris Thompson and Ty Jones. The defensive line also controlled the line of scrimmage and helped lead an attack that held BYU under 200 total yards of offense, including less than 40 total yards in the entire second half. 

    As of Thursday afternoon, FSU leads the nation in sacks. Not too bad for a unit that struggled mightily in that category last year.

    Talking about the offensive line again, I have a special "welcome to the show" tomahawk that needs to be allotted to redshirt freshman Henry Orelus. 

    Orelus stepped in at left tackle for the injured Andrew Datko against BYU and certainly didn't look anything like a young man getting the first action of his collegiate career. He did a phenomenal job protecting quarterback Christian Ponder's blind side and he even helped spring Thompson on his 83-yard lightning-bolt run to the endzone for a Seminole score.

    With Datko's injured shoulder still a question mark, don't be surprised to see Orelus again very soon.

    By the way, since I have no doubt that Orelus will become a household name by the time his FSU career is done, we all need to make sure we know how to say that name - you know, when you are in your house. 

    Think of it this way: it's Or-eh-Lease. Hopefully my penchant to properly produce a pronunciation is perfectly, ummm, palpable for each of you out there. (Too much?)

    My final tomahawk this week goes to a group that has continued to surprise me this year. It's a group that I used to belong to: the students.

    I have been in Tallahassee for just over eight years now and I have never seen the student section at Doak Campbell Stadium so powerful early on. Sure, the Miami and Florida games always bring out the best in the students here but for the games so far this year against Samford and BYU, you all have dominated the north side of the stadium.

    Major props to each of you for getting to the game before kickoff, staying loud, getting involved in the warchant and for doing your part to make Doak a scary place for opponents. Keep it going this weekend against Wake Forest at 3:30 and throughout the rest of the season and I promise you the players and coaches will feed off your energy and excitement.

    More turn-outs like the first two games and the 'Noles will stay undefeated at home.

    That's all I've got for this week. Make sure you stay tuned in to for all the coverage leading up to Saturday's game against the Demon Deacons. For those of you unable to make the game we have everything you will need to stay on top of the action from live statistics to an interactive game chat.

    And for those of you that will be inside those hallowed walls of Doak Campbell Stadium, I'll see you there.

    Practice Report: September 22

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    Posey's Game Winner

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    Buster Posey definitely has my vote for NL rookie of the year after hitting the game-winning homerun in a 1-0 win for the San Francisco Giants.

    Check out the video here

    ACC Preview - Florida State vs. Wake Forest

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    Practice Report Video: September 21

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    Monday Football Press Conference - September 20th

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    Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher and starting quarterback Christian Ponder met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Wake Forest.

    Jimbo Fisher Press Conference - September 20th

    Christian Ponder Press Conference - September 20th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Doak Insider Weekend Recap Podcast - September 20th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor, Layne Herdt and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On the weekend recap edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys dissect the Seminoles win over the BYU Cougars. They hand out their tomahawks for outstanding play from the 'Noles, and make their picks for the heroes and zeros from around college football in week three.

    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 20th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Practice Report: September 20

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    Rodney Hudson Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week

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    Hudson played extremely well at the point of attack, posting a season-high grade of 94 percent from demanding line coach Rick Trickett as the Seminoles piled up 427 yards in total offense, including 278 on the ground. The 2009 ACC Jacobs Awards winning left guard out of Mobile, Ala., matched a career high with 10 knockdown blocks in a virtually perfect performance. Hudson did not have a missed assignment and was penalty-free on the day against BYU's huge defensive front. He graded out 95 percent on running plays with 39 plus grades on 41 snaps, and 92 percent on pass plays (22 plus plays out of 24 pass plays). 

    FSU All Over Monday Morning Quarterback

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    Every Monday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King runs a column at entitle "Monday Morning Quarterback." This week's edition features two separate topics on two former FSU greats.

    The following is a very interesting statistic about former Seminole and current Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims:

    Philadelphia linebacker Ernie Sims went 1,000 days between wins.

    True fact: The last time Sims played in a game for a winning team before Sunday's 35-32 triumph over Detroit was Dec. 23, 2007, when the Lions, his original team, beat Kansas City. Since then, he was 0-1 in 2007, 0-16 in 2008, 0-11 in 2009 and 0-1 this year with the Eagles. That's a personal 29-game losing streak for Sims.

    "Wow,'' Sims said after the game from the Eagles' locker room. "I never sat down and figured that out.''

    Well, who would?

    I would -- eight days followed the win in 2007, 366 (a leap year) in 2008, 365 in 2009 and 261 days preceded Sunday in 2010 ... an even 1,000.

    "To be honest with you,'' he said, "it did feel like a long time, but not that long. Not 1,000 days. Because I've been on the sidelines for some games we won but I just didn't play those days. So this feels pretty good.''

    And the following is about former Seminole and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons:

    Lawrence Timmons, LB, Pittsburgh. Linebacker U. is producing another one. On a day when James Harrison had 11 tackles, two forced fumbles and two sacks, Timmons chipped in with 15 tackles and a forced fumble of his own. Every time I looked up, there was Timmons hanging around Chris Johnsonand Vince Young. Johnson runs against everyone, and he was held to 34 yards by the Timmons-led defensive front. Amazing that the Steelers can win a game by eight points when they total 127 total yards, but the defensive depth is a huge reason.

    Chris Thompson Leads Big Plays In ACC Football

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    Seminoles Defeat BYU, 34-10

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    FSU-BYU Game Notes: Second Half

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    Junior running back Ty Jones earned his first career receiving touchdown on a two yard pass from quarterback Christian Ponder in the third quarter to make the score 20-10.  It was his second touchdown of the season and eight of his career - each of his first seven were rushing touchdowns. 

    Senior quarterback Christian Ponder moved into a tie for 11th all-time (with Chip Ferguson) at Florida State with 34 career touchdown passes on his two-yard touchdown pass to Ty Jones in the third quarter to put Florida State up 20-10.

    Sophomore running back Chris Thompson posted a 31 yard run in the third quarter that pushed him over 100 yards for the first time in his career.  He finished the game with a single-game career high 123 yards.

    Sophomore Willie Haulstead snagged a 34 yard reception in the third quarter - the longest reception of his career to set up Christian Ponder's one-yard scoring run which put Florida State up 27-10.  His previous long reception was 27 yards against Oklahoma on Sept. 11. 

    Quarterback Christian Ponder earned a one yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter to up Florida State's lead over BYU to 27-10.  The rushing touchdown was Ponder's seventh of his career and second of his career against BYU.  He also scored on a six yard rush against BYU in last year's 54-28 Seminole win in Provo on Sept. 19, 2009. 

    Sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins recorded a single game career high for sacks with two against Brigham Young.  He recorded 0.5 sacks in the Seminoles' season-opener against Samford and did not have a sack in 12 games as a freshman in 2009. 

    Florida State finished Saturday's game against BYU with more yards rushing (280) than they did passing (149).  It marked the first time this season after accomplishing the feat three times in 2009 including against BYU when the Seminoles' rushed for 313 yards and passed for 199 yards in their 54-28 win. 

    Junior Wide receiver Bert Reed caught a career-high tying nine passes for 89 yards in the Seminoles' win over BYU.  His ninth catch, which came in the fourth quarter was the 100th catch of his career and made him the 24th player in school history to reach 100 catches for his career.  His is now ranked 23rd in school history for career catches for 100. 

    FSU-BYU Game Notes: First Half

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    Florida State's game captains for today's contest against BYU are center Ryan, McMahon, punter Shawn Powell and safety Ochuko Jenije. 

    Redshirt freshman Henry Orelus made his first career start at left tackle in place of the injured Andrew Datko.  For Datko, it broke a string of 27 consecutive starts dating back to Sept. 13, 2008 against UT-Chattanooga.  The Seminoles opened in a three wide out set giving sophomore Willie Haulstead his first career start. 

    Sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins was successful on two field goals and one PAT in the first half -- a 26 yard field goal to put Florida State up 3-0 in the first quarter, a 47 yard field goal to put Florida State up 6-0 in the second quarter and a PAT to make the score 13-0.  The kicks marked the 13th, 14th and 15th consecutive kicks (11 PAT's and four field goals) he has made this season (in 15 kicks) and the 21st consecutive kick he has made.  Hopkins made his final six kicks (three PAT's and three field goals) of the 2009 season against West Virginia in the Seminoles' 33-21 win over the Mountaineers in the Gator Bowl. 

    Redshirt freshman cornerback Xavier Rhodes earned the first interception of his career in the second quarter of Saturday's game against BYU.  It allowed Rhodes to continue a very hot start after he earned his first career sack in the first quarter.  On the play, junior cornerback Mike Harris was responsible for the tipped ball that Rhodes intercepted.

    Senior defensive tackle Markus White recovered his second fumble in as many games in the second quarter.  His fumble led to a 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins.  The fumble was forced by sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins - the first forced fumble of his career. 

    Sophomore running back Chris Thompson scored on a career long 83 yard touchdown run to put Florida State up 13-0 in the second quarter of Saturday's game against BYU.  His run tied the sixth longest touchdown run in school history which matches Sammie Smith's 83-yard run against East Carolina in 1987.  It is the longest touchdown run by a Seminole since Antone Smith's 80 yard scoring run against Duke in 2006.

    Danny Kanell Returns to Florida State

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    Former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell is in Tallahassee this weekend as the color analyst for ESPNU's broadcast of Saturday's Florida State vs. BYU football game. caught up with the Kanell on Friday.  Check out the full interview below.

    "Nature Boy" Ric Flair BYU Motivational

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    We got away from our roots this year and we know what it takes to get the team back to their winning ways.  I am pleased to announce the return of the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair weekly motivational.

    The Merv Griffin Show

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    It's time for this week's Seinfeld clip.  So sit back and enjoy the Merv Griffin Show!

    Fall Practice Report: September 16

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    Coldtubbers Podcast - September 16th

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    Join Shawn Powell and Dustin Hopkins for the latest Coldtubbers Podcast.

    Powell and Hopkins provide a behind-the-scenes look at Florida State football. This week they welcome team chaplain Clint Purvis to the show.

    Coldtubbers Podcast - September 16th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 16th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor, Layne Herdt , Scott Kotick and special guest Ochuko Jenije for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On this edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys break down the X's and O's of the Florida State vs. BYU game with Ochuko Jenije. They also make their picks for the Clemson vs. Auburn, Alabama vs. Duke and Tennessee vs. Florida games.

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 16th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Practice Report Video: September 14

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    CHELSEA, MA (September 14, 2010) - Florida State University students, faculty and fans will taste a change in the hot dogs and sausage available to them at Doak Campbell Stadium, Dick Howser Stadium and the Seminole Soccer Complex. Just prior to the football season and the 2010-2011 school year, Florida State University and Kayem Foods, Inc. ( announced a multi-year sponsorship and licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute Kayem Beef Hot Dogs and Sausage at all sporting and school events held at the three stadiums, making Kayem Franks the official hot dog and sausage of the Florida State® Seminoles®.

    As part of the agreement, visitors began enjoying Kayem Beef Franks and Kayem Italian Sausage, at the first home football game against Samford and can enjoy them this week against BYU and at every home game.  These new franks are comprised of a special all-beef recipe, offering a unique blend of spices for a distinct bolder flavor.  The plump and juicy skinless hot dogs have no fillers and are MSG and gluten free.  

    "Florida State University is thrilled to introduce our faculty, students and fans to the Kayem brand this season," said Associate Athletic Director Rob Wilson.  "We are devoted to providing Seminole fans with the "best of the best" during their time at FSU®, which is why we have decided to partner with Kayem." 

    "The Kayem brand is recognized for delivering superior tasting products and we are excited to bring that taste to Florida State University," said Bob Kufferman, Kayem Senior Brand Manager.   "Earlier this year, we became the official hot dog and sausage of the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field and also offer Kayem Franks at select retail and restaurant locations throughout Florida.  As we look ahead, we are committed to expanding the distribution of Kayem products in both the Tallahassee and Tampa area."

    Kayem Foods, founded in 1909, is the largest meat processor in New England.  Owned and operated by the same family for more than 100 years, the company manufactures Kayem Franks, the #1 brand of franks sold in New England. Best known for its Old Tyme Natural Casing franks, Kayem produces over 120 varieties of hot dogs and 320 varieties of deli meats, sausage and dinner hams under the Kayem, al fresco, Schonland's, McKenzie, Triple M, Genoa, Jordan's, Deutschmacher, Kirschner, and Essem brands.  In 2009, Kayem Foods began manufacturing and distributing the iconic Fenway Franks line of hot dogs, the Official Hot Dog of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. In 2010, Kayem also became the official Hot Dog and Sausage of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

    Buster Posey goes yard...A LOT

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    I meant to post this up to the blog on Monday, but of course I forgot!

    So here it finally is: proof of why Buster Posey is the best at hitting to the opposite part of the field.  The guy can hit anything in the zone.  It's almost unbelievable sometimes.

    Coldtubbers Podcast - September 9th

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    Join Shawn Powell and Dustin Hopkins for the latest Coldtubbers Podcast.

    Powell and Hopkins provide a behind-the-scenes look at Florida State football. This week they discuss nutrition and speed with Assistant strength and conditioning coach Eric Korem.

    Coldtubbers Podcast - September 9th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Monday Football Press Conference - September 13th

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    Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher and starting quarterback Christian Ponder met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against BYU.

    Jimbo Fisher Press Conference - September 13th

    Christian Ponder Press Conference - September 13th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 13th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor, Layne Herdt and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On the weekend recap edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys dissect the Seminoles loss to the Sooners. They hand out their tomahawks for outstanding play from the 'Noles, and make their picks for the heroes and zeros from around college football in the opening week.

    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 13th

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Gameday Activities: FSU vs. BYU

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    By Rob Wilson

    Florida State fans should makes plans right now to be in Doak Campbell Stadium for the BYU game this Saturday.  Tickets are still available right here on and there are plenty of reasons to be in the stadium.  The most important reason is to help create the kind of atmosphere the team faced at Oklahoma last Saturday.  There is no doubt that you can make a difference.

    FSU's marketing office and Seminole Boosters have a host of activities set for the weekend.  Plan on starting your Seminole weekend at the swimming pentathlon meet at the Russ Morcom Aquatics Center near the Seminole Golf Course on Friday at 3:30 p.m.  The meet should wrap up just in time for you to head to the new Block Party at Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee where Seminoles fans will be whooping it up from 5-10 p.m.

    Game day is filled with excitement on Saturday.  Longtime FSU fans can see some of the FSU greats of the past when Ron Sellers, Barry Smith and all the players of the Coach Bill Peterson era return to campus for a reunion and pregame recognition.  In addition, it is Military Appreciation Day at Doak Campbell Stadium and armed services groups from through northwest Florida have been offered reduced rate tickets to be a part of Seminole football.  Finally, you will not want to miss the official presentation of FSU's Learfield Trophy in recognition of being one of the Top Five overall athletic programs in the country last year.

    Florida State and BYU on the football field speaks for itself, but experts are expecting an up and down the field affair with two of the nation's most innovative offenses.  And remember, nearly every Tallahassee area hotel has dropped their two-night minimum for this weekend and next so we hope you will stay over and cheer on the Seminole soccer team in a pivotal match against Arkansas at 1:00 p.m.

    Remember, you make home events special and we want Doak to be rocking when the Cougars hit the field.  Join us for the entire weekend and bring a friend.

    Practice Report Video: September 13

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    Seminole Boosters Make FSU Fans Feel at Home in Oklahoma

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    Noles Fall to Sooners

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    Don't Worry, Be Happy

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    Tough day for 'Nole Nation. Remember Seminoles, we will bounce back after a tough road loss in a stadium that is virtually impossible to be successful in as a visitor. 

    In the mean time don't worry, be happy.


    Halftime in Norman

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    It's not pretty here in Norman, Oklahoma, as the Noles are getting worked by the Sooners, 34-7.  

    Noles will head into the locker room, and look to make halftime adjustments for the 2nd half.


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    Noles and Sooners tied up at 7-7 right now, thanks to a Jermaine Thomas TD run.

    Seminole defense needs to step things up here!

    Game On in Norman!

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    We've officially kicked off here in Norman!  Noles are ready to go!

    We'll give you PLENTY of updates during today's game, so make sure you keep tuned here on the blog, facebook, twitter, and our live game chat.

    Go 'Noles...get that win today!

    Live from Norman!

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    The Road Warriors arrived in Norman about 3 hours ago.  We're on the air for the pregame radio show with kickoff starting at 3:30 pm.

    Make sure to follow us on facebook, twitter, our live game chat, and right here on the blog all during the game.  

    Go 'Noles!

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 10th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Layne Herdt and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    This week the podcast comes to you live from the road. The Road Warriors made their way from Tallahassee to Oklahoma City to cover the big game this weekend. The guys make their picks for all of the big games this weekend including Florida State vs. Oklahoma, Penn State vs. Alabama and Miami vs. Ohios State

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 10th

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    Road Warriors Daily Report: September 10

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    Weekly Seinfeld Clip

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    It's Friday, and the Road Warriors are back at it!  But that doesn't stop this week's Seinfeld clip!

    In maybe one of the funniest moments of the series, George Costanza tries to get fired from the Yankees, and decides it's a good idea to drag the World Series trophy behind his car.  Just see for yourself...

    Day 1 in the Books!

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    UPDATE: September 10th, 9:00 a.m. CST
    Day 1 in the books!  The Road Warriors stopped off outside Little Rock, AR for the night last night and are hitting the road again this morning!  Highlights from Thursday included a stop off at Dreamland BBQ, Gus's Fried Chicken in Memphis, and even a stop at Graceland to see the "King" Elvis Presley.  

    Thanks to Camping World of Tallahassee, our RV has been spectacular so far.  Drives like a dream, and should be a great rest of the trip for sure.

    All in all, an awesome day for the Road Warriors and we're looking forward to seeing what Friday holds in store!  Remember, keep tuned with us here at all throughout the weekend.  We've got the FSU vs. OU Game Preview later today and even an all new edition of the Doak Insider Podcast from Oklahoma City. 

    You're not going to want to miss a second of the action.  Road Warriors are back at it!

    Second Stop: Memphis

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    First Stop: Birmingham

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    Road Warriors Update - September 9th, 2:19 p.m. CST

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    We just ate at Dreamland BBQ in Birmingham, AL. Met up with Seminole fan Jonathan Drescher who talked football with us over lunch. We also stopped at Samford University and we have a video report coming soon. Next stop Memphis, TN. Any recommendations on a dinner stop?

    Road Warriors Daily Report-September 9th

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    We're Headed To Birmingham!

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    Passing through Dothan

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    Update, September 9th, 8:15 am Central Time.

    We're passing through Dothan and should be in Birmingham in just a few hours. The crew has decided to stop at Dreamland bbq for lunch, so if you're in the area, come join us for lunch! Stay tuned for more updates. is on the road!

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    Fall Practice Report: September 8

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    The time has almost come when the staff will board a 31-foot RV courtesy of Camping World Tallahassee to make the trip from Tallahassee to Norman, Oklahoma.  We are pleased to be able to provide you the same coverage you have come to expect from a home game now on the road.

    Along the way we will be stopping at historic landmarks to give fans a taste of life on the road with the Seminoles.  We will also feature Seminole Boosters who are making the trip to Oklahoma to cheer on the Seminoles.

    We do need your help.  As we are traveling we need suggestions as to where to stop as well as the best places to eat.  We hope to be able to find Seminole fans in each town across our trip.  If you see that we are going to be in a city near you please come out to visit with us and we will feature you on

    Below is the map of our trip.  We will be leaving tomorrow morning and we hope to make it to Birmingham for lunch and then on to Memphis for dinner.  Stay tuned and we will see you along the way.

    Florida State vs. Oklahoma - Special Teams Notes

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    Reid off to the races 
    The goal for Samford's special teams unit was to keep the ball away from No. 5 Greg Reid. After being successful at their plan for most of the afternoon, the Bulldogs allowed the nation's top punt returner to field one punt, and the rest was history. With 8:17 remaining in the second quarter, Reid fielded a punt toward the right sideline at the FSU 26 and scampered for a 74-yard touchdown, tying for the 12th-longest return in school history. It was the second career punt-return touchdown for the Valdosta, Ga., native, who also had a 68-yard TD return last season against Wake Forest. 

    No punting for Powell 
    Junior punter Shawn Powell is ready for a big season with the Seminoles, as the 6-foot-4, 235-pound specialist has his sights set on the Ray Guy Award. However, Powell will wait for his chance to get on the field in week two after not registering a punt in FSU's 59-6 win over Sam-ford. It is the first time the Seminoles have not punted in a game since Nov. 7, 1992, when they defeated Maryland 69-21 on Homecoming Day. 

    Touchback territory 
    Sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins showed off his booming leg in FSU's season-opening win, recording six touchbacks in 10 kickoff attempts. The Houston, Texas, native totaled 68.2 yards per kickoff, as well as 47.2 net yards. Hopkins prevented Samford from gaining advantageous field position, as the Bulldogs started on their 21-yard line on average. In all seven of his kickoffs reached the end zone and an eighth reached the 1-yard line as Hopkins averaged 4.2 seconds of hang time. He also connected on all eight point-after attempts, and made his only field goal attempt (24 yards) to finish with 11 points. 

    Special teams were just that - special 
    Florida State's special teams units got off to an auspicious beginning last weekend against Samford. Perhaps the most impressive aspects were the punt return and punt block units. Aside from Reid's 74-yard touchdown return on his first touch of the season, FSU also registered a punt block at Samford's 16-yard line by tailback Chris Thompson, which was recovered by safety Terrance Parks. The turnover led to an FSU touchdown two plays later. Thompson's big play was FSU's first blocked punt since the 2008 season, when former standout Dekoda Watson blocked one against Colorado on Sept. 27, 2008, in a 39-21 victory 

    Hopkins' hot start 
    In many cases, the most pressure-packed position in football is the place kicker. Should FSU need to rely on the leg of Dustin Hopkins, chances are the outcome will be favorable for the Seminoles. In his young career, Hopkins is 20 of 28 in field goal attempts, making nearly 72 percent of his tries. Although he does not yet qualify for the school's career list, his field goal percentage would put him in fourth place behind Seminole greats Sebastian Janikowski, Gary Cismesia and Xavier Bietia. Hopkins is already tied for 12th on the school's single-game list for longest field goals, nailing a 52-yard attempt in last year's season-opener versus Miami. 

    A new Block Party begins 
    Special teams coordinator Eddie Gran is widely regarded as one of the best in the business, and his units got off to a great start in the 2010 opener. Chris Thompson's second quarter blocked punt against Samford set up a touchdown and continued FSU's long-standing reputation as one of the most dangerous programs in the nation when it comes to blocking kicks. Throughout Bobby Bowden's tenure (1976-2009) the Seminoles combined for 128 blocked punts and kicks, often coming at the most opportune time. 

    Florida State vs. Oklahoma - Defensive Game Notes

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    Fresh faces on 'D' 
    Of the 26 first-time players in FSU's 59-6 win over Samford in the season opener, 15 of them were on defense. They included: Cornerback Mike Harris (junior college transfer), safety Justin Bright (redshirt freshman), linebacker Christian Jones (true freshman), cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (true freshman), Telvin Smith (true freshman), defensive tackle Anthony McCloud (junior college transfer), defensive tackle Demonte McAlister (redshirt freshman), safety Gerald Demps (redshirt freshman), safety Chad Abram (true freshman), linebacker Jeff Luc (true freshman), defensive lineman Bjoern Werner (true freshman), cornerback Darren Edwards (redshirt junior), cornerback Terrence Brooks (true freshman), defensive tackle Cameron Erving (true freshman) and defensive tackle Darious Cummings (true freshman). 

    Getting behind the enemy's line 
    Florida State registered 10 tackles for loss against Samford for a total of minus-47 yards. The Seminoles only hit double-digit tackles for loss twice all last season, with the high of 11 coming against Maryland. FSU posted three against Miami in last year's opener. 

    Seminoles double their sack pleasure 
    The Seminoles registered four sacks in Saturday's season opener against Sam-ford; a significant upgrade from their 2009 standards. FSU managed just 26 sacks in 13 games last season - two a game - and managed more than four sacks only twice. Defensive ends Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins combined for 1 ½ sacks against the Bulldogs. Last season, FSU ends totaled just four sacks on the season. 

    Amp it up 
    Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Anthony "Amp" McCloud didn't take long to make an impact at FSU. The junior college transfer tied for the team lead in tackles - along with veteran leader Nigel Bradham - against Samford. McCloud, a former star at Thomasville (Ga.) County Central, had four solo stops and finished with six. Bradham, last season's team leader in tackles, also added six stops, including four solos. 

    Jenije makes move to free safety 
    Fifth-year senior Ochuko Jenije came into the season as the lone returning secondary starter for the Seminoles, after starting all 13 contests in 2009 at cornerback. The second-year graduate school student made his 14th consecutive start against Samford, but this one came at free safety. The Tallahassee native seems to have found a home in first-year FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops' scheme. He had three tackles against Samford from his new position. 

    Harris gets season's first takeaway 
    Just like fellow junior college transfer Anthony McCloud, cornerback Mike Harris showed up to play in his first game as a 'Nole. Used primarily as the third cornerback in nickel situations for the FSU defense, Harris intercpeted a pass from Samford's Dustin Taliaferro midway through the second quarter. The Miami native, who came to FSU from El Camino (Cal.) Community college returned the theft 10 yards to the Samford eight. Quarterback Christian Ponder tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Lonnie Pryor on the very next play to give the Seminoles a 35-0 lead. 

    Triumphant return for Williams 
    Redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Vince Williams, who was forced to miss all of 2009 with a back injury, made his grand return against the Bulldogs in the opener. Williams appeared to be around the ball all afternoon and finished third on the team with five tackles and also added a quarterback hurry. His four solo stops also shared the team lead. 

    A reason to call him Mister 
    Florida State senior linebacker Mister Alexander has spent much of his career battling injuries while jockeying between the safety and outside linebacker positions. But a breakthrough 2009 campaign as a reserve linebacker has opened the door for him to open 2010 as the starting strongside linebacker. Alexander finished the '09 season with only 17 tackles, but he made the most of them. The Aldine, Texas native is FSU's top returner with five quarterback sacks and ranks third with six tackles for loss; numbers which should improve with more playing time for one of the Seminoles most athletic players. Alexander had three tackles, but one of those was behind the line against Samford. 

    Reid-y for the big time ... on defense 
    Greg Reid burst on to the scene as a true freshman last year thanks to his electrifying ability to make magic happen in the return game. Reid made his first career start at cornerback against Samford and delivered four tackles (3 solos) and a touchdown-denying, pass break-up in the end zone. 

    Florida State vs. Oklahoma - Offensive Game Notes

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    Jones rolls for 107 in opener 
    Florida State junior running back Ty Jones rushed for a 107 yards and one touchdown in the Seminoles' 59-6 victory over Samford. It marked the second consecu?tive game a Seminole back has eclipsed the century mark, following Jermaine Thomas' 121-yard performance in FSU's Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia. Jones' 107-yard effort was the 13th of 100 or more by an FSU back dating to the 2007 season. FSU is 9-4 in games when a Seminole runs for 100 or more yards. 

    Jones averages a Baker's Dozen 
    With 107 rushing yards on just eight carries, junior tailback Ty Jones averaged 13.4 yards a carry in the Seminoles' win over Samford. He did the bulk of his damage with a 57-yard touchdown run for FSU's eighth touchdown of the game, which pushed the lead to 49-6. The scoring burst was Jones' longest career run from scrimmage, even though he has shown a knack for breaking off large chunks of real estate at a time. He needed just 12 carries to post a career-high 108 yards (9.0 ypc) in last season's 54-28 win at BYU. In his career-high 108-yard rushing performance at BYU last season. Jones capped his freshman season with 55 yards on four carries (13.8) against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl, including his previous long TD run of 14 yards. 

    No loss of yardage here 
    Florida State's four primary ball carriers - Ty Jones, Jermaine Thomas, Chris Thompson and Debrale Smiley - combined for 21 carries for 164 yards against Samford (7.8 ypc), behind the Seminoles' veteran offensive line. Even more impressive, none of them were dropped behind the line of scrimmage for negative yards by the Bulldogs defense. 

    FSU backs finding the paint 
    For the fourth time in Florida State's last five games the Seminoles rumbled into the end zone three times for rush?ing touchdowns against Samford. Starter Jermaine Thomas, who led the 'Noles with nine rushing touchdowns in 2009, broke the plane first and was followed by Ty Jones and Chris Thompson. Beginning with its 41-28 win at Wake Forest on Nov. 14, 2009, FSU closed out last season with three rushing scores against the Demon Deacons, four against Maryland and three more against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. 

    QBs connect with remarkable accuracy 
    Florida State Heisman Trophy candidate Christian Ponder (12-14-1, .857) and EJ Manuel (10-13-1, .769) made a serious run at the single-game school mark for completion percentage against Samford. They combined to complete .815 percent (22 of 27) against the Bulldogs, which ranks among the best days in school history. Ponder was responsible for the single-game, team completion percentage mark last season at North Carolina when he went 33 of 40 (.825) on Oct. 22, 2009 in a 30-27, come-from-behind victory. 

    Ponder working on completion streak 
    Christian Ponder carries a streak of 10 consecutive completions into the Oklahoma game. The fifth-year senior played only one half against Samford and was at his best in the second quarter. The Texas native was a perfect six of six for 76 yards and three touchdowns, after completing his final four attempts of the first quarter, including a 4-yard scoring toss to Lonnie Pryor. EJ Manuel played most of the second half before redshirt freshman Will Secord came in for the final series. 

    Spreading the ball around 
    Four different FSU receivers were the re?cipients of Christian Ponder's 12 first half completions as he moved the ball around generously against Samford. Fullback Lonnie Pryor collected three receptions for 23 yards and two touchdowns, while wideout Taiwan Easterling also caught three balls for 39 yards and a score. Bert Reed and Chris Thompson added two receptions each. EJ Manuel was even better in the second half, spreading his 10 completions among eight different receivers. In all, nine Seminoles finished the day with at least one reception. 

    Reed leads all receivers in opener 
    Junior wide receiver Bert Reed caught a team-high five passes for 50 yards and ?tory over Samford. Reed also got back in to the scoring column with a receiving touchdown in the second quarter, which gave the Seminoles a 14-0 lead. The Panama City native caught 60 passes for 710 yards last season - tops among returnees - but finally found his way into the end zone by collecting a 15-yard strike from Christian Ponder early in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown reception since Oct. 16, 2008 against N.C. State - a span of 21 games - and just the fourth of his career. 
    Reed's Touchdowns 
    No Opponent Date Outcome 
    1 Western Carolina Sept. 6, 2008 W, 69-0 1 Chattanooga Sept. 13, 2008 W, 46-7 1 NC State Oct. 16, 2008 W, 25-17 1 Samford Sept. 4, 2010 W, 59-6 

    Reed inching toward 100 receptions 
    Junior Bert Reed, who is on the 2010 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, caught five passes in the Seminoles' victory over Samford and enters Saturday's game against Oklahoma with 88 career receptions. He is looking to become only the 24th receiver in school history with 100 or more receptions. Reed needs seven receptions to move into the Seminoles' all-time top 25 for career receptions with 95. The last FSU player to surpass the 100reception mark in his career was Preston Parker, who collected 104 career catches from 2006-08. 

    Moving up the receptions chart 
    Rank Player 
    1. Ron Sellers 
    5. Greg Carr 
    15. Anquan Boldin 
    1 Ron Dugans 
    2 Preston Parker 
    3 Jackie Flowers Kevin Knox 
    1 Hassan Jones 
    2 Matt Frier --Bert Reed 

    Years No. 
    1966-68 211 
    2004-08 148 
    1999-02 118 
    1999-95 105 
    2006-08 104 
    1976-79 102 
    1989-93 102 
    1982-85 98 
    1989-93 95 
    2008-10 88 

    Easterling adds to career TD total 
    Junior wide receiver Taiwan Easterling caught four passes for a team-leading 56 yards and one touchdown in the Seminoles' season opening victory over Sam-ford. His 11-yard touchdown pass from Christian Ponder in the second quarter of the Seminoles' opening day victory gives him four for his career and at least one in each of the first three seasons of his career. Easterling's touchdown against Samford was his first against a team from outside of the ACC. His first three scoring grabs came against NC State in 2008, and Miami and North Carolina in 2009. 

    Youth is served 
    After one week of play, Florida State has already solidified its position as one of the youngest teams in the country. The Seminoles played 13 true freshmen against Samford; the second-most among FBS schools. In addition, FSU played nine redshirt freshmen, while six others who made their first appearance in Seminole games. 
    True freshmen by the numbers 
    School No. 
    Florida 15 Air Force 13 Florida State 13 Auburn 12 Oklahoma State 12 Tennessee 12 Texas 12 UNLV 12 Miami (Fla.) 10 Syracuse 10 Vanderbilt 10 LSU 9 San Jose State 9 Texas A&M 9 Tulane 9 Alabama 8 Oklahoma 8 Colorado State 7 Kent State 7 South Carolina 7 Washington State 7 West Virginia 7 

    Grad to have you 
    With the recent addition of walk-on punter Kevin Campbell to Florida State's roster, the Seminoles rank among the national leaders with five college graduates on the roster: 
    School Graduates 
    Boston College (14) Auburn (11) Tennessee (9) Kansas State (8) Virginia Tech (8) UCF (8) Memphis (7) Texas A&M (7) Marshall (7) Northwestern (7) Virginia (6) East Carolina (6) Baylor (6) Auburn (6) Fresno State (6) Nebraska (6) Clemson (6) Georgia Tech (6) LA Tech (6) Florida State (5) Louisiana (5) TCU (5) Arkansas State (5) 
    Seminoles with undergrad degrees 
    QB Christian Ponder* FS Ochuko Jenije C Ryan McMahon DE Jamar Jackson P Kevin Campbell 
    * - also holds MBA 
    marked the 10th time in the last 11 games the 'Noles have amassed at least 200 passing yards and the 11th time in the last 14 games they have eclipsed 400 yards in total offense. FSU finished second in the ACC last season in total offense, averaging 421.4 yards per game. 
    Total offense last 14 games 
    Opponent Rush Pass Total 
    Samford 185 296 481 West Virginia 226 189 415 Florida 83 186 269 Maryland 198 206 404 Wake Forest 217 220 437 Clemson 128 264 392 NC State 278 277 555 North Carolina 43 395 438 Georgia Tech 180 359 539 Boston College 70 341 411 USF 19 269 288 BYU 313 199 512 Jacksonville St. 78 324 402 Miami 110 294 404 
    Totals 2,128 3,819 5,947 
    Averages 152.0 272.8 424.8 

    Easterling: From Diamond to Gridiron 
    Junior wide receiver Taiwan Easterling, who has caught 65 passes for 764 yards and three touchdowns as a Seminole football player, was a member of Florida State's ACC Championship baseball team which advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. As a receiver for the 2009 football team he posted career-highs for receptions (35) and yards (442) as the Seminoles capped the season by winning the 2010 Gator Bowl. A reserve outfielder for the baseball team in 2010, he played in 23 games and earned 23 at bats. Despite not participating in spring practice with the football team, Easterling is expected to start in the opener against Samford. 

    Offensive Line paves the way 
    Florida State's offensive line, generally considered one of the top starting units in all of college football, helped the Seminoles pile up 5,478 total yards and 43 touchdowns during the 2009 season. Florida State ranked second in the ACC and 28th in the nation in total offense 
    (421.4 yards per game). The Seminoles were third in the ACC (25th nationally) in passing offense (271.8 ypg) and fourth in the ACC (59th nationally) in rushing offense (149.5 ypg). FSU has improved its total offense output each of the past three seasons. Senior guard Rodney Hudson and senior center Ryan McMahon enter their fourth season as starters, while tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders and guard David Spurlock - all juniors - are third-year starters who have contributed significantly to that improvement. Collectively the unit boasts 147 career starts. 

    Three-year paving project 
    Year Pass Rush Total TDs 
    2007 3,143 1,659 4,802 27 2008 2,506 2,328 4,834 45 2009 3,354 1,944 5,478 43 

    Hudson: Two Jacobs better than one 
    All-American offensive guard Rodney Hudson, who won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2009, enters his final season looking to become only the 11th player to become a repeat winner of the league's award for the most dominant blocker. Should he win the award for the second consecutive season, he would become only the second guard in ACC history to win the award in back-to-back seasons. 
    Multiple Award Winners 
    Years Player School 
    1953-54 Bill Wohrman USC 1956-57 Hal McElhaney Duke 1961-62 Art Gregory Duke 1975-76 Billy Bryan Duke 1978-79 Jim Ritcher NC State 1984-85 Jim Dombrowski UVa 1990-91 Ray Roberts UVA 1994-95 Clay Shiver FSU 2001-02 Brett Williams FSU 2003-04 Elton Brown Virginia 
    Hudson in elite ACC company 
    All-American offensive guard Rodney Hudson enters the 2010 season looking to become only the seventh player in ACC history to earn All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons. He earned All-ACC First Team honors in 2008 and 2009 and All-ACC Second Team honors in 2007.  Only one player - Ted Brown of NC State - has earned All-ACC First Team honors in each of his four seasons. Only six players - three non-kickers - have earned All-ACC First or Second Team honors entering the 2010 season. Two of the players who have earned All-ACC honors four times are Seminoles - Travis Minor and Brett Williams - making FSU the only ACC school with multiple four-time selections. 
    Four Time All-ACC Performers 
    Travis Minor, Florida State, RB 
    1997 (2nd), '98 (1st), '99 (2nd), '00 (2nd) 
    Brett Williams, Florida State, T 
    1999 (2nd), '00 (2nd), '01 (1st), '02 (1st) 
    2010 Seminole Football - 8

    Will Brice, Virginia, P 
    1993 (2nd), '94 (2nd), '95 (1st), '96 (1st) 
    Ted Brown, NC State, RB 
    1975 (1st), '76 (1st), '77 (1st), '78 (1st) 
    Adam Podlesh, Maryland, P 
    2003 (2nd), '04 (2nd), '05 (2nd), '06 (2nd) 
    Nelson Welch, Clemson, K 
    1991 (1st), '92 (2nd), '93 (2nd), '94 (2nd) 

    Iron Ryan eyes perfection 
    Fifth-year senior center Ryan McMahon has battled injury and bigger opponents throughout his career, but remains the rock in the middle of position coach Rick Trickett's segment. McMahon, who made the transtion from defensive tackle to center in 2007, is working on a string of 40 consecutive starts entering the Oklahoma game. A Rimington Award candidate for a third consecutive season, McMahon is poised to become Florida State's all-time leader in games started and played. Over the course of his career he has handled all but a handful of snaps to start the Seminole offense. 

    Thomas hoping to double-up 
    Junior running back Jermaine Thomas, who led the Seminoles with a career-high 832 rushing yards in 2009, returns to a very productive backfield rotation. Thomas' rushing total was the most by a Seminole since Leon Washington rushed for 951 yards during the 2004 season. Thomas enters the 2010 season looking to lead the Seminoles in rushing for a second consecutive season, which would mark the 10th time for an FSU player since 1990 and 1991. Six Florida State players have led the team in rushing in consecutive seasons since the 1990 and 1991 seasons, including Travis Minor, who led the Seminoles in rushing in four consecutive seasons (1997-2000). 

    Back-To-Back Rushing Leaders 
    Years Player Totals 
    2007-08 Antone Smith 1,611 2005-06 Lorenzo Booker 1,178 2002-03 Greg Jones 1,556 2001-02 Greg Jones 1,651 1999-00 Travis Minor 1,738 1998-99 Travis Minor 1,672 1997-98 Travis Minor 1,480 1995-96 Warrick Dunn 2,422 1994-95 Warrick Dunn 2,268 1990-91 Amp Lee 1,802 

    Top seven rushers return 
    Led by Jermaine Thomas, the Seminoles' top seven rushers are back on the roster for the 2010 season. Thomas (832 yards) leads a pack of players including Ty Jones (251), EJ Manuel (196), Christian Ponder (179), Lonnie Pryor (156), Chris Thompson (120) and Bert Reed (94). They combined for 1,828 yards last season. In all, returning Seminoles produced 1,839 of last season's 1,944 yards (94.6 percent).  The Seminoles lost only one runner (Tavares Pressley to injury) who gained more than 50 yards rushing in 2009. 

    Offense operates with Ginsu precision 
    Florida State returns 10 starters from its 2009 offense, which at time was also the Seminoles' best defense. With quarterbacks Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel at the controls, FSU put together 21 scoring drives of 10 or more plays; 14 of which resulted in touchdowns. It registered a season-best 17-play TD drive at BYU which covered 86 yards and chewed a season-high 8:19 off the clock - one of four on the day the win in Provo, Utah. The Seminoles' proficiency  was easily identifiable in other quantitative ways as well. Their furthest sustained drive covered 98 yards in 12 plays, resulting in a TD against NC State. Of the 21 double-digit scoring drives, 15 of them extended five minutes or longer. On the season the 'Noles put together three scoring drives of 90 or more yards, eight between 80-89 yards, 10 between 70-79 yards and 14 from 60-69 yards. 

    Fall Practice Report: September 7

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    Plant The Spear Vol. 2: Week 1 Tomahawk Allotment

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    One of the greatest traditions at Florida State is the rewarding of tomahawk helmet stickers throughout the season. The football coaches award players for hard work on the field and in the classroom by granting these stickers and it is not uncommon by year's end to see a player with a gold helmet full of those cool little decals.

    Obviously, I am not a coach and thus have no say-so in the sticker allocation decisions but I thought it would be fun to give some of my own literary tomahawks out each week.

    So without further adieu, here's the first-ever Plant The Spear "Tomahawk Allotment."

    The first tomahawk goes to the man under center, Christian Ponder. It's no surprise that FSU's Heisman Trophy candidate came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday in the 59-6 beat-down of Samford. We all knew that's what he would do.

    But because he had such a great spring and summer, it was easy to forget that the game against the Bulldogs was his first since the vicious hit at Clemson last fall that cost him the final four games of the 2009 campaign.

    It's one thing to make a speedy recovery and then go out and perform well while wearing the don't-hit-the-quarterback green jersey in the offseason. It's completely different in live competition but Ponder still looked great as he tossed four touchdowns.

    Outside of an interception (due to a fantastic play by a Samford defensive lineman in which he tipped the pass), Ponder's game was nearly flawless. For that, he gets allotted a tomahawk.

    Offensively, Ponder isn't the only one that gets a sticker.

    I have one for Ty Jones as a reward for that weaving 57-yard dash to the endzone in the third quarter. Here's a guy that many wrote off in the tailback competition during the preseason but his 107-yard performance squashed the notion that he won't be a factor.

    Fellow tailback (or fullback, or h-back, do-it-all awesome guy, or whatever you want to label him) Lonnie Pryor gets one, too. Two receiving touchdowns out of the backfield isn't too shabby. It's going to be a lot fun to watch all the creative ways that Jimbo Fisher and James Coley will use his unique skill set the rest of the year.

    I've also got a sticker for Bert Reed and Taiwan Easterling at wide receiver. Reed notched a receiving touchdown for the first time since October of 2008 and Easterling pulled down a touchdown pass after missing all of the spring while playing baseball for Florida State. For those feats, they've been allotted tomahawks.

    Right tackle Zebrie Sanders gets one, too. Did you see the Atlantic Coast Conference's Lineman of the Week 20 yards downfield blocking for Jones on that touchdown run? That's one way for an offensive lineman to earn some style points.

    Defensively, I've got to give a lot of credit (and by credit, of course I mean sticker) to Anthony "Amp" McCoud. The junior college transfer finished tied with veteran linebacker Nigel Bradham for the team lead in tackles with six.

    Good first game for the big man in the middle of the defensive line.

    The same is true for another junior-college newbie; Mike Harris. The talented defensive back missed most of the valuable summer months while waiting to be cleared to play after coming over from California. That missed time working on his conditioning and getting a feel for going up against Division I wide receivers didn't stop Harris from a nice interception against Samford.

    Speaking of newcomers, I have to give a collective sticker to the entire 2010 recruiting class. Twenty-six first-time players contributed for the Seminoles in that opening game and of that total, 15 (counting McCloud and Harris) were part of this year's recruiting class.That's incredible.

    Three more stickers need to go to the special teams. Kicker Dustin Hopkins gets one for consistently booting his kickoffs into the paint of the endzone. Thompson also gets one for using his blazing speed to block a punt. And of course, the gamechanger himself, Greg Reid, gets one for taking the only punt Samford was foolish enough to send his way to the house.

    He's not a student-athlete but I have a final tomahawk sticker that goes to someone who had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream on Saturday: Jimbo Fisher. FSU's new skipper has always wanted to become a big-time college coach and this past weekend he officially got that chance. 

    With win No. 1 under Fisher's belt, here's hoping for a whole lot more.

    And perhaps another tomahawk sticker or two.

    Monday Football Press Conference - September 6th

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    Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher and starting quarterback Christian Ponder met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Oklahoma.

    Jimbo Fisher Press Conference - September 6th

    Christian Ponder Press Conference - September 6th

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    Jimbo Fisher Press Conference - September 6th

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    1.       Did the film tell a similar story?

    We did, we played well, like we thought and it was obvious. We did a lot of the little things well. A lot of little details I was very pleased with. Guys were able to take to the field and play consistently throughout the game. For the most part they kept up their intensity level high. Was very pleased when our backups came into the game they played with the same mentality. They played hard for the whole sixty minutes. Tried to get better in every aspect, didn't take any plays off or think like the game was over and played like it was zero to zero. Every drive and every play we played with a lot of intensity and I was very pleased with that part of it.

    2.       Christian said the starting WR's made no mistakes, is that accurate?

    For the most part they were pretty mistake free. Played hard, blocked well, and got on the right guys. There are a lot of technical things we have to get better at, but for the most part, if you look at the generality of what they were supposed to, they did that, there were where they were supposed to be. There is always improvement on how you get there and the technique you do it with and the speed you do it with, and with all those things we will continue to grow, but for the most part, in that aspect of it, they did a really good job.

    3.       How much of a better indication will you have of this team after this week?

    I think we will definitely.  You're upgrading in talent. You're going to one of the premier programs in America in Oklahoma, and one of the best coached football teams in America. It is going to be a very stiff challenge. We have a great challenge ahead of us, and one where it will be interesting to see where we are at right now.

    4.       Do you look at it as a measuring stick game?

    I think it's a measuring stick for your team. When you upgrade in talent and play the level of competition that Oklahoma is, with the way their coached and the tradition they have and going on your first road trip and all those things, I think it is. I think it's a great indicator of where you are at right now and I am anxious to see our guys to see how they accept the challenge of preparing to go play Oklahoma, not playing Oklahoma, but preparing to play Oklahoma, I think that is the key part we have to keep focusing on.

    5.       How much different of a mindset is it preparing for Oklahoma than it was for Samford last week?

    Not one bit. We play every game like it the national championship. Every game counts as one win, it counts as one loss. You have to learn to prepare the same way. You don't change your preparation and we are not going to change anything about it. The intensity level, our focus, our concentration, our practice times, everything is going to be the same. You have to treat every game the same. The only thing we can control is this week. We cannot control the week after that and we cannot do anything about the week that just left. We have to play this week and that is the focus and concentration level we want them on.

    6.       Did playing so many players provide you the ability to further evaluate your own guys, especially the freshman?

    It was good to get them out there and get some of those nerves out. They understand now how to walk onto a college game field and perform and with all the pressure that goes with it. All those butterflies and anxiety and there will still be more of it because it's our first road game. That is all part of the maturity process and the growing process but it was very important to get them in games and to understand where they are at and how to handle things and I was very pleased. A lot of those guys are going to be counted on to keep growing in their development to provide backup roles and if somebody gets hurt for them to be ready to play and some of them as they get better will be counted on more in the game plan each week.

    7.       When Coach Bowden first established FSU, he played tough road games across the country like this. There hasn't been a game like this for FSU in quite a while. Do you feel this is similar situation?

    Traditionally Oklahoma is one of your traditional powers. I guess that is what you mean when you're talking about FSU going to play Notre Dame, Ohio State and those games on the road.  You know we won a big road game against Boston College a couple years ago when they were the number two in the country and a heck of a team, but this is a game I am anxious to see. You know I think Florida State's program then he was really establishing them in the limelight, and he established them, so now hopefully we can handle those pressures and go out there. It is good for a young football team, like I say we are still a very young football team with six seniors playing, and a lot of freshman, sophomores and some juniors playing.  I think it will be a great test to our ability to prepare and go out there to handle a lot of adversity with a hostile crowd and all those situations while going against all the great coaching and players Oklahoma has.

    8.       You only had one substitution penalty in the first quarter, but later there were some other penalties in the second half that were all personal fouls against the defense that were aggressive penalties that maybe were a little borderline. Are you worried about those?

    No, you always worry about any penalty, but how you make penalties because there are smart penalties and there are dumb penalties. We all want to be penalty free, but you are going to have a few mistakes every now and then. That is going to happen, but how to you make them I think is very important.  Just like a quarterback is going to have a bad throw occasionally, but how he makes it. Some throws are knucklehead throws and then there is some that as I like to say, the football gods that is their will. Balls are going to get tipped or how you miss or do things are important. All those penalties, I am anxious to see a ruling back on them. I just want to see how they are calling them, I want to make sure so I can make sure we are teaching are guys the right way to not put our head down or put our shoulder. I thought a few of them were shoulder shots, but we will get a ruling back from the ACC office to make sure we are teaching things right. They were not discipline penalties, and I think that is the important thing you got to look at. 

    9.       A lot of people are looking at this as two top twenty programs on national television playing each other. Is this as much of a test for you as it is for the kids?

    I think this is a test for our whole organization. By the whole organization I mean that is the head coach, the assistant coaches, our players, our administration, the way we prepare, the way we do things and just our mindset at Florida State. Is about where we want to go and how we want to get there. I think it's a test for everybody. Every game is a test, and this is just bigger because it is on a national scale, it is on the road with two nationally ranked teams.  I think that all does play into it, so I think it's a test on all of us, and every week it is. You play the conference schedule we play, and the out of conference schedule we play, we are going to be tested every week.

    10   Bob Stoops talked about how Utah State gave them much different looks on offense. Can you get as much from the Utah State film or is your offense just too much different?

    They were, they are a lot different. Totally different than the things we do. They have a quarterback that was very dynamic, scrambled and made a lot of throws. That is for Coach Stoops and them to evaluate. You get some things, some formations or things like that. You get some things out of every film. How much or how similar we are, than the answer is we are not very similar.

    11.   Will you show previous games or the Utah State games to the players?

    We will show both. We will show last year, what they did and with how they react to things and we will show this year because you have to evaluate the personnel because it's different personnel and different people. You have to show both.

    12.   With Mark and Bob being brothers, does Oklahoma run a similar defense to ours?

    Lots of base stuff in there. As I say they haven't all been together so they have all kind of evolved in their own direction, but the base philosophies you can see a lot of similarities. Some of the base blitzes and things, but there will be a lot of the nuances of the defense which will be much different. You can see they all kind of went in their own way. Mark and Mike went in their own way in the way they have changed it. 

    Practice Report Video: September 6

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    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 6th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Layne Herdt and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On the weekend recap edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys dissect the Seminoles win over Samford. They hand out their tomahawks for outstanding play from the 'Noles, and make their picks for the heroes and goats from around college football in the opening week.

    Doak Insider Podcast Weekend Recap - September 6th

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    Kramer Takes Dog Pills

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    Classic Seinfeld episode, and a great clip for this Friday!

    To give you some background, Kramer develops a bad cough and hears the same sort of a cough from a dog.

    The hilarity ensues, so see for yourself below.

    Student Ticket Update - Florida State vs. Samford

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    FSU students have claimed all 16,000 available tickets in the North Endzone general admission student allotment for the home opener with Samford this Saturday. However, with tickets still available to the public for this game, FSU students can still claim a ticket through the online process. Additional "overflow" tickets will be made available to students as reserved seats in the South endzone of Doak Campbell Stadium. These tickets will still be free to students but will not be good for admission into the General Admission student sections.

    Fall Practice Report: September 2

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    Jimbo Fisher Daily Show - September 1st and 2nd

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    Join Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher and "The Voice of the Seminoles" Gene Deckerhoff for the latest edition of the Jimbo Fisher Daily Show.

    Coach Fisher and Gene discuss preparations for the Samford game.

    Jimbo Fisher Daily Show - September 1st

    Jimbo Fisher Daily Show - September 2nd

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    Coldtubbers Podcast - September 2nd

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    Join Shawn Powell and Dustin Hopkins for the first Coldtubbers Podcast.

    Powell and Hopkins provide a behind-the-scenes look at Florida State football. Look for a new episode of this podcast each week throughout the fall.

    Coldtubbers Podcast - September 2nd

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    Doak Insider Podcast - September 2nd

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor, Layne Herdt and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    This week the guys make their picks for Florida State vs. Samford, South Carolina vs. Southern Miss, Virginia Tech vs. Boise State and North Carolina vs. LSU.

    Doak Insider Podcast - September 2nd

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