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    Ponder's First Vikings Press Conference

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    Christian Ponder is set to meet with the Minnesota media for the first time at 4:00 ET.  Here is a link to the live press conference.

    Ponder To Vikings: What the Press Is Saying

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    The NFL is abuzz after Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder was selected #12 overall by the Minnesota Vikings.  Here is a sample of the stories from around the country:


    · - Ponder-osa:  Unable to trade back, Vikings use their top pick on Florida State QB


    · - Vikings make Christian Ponder the 12th overall pick.


    · - Christian Ponder made a big impression on Vikings


    · - Brain trust puts its fate in a quarterback's hands


    · - Vikings pick: Prize or surprise?

    ESPN Draft Analysis: Christian Ponder

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    Coming To A Showroom Near You

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    If you're looking for a 700 hp raging bull that can drift effortlessly through the desert, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 seems to be what you need.

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 28th

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

    The 2011 NFL Draft starts tonight and the guys have their final picks for where Christian Ponder is headed. They also compare this QB class to 1999 and preview the weekend baseball series with Miami

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 28th

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    Only About 4 Months Until Football Season

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    ATLANTA, Ga. (April 20, 2011) - The Jefferson Awards announced today that it has selected former NFL running back and limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons, Warrick Dunn, as its Outstanding Athlete in Service and Philanthropy for the 2011 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Co-founded in 1973 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, The Jefferson Awards annually celebrates America's commitment to public service. Recognizing the famous and the unknown, individuals and organizations, the young and old, the awards reflect one of the founding ideals of our nation, that of contributing toward the larger good. The award will be formally presented to Dunn at The Jefferson Awards Black Tie Gala Dinner/National Ceremony on June 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

    The Jefferson Awards and All Stars Helping Kids have created a new partnership to honor and recognize outstanding athletes for excellence in service and philanthropy. Dunn started the Homes for the Holidays program in 1997 during his rookie season in the NFL to honor his late mother's dream of homeownership.  In 2002, he established the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation as a way to grow programs and services for single-parent families.  Through his charitable efforts, Dunn has rewarded over 100 single-parent families in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Tallahassee and Tampa for achieving the American Dream of becoming a first-time homebuyer.  The Homes for the Holidays program has contributed over 2 million dollars in home furnishings with furniture provided by Aaron's, Inc. and $505,000 in down payment assistance, since 1997. 

    "While many people know of Warrick Dunn's achievements on the field, we are honored to be recognizing him as Outstanding Athlete in Service and Philanthropy for his considerable efforts off the field," said Sam Beard, founder president of the Jefferson Awards.  "Through the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation he has helped many single-parent families achieve their own American Dream and serves as an inspiration to us all."

    Dunn, the oldest of six children, experienced the struggles of life in a single-parent family. His mother, Betty Smothers, was a City of Baton Rouge police officer who often worked security shifts to provide for her family.  It was always her goal to experience the American Dream of becoming a first-time homebuyer.  Before she could realize her dream, she was gunned down in an armed robbery during an off-duty shift, leaving 18-year-old Dunn to care for his five siblings.  Dunn's dedication to charity was born as a result of the outpouring of support his family received from the Baton Rouge community during this tragic time.

    "I am honored to receive this award from All Starts Helping Kinds and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service selection committee and I believe it is a testament to the values instilled in me by my mother. Without her strength and determination as an example growing up, I would not have been able to achieve my goals in life and on the football field," said Dunn. "I hope that other athletes in my position will see value of being positive role models to inspire others."

    Ninja's Beware

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    To Say He Has Gone Soft Is An Understatement

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    Do you think they still sell this game?

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    The Greatest Wrestling Promo Ever Cut

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    Beat The Heat

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    It feels like summer has arrived in Tallahassee with 90's in mid April.  What better way to cool down than to outrun an Avalanche!


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    Doak Insider Podcast - Mock Draft

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    The crew from the Doak Insider Podcast has made their picks for the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. What do you think of the picks? Let us know below and we will post the comments.

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    1. Marcell Dareus (DT) DT, QB, CB Alabama Kotick: Dareus is the most dominant defensive threat in this year's draft, and the Panthers need to take a sure fire playmaker with their first pick. Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are too risky, and Dareus provides them with an immediate defensive stopper.
    2. Patrick Peterson (CB) CB, DT, LB LSU Herdt: The Broncos desperately need to upgrade their defense and before the draft it was a toss-up between Peterson and Dareus. With Dareus off the board, drafting Peterson was a no-brainer. Denver now has an elite tandem of corners in Champ Bailey and Peterson.
    3. Cam Newton (QB) QB, LB, DT Auburn Pensy:  Buffalo has a lot of needs but QB is the largest.  If Newton is still on the board at three this may be the fastest pick made on Thursday night.  Newton will bring instant energy to this maligned franchise.
    4. Blaine Gabbert (QB) QB, CB, WR Missouri Mellor: Carson Palmer doesn't want to play in Cincinnati anymore and who can blame him. Blaine Gabbert is the second-highest rated QB in this draft and I am sure he'd love to play there. Win-win.
    5. Von Miller (LB) LB, QB,   G Texas A&M Kotick: The guy is just an athletic freak, and can play in the prototypical 3-4 hybrid NFL defensive scheme at either outside linebacker or defensive end. He's also got blazing speed and the Cardinals need a sure fire defensive playmaker in the first round.
    6. A.J. Green (WR) DL, WR,  G Georgia Herdt: I couldn't make this pick fast enough. The Browns would be running victory laps around their war room if Green falls to them at pick six. Green gives them a legitimate number one receiver who can stretch the field and make the tough catch. Pairing Green and Colt McCoy would give Cleveland fans a lot to look forward to for years to come.
    7. Julio Jones * (WR) C, WR, RB Alabama Pensy:  The Dolphins want to move up to get the other elite WR in the draft after A.J. Green comes off the board. Jones will add the speed Miami desperately needs.
    8. Robert Quinn (DE) DE, QB, LB North Carolina Mellor: Same reason Houston drafted Mario Williams several years ago. You play in the same division as Peyton Manning; you need an elite pass rusher. Quinn is that guy.
    9. Anthony Castonzo (OT) OT, DE,    S Boston College Kotick: Castonzo is probably the smartest offensive lineman in this year's draft, and will help the Cowboys out immediately at the offensive tackle position. I know they're looking for a replacement for Columbo at tackle, and Castonzo is the safest pick here to make an immediate impact.
    10. J.J. Watt (DE) DE, QB, LB Wisconsin Herdt: Washington is in a tough position at pick number 10. While I think they will most likely trade down, if they keep this pick they need to upgrade their pass rush and with all of the issues with Albert Haynesworth they would never consider Nick Fairley here. Watt may be a stretch at number 10, but he best fits the Redskins 3-4 scheme and could become a dominant end.
    11. Prince Amakumara (CB) LB, CB,    S Nebraska Pensy:  Houston might not want to use this pick for the second year in a row on a corner but Amakumara is too hard to pass up.
    12. Jake Locker (QB) QB, CB, DT Washington Mellor: Maybe a bit high for Locker but why not? No. 4 isn't lacing up his ancient cleats anymore (hopefully) and the Joe Webb/Tarvarious Jackson combo doesn't scare anyone.
    13. Ryan Kerrigan (DE) DE, LB, CB Purdue Kotick: The Lions desperately need a solid pass rusher off the edge with speed and power. Kerrigan is the best pick here and can help out the Lions' struggling defense.
    14. Nick Fairley (DT) DL, WR,  G Auburn Herdt: Fairley is another no-brainer for the Rams at number 14. The only reason he could possibly fall here is because of character concerns. At his best, Fairley could be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with his ability to get into the backfield and wreak havoc. At worst, he will take plays off and earn a personal foul penalty every game. Either way, you can't pass on a talent like this if you are St. Louis.
    15. Christian Ponder * (QB) QB, LB, CB Florida State Pensy:  The 49ers drop back into the middle of the first round and land the quarterback that first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh can build his team around.
    16. DaQuan Bowers (DE) DE, LB,    S Clemson Mellor: Knee and "one-year wonder" concerns surround Bowers but the guy has as much upside as anyone in this draft. He's a great value at for this slot in the draft.
    17. Aldon Smith (DE)  DE,  G,  RB Pittsburgh Kotick: The Patriots play that 3-4 defense with Vince Wilfork clogging up everything in the middle. So the best pick here would be Smith, who can play that hybrid linebacker-defensive end position and create havoc off the edge. The Patriots would love to be able to pick him up so late here.
    18. Cameron Jordan (DE) DE, LB, WR California Herdt: San Diego needs to upgrade their pass rush and since defensive ends are flying off the board the Chargers have to take the best available and that is Cameron Jordan. Jordan is one of the most powerful ends in the draft who not only plays the run, but can also rush the passer effectively.
    19. Mike Pouncey (C) C,   LB, DT Florida Pensy:  The Giants take Pouncey in hopes tha he will develop into the instant impact player his brother Maurkice was last year for the Steelers.
    20. Adrian Clayborn (DE)  DE,  LB,  TE Iowa Mellor: The Bucs have cornerstones at defensive tackle thanks to an impressive draft haul last year. Now it's time to focus on upping the skill level on the ends.
    21. Gabe Carimi (OT) OT, WR, LB Wisconsin Kotick: Another great offensive tackle, and the reigning Outland Trophy winner. The Chiefs are looking offensive line for the first round, and Carimi fits that mold of a guy who can play in the league 12 years and be in the pro bowl almost every season. Jamaal Charles should be a happy camper.
    22. Nate Solder (OT) OT, WR,  S Colorado Herdt: Another choice made easy since all of the other tackles the Colts are looking at are already off the board. Solder is a much better pass blocker than run blocker, which is perfect for the the Peyton Manning led Colts. We all know Indianapolis is going to take a tackle in round one and based on who is available Solder is that guy.
    23. Tyron Smith (OT)  G,  CB,  OT Southern Cal Pensy:  The Eagles need a lot of help up front and Smith is a logical choice to replace Winston Justice. The Eagles would also look to take a Guard if either Carimi or Castanzo are still available.
    24. Corey Liuget (DT) DE, LB, RB Illinois Mellor: The Saints have a bigger need at defensive end but Liuget is too good to pass up at this point. He has a strong, never-slowing motor. Basically he's too "Liuget" to quit. Yeah, I went there.
    25. Andy Dalton (QB) QB, DE, CB TCU Kotick: The Seahawks need a QB, plain and simple. Ryan Mallett does not fit Pete Carroll's offensive scheme in Seattle, and he needs a dual-threat QB who can make plays with his feet. Dalton is the perfect fit for Seattle here, and he's a guy you can build your organization around for the next few years.
    26. Jimmy Smith (CB) CB, LB, OT Colorado Herdt: Again, I see the Ravens being a team who might trade out of the first round with a team looking to take a quarterback, but if they keep this pick, Jimmy Smith is too good to pass up at number 26. Easily a top 15 pick without the red flags, Smith is the type of corner who loves to play press coverage. A team with leaders like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed can easily get Smith to toe the company line, plus he has the swagger that the Ravens love.
    27. Cameron Heyward (DE) DE, WR, LB Ohio State Pensy:  Defensive end has to be the number one priority for the Falcons and Heyward is the best option left on the board.  
    28. Mark Ingram (RB)  DE,  G,  RB Alabama Mellor: Can he regain that Heisman form? Ingram has question marks but he's the top back in this draft. New England needs a running back and is the best at turning question marks into answers.
    29. Derek Sherrod (OT) OT, DT,   G Mississippi State Kotick: The Bears definitely are looking offensive line, and Sherrod is the best guy left on the board at this point. If you're Chicago, you've got to be looking to beef up your O-line, and Sherrod provides you depth and talent in the same breath.
    30. Marvin Austin (DT) LB, DT, OT North Carolina Herdt: If there were a match made in heaven it would definitely be Marvin Austin and the New York Jets. Austin is a guy with top five talent, but because of his year long suspension, has dropped this far and fallen off of a lot of teams draft boards. Rex Ryan will have no problem whatsoever taking a chance on a guy with Austin's abilities, not to mention he fits a need considering the Jets lost Kris Jenkins to an ACL injury in each of the last two seasons.
    31. Danny Watkins (G)  G,  CB,  DE Baylor Pensy:  The Steelers would love to add another Pouncey to their line but that looks unlikely.  They still have to find help to protect Roethlisberger and Watkins at 31 would be the steal of the first round.
    32. Martez Wilson (LB) DE, LB, DT Illinois Mellor: Unlike every other team, the Pack don't have any pressing first-round needs. That's why they're picking last. They'll go with the best available player regardless of position.

    * - Projected first round trade

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 21st, 2011

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

    Spring football is in the books and the Doak Insider Podcast recaps the game and who stood out. It is also time for the first annual NFL Mock Draft as the guys make their picks for the first round and ponder which future star could turn into the next Tom Brady.

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 21st

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    2011 TRUE Seminole

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    Please Make It Stop

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -XOS Digital, Inc., the leading provider of content management solutions and digital media services for collegiate and professional sports organizations, has announced the official release of the latest addition to the XOS Thunder™ coaching product line, the XOS Thunder HD Football editing system.


    "To ensure the new Thunder HD system would operate efficiently and withstand ongoing stress, XOS released a beta version in early February to six schools for testing," Chris McCleary, CEO, XOS Digital, said. "The feedback we received was incredible, and we are excited to officially release Thunder HD to the entire football market."  

    Florida State is one of those schools that is currently employing the technology as it has done all spring and will utilize at Saturday's Garnet & Gold Game and moving forward in the future under the guidance of FSU Video Coordinator Craig Campanozzi and FSU Assistant Video Coordinator Mike Bracken.

    "This technology is great because it allows us the opportunity to provide HD video to the coaches," Bracken said. "We have shot in HD in the past but the video that we distributed to the coaches wasn't in HD. We did a major upgrade since we knew it was coming and now our computers have the processing power to keep that top-notch quality. The workflow and quality are incredible. It also helps us save a lot of time when we are breaking down film because of the powerful processing power."

    The HD platform offers four times the resolution of today's standard definition video, and at a quarter of the bandwidth.  XOS Thunder HD provides high quality video in small file sizes which reduces the time spent capturing editing and distributing video.


    Panasonic's P2 camera enables the FSU coaches video department to shoot video and store it directly on memory cards.  FSU also uses Panasonic's camera HMR-10 storage device to record full HD resolution images onto low-cost SD memory cards in three different recording modes. With the adoption of Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) standards, a number of devices can be used for ingesting video. 


    XOS Thunder HD is compatible with an array of XOS Football products that are designed to maximize preparation time for football programs. These include:

    ·        XOS Game Analysis: Combines many time-saving data entry features with fully interactive reports to allow a staff to put together and present a game plan more efficiently.

    ·        XOS PlayTools: Enables coaching staffs to create and manage the thousands of play diagrams they process during a season.

    ·        XOS Player on Demand: Provides coaching staffs with the ability to streamline their recruiting process.

    ·        XOS PlayAction Simulator: A virtual-reality training and evaluation tool designed to serve the needs of both collegiate and professional football players and coaches, utilizing  a partnership with EA Sports.

    ·        XOS Lightning powered by Hudl: A wide-area content distribution platform for sports organizations that extends the power of XOS Thunder outside the walls of their complexes.

    For more information about XOS Digital's products and services, visit


    About XOS Digital, Incorporated:

    Founded in 1999, XOS Digital is the leading provider of digital asset management solutions for collegiate and professional sports organizations.  Conference officials, league offices, coaching staffs and athletic departments rely on the XOS portfolio of products and services to manage, analyze, archive, distribute, protect and monetize their digital assets. The XOS Thunder™ Coaching Platform, XOS Xchange™, XOS PlayerOnDemand™, XOS Digital Licensing Portal™, and the XOS Digital Sports Network™ digital media distribution technology provide the most advanced, comprehensive digital asset management solution available in the world.  For more information, visit

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 14th

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

    It's time for the 2011 Garnet & Gold spring football game and the guys have you covered with everything you need for gameday. They also discuss Chris Singleton's decision to jump to the NBA draft and Scott Kotick previews the FSU vs. Virginia Tech baseball series.

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 14th

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    Make Things Happen

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    This cat is on the clock and counting down his 15 minutes of fame:

    Water Jet Pack = AWESOME

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    MJ Makes It Rain In Italy

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    During a 1985 Nike Exhibition game in Italy, Michael Jordan tops off his 30 points with a high-flying, backboard-shattering dunk.

    Spring Practice Report: April 11

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    Doak Insider Podcast - April 7th

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

    The guys break down the first spring football scrimmage and discuss how EJ Manuel, Bert Reed and Devonta Freeman stood out. They preview the 2010 Masters tournament and ponder if Sabotage is just a popular Beastie Boys song or a growing controversy at NC State.

    Doak Insider Podcast - April 7th

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    Spring Practice Report: April 6

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    Nick O'Leary At The Masters

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    It was a good afternoon for future Seminole Nick O'Leary.  Not only did he get to caddie for his grandfather Jack Nicklaus at the Masters Par 3 Tournament but he also got to make a shot on the famed course.

    As you can see from the pictures below courtesy of, Nick is a tad bit taller than his grandfather.

    Future Seminole Nick O'Leary will have a unique experience this afternoon as he caddies for his grandfather Jack Nicklaus in the Par 3 contest at The Masters.

    Check back later today for an update from Augusta.

    Spring Scrimmage Report: April 4

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    Cell Phones Have Come A Long Way

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    Fisher Family Statement

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    Jimbo Fisher: "Candi and I ask for your prayers as our family is dealing with a very personal matter concerning the health of our youngest child. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we deal with this as a family. We will rely on our faith, our immediate family as well as the entire Seminole family as we face these challenges in the coming months. With the right medical care and the proper optimistic approach, we are confident of positive results."
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