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    July 2011 Archives

    Athlon Sports has an interesting debate taking place right now on its website. Writers Patrick Snow and Braden Gall are debating whether or not to take Florida State or the rest of the ACC field for the 2011 league championship.

    Check out the debate here. What do you think?

    'Noles In The News: July 29, 2011

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    Preseason College Football Rankings 2011: 5 Biggest Non-Conference SEC Games
    John Patton-Bleacher Reports
    July 28, 2011

    Seminole Club to host legendary 'Voice'
    Jennifer M.
    July 28, 2011

     Florida State Seminoles early choice for ACC title
    July 28, 2011

    ACC Football Kickoff: Virginia Tech, Florida State preseason favorites again
    JOEDY McCREARY - AP Sports Writer
    July 28, 2011

    'Noles In The News: July 28, 2011

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    FSU players, coaches volunteer with United Way
    Roger Luke- Tallahassee Democrat
    July 27, 2011

    Annsworth Academy children welcome FSU football coach, quarterback
    Tallahasse Democrat
    July 27, 2011

    Former Bayside star Manuel is all-ACC QB
    Kyle Tucker-The Virginian-Pilot
    July 28, 2011

    No fumbling around: FSU football sets multiple records in 1969 victory
    Corey Clark-
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    The marks that stand the test of time
    Ira Schoffel and Jim Lamar- Tallahasse Democrat
    July 27, 2011

    FSU players instruct THS softball team
    Clint Thompson -Thomasville-Times Enterprise
    July 27, 2011

    Manuel set to lead 'Noles to ACC Title game
    Bob Ferrante-FS Sports
    July 27, 2011

    Miami, FSU each land four players on 2011 preseason All-ACC football team
    Jorge Milian-Palm Beach Post
    July 27, 2011

    4 Seminoles chosen for All-ACC team
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    Arizona Cardinal agree to terms with 21 rookie free-agents
    Arizona Cardinals Football
    July 27, 2011

    Ryan McMahon signs with Atlanta Falcons
    By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
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    Florida State lands four on preseason All-ACC team
    Coley Harvey- Orlando Sentinel
    July, 27 2011

    FSU Favorite to Take ACC
    John Krahnert III- The Pilot
    July 27, 2011

    Ponder on "Everything to Prove"

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    Former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder was featured in this week's NFL series, "Everything to Prove."

    Take a look inside as Ponder trains with Peyton and Eli Manning at the famous Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, LA.

    Doak Insider Podcast - July 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 this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys continue their season preview with the Virginia Cavaliers. They recap their exciting weekend at ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst and offer their final word.

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    ESPN's Danny Kanell likes the Noles in 2011

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    Next Time Hang On!

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    Doak Insider Podcast - July 22

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

    On this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys continue their season preview with the Miami Hurricanes. They also discuss the upcoming ACC Football media kickoff and offer their final word.

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    Best Answering Machine Ever

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    Who better than to provide insight on life than George Costanza himself?

    New World Record

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    Ladies and gentlemen we have a new world record.

    This Is Our Time

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    We posted the 2011 True Seminole video to the football page on July 14 but this video is so incredibly fantastic that it deserves to be posted again a week later. 

    Athlon Sports Picks Florida State #4 Overall

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    Florida State's players, coaches and fans are confident this program is on the cusp of a return to national prominence, but those dreams will be tested during a crucial two-game stretch in late September. First, the Seminoles will play host to an Oklahoma team that simply dismantled them last year in Norman, Okla. Then, they will go on the road one week later to face Clemson, which always seems to give them fits; FSU hasn't won at Death Valley since 2001.

    A loss in either game will feel like a major setback, but the Seminoles still would have a strong chance to improve upon last season's 9-3 regular season.


    Manuel Named To Maxwell Watch List

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    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch list for the 75th annual Maxwell Award, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. 

    The watch list incorporates a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast. Returning Maxwell Award semifinalists from 2010 include Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, Baylor QB Robert Griffin, Oregon RB LaMichael James, Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, Boise State QB Kellen Moore and Michigan QB Denard Robinson.

    The 2010 Maxwell Award winner, QB Cam Newton of Auburn left school early following his junior season. Newton was selected No. 1 overall in the National Football League Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

    Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 31 and the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 21. The winner of the 2011 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 8. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 2.

    The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, evaluating past performance and future potential. Additions and deletions to these lists will happen as the 2011 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the award.

    The Maxwell Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.

    2011 Maxwell Award Watch List
    Edwin BakerRBMichigan StateLandry JonesQBOklahoma
    Montee BallRBWisconsinCase KeenumQBHouston
    Vick BallardRB Mississippi StateMarcus LattimoreRBSouth Carolina
    Matt BarkleyQBUSCRyan LindleyQBSan Diego State
    Justin BlackmonWROklahoma StateZach LineRBSMU
    Tyler BrayQBTennesseeAndrew LuckQBStanford
    Ryan BroylesWROklahomaE.J. ManuelQBFlorida State
    Greg ChildsQBArkansasDoug MartinRBBoise State
    Marcus CokerRBIowaTaylor MartinezQBNebraska
    Zach CollarosQBCincinnatiBryant MonizQBHawaii
    Kirk CousinsQB Michigan StateKellen MooreQBBoise State
    Juron CrinerWRArizonaAaron MurrayQBGeorgia
    Dayne CristQBNotre DameDanny O'BrienQBMaryland
    Dominique DavisQBEast CarolinaIsaiah PeadRBCincinnati
    Knile DavisRBArkansasDan PersaQBNorthwestern
    Michael DyerRBAuburnChris PolkRBWashington
    Andre EllingtonRBClemsonTauren PooleRBTennessee
    Michael FloydWRNotre DameBobby RaineyRBWestern Kentucky
    Nick FolesQBArizonaTrent RichardsonRBAlabama
    Johnathan FranklinRBUCLADenard RobinsonQBMichigan
    Jeff FullerWRTexas A&MNathan ScheelhaaseQBIllinois
    Stephen GarciaQBSouth CarolinaGeno SmithQBWest Virginia
    Mike GlennonQBNC StateRodney StewartRBColorado
    Ray GrahamRBPittsburghRyan TannehillQBTexas A&M
    Cyrus GrayRBTexas A&MStepfan TaylorRBStanford
    Robert GriffinQBBaylorDarron ThomasQBOregon
    Chandler HarnishQB Northern IllinoisBrandon WeedenQBOklahoma State
    Montel HarrisRBBoston CollegeEd WesleyRBTCU
    Jared HassinRBArmyJames WhiteRBWisconsin
    Ronnie HillmanRBSan Diego StateDavid WilsonRBVirginia Tech
    LaMichael JamesRBOregonRussell WilsonQBWisconsin
    Alshon JefferyWRSouth CarolinaTyler WilsonQBArkansas
    Damaris JohnsonWRTulsaRobert WoodsWRUSC

    ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today signed their first-round selection (28th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin from Florida State University. Gilmartin arrived to the Braves facility at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex today to begin a throwing program.

    Gilmartin, a 6-2, 195 pound left-handed pitcher, was a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after going 12-1 with a 1.83 ERA (23 ER/113.1 IP) in 17 games (16 starts) for Florida State University in 2011. Ranked by Baseball America as the 16th-best college pitcher in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, he paced Seminole hurlers in wins (12), strikeouts (122) and innings pitched (113.1). His 12 wins were tied for most in the ACC, while his 122 strikeouts were good for third.

    "Sean is quality left-handed pitcher with great makeup and an excellent selection of pitches," said Tony DeMacio, the Club's director of scouting. "We think he'll move fast through our system and we are real happy to reach an agreement. Sean is certainly a great addition to the Braves family."

    Gilmartin was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign. The Moorpark, California, native went 2-1 with a 4.35 ERA (5 ER/10.1 IP) in four appearances (one start) for the 2010 Team USA Collegiate National Team.

    Doak Insider Podcast - July 14th

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    On this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys continue their season preview with the Boston College Eagles. They also discuss the NY Times report on Auburn, Sporting News Top 120 and offer their final word.

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    EA Sports - FSU dominates in win at Orange Bowl

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    Now that EA Sports NCAA 12 has launched fans want to know where the Seminoles rank.  Well if this demo is any indication the season will end with a win in the Orange Bowl.

    Buster Posey on Showtime

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    Seminole fans may want to check out the first episode of The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants which debuts tonight on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET.  Here's a look at a clip of the show featuring Posey's rehab.  Warning:  there's an up close look at his ankle that some may find a little gross!

    Osceola and Renegade rode to victory today over the University of Michigan in the championship round of the EA Sports NCAA Football Traditions contest.  

    Florida State defeated Florida, LSU and Notre Dame to advance to the title round.  After some "poll tampering," voting was moved to the SportsNation facebook page where the Seminoles won by an astounding 15,000 votes.

    EA Sports released NCAA Football 12 today and if you have not seen the open with Osceola and Renegade, you can do so by clicking the link below. 

    Don't miss out on an opportunity to see the best tradition in college football for yourself.  Season tickets, 3-packs, and single game tickets are still on sale for the 2011 football season.  
    Click here to purchase your tickets today! Go Noles!

    This will hold us over

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    With just under 53 days left until the start of college football season it is good to know we can bide our time by playing the newest version of EA Sports NCAA Football 12 which was released today.  Take a look at some of the first half highlights below.

    Doak Insider Podcast - July 8th

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

    On this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys continue their season preview with the NC State Wolfpack. They also discuss trouble in the pacific northwest and suggest how "voluntary workouts" should be changed.

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    The Seminole were well represented on the 2011 watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive player.

    Brandon Jenkins, Nigel Bradham, Greg Reid, and Xavier Rhodes were all named to this prestigious list.  

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Florida State University School of Library & Information Studies, will present home libraries to two single-parent families on Friday.


    The presentation of books and other educational materials is the culmination of a pilot project partnering theWarrick Dunn Family Foundation with Dunn's alma mater and is an extension of his foundation's Homes for the Holidays program, in which Habitat for Humanity-built homes are furnished for selected single-parent families who move in near the holidays. The goal of this project is to provide Homes for the Holidays families with an extensive collection of materials to nurture and inspire their interest and love for reading and literacy.


    The home libraries will be presented to the families of Latashee Daniels and Wannessia Jefferson, who own the two homes in Tallahassee most recently furnished by the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation. Scheduled to take part in the presentation will be John Thomas, a member of the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation Board of Directors; FSU College of Communication and Information Dean Larry Dennis; Don Yaeger, New York Timesbest-selling author and award-winning inspirational speaker; Corinne Jorgensen, director of the School of Library & Information Studies; Nancy Everhart, associate professor and director of the Partnerships Advancing Library Media (PALM) Center; and graduate research assistant Melissa Johnston.


    The presentation will take place at:


    11:30 A.M.






    LOUIS SHORES BUILDING (Map and directions can be found here.)




    The collaboration was the brainchild of Everhart, who also is immediate past president of the American Association of School Librarians. Doctoral students from the PALM Center went to the two families' homes and conducted extensive interviews with the children in order to determine their reading interests and preferences. Everhart and faculty members Melissa Gross, Don Latham and Marcia Mardis worked with graduate students in their classes to select appropriate materials for each family.


    "This service-learning project highlights the unique skills that our faculty and students can provide to the community," Everhart said.


    Follett Library Resources provided the digital and printed materials in the libraries, valued at about $800 per family.


    "Follett is delighted to sponsor the home libraries for these families because our mission is to support literacy and lifelong learning," Follett President Todd Litzsinger said. "Having books available in the home promotes family reading."


    Dunn announced the collaboration in November 2010 at the College of Communication & Information's homecoming celebration, where he was honored as 2010 Distinguished Alumni for the School of Library & Information Studies.


    Although the pilot program focused on Homes for the Holidays families in Tallahassee, the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation hopes to expand and replicate the university collaboration to other communities in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.


    "The collaboration with FSU enhances our Homes for the Holidays program for single parents and their children," said Jennifer Maxwell, executive director of the foundation. "Increasing literacy within our recipient families will create lasting change for future generations."


    Dunn is one of the legends of FSU football. As the team's starting tailback from 1993 to 1997, he earned numerous accolades, and was a member of the national championship team of 1993. Dunn graduated from Florida State in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in information studies. He went on to a successful pro career, playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.


    To read this article online, visit the Florida State University news site.

    Instant Analysis: Football's loss of Taiwan Easterling

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    It's not very often that two athletic programs at Florida State lose a very good player on the exact same day but that is exactly what happened Thursday when Taiwan Easterling signed a professional baseball contract.


    His decision to pursue baseball means that he left one year of eligibility with the football team on the table.


    Easterling may consider himself a baseball player first but his production on the football field won't soon be forgotten. A would-be senior, Easterling never caught fewer than 30 passes in each of his three seasons on the gridiron and last year he registered 551 yards and five touchdowns -- both career highs.


    Through and through he was a producer.


    But even though No. 8 will no longer be running precise routes and making incredible touchdown grabs like the one he made against Virginia Tech in 2008, FSU has the benefit of returning quite a few talented student-athletes at the wide receiver spot in 2011 and a few young guys that seem poised enough to take Easterling's spot.


    Everyone knows what Bert Reed can do and he will continue to be a playmaker and go-to guy in his final year. Rodney Smith and Willie Haulstead are both back for their junior seasons and each of those two budding superstars have steadily increased their production each season just like Easterling did.


    The Seminoles also feature Kenny Shaw, Scooter Haggins and Greg Dent, who all played sparingly as true freshman but showed flashes of being special. Expect all three of those guys to make a big leap in their second seasons just like Haulstead and Smith did a year earlier.


    And then there are the wild cards on the outside.


    Christian Green came to FSU last season boasting some Peter Warrick-type comparisons and after redshirting as a true freshman, head coach Jimbo Fisher and the offensive staff appear ready to unleash him on opposing defenses.


    Fellow freshmen Kelvin Benjamin and Rashad Greene are both on campus and ready to go, too. Don't expect either one to redshirt right away. Benjamin has NFL-ready size and Greene has world-class speed; it's the best of both worlds.


    Easterling will certainly be missed but thanks to some fantastic recruiting of some real homerun hitters at the wide receiver position by the FSU coaching staff, the future looks bright.


    Just like Easterling's baseball career.

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