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    'Noles In The News: Dec. 26, 2011

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    Seminoles Aim To Solve Woes On Offense




    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says that despite offense's slump, it's no problem for him to call plays himself

    By Tom D'Angelo

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011


    FSU's Hopkins excited to play against team he almost selected

    Dec. 26, 2011  | 

    By Ira Schoffel

    Democrat sports editor|


    In FSU's bowl prep, freshmen gain experience, help vets

    The Seminoles' rookies have spent the bowl season getting ready for Notre Dame, next season

    December 25, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    Seminoles defense fast, skilled

    Tony Krausz | The Journal Gazette


    Florida State, Notre Dame heading in opposite directions going into the Champs Sports Bowl

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer,    Comment on this article 4

    Published: December 24, 2011



    FSU football players from Central Florida happy to spend Christmas in Orlando

    Dec. 24, 2011  | 

    By Ira Schoffel


    FSU's coaching staff among nation's highest-paid

    USA Today study finds 'Noles football coaches earning salaries among the highest

    December 24, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    Manuel has a unique relationship with his dad

    Father and son consider one another friends

    December 24, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    Shawn Powell: Consensus All-Amercan

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    Shawn Powell's time at Florida State may be nearing its end but he's got a place right next to the clock in the football team's locker room waiting for him.

    As a consensus All-American, Powell -- FSU's star punter -- will be given the honor of becoming the 28th player in program history to have a large cut-out photo of himself placed near the ceiling of the locker room inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

    Powell's photo will be next in line after Rodney Hudson and joins a Seminoles' consensus All-American list that also includes Fred Biletnikoff, Greg Allen, Ron Sellers, Jamie Dukes, Ron Simmons, Deion Sanders, LeRoy Butler, Charlie Ward, Marvin Jones, Derrick Brooks, Terrell Buckley, Corey Sawyer, Clifton Abraham, Reinard Wilson, Clay Shiver, Sam Cowart, Peter Boulware, Andre Wadsworth, Sebastian Janikowski, Jason Whitaker, Peter Warrick, Tay Cody, Corey Simon, Snoop Minnis, Alex Barron and Jamal Reynolds.

    Here's a photo of where Powell's photo will be placed in the near future:


    Here's a list of this season's college football consensus All-Americans from the NCAA:

    The following players were listed on the most first team All-America teams competing against players at that position only. To be selected a player has to be named first team on at least two of the five selected All-American teams. Second and third teams were used to break ties. Seven players were unanimous choices by the five organizations used in the consensus chart -- American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation. Note: Each of the five teams has a different way of listing the returner or all-purpose player. For the purpose of the Consensus All- America team those categories were treated as one position.


    WR--*Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St., 6-1, 215, Jr.

    WR--Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma, 5-10, 188, Sr.

    WR--Robert Woods, Southern California, 6-1, 180, So. 

    TE--Dwayne Allen, Clemson, 6-4, 255, Jr.

    OL--*Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 311, Sr.

    OL--*David DeCastro, Stanford, 6-5, 310, Sr.

    OL--Nate Potter, Boise St., 6-6, 295, Sr.

    OL--Levy Adcock, Oklahoma St., 6-6, 322, Sr.

    C--David Molk, Michigan, 6-2, 286, Sr.

    QB--Robert Griffin III, Baylor, 6-2, 220, Jr.

    RB--*Trent Richardson, Alabama, 5-11, 224, Jr. 

    RB--Montee Ball, Wisconsin, 5-11, 210, Jr.

    PK--Randy Bullock, Texas A&M, 5-9, 212, Sr. 

    Returner/All-Purpose-- Joe Adams, Arkansas, 5-11, 190, Sr.


    DL--*Whitney Mercilus, Illinois, 6-4, 265, Jr. 

    DL--Jerel Worthy, Michigan St., 6-3, 310, Jr. 

    DL--Devon Still, Penn St., 6-5, 310, Sr. 

    DL--Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, Sr. 

    LB--Dont'a Hightower, Alabama, 6-4, 260, Jr.

    LB--Luke Kuechly, Boston College, 6-3, 237, Jr. 

    LB--Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, So. 

    DB--*Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 218, Sr. '

    DB--*Morris Claiborne, LSU, 6-0, 185, Jr. 

    DB--Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, 5-9, 175, So. 

    P--Shawn Powell, Florida St., 6-4, 235, Sr.

    * Indicates unanimous first team selection; Bold indicates consensus repeater from 2010

    Note: Three wide receivers are named because of a tie for the second spot. Both Broyles and Woods made two first teams and one second team each. At defensive back, only three are named instead of four. Two players were unanimous first team while Mathieu was named first team on four. Six other players were named to only one first team as defensive backs.

    TV's Ron Swanson on FSU's campus? Oh yes

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    The man that brought you the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness will be making a Tallahassee appearance in March.

    Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on the popular NBC show "Parks and Recreation," will perform live at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall on March 29, 2012. The event is free to FSU students with a valid student ID and $15 for others.

    For those of you who have not seen "Parks and Recreation," I suggest you start watching immediately -- if only for the genius that is Offerman's character.

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 19, 2011

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    Notre Dame football: Florida State offense looks to take flight

    By IRA SCHOFFEL Tallahassee Democrat

    December 19, 2011,0,3034946.story


    Injured Bert Reed still 'a far way off' for FSU

    Seminoles receiver has practiced the last two days, but still may not play in bowl

    By Coley Harvey

    December 18, 2011,0,5637070.story


    FSU basketball blows out Loyola Marymount

    Seminoles cruise to third-straight win on strength of Bernard James

    By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

    December 18, 2011,0,5904034.story


    Florida State Seminoles beat Loyola-Marymount Lions in men's basketball

    Monday, December 19, 2011


    Florida State dominates boards in win over Loyola Marymount

    Dec. 19, 2011  | 

    By Corey Clark editor

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 16, 2011

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    FSU set for more conference contests

    Dec. 16, 2011

    By Corey Clark editor


    Florida State volleyball falls in Final Four to UCLA

    Seminoles appeared in their first national semifinal in school history

    December 15, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    Seminoles fall in Final Four

    UCLA defeats FSU in straight sets

    Dec. 16, 2011

    By Greg Echlin

    Special to the Democrat|


    Seminoles fall in Final Four

    UCLA defeats FSU in straight sets

    Dec. 16, 2011

    By Greg Echlin

    Special to the Democrat|


    FSU sprinter/jumper Ngoni Makusha earns Bowerman Award

    Florida State, Ngoni Makusha, track and field -- posted by Coley Harvey on December, 15 2011 10:31 AM


    FSU sprinter/jumper Ngoni Makusha earns Bowerman Award

    Florida State, Ngoni Makusha, track and field -- posted by Coley Harvey on December, 15 2011


    Florida State near the top of latest Director's Cup standings

    2011 Florida State football, 2011 NCAA Tournament, 2011-12 Florida State basketball, Atlantic Coast Conference, ESPN, Florida State, Uncategorized, baseball, basketball -- posted by Coley Harvey on December, 15 2011

    Former 'Nole Tim Pickett signed by Golden State

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    Former standout men's basketball guard Tim Pickett has been signed by the Golden State Warriors. 

    Here's the full release announcing his signing as well as the signing of three other players in the Bay Area.

    On the flip side, former Seminole Al Thornton is a free agent and is currently not on the Warriors roster -- the team he played for last season.

    Photo: 2 former Seminoles, Chris Singleton and Sam Cassell

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    From the Atlantic Coast Conference:

    ACC Announces increase to 18 conference games in Men's and Women's Basketball

    Additional conference games will begin in the 2012-13 season

    December 15, 2011

    GREENSBORO, NC - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today that beginning in the 2012-13 season the league will play an 18-game conference schedule in men's and women's basketball.

    "Our member institutions have been talking about this increase for awhile and knowing our league will be expanding to 14 in the future, we've decided to move to an 18-game conference schedule next year, regardless of our membership number," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The additional conference games create a more equitable schedule and we've received significant feedback from our fans for more conference games."

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 15, 2011

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    FSU defense should be primed for bright future

    Seminoles' defensive success partially depends on coordinator Mark Stoops' future

    December 14, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    FSU Insider: Noles must resolve issues quickly

    December 14, 2011


    Eight Florida, FSU and UCF baseball players earn preseason All-America honors

    December 14, 2011|A staff report


    Verot grad Katie Mosher hits it big with FSU

    Redshirt freshman libero Katie Mosher and the Seminoles will face UCLA tonight in a Final Four volleyball semifinal.

    Dec. 14, 2011  ||


    F.S.U. in Volleyball Semifinals Thanks to Blocks


    Published: December 14, 2011


    Florida State in the mix for NCAA volleyball title

    With four-time champ Penn State ousted, Final Four has new look

    By Paul J. Weber

    Associated Press


    Unique paths but same destination

    By Mechelle Voepel


    Seminoles march fast path to success

    Poole pieces together successful Seminoles program in short time.

    By Terrence Thomas,


    Finals adds stress for FSU volleyball team

    Dec. 15, 2011  | 

    By Corey Clark editor|


    Surprise Seminoles learn from past experience

    Leonard Hamilton Call-In Show Thursday night

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    Shawn Powell named third team AP All-America selection

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    AP All-America Team, List



    Quarterback - Robert Griffin III, junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Baylor.

    Running backs - Montee Ball, junior, 5-11, 210, Wisconsin; Trent Richardson, junior, 5-11, 224, Alabama.

    Tackles - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 311, Alabama; Matt Kalil, junior, 6-7, 295, Southern California.

    Guards - David DeCastro, senior, 6-5, 310, Stanford; Kevin Zeitler, senior, 6-4, 318, Wisconsin.

    Center - David Molk, senior, 6-2, 286, Michigan.

    Wide receivers - Justin Blackmon, junior, 6-1, 215, Oklahoma State; Robert Woods, sophomore, 6-1, 180, Southern California.

    Tight end - Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, Clemson.

    All-purpose player - Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, Clemson.

    Kicker - Randy Bullock, senior, 5-9, 212, Texas A&M.


    Ends - Melvin Ingram, senior, 6-2, 276, South Carolina; Whitney Mercilus, junior, 6-4, 265, Illinois.

    Tackles - Devon Still, senior, 6-5, 310, Penn State; Jerel Worthy, junior, 6-3, 310, Michigan State.

    Linebackers - Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, Boston College; Jarvis Jones, sophomore, 6-3, 241, Georgia; Dont'a Hightower, junior, 6-4, 260, Alabama.

    Cornerbacks - Morris Claiborne, junior, 6-0, 185, LSU; Tyrann Mathieu, sophomore, 5-9, 175, LSU.

    Safeties - Mark Barron, senior, 6-2, 218, Alabama; Bacarri Rambo, junior, 6-0, 218, Georgia.

    Punter - Brad Wing, freshman, 6-3, 184, LSU.




    Quarterback - Andrew Luck, junior, Stanford.

    Running backs - LaMichael James, junior, Oregon; David Wilson, junior, Virginia Tech.

    Tackles - Jonathan Martin, senior, Stanford; Nate Potter, senior, Boise State.

    Guards -Will Blackwell, senior, LSU; Austin Pazstor, senior, Virginia.

    Center - Peter Konz, junior, Wisconsin.

    Wide receivers - Ryan Broyles, senior, Oklahoma; Kendall Wright, senior, Baylor.

    Tight end - Tyler Eifert, junior, Notre Dame.

    All-purpose player - Joe Adams, senior, Arkansas.

    Kicker - Caleb Sturgis, junior, Florida.


    Ends - Frank Alexander, senior, Oklahoma; Vinny Curry, senior, Marshall.

    Tackles - Joe Vellano, junior, Maryland; Derek Wolfe, senior, Cincinnati.

    Linebackers - Courtney Upshaw, senior, Alabama; Lavonte David, senior, Nebraska; Manti Teo, junior, Notre Dame.

    Cornerbacks - David Amerson, sophomore, North Carolina State; Dre Kirkpatrick, junior, Alabama.

    Safeties - Markelle Martin, senior, Oklahoma State; Antonio Allen, senior, South Carolina.

    Punter - Ryan Allen, junior, Louisiana Tech.



    Quarterback - Matt Barkley, junior, Southern California.

    Running backs - Ronnie Hillman, sophomore, San Diego State; Bobby Rainey, senior, Western Kentucky.

    Tackles - Levy Adcock, senior, Oklahoma State; Cordy Glenn, senior, Georgia.

    Guards - Ryan Miller, senior, Colorado; Gabe Ikard, sophomore, Oklahoma.

    Center - Grant Garner, senior, Oklahoma State.

    Wide receivers - Jordan White, senior, Western Michigan; Patrick Edwards, senior, Houston.

    Tight end - Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford.

    All-purpose player - Tavon Austin, junior, West Virginia.

    Kicker - Quinn Sharp, junior, Oklahoma State.


    Ends - Sam Montgomery, sophomore, LSU; Andre Branch, senior, Clemson.

    Tackles - John Simon, junior, Ohio State; Fletcher Cox, junior, Mississippi State.

    Linebackers - Tank Carder, senior, TCU; Sammy Brown, senior, Houston; Emmanuel Acho, senior, Texas.

    Cornerbacks - Nigel Malone, junior, Kansas State; Brodrick Brown, junior, Oklahoma State.

    Safeties - Josh Bush, senior, Wake Forest; George Iloka, senior, Boise State.

    Punter - Shawn Powell, senior, Florida State.


    AP All-America team selection panel:

    Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Greg Auman, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman; Seth Emerson, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer; Erik Gee, KNML-AM Albuquerque, N.M.; Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Mike Herndon Press-Register. Mobile, Ala.; Joshua Kendall, The State, Columbia, S.C.; Rob Long, CBS Radio 105.7 Baltimore; Dave Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Sam McKewon, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.; Keith Sargeant, Home News Tribune, Somerville, N.J.; John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript.

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 13, 2011

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    FSU defensive back Terrence Brooks shines with opportunity

    Dec. 13, 2011

    By Corey Clark editor|


    Bowden 'excited' to be back at Doak

    Dec. 13, 2011

    By Ira Schoffel

    Democrat sports editor


    Freshman Terry Whisnant settling in at FSU

    By Coley Harvey

    December 12, 2011,0,1311682.story


    Brother and Sister Suit Up for FSU

    Dec 12, 2011

    Reporter: Sam Lane

    Powell, Jernigan honored by Yahoo! Sports

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    A few days late on this, but Shawn Powell has been named to yet another All-American list.

    Powell, who has already earned first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and, was recently named to the Yahoo! Sports All-America team.

    From the Yahoo! announcement: "Powell leads the nation with an average of 47.0 yards per punt. He also has helped Florida State lead the nation in net punting (42.0). Twenty-one of his 49 punts this season have exceeded 50 yards, and seven went at least 60 yards. He has landed 21 of his 49 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, and 12 have gone inside the 10. Sixty-three percent of his punts haven't been returned."

    In addition to Powell's honor, Timmy Jernigan was named to Yahoo! Sports Freshman All-America team.

    From the Yahoo! announcement: "Although he isn't a starter, Jernigan emerged as a vital part of a deep line rotation that has helped Florida State rank second nationally in run defense and fifth in tackles for loss. Jernigan has 28 tackles - six for loss - and 2.5 sacks. He had two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in a shutout of North Carolina State."

    Former 'Nole Von Wafer officially member of Orlando Magic

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    Former Florida State men's basketball player Von Wafer is now officially a member of the Orlando Magic.

    Wafer and Glen Davis were traded to the Magic by the Boston Celtics for Brandon Bass.

    Orlando held its media day today and here is a photo of Wafer, who will wear jersey No. 1, courtesy of Andrew Melnick from


    Chris Singleton to wear No. 31 for Wizards

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    Perhaps it's a sign that the Washington Wizards won't re-sign Yi Jianlian. According to the Wizards' official website, former Florida State men's basketball player Chris Singleton will wear No. 31 for his new professional team.

    Jianlian wore Singleton's number last year and is still on the roster but it seems clear he will not be re-signed or will be traded in a sign-and-trade.

    Singleton, who was Washington's first-round draft pick this year, wore No. 31 for the Seminoles for three seasons. 

    My Twitter followers predicted the Heisman winner

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    My followers know how to vote for the Heisman Trophy.

    Prior to this past Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation, I sent out a tweet to those that follow me on Twitter asking for everyone's vote for college football's .

    Robert Griffin III wound up becoming the first Baylor player to ever win the coveted trophy and he also nabbed the most votes from my unofficial poll. Of the 31 votes that I received, Griffin pulled in 19 of them.

    LSU's Tyrann Mathieu garnered three votes, Alabama's Trent Richardson had eight and Stanford's Andrew Luck had two.

    Here's hoping next season there's an FSU player in the mix.

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 12, 2011

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    Champs Sports Bowl 2011: Florida State Defense Ready to Battle with Notre Dame

    By Janice Adams

    December 12, 2011


    FSU Stoops brother on Auburn's DC radar

    Posted by John Taylor on December 11, 2011, 7:12 AM EST

    Bob Stoops, Mark Stoops AP


    FSU beats UNC-Greensboro despite turnover barrage

    Dec. 11, 2011 

    By Corey Clark edito


    FSU earns win over UNC-Greensboro despite season-high turnovers

    Freshman Terry Whisnant has multiple career-highs in Seminoles' second straight victory

    By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

    December 11, 2011,0,4958993.story


    FSU relishes historic tourney win

    Seminoles earn trip to Final Four after five-set win over Iowa State

    Dec. 11, 2011

    By Corey Clark editor

    Florida State 90, Akron 64: FSU records two double-doubles to top Zips

    By Don Coughlin

    Special to the Beacon Journal

    Published: December 11, 2011 - 12:37 AM


    Seminoles turn focus to the future

    Dec. 11, 2011 

    By Corey Clark editor


    Florida State Seminoles volleyball advances; Florida Gators fall in Elite Eight

    Times wires

    In Print: Sunday, December 11, 2011


    FSU volleyball tops Iowa State to reach Final Four

    Dec. 11, 2011

    By Corey Clark editor|


    Florida State juniors file NFL Draft evaluations

    Seminoles like Brandon Jenkins, Greg Reid curious about draft status

    December 09, 2011|By Coley Harvey


    Jenkins waits before making decision about NFL

    Dec. 10, 2011

    By Corey Clark editor|


    Seminoles advance to Elite Eight

    FSU volleyball team rolls past Purdue; next up is No. 4 seed Iowa State

    Dec. 10, 2011|


    Purdue suffers early exit from Minneapolis Regional

    Dec 9 | By Pat Borzi

    Jenkins, Reid talk NFL; Joyner, Jones talk Notre Dame

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    Quotes from FSU players following practice on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011:

    Brandon Jenkins, Jr., Defensive End

    On getting back to practice:

    "Felt good. I got my body back, got my legs back and we're getting back to the basics."

    On getting an NFL evaluation:

    "Yeah, just to see how people feel about me and it doesn't base anything off of my decision, but just to see where I am."

    On the Champs Sports Bowl match-up with Notre Dame:

    "Big schools, great tradition, big teams, great players. We've got to bring our A game."


    Greg Reid, Jr., Cornerback/Return Specialist

    On having time off:

    "It was alright. I still did a little conditioning and workout myself, but it was alright."

    "Yeah, anytime you have a ten day break you go out there and you feel fresh. I felt real fresh."

    On playing Notre Dame:

    "Of course (I'm excited). Both teams hold a lot of weight with tradition. I'm ready to play."

    On the defense play well and what's working:

    "I think that it's just we're learning stuff throughout the year and we just come together and playing right now. We're clicking and we're enjoying it."

    On the NFL paper work process:

    "I kind of want to come back for my senior year. That's what I'm looking forward to. There are still a lot of things that I want to accomplish yet."

    The talent that could be back next year:

    "We notice that. A lot of us are still thinking about it, but a lot of us are thinking about our future, too. We know what we're risking. We know what we want to do."


    Lamarcus Joyner, Soph., Safety

    On getting back out to practice:

    "It was great. A few days off; getting the body back healed. Getting back mentally and prepared. As the season goes on, you get caught up in the game, planning against opponents. You lose the basics and fundamentals and techniques. That's the fun of the game where you're just not out there hitting, you learn how to tackle with coverage, that's what you want to do after this game."

    On his body:

    "It's different from high school to college. My first year as a starter in high school, [you are] trying to tough it out for the team because you don't want to let the team down. You definitely need those days to get your body back right. It was tough long season. We, as a team, appreciated those days off."

    On if it feels like a brand new year:

    "Yeah, we're just trying to set the tone. It's like a totally different new year. We just want to start this thing off, kick things right for this bowl game."

    On playing Notre Dame:

    "For me, it was great because I was recruited by them. Just to be able to play against them every once in a while, I was excited."


    Christian Jones, Soph., Linebacker

    On going back home to play in the bowl game:

    "It's real exciting. I'll be able to have most of my friends and family come and watch me play. Probably my high school coach will come out and watch. It's always good to play in front of my hometown crowd."

    On playing Notre Dame:

    "It was real cool. I know some guys on the team. It's always good to play a team like Notre Dame with all of the history and tradition."

    On Thursday's first practice:

    "We all had fun out there. It was a lot of the ones on the ones. It was real competitive. We just had fun out there, being able to go out there and play."

    On the time off:

    "It was great. It's something that doesn't happen that much so it was good to have that time off."

    For the defense having the time off:

    "Every time we go out there we are ready to play, but it's always good to get that little break in."

    On the defense finding a rhythm at the end of the season:

    "It feels good; especially to find out that we are one of the top defenses in the country. We just play well together and we have fun together and we are able to just put it all together."

    ESPN's David Pollack talks Florida State

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As part of the press circuit in preparation for Thursday night's Home Depot College Football Awards, I had the chance to speak with ESPN analyst David Pollack.

    A former Georgia star defensive end and first-round NFL draft pick, Pollack knows a thing or two about the play of defensive linemen so I took the chance to ask him about Florida State's standouts on the defensive front. What are your impressions of Bjoern Werner?

    Pollack: "I love the way Bjoern plays. He's got some good quickness off the ball. He's not just a 'try-hard guy.' Usually you get a light-skinned defensive lineman and he's the 'try-hard' guy but he's got some good ability and he's going to be a very good player. He's got good strength and he knows how to rush the passer. He's really going to be a fun player to watch."

    Bjoern Werner Junior Brandon Jenkins has submitted his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Committee and depending on what he learns may leave FSU a year early. What do you think he should do? What does he do well that translates to the NFL?

    Pollack: "He needs to come back and play another year with Werner. Those two together could do some damage. Brandon is as explosive as it gets. He can get off the football. He's definitely quick. It's always a personal decision. You always file your paperwork and see where you're slated [to be picked] and you decide but that defense has got so many young guys that will be coming back that it's going to be fun to watch. But Brandon's a baller. He knows how to get after the quarterback." He's not a defensive end like you were but he's worth mentioning. What do you think of freshman defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan?

    Pollack: "He's going to be a good player. FSU just keeps rotating those young, talented guys in there. He looks like a freak in the middle. FSU's got a bunch of guys. The 'Noles are one of the few teams in the ACC that have the defensive impact players in the trenches. FSU is one of the few teams in the country other than than the SEC that has a bunch of guys in the trenches that can make a difference. " Jimbo Fisher talks frequently about the importance of playing well on defense above all else...

    Pollack: "It's a perfect state to continue to build that great depth. Florida is a perfect place for it and South Georgia -- or as Coach Fisher calls it, North Florida. That staff has recruited really well the last two years and I expect that team and defense to get even better." As the lone player representing FSU at the awards show, what are your thoughts on Dustin Hopkins?

    Pollack: "He's got a horse leg doesn't he? I remember being at the  Oklahoma game and seeing it come off his leg and thinking, 'holy cow.' He's good and he's still got another year so that's a good thing obviously. For a school that has some negative history with kickers it's got to feel good for FSU fans to have a guy like that."

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 8, 2011

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    Florida State set to play Notre Dame

    Dec. 7, 2011   

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    Assistant Editor


    Season wrap: Florida State

    December, 7, 2011

    By Heather Dinich


    FSU not looking past Notre Dame

    December, 7, 2011

    By Heather Dinich


    Despite fewer wins and lower ranking, Jimbo Fisher says FSU 'took giant steps forward' this season

    By Tom D'Angelo

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011


    Champs Sports Bowl sold out for first time

    By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

    December 7, 2011,0,3891772.story


    Champs Sports Bowl sellout shows FSU-Notre Dame rivalry still has legs

    Shannon J. Owens, Orlando Sentinel

    December 7, 2011,0,857551.story


    FSU, Notre Dame seek ninth wins to close out season

    December 07, 2011 06:19:51 PM

    BRAD MILNER / News Herald Writer


    Rivals Vying For Distinction As Nation's Top Kicker

    Peter Burke, Managing Editor


    FSU's Whisnant adjusts to D-I life

    Dec. 8, 2011

    Corey Clark-


    Seminoles look to start winning on the road

    FSU women have had a rough start, but look to keep improving at Akron

    Written by



    All-American candidate Cierra Bravard has proven herself as one of FSU's best basketball players

    Earning her place in FSU history

    Dec. 7, 2011

    Written by


    Assistant Editor


    Seminoles roll into Sweet 16

    Florida State takes on Purdue in Minneapolis

    Dec. 7, 2011

    Written by


    Senior Staff Writer


    College volleyball: Area grads fuel FSU's rise

    Aimee Ford Foster

    December 8, 2011 at 12:45 a.m.


    'Noles In The News: Dec. 6, 2011

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    FSU, ND follow similar paths to Champs

    Dec. 5, 2011  | 

    By Corey Clark editor


    Dustin Hopkins hopes to extend Florida State's run of Groza Award winners as nation's top kicker

    By Jorge Milian

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


    Irish, Noles get one last shot on Dec. 29

    December, 5, 2011

    By Matt Fortuna


    FSU cruises to basketball win over Charleston Southern

    Height advantage helps Seminoles end losing skid

    By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

    December 5, 2011,0,6718179.story


    Florida State men route Charleston Southern 76-51

    Seminoles cruise in return to the Tucker Center

    Dec. 5, 2011|


    Bucs can't contain Florida State

    Staff report

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011


    White's 20 points help Florida State beat Charleston Southern 76-51 after 3-game skid


    December 05, 2011


    Florida State snaps three-game losing streak, crushes Charleston Southern

    Dec. 5, 2011  

    By Corey Clark editor

    According to the Sports Business Journal, Florida State players and coaches will each receive a $420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy and a Timely Watch Co. watch as part of the bowl-gift package for participating in this year's Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 29.

    Here's a breakdown of the rest of the gifts for each bowl according to the Sports Business Journal:

    Gildan New Mexico Bowl

    University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.

    Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Oakley Eyepatch 2, Oakley beanie, New Era cap, Oakley Flak Pack 3.0, pen with box, Christmas ornament

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

    Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho

    Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, North End winter coat, Kombi gloves, Nike beanie, Ogio Fugitive backpack, Big Game souvenir football

    R+L Carriers 

    New Orleans

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

    Samsung Galaxy tablet

    Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., ESPN

    Sony PlayStation 3, Oakley Eyepatch 2, Oakley backpack duffel, mini-helmet

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

    Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m., ESPN

    Best Buy gift card*, Tourneau watch, hooded sweatshirt, FlexFit cap

    MAACO Las Vegas Bowl

    Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

    Thursday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, cap

    Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

    Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 

    Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN

    Oakley sunglasses, Aloha shirt, Pro Athletics custom beach shorts, Oakley T-shirt, performance wear, cap or visor, backpack, beach towels, bowl calendar, playing cards

    AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

    Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.

    Monday, Dec. 26, 5 p.m., ESPN2

    Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, New Era cap, commemorative football

    Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

    Ford Field, Detroit

    Tuesday, Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

    Timely Watch Co. watch, leather duffel bag, commemorative football

    Belk Bowl

    Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

    Tuesday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m., ESPN

    Estimated $400 shopping trip to Belk's flagship store in Charlotte, Fossil watch

    Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

    Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

    Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPod nano, Deuce watch, LunaTik wristband (to hold iPod), beanie, Nike backpack

    Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m., ESPN

    Best Buy gift card*, Tourneau watch, hooded sweatshirt, FlexFit cap

    Valero Alamo Bowl

    Alamodome, San Antonio 

    Thursday, Dec. 29, 9 p.m., ESPN

    $400 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Schutt mini-helmet, panoramic team photo

    Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

    Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas**

    Friday, Dec. 30, noon, ESPN

    Sony Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, camo knit beanie, Ogio backpack, Big Game souvenir football

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl

    Yankee Stadium, New York City

    Friday, Dec. 30, 3:20 p.m., ESPN

    Note: Bowl committee would not disclose details about participants' gifts

    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    LP Field, Nashville

    Friday, Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Reactor watch

    Insight Bowl

    Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

    Friday, Dec. 30, 10 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio Convoy backpack

    Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

    Reliant Stadium, Houston

    Saturday, Dec. 31, noon, ESPN

    Toshiba 32-inch flat-screen television, Fossil watch, belt buckle, T-shirt, backpack

    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

    Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS

    Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, Majestic Pro-Base fleece pullover, VP Sports cap, Ogio Politan backpack, Helen of Troy hair dryer, souvenir coin

    AutoZone Liberty Bowl

    Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis

    Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ABC

    Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Nike training shoes, Nike sport sandals, Nike sunglasses, Nike Air Jordan backpack, commemorative game ball

    Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

    AT&T Park, San Francisco

    Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

    Soundmatters Personal Audiophile loudspeaker, Fossil watch, cap, Timbuk2 custom messenger bag

    Chick-fil-A Bowl

    Georgia Dome, Atlanta

    Saturday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

    $250 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Russell Athletic ski cap, Russell Athletic travel bag, $15 Chick-fil-A gift card, commemorative football

    TicketCity Bowl

    Cotton Bowl, Dallas

    Monday, Jan. 2, noon, ESPNU

    Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch

    Capital One Bowl

    Citrus Bowl, Orlando

    Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN

    $420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy, Timely Watch Co. watch

    Outback Bowl

    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

    Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ABC

    $150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Jostens ring, cap, $25 Outback Steakhouse gift certificate Gator Bowl

    EverBank Field, Jacksonville

    Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN2

    Fossil watch, Gator Gear performance headwear, rolling luggage bag, Jostens ring, commemorative football

    Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio

    Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

    Monday, Jan. 2, 5 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era hat, Oakley Flak Pack 3.0

    Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

    Monday, Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Kenneth Cole watch, cap, Ogio Convoy backpack

    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

    Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Reactor watch, New Era cap, Majestic fleece pullover

    Discover Orange Bowl

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Wednesday, Jan. 4, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Tourneau watch

    AT&T Cotton Bowl

    Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

    Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., Fox

    Fossil watch

    Note: Bowl committee would not disclose additional details about participant gifts

    BBVA Compass Bowl

    Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

    Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m., ESPN

    iBeats by Dr. Dre (ear buds), Reactor watch, Oakley Eyepatch 2, Oakley backpack duffel, Big Game commemorative football Bowl

    Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

    Sunday, Jan. 8, 9 p.m., ESPN

    Nikon S80, Timely Watch Co. watch, leather luggage bag, commemorative football

    Allstate BCS National Championship Game

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

    Monday, Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

    Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap, Boxer and Stone shirt

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 5, 2011

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    Florida State, Notre Dame to meet in Champs Sports Bowl

    December 04, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    Champs Sports Bowl pits FSU vs. Notre Dame

    Bob Ferrante- FSSouth

    December 4, 2011


    Seminoles will face off with Notre Dame on Dec. 29 in Orlando

    Dec. 5, 2011 

    By Corey Clark editor|


    ND-FSU matchup conjures memories of '93

    By Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune reporter

    December 4, 2011,0,197701.story


    Seminoles, Fighting Irish had similar routes to the Champs Sports Bowl

    By Tom D'Angelo

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011


    Seminoles' guards hope to lend hand in rebounding

    Dec. 5, 2011  

    By Ira Schoffel

    Democrat sports editor|


    Seminoles get 'back on track' vs. Charlotte

    Dec. 5, 2011  | 

    By Ira Schoffel

    Democrat sports editor|


    'Noles concerned, but not panicking

    Dec. 4, 2011   

    By Ira Schoffel

    Democrat sports editor|


    FSU volleyball victorious in five sets to advance to Sweet 16

    Dec. 4, 2011

    Mike Stella- Prep Sports Coordinator|


    Seminoles make quick work of Albany

    Dec. 3, 2011

    By Sam Hinchee

    Democrat staff writer|


    Duke, Stanford reach soccer final

    Associated Press


    Stanford shuts out FSU in NCAA semis

    Cardinal ends Seminoles' season with 3-0 victory

    Dec. 3, 2011  | 

    By Corey Clark editor|


    FSU starts strong in Directors' Cup

    Dec. 2, 2011  | 

    By Ira Schoffel

    Democrat sports editor


    Twitter giveaway: Are you 'Blimpworthy'?

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    As an added bonus for winning the Blimpworthy College Game of the Week contest on ESPN's Sports Nation for the weekend of the FSU-MIami game, the kind folks at Goodyear sent over some black hooded sweatshirts.

    Now's your chance to get one. The first to tweet me back with the answer to the following question will get it sent to them in the mail.

    Question: Who was the first student-athlete to ever wear No. 11 for the Florida State football team?

    Tweet your answer to @BrandonMellor

    Here's a photo of the sweatshirt:


    UPDATE: @jhaskew1 tweeted the correct answer: Lee Corso

    'Noles In The News: Dec. 1, 2011

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    Florida State shut out of more ACC awards

    November 30, 2011|By Coley Harvey


    FSU's Shawn Powell deserves recognition

    November, 30, 2011

    By Heather Dinich


    Karlos Williams may miss FSU's bowl game with injury

    'Noles freshman kick returner broke a wrist against Florida, out 6-8 weeks, Jimbo Fisher said

    November 30, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    FSU hoops loses third straight at Michigan State

    'Noles now on three-game losing streak following ACC-Big Ten Challenge road defeat

    November 30, 2011|By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel


    Michigan State drops FSU in men's basketball

    Dec. 1, 2011 

    By Denny Schwarze

    Lansing State Journal


    FSU men's basketball loses third in a row

    November 30, 2011 - 11:20pm

    By Larry Lage

    Associated Press


    Michigan State 65, Florida State 49: Keith Appling has breakout night

    , Dec. 1, 2011|


    FSU's reluctance to go inside is troubling

    November 30, 2011 10:04 pm

    By Jeff Borzello


    FSU Falls to Ohio State in OT

    Bravard scored 27 and grabbed 12 boards

    Nov. 30, 2011


    ACC schedule prepared FSU soccer team for postseason

    Dec. 1, 2011  | 

    By Corey Clark editor

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