Former Florida State safety Terrance Parks became the second Seminole to sign an undrafted free-agent deal Monday when he inked with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Punter Shawn Powell also had signed with the Buffalo Bills at the time of this blog post.
In Kansas City, Parks will be reunited with former Creekside High School teammate Eric Barry, who is a star safety with the Chiefs. He will also join former FSU teammate Rodney Hudson, who was taken by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
To read the full release on Kansas City's signing of 15 rookie free agents, click here.
Former Florida State punter Shawn Powell has officially signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills.
FSU's star special teamer tweeted after the NFL Draft Saturday that he had would be joining the Bills organization but it wasn't officially until today when Buffalo announced the signing of Powell and nine other free agents.
"He's a big guy that's got a strong leg," Bills National Scout Darrell Moody said in a press release. "He's still developing his consistency, but he has the size and the leg strength to be a good punter. He just needs to sharpen his mechanics because he has all the tools to be a real good punter."
Powell's signing means that Buffalo has four Seminoles on its roster -- the most of any team in the NFL.
Longsnapper Garrison Sanborn was already on the team before the Bills drafted Nigel Bradham and Zebrie Sanders in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively, Saturday.
Florida State linebacker Nigel Bradham, who became the first Seminole since Marvin Jones to lead the team in tackles three straight seasons, was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon by the Buffalo Bills.
Bradham's selection makes him the 31st FSU linebacker to ever be taken in the draft and he is the sixth player to ever be taken by the Bills. He joins former 'Noles longsnapper Garrison Sanborn as one of two Florida State players on Buffalo's roster.
Here is a transcript of Bills scout Darrell Moody discussing Bradham, courtesy of BuffaloBills.com:
On if Bradham is an outside or inside linebacker:
He's played both. He's played inside and outside linebacker for them.
On his strengths:
He's a physical kid and he's got good size. With the spread formations now, a lot of the linebackers are smaller than we would like. But he's got good size. He's got good straight-line speed and is a great special teams player. I've done this for 10 years and I think in the 10 years that I've done it, of a starter playing on special teams, I think he covers better than any starter I've ever seen on special teams. He really works hard covering punts and kickoffs. He's a productive player for them and he's been a very productive special teams player for them.
On if he played in the sub-package at Florida State:
Yes, he played in their sub-package. I think he's got good cover skills.
On if he can play at strongside linebacker:
Well, the way we play it now, if I understand from talking to Dave (Wannstedt), the two outside linebackers you would like to be interchangeable because of the way people shift with formations and those kinds of things. I think our strongside linebacker and our weakside outside linebacker are going to be very similar as far as what they are going to be asked to do at different times during the ballgame.
On his speed and athleticism:
I think he's got good speed, maybe a little tight, but he compensates for that with effort and playing hard.
On being highly recruited out of high school:
You would have to ask Florida State about that. I would say most of their players are pretty heavily recruited.
On his career as a starter at Florida State:
I'm not sure about three years, but he's been a starter the last two years. I think he's made a tremendous amount of improvement each year.
On where he has improved the most:
I think the thing that you saw where he made the biggest strides is instincts from playing time and playing experience. The more you play, the more comfortable you feel and the more aggressive you could be and I think he improved a lot with that from last year to this year.
On being a team captain at Florida State:
We have nothing but positive things about him as a person and as a leader for the football team.
ESPN's marketing department sent an e-mail to Florida State administrators today stating that the suspended process to vote on which college campus will host a summertime commercial shoot for ESPN's College Gameday will be completely restarted on Tuesday, May 1.
To visit the site this Tuesday and vote for Florida State, click here.
Courtesy of the ESPN Marketing Department:
Our team has determined that the best course of action it to roll back the tally sheets and start with a new contest. This is the only way that we can truly guarantee that the votes are accurate and everyone is playing by the rules.
We are extremely confident in the new multiple levels of security that we have put in place and the revamped site will have the same level of defense as financial sites. The great news is that to the fan, there will be no significant barrier or effort to entry.
There are no more overzealous fans than fans of College Football and GameDay and as we saw, the fan response to the GameDay vote was truly overwhelming. With such a high level of excitement, it's critical that we put these additional measures in place to make sure the vote is both fair and accurate.
The vote will begin again on Tuesday, May 1st at noon/ET and 3/PT for the planned 10 day period. Buzz continues to build, so we're confident that fans will return in droves to participate. Most importantly, we want it to remain a fun experience that captures the deep passion that fans have for FSU, college football and College GameDay.
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Silver Stars have signed Florida State forward Cierra Bravard, head coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced today. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
A 6-4 forward, Bravard completed her FSU career as the only player in program history to rank among the top 10 on the career record lists for scoring, rebounding, blocks and games played. A 2011 WBCA Honorable Mention All-America selection, Bravard led the Seminoles with 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 54.0 percent from the floor during her senior season. It marked her third-consecutive season leading the team in scoring average and shooting percentage. A two-time All-ACC honoree, Bravard played in all 131 games during her collegiate career, averaging 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with a 54.0 shooting percentage.
The Silver Stars open the 2012 season on May 19 at Tulsa before tipping off the home schedule against the Chicago Sky on May 30 at 7 p.m. Ticket plans for the 2012 season start at $180 and are available online at SASilverStars.com or by calling (210) 444-5090.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher took part in the Atlantic Coast Conference Spring Football Coaches Teleconference Wednesday morning and touched on a variety of subjects.
Click the play button to hear Fisher discuss the Seminoles' performance during spring practice, the improvement of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, his thoughts on the current postseason system in college football and more.
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- The Chick-fil-A Bowl today announced the official pairings for the sixth annual Chick-fil-A
Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and the Florida State team of Jimbo
Fisher and Terrell Buckley is matched up against Miami's Al Golden and Gino
Torretta. A 16-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will
compete in a two-man scramble format over 18 holes, vying for a first-place
prize of $125,000 in scholarship funds. All participating teams will receive a
portion of the $520,000 total scholarship purse.
In the event's largest field
to date, featured groups include conference and state rivalry pairings, as well
as teams that have competed or are set to compete in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff
Game (Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - 2009 and 2013, NC State vs. Tennessee - 2012).
Official group pairings include:
The nation's premier head
coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 - May 1 at the Reynolds
Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past five years, the
Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $2.55 million in scholarship and
In addition to the $520,000
scholarship purse, a $135,000 charitable donation will be made to Chick-fil-A's
WinShape Homes. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to
the Chick-fil-A Bowl's overall charitable and scholarship donations, which
total more than $13 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Bowl college
football's most charitable bowl game.
The tournament is being taped
by ESPN for broadcast in August and December. Specific air dates will be
announced this summer.
For more information on the
event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlChallenge.com.
About the Chick-fil-A Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the
ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series
between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 45th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl
has established itself as one of the nation's elite bowl games with a string of
15 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most
competitive bowls in the nation. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than
$110 million in team payouts during its 44-year history and has increased team
payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in
charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $13 million to
organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand
include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge head coach and celebrity golf event and
the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend which will
host two games to open the 2012 season for the first time in its history.
Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Pensy & Mellor Podcast. The NFL Draft gets underway this Thursday and the guys have a complete player-by-player breakdown for all of the FSU players expected to be drafted.
Vernon Gholston, Courtney Brown, David Terrell and others are discussed as the fans of the Florida State Seminoles on facebook weigh-in on the biggest NFL Draft busts since 2000.
Finally the guys invite listeners to the first-ever Seminoles.com mock draft.
Join the Seminoles.com Mock Draft at NFL.com and make your selections before the start of Thursday night's first round. If you earn the most points from correct selections, you'll win a Florida State prize.
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Last week, I posed a question for my Twitter followers to gauge their thoughts on Florida State's MVP from spring practices.
In a landslide, converted offensive tackle Cameron Erving ran away with this unofficial MVP vote. Here are a few of the votes I received, including one for ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, who served as a guest coach.
(Side note: the same question was asked on the official FSU Football Facebook page and it was backup quarterback Clint Trickett that garnered the most votes.)
The pressure is on for Nigel Bradham, Zebrie Sanders and Mike Harris. If one of those three former Florida State football players is drafted in the first three rounds of next week's NFL Draft, it will continue an impressive streak.
FSU has had a player drafted in the first, second or third rounds of the annual draft 24 years in a row -- the longest active streak among college football programs in the nation.
A tip of the hat to CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman, who tweeted the following article Saturday morning.
FSU has longest active streak of players taken in first 3 RDs of NFL Draft. It's 24 years & counting: bit.ly/HYAeGL
Here's a little bit of draft trivia: What school has had a player selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft for 24 consecutive seasons, the longest active run?
Hint: If you're a Gator or Hurricane, you're not going to like the answer.
Florida State owns that streak and is expected to celebrate its silver anniversary next week when the NFL conducts its 2012 draft.
While the Seminoles are not expected to have anyone chosen in the first round Thursday, offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders and linebacker Nigel Bradham are both viewed as second-day possibilities, which would put them within the first three rounds.
According to Russ Lande, a former Cleveland Browns' scout now serving as the Sporting News' draft guru, Sanders and Bradham have been heading in opposite directions since the Seminoles ended their season in the Champs Sports Bowl in December.
Sanders, 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, did not perform well at the Senior Bowl - he got whipped by North Carolina's Quinton Coples and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram - then wasn't particularly impressive at the NFL Combine.
"At the Senior Bowl, his technique was terrible," Lande said. "He was lunging, he was stepping the wrong way and he looked so unathletic. People were shocked. He was the talk of [NFL scouts] in terms of, 'What happened?'"
Toward the end of last season, there was talk that Sanders might go in the first round. He moved from right tackle to left tackle early in the season and performed very well there over FSU's final seven games.
Despite his recent missteps, Sanders is ranked by ESPN's Scout.Inc as the 74th best overall player in the draft and the eight-best offensive tackle.
"I would be satisfied to be drafted in general," Sanders said following FSU's Pro Day.
The only other FSU player certain to be drafted is Bradham, the 6-2, 241-pound hitting machine that was thrown out of the Miami game this season after knocking out receiver LaRon Byrd. Replays showed the hit to be legal.
Most projections have Bradham being drafted in the third- or fourth-round range. NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranks Bradham as the 93th-best prospect, five positions behind Sanders.
Lande said there are some holes in Bradham's game - he's not a great pass-rusher, for one - but there's more to like than not.
"He's an athletic kid who can run," Lande said.
The Seminoles have had only three players picked in each of the last two drafts. The best shot to match that total this year is with offensive tackle Andrew Datko, who started 40 games at left tackle but only four in 2011 after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Datko underwent surgery and wasn't 100 percent by the time the NFL Combine and FSU's Pro Day rolled around.
"If he passes physicals, he's a second-round talent," Lande said. "You can't just find 6-6, athletic offensive linemen. There's just not enough of those in the world."
Post freelance writer Bob Ferrante contributed to this report.
Who likely will get drafted
OT Zebrie Sanders (6-6, 320) ---- 3rd round ---- Bad Senior Bowl performance caused stock to drop.
LB Nigel Bradham (6-2, 241) --- 3rd-4th round --- Good speed, size and durability; started final 39 games at FSU.
OT Andrew Datko (6-6, 315) --- 5th-6th round --- A second-round talent who is a question because of a surgically-repaired shoulder.
CB Mike Harris (5-10, 188) --- 7th round --- Ranked as the 24th-best CB prospect by CBSSports.com.
Who likely won't get drafted
P Shaun Powell (6-4, 248) --- One of college football's best, but few punters are drafted.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State won't have a player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft like it did last year when Christian Ponder went 12th overall but the Seminoles are in position to have the most draftees in five years when the league's annual amateur selection process kicks off April 26.
After having three former players selected in the 2008, '10 and '11 drafts and one in 2009, FSU could potentially have as many as five players selected this season.
Leading that charge are linebacker Nigel Bradham and offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders, who together came to Tallahassee in 2008 as five- and four-star recruits, respectively. According to a number of draft projections, Bradham and Sanders are expected to be selected anywhere from the second to fifth round.
Defensive back Mike Harris, who enrolled at FSU in 2010 as a highly-touted junior-college transfer, will likely be the third Seminole drafted. Listed as a "sleeper" prospect, Harris could be selected anywhere in the middle of the draft.
Punter Shawn Powell and offensive tackle Andrew Datko are the two other Florida State players with draftable grades. FSU also boasts draft-eligible players Ty Jones, Jermaine Thomas, Terrance Parks, Bert Reed, Beau Reliford, David Spurlock and Jermaine Thomas, who all are predicted to enter the post-draft free-agent pool of undrafted players.
Of course prospects rise and fall every year on draft day so projections are just that. For any player in the draft, all he needs is one team to covet his abilities and the round and selection number in which he is chosen becomes irrelevant.
Florida State has always been a producer of NFL linebackers and Bradham, who led the team in tackles the last three seasons, will join that lineage whenever his named is called during the three-day drafting event.
Bradham's selection would make him the 31st FSU linebacker ever drafted. Marvin Jones, who was the last player in school history to lead the 'Noles in tackles in thee straight seasons before Bradham, is the highest linebacker selection in program history as he was taken fourth overall by the New York Jets in 1993.
When Harris gets picked, he will join a fraternity of 35 other FSU defensive backs that have been drafted during the football programs existence -- the most of any position at Florida State.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com throughout the week leading up to the draft and then during the selection process for full coverage and analysis of the new 'Noles in the NFL.
NFL.com has a feature right now that allows fans to predict the first-round selections of the upcoming NFL Draft. Join the Seminoles.com Mock Draft and if you finish with the most points, you'll win an FSU prize.
To join the league, create an NFL.com account and then click here. If you cannot find the league, search Seminoles.com Mock Draft on the NFL's "Predict the Pick" page.
Courtesy of the FSU Sports Information Department:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Due to severe weather that is threatening to hit the Tallahassee area on Saturday, the time for game two of the weekend series featuring Florida State and Miami on Saturday, April 21 has been changed to 12:00 p.m.
The game will air live over the internet on ESPN3, while fans can listen to Saturday's baseball game on 100.7 FM and over the internet on Seminoles.com.
Here is an updated schedule for this weekend's baseball series against Miami:
Friday, April 20 - Game 1 - 6:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, April 21 - Game 2 - 12:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sunday, April 22 - Game 3 - 12:30 p.m. (CSS)
For further updates on Florid State baseball, please stay tuned to www.seminoles.com.
Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Pensy & Mellor Podcast. The Seminoles held the 2012 Garnet and Gold Spring Game and the guys break down all of the action from the game.
You'll also get the reaction from Jimbo Fisher, Cameron Erving, EJ Manuel, Kelvin Benjamin and James Wilder Jr from the Seminoles performance in the spring game.
You will also hear from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on the transfer of Aaron Lynch. The guys wrap-up the podcast discussing new college football uniforms, coaching candidates at Arkansas and the national championship trophy that is now a thousand pieces of crystal.
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach and Ivan Maisel served as guest coaches for FSU's spring game this past weekend. Here's their story and the college-football front-page photo of backup quarterback Jacob Coker:
Check out this week's edition of K Time with Scott Kotick, breaking down the top story lines heading into the upcoming weekend of FSU Baseball.
The Seminoles are ranked No. 1 in the nation and sit atop the ACC standings with a 14-1 conference record. They'll take that stellar record up to Chestnut Hill, MA this weekend to take on Boston College.
Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Pensy & Mellor Podcast. The second scrimmage was held Monday, and you'll hear from head coach Jimbo Fisher on what he described as a inconsistent scrimmage.
Jacob Coker discusses the path he has taken from high school to college quarterback and the complexity of the FSU playbook. Greg Reid talks about his role as a leader on the defense, and how Nick Waisome has stepped up as a young player.
Not only does Florida State's annual spring game give current players the opportunity to show off their hard work during the spring for the fans, it all gives former players the chance to reunite in Tallahassee.
As of Monday, here is a list of the former Seminoles that plan on being in attendance at Saturday's Garnet and Gold game:
John "JD" Davis
Alley Kat Williams
*This list is subject to change as the week progresses
Florida State was back on the intramural fields Thursday afternoon after inclement weather cost the Seminoles' their Wednesday practice.
Here are a few observations from the first 20 minutes of practice that is open to the media:
-Sophomore running back James Wilder, Jr. was at practice and in pads for the first time this spring. In the walk-throughs we watched before stretching drills, the Tampa native did not take part in of the scripted plays but was on the second-team kick-off unit.
-Speaking of the walk-through, Daniel Glauser replaced Cameron Erving at left tackle for the last few drills.
-Glauser's insertion into the first-team offensive line wasn't the only change. Bobby Hart rotated with Bryan Stork at right tackle and Stork rotated with Austin Barron at center. Again, can't stress this enough. The moves and changes along the offensive line don't spell out anything specific. It just means that each of these guys are getting repetitions and opportunities to show what they can do.
-In the "it has no bearing on football" department, senior kicker Dustin Hopkins has a freshly shaved head.
Stay tuned for video of Jimbo Fisher's thoughts on Thursday's practice later this evening on Seminoles.com as well as a free photo gallery on Florida State's official Facebook page.
Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Pensy & Mellor Podcast. The first spring scrimmage was held last Saturday and you'll hear from head coach Jimbo Fisher on what he wants to see more of from his team.
Bryan Stork talks about his moves around the offensive line, and how he is settled at the tackle position. Clint Tricket has big goals for the season, and you will hear from him on his experience entering camp. Finally Tyler Hunter talks about his progress from his freshman to sophomore seasons, and how he hopes to take over the role Mike Harris had on the team last year.
Finally the guys make their picks for the Masters.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced Wednesday that sophomore running back James Wilder, Jr. has been reinstated to the football team.
Wilder's return adds depth to a running-back corps that has needed it this spring.
Devonta Freeman is out with a back injury and the team's lone senior at the position, Chris Thompson, is not taking part in contact drills as he returns from his own back injury while also nursing a broken left hand.
Without Wilder, early-enrollee freshman Mario Pender has been the only true tailback on FSU's roster taking part in tackling drills through the first 2 1/2 weks of spring practice. Fullbacks Lonnie Pryor and Debrale Smiley have seen extended action at running back position as a result.
In other football news, FSU's Wednesday practice was canceled due to inclement weather in the Tallahassee area. The Seminoles will return to action Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and a make-up date for the missed session will be scheduled within the next week.
As always, stay with Seminoles.com for complete coverage of Florida State's spring practices leading into the April 14 spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium.
USA Today has released a fascinating report on possible changes to the Bowl Championship Series, including the potential of a four-team college-football playoff system.
Courtesy of USA Today:
Officials weighing changes in college football's Bowl Championship Series are focusing on four options, two of them incorporating a four-team playoff, an outline obtained by USA TODAY Sports shows.
The plans range from a long-discussed "plus one" format -- after the bowls play out, selecting two teams to meet for the national championship -- to a heretofore undisclosed four-team playoff proposal that could expand the semifinals to preserve an annual Big Ten-vs.-Pacific-12 matchup in the Rose Bowl.
In the latter plan, the four highest-ranked teams at the end of the regular season would meet in semifinals unless the Big Ten or Pac-12 champion, or both, were among the top four. Those leagues' teams still would meet in the Rose, and the next highest-ranked team or teams would slide into the semis. The national championship finalists would be selected after those three games ...
DURHAM, N.C--Florida continued its run at No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings while rival Florida State, whom the Gators beat in midweek action last week, moved up to No. 2.
Florida was able to retain its No. 1 ranking despite losing a weekend series at Mississippi, which was rewarded with the week's biggest jump, moving up six spots to No. 10. Last week's Nos. 2 and 3 teams, Stanford and Arkansas, were both swept by ranked opponents Arizona and Louisiana State, respectively, opening the door for a major shakeup at the top of the rankings.
North Carolina, Arizona and UCLA moved up to fill out the rest of the new top five. Stanford fell to No. 6, while Arkansas tumbled to No. 13. Further down the rankings, Baylor was another team to make a big jump, moving up five places to No. 16 after sweeping Oklahoma State to extend its winning streak to 11 games.
Auburn was the only team to join the rankings this week, replacing fellow Southeastern Conference squad Georgia. The Tigers won two of three at Mississippi State over the weekend and have won three straight SEC series.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records do not include ties.