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    Fisher joined by Saban, Bowden at Kidz1stFund benefit

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    Courtesy of Kidz1stFund:

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    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, teamed up with two legendary college football coaches on Sunday evening for a private fundraiser at Fleming's Steakhouse in Birmingham, Ala., benefitting Kidz1stFund to raise funds for Fanconi anemia research, the rare disease that affects their son, Ethan.

    "Candi and I are very thankful to the Bowdens and Sabans for joining us in our fight against Fanconi anemia," Fisher said. "Their support means a lot to our family. Coach Bowden and Coach Saban have both been very influential not only in my coaching career but in my life. We thank them and all of the supporters in Birmingham who turned out for the event."

    The Fishers were joined by former FSU coach Bobby Bowden, his wife, Ann, and current Alabama coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry. Bowden, Fisher and Saban have been apart of multiple national championship winning teams, combining to possess seven championship rings. 

    Sunday night's event was attended by almost 225 generous Birmingham supporters who were moved by the Fishers' emotional story of their battle to help their son, inspired by Bowden's wise words of wisdom and energized by Saban's message of hope. Through the combined efforts of these celebrated coaches, the Fishers' Kidz1stFund received close to $100,000 in donations for research. 

    "With Candi being from the state of Alabama as well as my playing days at Samford, in particular, the city of Birmingham has become a second home to us. We thank them for embracing our family and supporting the fight against FA."

    During the live auction portion of the event, the Sabans were so motivated that Terry surprised the audience by offering two seats in her football suite for any home Alabama game.  The Birmingham crowd responded enthusiastically with several thousand dollars in bids.

    "We are happy to support Jimbo and Candi at their fundraiser for Kidz1stFund," Terry Saban said. 

    "This is obviously something that has directly affected their family as well as many others and we are happy to do our part to help in the battle against and, hopefully, finding a cure for FA," Coach Saban added. 

    Led by Candi Fisher, Kidz1stFund raises awareness and research dollars for the life threatening and incurable genetic blood disorder called Fanconi anemia, or FA.  FA was diagnosed in the Fishers' younger son, Ethan, in the spring of 2011 after Coach Fisher's first season as head coach at Florida State.  The incidence rate, or the likelihood of a child being born with FA, is about 1 in 131,000 in the U.S. and the median age of survival is 29 years. 

    Fanconi anemia patients do not repair their DNA well which leads to bone marrow failure.  Since the Fisher's elder son Trey is not a match, Ethan's transplanted bone marrow will come from an unrelated donor.  Currently, an unrelated bone marrow transplant for an FA patient has an 80% survival rate.  FA patients are also 300,000 times more likely to get cancer in their early years than those without FA.  

    Kidz1stFund's goal is to raise $500,000 by December of each year for the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.  To date, the fund has donated over $1 million dollars to the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Program, which treats more Fanconi anemia patients needing blood and marrow transplantation than all other hospitals in the country combined.  With the research dollars from Kidz1stFund, researchers at the University of Minnesota are working to help FA patients survive and thrive after bone marrow transplants. 

    Time is not on Ethan Fisher and those with FA's side. With help from the Sabans and the Bowdens, Kidz1stFund is able to reach a new audience, educating others about FA as well as raising much needed research dollars to find a cure. 

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    Kidz1stFund:  Jimbo & Candi Fisher's Kidz1stFund is dedicated to raising awareness and research dollars for Fanconi anemia, the rare disease that affects their younger son, Ethan.  Dollars raised through generous donations, online contributions, merchandise, and during special events go toward finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for this life threatening disease.

    To learn more about the fund and donate to the cause, please visit www.Kidz1stFund.com.

    Photos: Manuel, Rhodes with their new teams

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    Photo: Three 'Noles first rounders

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    ACC Spring Football Coaches Teleconference transcript

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    Here's a pretty funny spoof of "Gruden's QB Camp" by former Florida State quarterbacks Danny Kanell and EJ Manuel that aired on Unite. 

    Check out #KanellQBCamp:

     

    Video: Tank Carradine's 2013 pro workout

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    Less than five five months after tearing his ACL against Florida, FSU defensive end Tank Carradine held his own pro day in Cincinnati last weekend. Needless to say, his rehab has gone pretty well (hello, first round?).

     
     Hat tip to @JoshNorris and @SC_DougFarrar for sharing the video on Twitter.

    Photo: Jaguars unveil new uniforms

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars today unveiled some spiffy new uniforms from Nike.

    The Jags currently have one former FSU football player on their roster in rising second-year defensive back Mike Harris. 

    Minnesota, which features former 'Noles quarterback Christian Ponder as its starter, and the Miami Dolphins are scheduled to unveil their own new uniforms Thursday before the draft.

    Screen Shot: Jimbo Fisher on ESPN.com

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    2013 ACC NFL-Draft notes

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    Video: EJ Manuel's Google+ Hangout

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    The FSU Garnet and Gold Game in GIFs

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    Photo Gallery: 2013 FSU Spring Game

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    Check out some great photos of Florida State's annual Garnet and Gold Game on the official FSU football Facebook page.

    Video: 2012 FSU Football Rewind - USF

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    Courtesy of Seminole Productions: Take a look back at Florida State's 30-17 victory over the South Florida Bulls on September 29.

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    Courtesy of FSU Sports Information, here are the official statistics from the Seminoles' second spring scrimmage of the year:

    Passing:

    Jameis Winston - 8-of-15, 129 yards, INT

    Clint Trickett 17-of-28, 195 yards, 2 TDs

    Jacob Coker 10-of-17, 162 yards, INT

    Sean Maguire 8-of-15, 102 yards, TD

    Rushing:

    James Wilder Jr.: 13 carries, 69 yards, TD

    Chad Abram: 5 carries, 24 yards, TD

    Mario Pender: 6 carries, 20 yards

    Jameis Winston: 2 carries, 16 yards, TD

    Receiving:

    Kenny Shaw 11 catches, 115 yards, TD

    Kelvin Benjamin 6 catches, 131 yards

    Willie Haulstead - 5 catches, 51 yards

    Christian Green 7 catches, 130 yards

    Rashad Greene 2 catches, 63 yards

    Chad Abram: 3 catches, 31 yards

    James Wilder, Jr.: 1 catch, 40 yards

    Tackles:

    Mario Edwards Jr.: 6 tackles, TFL

    Nile Lawrence-Stample: 6 tackles

    Lamarcus Joyner: 9 tackles

    PJ Williams: 8 tackles, TFL

    Karlos Williams: 8 tackls, TFL

    Colin Blake: 6 tackles

    Eddie Goldman: 4 tackles, 3 TFL

    Girogio Newberry: 3 tackles, 2 TFL


    Here's a look at the official statistics from the team's first scrimmage of the spring.

    Videos: Best of EJ Manuel, Xavier Rhodes

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    Video: Best of Florida State's Bjoern Werner

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    The ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) is currently highlighting the top draft-eligible prospects from the ACC. Here's their look at former FSU defensive end Bjoern Werner:

    Courtesy of FSU Sports Information, here are the official statistics from the Seminoles' first spring scrimmage of the year:

    Passing

    Clint Trickett - 10-of-20, 142 yards, 1 TD

    Jacob Coker - 9-of-17, 97 yards

    Jameis Winston - 11-of-18, 239 yards, 1 TD

    Sean Maguire - 10-of-19, 214 yards, 1 TD

    Dorsey Moore - 2-of-4, 31 yards

    Receiving

    Rashad Greene - 6 catches, 144 yards, 2 TDs

    Greg Dent - 6 catches, 95 yards

    Willie Haulstead - 5 catches, 97 yards

    Kenny Shaw - 3 catches, 56 yards

    Kelvin Benjamin - 6 catches, 166 yards, 1 TD

    Nick O'Leary - 2 catches, 14 yards

    Christo Kourtzidis - 2 catches, 29 yards

    Kevin Haplea - 2 catches, 7 yards 

    Tackles

    Telvin Smith - 12 tackles, 2 TFL

    Ukeme Eligwe - 8 tackles

    PJ Williams - 7 tackles

    Terrence Brooks - 6 tackles

    Reggie Northrup - 6 tackles, 1 TFL

    Lamarcus Joyner - 5 tackles

    Mario Edwards, Jr. - 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL

    Christian Jones - 4 tackles, 1 TFL

    Seminoles.com has undergone five re-designs since the site first launched in the late 1990s.

    I just completed a feature story for the May issue of Unconquered Magazine that highlights the history, present and future of the official website of FSU athletics and wanted to share the different images of the front pages over the years.

    So, hop in your time machine and take a look:

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    FSU Athletics is now on Spotify

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    Seminoles.com consistently brings you videos, written stories and podcasts highlighting Florida State's student-athletes and now we present a brand new way to connect with the 'Noles: through music.

    FSU Athletics is now on Spotify and in the future will be sharing playlists with you as chosen by the Seminoles.

    With baseball season in full swing and FSU gearing up for its Wednesday home game against Florida Gulf Coast, our first playlist features the current walk-up songs for each of the 'Noles.


    Student-Athlete/Walk-Up Song/Artist:

    Giovanny Alfonzo: My Life Be Like by Grits f/ Toby Mac

    Kyle Bird: Spaceman Carnage Festival Trap Remix by Hardwell

    Jose Brizuela: Hustlin' by Rick Ross

    Kenny Burkhead: Hall of Fame by The Script

    Robbie Coles: You Ain't Seen Country Yet by Josh Thompson

    Marcus Davis: I Run This by Birdman f/ Lil Wayne

    Josh Delph: Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

    Evan Geist: Springsteen by Eric Church

    Justin Gonzalez: All the Above by Maino

    JJ Could: I'm Goin In by Lil Wayne

    Bryant Holtmann: Neva End by Future

    Lee Howard: Doing My Thing by Khristian B

    Brandon Johnson: Superstar by Lupe Fiasco

    Hayden Jordan: Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Brett Knief: Feels So Good by Mase

    Brandon Leibrandt: Sunshine by Matisyahu

    Stephen McGee: Safe and Sound (Zion-I Remix) by Rebelution 

    Peter Miller: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

    Seth Miller: The Only Way to Know by Jason Aldean

    Ladson Montgomery: Betta Ask Somebody by G-Unit

    John Nogowski: Baba O'Reily by The Who

    John Sansone: Youngin' on His Grind by Wiz Khalifa

    Dylan Silva: Levels by Avicii

    Scott Sitz: Real American by Rick Derringer

    Casey Smit: My Moment by 2 Chainz

    Gage Smith: Stayin' Alive Remix by Teddybears (not on Spotify)

    DJ Stewart: Go DJ by Lil Wayne

    Billy Strode: Let There be Cowgirls by Chris Cagle

    Alvin Swoope: God's Gift by J.Cole

    Ryan Valdes: I Knew You Trouble by Taylor Swift (not on Spotify)

    Luke Weaver: I'm Blue by Eiffel 65

    Jameis Winston: I'm Different by 2 Chainz


    Screen Shot: Tank Carradine on SI.com

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