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    Jimbo Fisher Camp just a few short weeks away

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    The month of June is nearly upon us and that means Jimbo Fisher's annual football camp is just around the corner. Fisher's yearly camp gives youth and high school football players the opportunity to work with the entire 'Noles coaching staff on FSU's campus.

    For more information, and to register, click the graphic below:

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    ACC announces early-season game times, TV schedule

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C.--A fourth straight appearance in prime time for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and 11 national exposures in the first three weeks of the season, including six national TV appearances on the opening weekend of the year, headline the Atlantic Coast Conference early season TV football schedule announced Thursday by the ACC.


    The schedule includes all of the ACC's games for the first three weeks of the season, with the exception of a few road non-conference games which are controlled by the host teams' conferences, as well as four of five Thursday night contests which will be nationally televised by ESPN.


    The 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played for the fourth consecutive year in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, and will have a nationally televised kickoff time of either 7:45 p.m. (on ESPN) or 8 p.m. ET (on ABC).


    The first of five ACC appearances on ESPN's Thursday night package opens the 2013 football season when North Carolina faces South Carolina at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m.


    That game is followed by Miami hosting Florida International (8 pm) on Friday, Aug. 30 on ESPNU and three national appearances on Saturday, Aug. 31;  Virginia hosting BYU on ESPNU (3:30 pm); Virginia Tech facing defending national champion Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on ESPN (5:30 p.m.); and Clemson hosting Georgia on ABC (8 p.m.).


    Florida State and Pittsburgh complete the opening weekend meeting on Labor Day Monday night (8 p.m.) on ESPN at Heinz Field in the Panthers' first ACC football game. The game marks the ACC's 10th consecutive game on Labor Day Monday night, a streak which began in 2004. Pittsburgh, which, along with Syracuse, officially joins the ACC on July 1, will make its initial appearance on Labor Day Monday night in its inaugural league game, while the Seminoles are appearing for the sixth time in the nationally televised showcase.


    Other national TV exposures during the first three weeks include Wake Forest at Boston College on Friday, Sept. 6 (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Florida at Miami on Saturday, Sept. 7 (ESPN, noon); Oregon at Virginia also on Saturday, Sept. 7 (3:30 p.m. regionally on ABC, to the rest of the nation on ESPN2); Nevada at Florida State on Sept. 14 (ESPN or ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.); and Georgia Tech at Duke (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.).


    In all, seven of the Top 10 teams in the final 2012 USA Today poll will be in action in ACC games on the season's first two weekends in Alabama (No. 1), Oregon (No. 2), Georgia (No. 4), South Carolina (No. 7), Florida State (No. 8), Clemson (No. 9) and Florida (No. 10).


    Gametimes were also announced for three of  the other four Thursday night games for the ACC which will be televised nationally on ESPN with each one having a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Clemson at NC State (Sept. 19); Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (Sept. 26); and Georgia Tech at Clemson (Nov. 14). The kickoff time for the Miami at North Carolina game, set for Thursday, Oct. 17, is still to be determined.


    Combined with the three Friday night games, the ACC has already announced a total of 17 national TV exposures. When ESPN3 games are included


    A total eight games will also be available nationally on ESPN3 beginning with Presbyterian at Wake Forest on Thursday, Aug. 29 (6:30 p.m.) and continuing with Villanova at Boston College (Aug. 31, Noon); Elon at Georgia Tech (Aug. 31, noon) and North Carolina Central at Duke (Aug. 31, 4 p.m.).


    The ACC's ESPN3 schedule also includes Western Carolina at Virginia Tech (Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m.); Old Dominion at Maryland (Sept. 7, 4 p.m.); Richmond at NC State (Sept. 7, 4 p.m.) and Wagner at Syracuse (Sept. 14, 4 p.m.).


    The ACC will again have two syndicated packages produced by the ACC Network this fall: The ACC Network and the Regional Sports Networks (RSN).


    The ACC Network will make its 2013 debut, syndicating in 95 markets nationally and more than 62 million TV households with three games, each with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff: Louisiana Tech at NC State (Aug. 31); Middle Tennessee at North Carolina (Sept.  7); and New Mexico at Pittsburgh (Sept.  14).


    In addition, ACC Network games are also available digitally on ESPN3 (outside of the ACC footprint) and on and on the ACC App for IPhones, IPads and Droid mobile devices.


     The ACC will also feature a weekly football game which will air each week on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN) of Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida or Sun Sports, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network or MSG Network in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania, in addition to several other RSNs nationally.


    The RSN package will have a 12:30 p.m. kickoff for the first three weeks of the season. The RSN ACC package begins with Maryland hosting Florida International (Aug.31) and continues with Clemson hosting South Carolina State (Sept. 7) and Wake Forest hosting Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 14). The RSN package games are also available outside of their coverage areas on ESPN3.



    Since its launch September 7, 1979 in 1.4 million homes, ESPN has become synonymous with sports media in America.  The original television network, now seen in approximately 100 million homes, is America's #1 source for sports programming, airing Monday Night Football, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, college football including the Bowl Championship Series, men's and women's college basketball including the entire NCAA Women's Tournament, three of golf's majors (Masters, U.S. Open and British Open), IndyCar, an extensive soccer schedule including the FIFA World Cup, the WNBA, the X Games and Winter X Games and The ESPYs.

    Its programming philosophy is to present a wide variety of exclusive, high-quality, innovative and in-depth sports events; sports news studio shows, most notably the Emmy Award-winning SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and sport-specific shows such as Sunday NFL Countdown and College Football GameDay; plus original programming, such as the highly acclaimed "30 for 30" documentary series.


    Launched in 1993 to 10 million homes, ESPN2 is the second largest 24-hour sports network (behind ESPN), seen in approximately 100 million homes with a wide variety of major event and studio programming.  Its high-quality schedule includes college football and basketball, tennis including all four Grand Slam events, NASCAR's Nationwide Series, NBA and much more.  Studio shows include the popular weekday morning duo of Mike and Mike in the Morning (a simulcast of the ESPN Radio program) and ESPN First Take, weekday afternoon's Sports Nation and shows devoted to college football, NBA and NASCAR.


    The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 1,000 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in 75 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.


    ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.  It is currently available to more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

    2013-14 cumulative bowl schedule announced

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    Florida State's Bryan Stork is included on the Rimington Trophy 2013 Spring Watch List. The award is presented annually to college football's top offensive center.

    Here is the official press release:

    NEW YORK CITY - The Rimington Trophy committee has released its 2013 Spring Watch List.

    The list includes 17 returning players from the 2012 Watch List. In all, there are 44 players on the Watch List. The SEC leads the way with nine players while the PAC-12 and the Mountain West Conference check in with five players each.

    The following is a list of those named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List. 

    David Andrews
    Russell Bodine
    North Carolina
    Evan Boehm
    Jake Brendel
    RS Sophomore
    Betim Bujari
    Ben Clarke
    Sean Conway
    Western Kentucky
    Dillon Day
    Mississippi State
    6'4"295RS Junior 
    Reese Dismukes
    RS Junior
    Dominic Espinosa
    Dillon Farrell
    New Mexico
    Jay Finch
    Georgia Tech
    B.J. Finney
    Kansas State
    Matt Galas
    Bryce Giddens
    Arkansas State
    Hroniss Grasu
    Gus Handler
    Jonotthan Harrison
    RS Junior
    Andre Huval
    Gabe Ikard
    RS Senior 
    Travis Jackson
    Michigan State
    David Kekuewa
    Bowling Green
    Ryan Kelly
    RS Sophomore
    Zac Kerin
    Kody Koebensky
    Arizona State
    Tyler Larsen
    Utah State
    Taylor Lasecki
    Corey Linsley
    Ohio State
    Macky MacPherson
    Mike Marboe
    Shane McDermott
    Cole Pensick
    Ryan Powis
    Bryce Redman
    Austin Reiter
    6'3"273RS Junior
    Weston Richburg
    Colorado State
    6'4"297RS Senior
    Isaac Seumalo
    Oregon State
    James Stone
    Bryan Stork
    Florida State
    RS Senior
    Travis Swanson
    Evan Swindall
    Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
    New Mexico State
    Brandon Vitabile
    Northwestern6'3"300RS Junior
    Robert Waterman

    While more than a dozen All-America football teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these four prestigious teams to determine a winner:

    * American Football Coaches Association

    * Walter Camp Foundation

    * Sporting News

    * Football Writers Association of America

    Because the selectors of these four All-America teams can place Centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two Centers. Our policy is to count all players that play primarily the Center position for their respective teams as Centers, even though they maybe listed as guards or tackles on the four All American teams.

    The Center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the Center with most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the Rimington Trophy committee.

    The winner will be honored at Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 11, 2014.

    About the Rimington Trophy
    The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised nearly $100 million for CF Research. 

    Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.

    For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit 

    About the NCFAA
    The Rimington Trophy is a member 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. For more information, visit the association's official website,
    In case you missed it last night, here's a GIF of Jameis Winston's head-turning throw form right field to third base in the FSU baseball team's win over Clemson. Full video of the throw can be seen below the GIF.



    Lamarcus Joyner named to 2013 Lott IMPACT Watch List

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    Florida State senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has been named as one of 42 defensive players across college football to the 2013 Lott IMPACT Watch List. The award takes into consideration defensive performance as well as five traits as IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Joyner is one of seven ACC players to earn a spot on the list.

    Joyner is coming off a strong junior season in which he became one of the top safeties in the country. He elected this off-season to make the move to cornerback under new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

    To view the complete press release on the league's seven watch-list players, click here to visit the ACC's website.

    Video: The best of Michael Snaer

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    Courtesy of the ACC Digital Network:

    Video: 2012 FSU Football Rewind - Boston College

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    Courtesy of Seminole Productions: Take a look back at Florida State's 51-7 victory over the Boston College Eagles.

    Filmed and Edited by Chris Ruth
    GFX by Brad Blanar

    Audio: Dustin Hopkins on The John Murphy Show

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    Former Florida State kicker and recent Buffalo Bills sixth-round draft selection Dustin Hopkins joined The John Murphy Show on to discuss the start of his professional career. 

    Here's a full audio clip of Hopkins' appearance on the show:

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