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    Video: @theACCDN's #FSUvsPITT Preview

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    Doak Insider Podcast: #FSUvsPITT preview

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    Join host Brandon Mellor and Jonathan Schillace for a brand new edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    The guys are back and better than ever to preview Florida State's highly anticipated 2013 season-opening game at Pittsburgh Sept. 2 live on ESPN. Listen in as the guys talk about Jameis Winston's winning of the quarterback battle, the new-look defensive two-deep depth chart and what to expect from the Panthers on Labor Day.

    At the end of the podcast, Phil Steele Publications Assistant Editor Brandon Pertner joins the guys to talk about the process of creating the yearly magazine and his expectations for the Seminoles this season.

    Video: Are you ready for Monday night?

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    Seminole Productions is back at it, and soon so will the 'Noles. Is it Monday night yet?

    Video: Jimbo Fisher talks depth chart

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    Leonard Hamilton statement on Xavier Rathan-Mayes

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    FLorida State men's basketball freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will not be eligible to play in 2013-14, 'Noles coach Leonard Hamilton announced Monday. Here is an official statement from Hamilton on the matter: "Following a review by the NCAA Eligibility Center, it was determined that some of the coursework Xavier completed during his high school enrollment could not be used to satisfy NCAA Division I initial-eligibility requirements. The NCAA has allowed Xavier to enroll immediately at Florida State and receive athletics scholarship, however, he will not be permitted to practice or compete during his first year of enrollment."

    FSU leads league with 12 on Lindy's 2013 All-ACC Team

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    Lindy's Sports announced its 2013 All-ACC Team entering the new season Wednesday and Florida State leads all conference squads with 12 student-athletes recognized.

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    SIx 'Noles on Senior Bowl Watch List

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    The Senior Bowl announced its 2014 watch list Tuesday and six Seminoles in their final years at Florida State are on the list.

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    Photo: 1 NFL game, 12 'Noles

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    This past Friday, the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills squared off in a pre-season game in Buffalo, NY. The game featured 12 former Florida State players and afterwards, a photo of the 'Noles all together circulated on Twitter.

    Well here's a high-resolution shot of Dustin Hopkins, Christian Ponder, Rodney Smith, Shawn Powell, EJ Manuel, Zebrie Sanders, Letroy Guoin, Xavier Rhodes, Nigel Bradham, Everett Dawkins, Amp McCloud and Garrison Sanborn:
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    Photo credit of this great shot goes to the Minnesota Vikings public relations staff

    Former FSU QB EJ Manuel to miss remainder of preseason

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    Former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the remainder of the NFL preseason, the Buffalo Bills announced Saturday afternoon.

    Official statement, courtesy of the Bills:

    "EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff. An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time. Kevin Kolb will be our starting quarterback for this weekend's game at Washington. Additionally, wide receiver Kevin Elliott has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season."

    FSU ranked No. 11 in preseason AP Poll

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    The preseason AP Poll was released Saturday morning and Florida State is ranked No. 11. This marks the third consecutive season that the 'Noles enter a new year ranked in the AP Poll's top 15.

    FSU were ranked No. 12 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, released earlier this month.

    What do you think about the Seminoles' No. 11 ranking? Too high? Too low? Or just right? Tweet me at @BrandonMellor.

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    Photos from Sirius XM College's day at FSU

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    Sirius XM College and Jack Arute continued their campus tour with a stop at FSU for some live national radio broadcasting of coach and player interviews. 

    Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the interviews: 

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    Roberto Aguayo, Cason Beatty and Philip Doumar
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    Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin
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    Telvin Smith and Christian Jones
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    Bryan Stork and Josue Matias
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    Demonte McAllister, Timmy Jernigan and Jacobbi McDaniel
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    Jimbo Fisher
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    Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr.

    Check out this great photo of former FSU football players/current Jacksonville Jaguars players Mike Harris, Geno Hayes and Lonnie Pryor.

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    Photo credit goes to FSU Black Alumni Association National Secretary Charlie A. Jackson, via the Jaguars.


    #ImThere

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    'Noles fans, FSU football is giving away prizes to some lucky Twitter users that tweet photos of their season tickets along with the hashtag #ImThere. Keep tweeting to @FSU_Football and you could be the next winner of a great Seminoles prize.

    Here's a look at some of the photos that have been sent in. Many of these FSU fans have already won a prize and you could be next.

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University is participating in the second annual College Colors Day spirit competition and is asking for fan support to help win the national Spirit Cup award, which includes $10,000 toward the general scholarship fund.

    By visiting facebook.com/collegecolorsday, Seminoles fans can register to vote for FSU as the school with the most college spirit and loyal fan base. After placing a vote, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and discounts through an instant win game, view and submit photos to the College Colors Day fan photo gallery, and download a custom Facebook cover photo promoting FSU for College Colors Day.

    The Facebook-based rivalry competition, which includes more than 160 participating colleges and universities and is an element of this year's 2013 College Colors Day celebration, kicks off Monday, August 12 and runs through 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, Aug. 29.  Fans can vote once each day and can check who is winning the competition nationally and within each conference. The winner will be announced on College Colors Day on Friday, Aug. 30.

    College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite college or university apparel throughout the day on Aug. 30. 

    The national spirit competition is presented by The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a division of IMG College, and NCAA Football.

    "We are excited to engage fans in the College Colors Day spirit rivalry competition through Facebook," said Catherine Gammon, Senior Vice President - Brand Development, The Collegiate Licensing Company, a division of IMG College. "We encourage all fans to vote and spread the word with fellow fans to ensure their favorite school is crowned the winner of the College Colors Day Spirit Cup." 

    About The Collegiate Licensing Company
    CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate trademark licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta (Ga.), CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 80 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. For more information on CLC, visit: www.clc.com or www.imgworld.com.

    Instant Analysis: Giorgio Newberry switches to TE

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    Jimbo Fisher confirmed moments ago that Florida State's depth at tight end will be two players deeper than originally expected.

    Giorgio Newberry and Shayne Broxsie are both on the move to tight end in time for the start of fall camp Tuesday afternoon.

    Newberry is entering his redshirt sophomore year and was expected to be in the rotation -- if not pushing for a starting job -- at defensive end. A standout pass rusher and offensive linemen in high school, Newberry redshirted his first year in Tallahassee and then posted 13 tackles in 13 games a season ago behind future NFL players Bjoern Werner, Brandon Jenkins and Tank Carradine.

    Newberry's move isn't all that surprising, considering he has blocking experience and 6-foot-6, 280-pound frame that could be beneficial to a tight end corps that lost Kevin Haplea (season-ending injury) and Christo Kourtzidis (transfer) and would have entered camp with just two scholarship players (Nick O'Leary and freshman Jeremy Kerr). There will be a definitive learning curve for Newberry, but because of the depth concerns he is automatically in the rotation in some capacity.

    The fallout from Newberry's move is that FSU is now down a quality young player at defensive end where the Werner-Jenkins-Carradine trio has left quite the void. Without Newberry, FSU enters camp with expected starters Mario Edwards, Jr. and Dan Hicks as well as Chris Casher, Desmond Hollin, DeMarcus Walker and Davarez Bryant.

    In Broxsie, new tight ends coach Tim Brewster is getting a hard-working former walk-on that has appeared in nine games in his career and was utilized some last year as a goal-line blocker. Broxsie was awarded a scholarship this off-season and had moved from the defensive line to fullback behind Chad Abram. Broxsie could still likely see snaps in the backfield as well.

    Fisher also confirmed Monday that offensive linemen Trey Pettis has elected to transfer and Daniel Foose has been medically disqualified.

    The USA TODAY Coaches Poll was released today and Florida State is ranked No. 12. 

    To view the full poll, click here.

    A year ago at this time, FSU started the year with a No. 7 ranking. In the final poll of the 2012 season, the Seminoles -- on the heels of a 12-victory, Orange Bowl-winning season -- were ranked No. 8.

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