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Dukes (1982-85), one of the important building blocks of Bobby Bowden's early Florida State programs in the 1980s, earned consensus All-America honors as a senior offensive guard for Florida State in 1985. He started all 48 games during his four-year career at Florida State, helping lead the Seminoles to a record of 33-13-2 (.708) and appearances in four straight bowl games. Those bowl appearances were the beginning of Florida State's current 31-year consecutive bowl streak. A first-team Freshman All-America in 1982, Dukes earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1983 and second-team All-America accolades in 1984. Though not selected in the 1986 NFL Draft, Duke enjoyed a 10-year career in the National Football League, spending eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and one year each with Green Bay and Arizona. In all, he played in 124 professional games, starting 62. After retirement from football, Dukes has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career and joined the NFL Network in 2006 as an analyst on NFL Total Access ad NFL GameDay Scoreboard. He is also a regular contributor to NFL.com. Born in Schenectady, N.Y., he played his high school football in Orlando, Fla., and currently lives in Atlanta.
To view the complete press release and see all of the members of the 50th anniversary team, click here.
Courtesy of FSU SPorts Information:
Tallahassee, Fla. -- Sun Sports will be unable to provide their regular Prime Time 'Noles taped replay of Florida State's football game against Bethune Cookman University due to technical issues. FSU's game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, but Florida State's longtime cable network partner will not be able to show the edited replays during the week.
If you missed it, I posted a story Wednesday afternoon about how Jameis Winston is handling his growing hype. Winston, as you know, is a writer's dream because he produces one usable quote after another.
So while I did not get to use all of the gems from his interview with the media, I wanted to share them here. So here's Winston on...
...how his life has changed since his historic debut on Labor Day:
Winston: "It's just been another week; another week of preparation and focusing on Nevada and not really focusing on outside things that may bring clutter to the team."
...how the recruiting process he went through as the nation's top quarterback helps him:
Winston: "It helped me to grow. In the recruiting process -- you can ask any recruit -- it's just so nagging and it's on you all the time. Constantly, constantly everyone is asking you questions. But you have no choice. You can either make that go up and fill your head and you think that you're a big shot but you're really not. Because when you come to college the next year you're going to be a freshman and everyone [will treat you] like you're a freshman."
...being the quarterback at Florida State:
Winston: "When you are the quarterback of a big university you are going to get those looks and everybody's eyes are going to be on you. You stay grounded and that's when you gain respect from everybody."
...how many phone calls he got after the win at Pittsburgh:
Winston: "I was so happy that we won that game, I was too busy talking to everybody on the bus. I was like, All y'all remember that play? All y'all remember this?' I didn't even worry about my phone because I think my phone froze up. There was that many messages that my phone froze up."
Winston: "Nevada is huge. They are some big guys. Actually one player that stood out to me, he had a mullet playing d-end. That was very exciting. It was like, 'Wow.' But they have a very tough defense.
"It's going to be an exciting game. You never can look past anybody."
...his wide receivers and the play of Rashad Greene:
Winston: "One thing about all my wide receivers, they are very hard on me. They will tell me what I did wrong in a heartbeat and I try not to tell them what they did wrong just to keep the tension from going around. Rashad, he's a great leader; he's a playmaker. Just having those guys around here and having the o-line protect me to get him the ball, it makes it so much easier on the team."
...playing at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday at 3:30 p.m.:
Winston: "It's really going to be less on me than it was at Pitt because our team is really going to be excited and we are just going to be ready to go out there and play in front of our home fans."
...his quarterback idols as a kid, like Tom Brady:
Winston: "On the field they are locked in and they are focused. They just have so many intangibles that young kid want to adapt to and grow to to be just like them."
Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien Foundation:
FORT WORTH, Texas - Florida State's Jameis Winston has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after guiding his team to a 41-13 victory at Pittsburgh in Monday night's season-opener.
The heavily recruited redshirt freshman out of Hueytown, Ala. lived up to the hype with a record-setting debut against the Panthers. Winston was nearly perfect completing 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns while adding another rushing touchdown. His 92.6 completion percentage set a new school record, defeating the previous mark of 87.5 percent set by Danny Kanell in 1995.
"It's one ballgame guys," said head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He played one game. That's it. But he did a great job. As long as he keeps the process in mind and keeps working with great habits, everything's going to be fine, and that's what he has to do."
After an outstanding performance in week one, Winston and the FSU Seminoles will have an extra week to prepare before they host the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Honorable Mention for Week One:
David Ash, Texas, Big 12; Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC; C.J. Brown, Maryland, ACC; Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC; Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12; Corey Robinson, Troy, Sun Belt.
During the first nine weeks of the season, a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee will name a Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. All 125 FBS quarterbacks are candidates for the award until semifinalists are announced on Nov. 4. Finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on Dec. 12.
About the Davey O'Brien Fan Vote
Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 12 on ESPN and will be honored at the 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 16-17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
About the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $890,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
American Airlines is the official travel partner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl:
NEW ORLEANS - The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named eight quarterbacks as its "Stars of the Week." College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Friday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
This week's eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:
Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington
23-of-30, 411 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT
Adams also rushes for two touchdowns as the Eagles shock Oregon State, 49-46, becoming just the third FCS school to defeat a ranked FBS program.
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
18-of-30, 270 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 78.6
Boyd also rushes for a pair of scores as he leads the Tigers to a critical 38-35 victory over Georgia in the only opening weekend match-up between top 10 teams.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
23-of-28, 355 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 97.2
Bridgewater threw two touchdowns before his first incomplete pass and matched his career-high for TD passes in a 49-7 rout of Ohio.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
52-of-73, 456 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 82.2
Carr stars in a wild 52-51 overtime victory against Rutgers, tallying the 10th 300-yard game of his career, breaking the Mountain West record for completions and tossing a 25-yard TD to clinch the win.
Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech
43-of-60, 413 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 78.5
Believed to be the first true freshman walk-on to start a season-opener for a BCS school, Mayfield throws for four scores and runs for another as the Red Raiders cruise to a 41-23 victory over SMU.
Corey Robinson, Troy
30-of-32, 319 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9
Robinson sets the NCAA record for accuracy (minimum 30 completions) and becomes the Sun Belts career leader in passing yards and completions in a 34-31 win over UAB.
Jameis Winston, Florida State
25-of-27, 356 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.3
Winston has one of the top debuts in Florida State history as the redshirt freshman is near-perfect tallying five touchdowns in a 41-13 ACC road victory to open the season.
Connor Wood, Colorado
33-of-46, 400 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.8
Trailing entering the fourth quarter, Wood leads the Buffaloes to a 41-27 win over Colorado State, capping the day with a 75-yard TD connection - after opening the game with an 82-yard scoring strike.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor - he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks - Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season's winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.
The offseason hype certainly lived up to Winston's debut. The redshirt freshman was nearly flawless in his debut, completing 25 of 27 passes (and one of the incompletions was debatable) for 356 yards and four touchdowns. Winston also added 25 yards and one score on the ground. The Alabama native was incredibly poised in his first start, and his emergence will make Florida State a factor in the national championship picture.
ROOKIE - Jameis Winston, Florida State, Fr., QB, 6-4, 225, Hueytown, Ala.
Winston delivered a school-record setting performance as the 11th-ranked Seminoles opened their season with a 41-13 ACC road win at Pitt on Monday night. Winston completed 25 of 27 passes for a 92.6 completion percentage, topping the previous Florida State single-game record of 87.5 posted by Danny Kannell against NC State in 1995. Winston finished the game with 356 passing yards while throwing for four touchdowns and running for one more.
True Freshmen Starters
Florida State started two true freshmen on defense tonight in the 2013 season opener. Jalen Ramsey and DeMarcus Walker both made starts in their first game of their first season in Garnet and Gold. Ramsey didn't waste much time making an impact as he picked off Pitt QB Tom Savage and set up the Seminoles first TD that tied the game at 7-7. Other freshmen (true or redshirt) to play in the first half were Matthew Thomas, Kermit Whitfield and Roberto Aguayo who all played on special teams.
Roberto Is Right On
Filling Dustin Hopkins' golden shoes is no easy task but you won't find anyone involved with FSU football that didn't believe they had the right guy in Roberto Aguayo. The redshirt freshman didn't have to hit any field goals longer than 30 yards but in his debut he went 2-for-2 on field goals and 4-for-4 on extra points.
Yards Per Play
The debut of Jameis Winston was, safe to say, a rousing success. The redshirt freshman not only put up big numbers but he took command of the Seminole offense like he had been in control for years. One of the best ways to see just how effective he was, besides a school record single game completion percentage (.926), was the yards per play the offense generated under his leadership. Before leaving the game, Winston and the Seminole offense averaged 9.04 yards per play. That number was higher than every game the Seminoles played in 2012 with the exception of Savannah State (9.39) and BC (9.14).
The Seminoles came out tonight looking to replace seven defensive starters from 2012 and with two true freshmen in the lineup. Pitt took advantage of that electing to receive the kick-off after winning the coin toss. The Panthers then drove 80 yards to score a TD on the opening drive of the game. The last time that happened to the FSU defense was in 2012 versus Clemson - a stretch of 10 games without allowing a TD on the opponent's first drive. The last time the Seminoles allowed an opening TD drive on the road was September 24, 2011 versus Clemson once again. That was 23 games ago.
Benjamin Catching On
Redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin seems to have the trust of redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston. Last season, Benjamin only had more than three catches in two of the 13 games in which he played. In the first quarter alone of tonight's game the Belle Glade, Fla. native hauled in three balls. Benjamin registered his fourth catch in the second quarter, tying the second-most balls he has ever caught in a game. He ended the night, tying his career high for catches in a game at five.
Almost 20 Years In The Making
Kelvin Benjamin wasn't the only Seminole who benefitted opening night playing alongside Jameis Winston. Junior tight end Nick O'Leary established a new career high for TD catches in a game just 16:19 into the season. He hauled in a 24-yarder in the first quarter and a two-yarder to open the second. The last time an FSU tight end caught two touchdown passes in a game was November 5, 1994. That year Melvin Pearsall hauled in five TD's including two in a game against Georgia Tech. In the fourth quarter O'Leary added his third TD catch of the night, nearly equaling his career total of four which he amassed in 26 games.
Playing your first ever game as a redshirt freshman QB in a hostile environment can be daunting but not for Jameis Winston apparently. The Hueytown, Ala. native went 6-for-6 for 81 yards in the first quarter with a TD. He improved that number to 8-of-8 with his second TD, which also went to TE Nick O'Leary. It took 23:09 before Winston threw his first incompletion following an 11-for-11 start. His first incompletion was on a long out route that was caught but Kenny Shaw who had a toe on the line causing the first miss of the night for Jameis. Following that incompletion Winston completed his next three passes and then ran in the first TD of his career putting FSU up 21-10. Winston finished with a school record for completion percentage going 25-for-27 for a .926 percentage. That beat out the previous best of 87.5 by Danny Kanell (28-32) set in 1995 versus NC State.
New D Trying To Turn It Over
When Mark Stoops was hired to take over as the head football coach at Kentucky the Seminoles turned to Jeremy Pruitt from Alabama to take over the FSU defense. Pruitt was the secondary coach for the Crimson Tide and one of his goals was to turn up the number of turnovers the Seminole defense created. If the first half was any indication, he and his defense are off to a good start with two picks in the first half and then a dropped INT in the end zone.
WR Rashad Greene (with an "e" as he says he's not a color) has led FSU in receptions the last two years and averages a TD once in every eight touches throughout his career. After one half, the superstar wide out is ahead of schedule. Greene caught seven balls for 115 yards and scored a TD in the first half before finishing the game with those numbers. He now has 14 career receiving TDs.