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    Screenshot: FSU football on SI.com

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    Cilck here to ready Andy Staples' article on the 'Noles' offensive line

    Schillace in Your Face: ESPN College Gameday Challenges

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    FSU fans from 48 states headed to Doak for #MIAvsFSU

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    FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 2013 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Match-up for week ten highlights three-time Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Jameis Winston of Florida State and Watch List quarterback Stephen Morris of Miami (Fla.) in an ACC match-up of Top 10 programs.

    Throughout the season, the Davey O'Brien will highlight the best weekly quarterback match-up as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4.

    Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien Foundation:

    Marquee Match-up: No. 7* Miami (Fla.) at No. 3* Florida State

    Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC

    Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a little over two quarters of action during Florida State's 49-17 win over North Carolina State last weekend. All three scores and 229 of his passing yards came during a school-record 35-point first quarter scoring outburst by the Seminoles.  

    Stephen Morris and the Hurricanes needed a fourth quarter rally to dispatch a determined Wake Forest squad on Saturday to set up this weekend's renewal of one of college football's storied rivalries. Miami remains undefeated in 2013 and Morris is a big reason why. The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,463 yards and 10 touchdowns through seven games this season.  

    Other Notable Games (based on start times)

    • Arizona State (Taylor Kelly) at Washington State (Connor Halliday)
      Thursday, October 31 at 9:30 pm (CT) on ESPN      
    • No. 21 Michigan (Devin Gardner) at No. 22 Michigan State (Connor Cook)
      Saturday, November 2 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC 
    • Nevada (Cody Fajardo) at No. 16 Fresno State (Derek Carr)
      Saturday, November 2 at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU          

    *All rankings reflect The Associated Press Top 25 poll  

     

    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 nearly $900,000 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

    Video: #MIAvsFSU ESPN promo

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    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been named a Maxwell Award semifinalist and his teammate, senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, has been named a Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist, the Maxwell Club announced Tuesday morning.

    Winston, who Monday was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Week, is one of 16 semifinalists for the 77th Maxwell Award for Collegiate Player of the Year. Fans area also reminded that they can help Winston win the Davey O'Brien Award fan vote by clicking here.

    Joyner, who has already been named a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist for the top honor given to a college football defensive back, is one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

    The winners of the 77th Maxwell Award and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12, 2013. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 25, 2013 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Wednesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 24th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

    The Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. 

    Full Maxwell Club release

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    FSU at Wake Forest six-day optioned

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference Monday announced that ESPN has declared a six-day option for three games on Nov. 9 and announced the other four game times and networks.

    Saturday, Nov. 9
    The games which will have their game times and networks announced no later than noon on Sunday, Nov. 3 are:
    *Virginia Tech at Miami, ABC or ESPN
    *Florida State at Wake Forest, ABC or ESPN
    *Notre Dame at Pitt, ABC or ESPN

    The following game times and networks were announced for Nov. 9:
    Virginia at North Carolina, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.
    Syracuse at Maryland, Regional Sports Networks, 3:30 p.m.
    Boston College at New Mexico State, ESPN3, 3:30 p.m.
    NC State at Duke, ESPNU, 4 p.m.


    All times are Eastern

    * Gametimes and networks to be announced no later than noon on Sunday, Nov. 3.

    Jameis Winston named ACC Rookie of the Week for fifth time

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    For the fifth time this year, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has earned ACC Rookie of the Week. This time, he earned the honor following his dominating first-half performance in the 'Noles' runaway 49-17 win over NC State last weekend.

    Lamarcus Joyner named Thorpe Award semifinalist

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    Florida State senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has officially been named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor given annually to college football's top defensive back.

    Courtesy of the Jim Thorpe Association:

    Oklahoma City--The Jim Thorpe Association announced today 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football.

    The Thorpe Award is named after history's greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including football at which he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The three Thorpe Award finalists will be named on Monday, November 25th and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 12th airing on ESPN. The winner of the 2013 Thorpe Award will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on February 4, 2014.

    The 2013 Thorpe Award semifinalists represent seven conferences: SEC (3), PAC 12 (3), Big 12 (3), ACC (2), Big 10 (2), AAC (1) and MAC (1). 

    THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALISTS

    C.J. Barnett, Sr. Ohio State

    Deone Bucannon, Sr. Washington State

    Landon Collins, Soph. Alabama

    Aaron Colvin, Sr.  University of Oklahoma

    Darqueze Dennard, Sr. Michigan State

    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr. Oregon

    Kyle Fuller, Sr. Virginia Tech

    Vernon Hargreaves,  Fr.  Florida

    Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State

    Steven Nelson, Jr. Oregon

    Cody Prewitt, Jr. Ole Miss

    Calvin Pryor, Jr. Louisville

    Jason Verrett, Sr. TCU

    Jimmie Ward, Sr. N. Illinois

    Ty Zimmerman,  Sr. Kansas State

    The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's best #NCSTvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's touchdown and interception calls from FSU's 49-17 win over NC State:

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    ESPN College Gameday coming to Tallahassee

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    Video: Bobby Bowden plants the spear

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    Don't forget: Tonight's Friday Night Block Party

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    Bobby Bowden has stolen the show this weekend (justifiably so) but don't forget that the usual Friday Night Block Party will be taking place tonight downtown at Kleman Plaza.

    This week's performing act is headlined by Blackberry Smoke, who has opened for Zac Brown Band in the past. Drake White will Blackberry Smoke's opening act tonight.

    Tonight's Friday Night Block Party starts at 5 p.m. as usual but will last a full hour longer this week so that fans attending An Evening With Coach Bowden at the Donald L. Tucker Center can have time to attend both events.

    For more information on the free-to-attend Friday Night Block Party, click here. For more #BowdenReturns information, click here.

    Video: 'He is the next Andrew Luck'

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    Coverage map: #NCSTvsFSU

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    Video: Bobby Bowden by the numbers

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    Audio: Lamarcus Joyner talks to the media

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    Audio from Lamarcus Joyner's sit-down interview with gathered media on Oct. 22, 2013:

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    Courtesy of the FWAA:

    DALLAS (FWAA) - Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of Oct. 19.

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    Joyner, forced two fumbles, sacked the quarterback once, and intercepted a pass in the Seminoles' resounding 51-14 Atlantic Coast Conference showdown victory at Clemson.

    The 5-8, 190-pound senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is on the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Nov. 21. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 9 during a banquet that the Charlotte Touchdown Club sponsors at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Florida head coach Will Muschamp will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

    Each Tuesday during the 2013 season the FWAA All-America Committee will select a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 10 Division I Bowl Subdivision conferences and major independents.

    The FWAA has sponsored a National Defensive Player of the Year award since 1993 and has named a National Defensive Player of the Week since the 2001 season. Last year, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy at season's end. In 2007, the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown club added the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, which is sponsored by Florida East Coast Railway. A top defensive player from a past FWAA All-America team is the annual recipient of that award. Former Georgia Tech great Randy Rhino is the winner of the 2013 award.

    The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Assocation. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

    The trophy is given in memory of the legendary All-American lineman at Minnesota (1927-29). Nagurski dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle and could have been an All-America at any position. He then became a star for professional football's Chicago Bears in the 1930s.

    The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

    The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or 972-713-6198.

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    Founded in 1993, ACN is the world's largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including home phone service, high-speed internet, wireless, television, home security and automation, computer support and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 23 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN's home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

    About Florida East Coast Railway
    FECR is a regional freight railroad that extends along a 351-mile corridor between Jacksonville, Fla., and Miami, Fla., with exclusive rail access to the Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) and the Port of Miami. For more information, visit fecrwy.com

    About Electrolux
    Electrolux is a global leader in household appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. The company focuses on innovations that are thoughtfully designed, based on extensive consumer insight, to meet the real needs of consumers and professionals. Electrolux products include refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, cookers and air-conditioners sold under esteemed brands such as Electrolux, AEG, Eureka and Frigidaire. In 2011, Electrolux had sales of SEK 102 billion and 58,000 employees.

    2013 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
    • Aug. 31: Collin Ellis, Northwestern
    • Sept. 7: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    • Sept. 14: Anthony Barr, UCLA
    • Sept. 21: Brock Hekking, Nevada
    • Sept. 28: Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State
    • Oct. 5: Terrance Plummer, UCF
    • Oct. 12: Isaiah Newsome, ULM
    • Oct. 19: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    Lamarcus Joyner named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week

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    Courtesy of the Lott IMPACT Trophy:

    Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The 5-8, 190-pound senior from Ft. Lauderdale was a one-man wrecking crew against Clemson in a huge ACC showdown Saturday night.

    Joyner forced two fumbles, the first leading directly to a touchdown, intercepted a pass, recorded one sack and eight total tackles in the impressive 51-14 win that kept the Seminoles undefeated at 6-0.

    Myron Rolle, a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist in 2008 after his superb career at Florida State, is a friend of Joyner's and works out with him frequently.  "He's a remarkable young man," says Rolle, who was a Rhodes scholar.  "He handles himself with honor and esteem.  He's also a natural leader, a role he embraces.  You often see him leading players in extra weight training sessions.  He's great."

    "While obviously undersized, Joyner doesn't shirk from contact. He welcomes it, in fact, and possesses excellent diagnosis skills, as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties," writes Rob Rang of CBS Sports.com.

    Quarter-finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced Oct. 23.

    2013 Lott IMPACT Players of the Week

    Week 1 - Devon Kennard, USC

    Week 2 - Ed Reynolds, Stanford

    Week 3 - Anthony Barr, UCLA

    Week 4 - Spencer Shuey, Clemson

    Week 5 - Alden Darby, Arizona State

    Week 6 - Eric Kendricks, UCLA

    Week 7 - Bryce Hager, Baylor

    Week 8 - Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    Other notable performances by players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List were:

    Max Bullough (Michigan State, LB): Led Spartans with 10 tackles (2.5 for losses with one sack), forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in 14-0 shutout of Purdue.

    Scott Crichton (Oregon State, DT): Had 2 tackles for loss, one sack, 4 total tackles and 2 passes broken up in 49-17 win over Cal.

    Jake Fischer (Arizona, LB): Led Wildcats with 12 tackles in win over Utah, 35-24.

    C.J. Mosley (Alabama, LB): Led Tide with 10 tackles, one tackle for loss, broke up 2 passes and had 2 quarterback hurries in 52-0 shutout of Arkansas.

    Ryan Shazier (Ohio State, LB): Had 9 tackles in win over Iowa, 34-24.

    Derron Smith (Fresno State, DB): Had 5 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup in win over UNLV, 38-14, as Bulldogs remained undefeated.

    Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame, DE): Had 2 sacks, 7 total tackles, 2 quarterback hurries, one pass defended as Irish held USC scoreless in second half of 14-10 win.

    Jameis Winston: 'We ain't leaving without a victory'

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    I've had a few FSU fans email me asking if I could type out Jameis Winston's now-famous pre-game speech that aired on the ABC broadcast before the 'Noles walloped Clemson.

    Here is the transcription:

    "We ain't leaving without a victory. We ain't leaving without a victory. So y'all. Hey, my brothers, put a smile on your face. OK. Because Florida State, if we going to do it then, we do it big. Let's go baby. Let's fight."

    Hot Ticket: Florida State vs. Clemson

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    Comparing FSU to Alabama, Oregon

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    ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson wrote a column Monday night, explaining why she thinks FSU should be ranked No. 1 right now -- ahead of Alabama and Oregon. Check out Adelson's story by clicking here.

    In that article, there's an interesting chart that displays how the Seminoles stack up statistically against the Crimson Tide and Ducks and it's pretty striking. See below:

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    Who deserves to be No. 2? Making the case for FSU

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    Courtesy of the Reese's Senior Bowl:

    MOBILE, Ala. -- It was the showdown that turned into the shutdown, at least where Florida State's defense is concerned.

    While Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Co. were shredding the Clemson defense, Seminoles' cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was wrecking havoc on the defensive side of the ball, helping shut down Tajh Boyd and the Tigers' potent offensive attack.

    Joyner racked up eight solo tackles, one sack, forced two fumbles that led to FSU touchdowns and added an interception in the Seminoles' 51-14 rout of 3rd-ranked Clemson on Saturday night.

    For his efforts, Joyner is the Reese's Senior Bowl's College Senior of the Week.

    Joyner, who switched from safety to cornerback this season, has led a Seminoles defense that is ranked third in the nation, allowing just 12.3 points per game.

    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Florida State's Jameis Winston has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week for the third time this season after leading the fifth-ranked Seminoles to a stunning 51-14 road victory over No. 3 Clemson.

    Winston completed 22-of-34 passes for a career-high 444 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score in a game the Seminoles controlled from start to finish. Winston previously earned Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week honors this season in Week 1 (vs. Pittsburgh) and Week 6 (vs. Maryland).

    "I'm very proud of him," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said following the game. "The guy is a competitor." 

    Winston and the Seminoles return home next weekend to face North Carolina State on October 26.

    Honorable Mention for Week Eight

    Taysom Hill, BYU, Independent

    Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC

    Sean Mannion, Oregon State, Pac-12

    Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC

    Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12

    Nick Marshall, Auburn, SEC

    Maty Mauk, Missouri, SEC

    Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12

    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 nearly $900,000 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.  

    'Noles dominate this week's ACC honors

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    Jameis Winston has been named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and Rookie of the Week following his career night in the Seminoles' blowout victory at Clemson Saturday night.

    Rashad Greene has also been named the ACC Wide Receiver of the Week, Cameron Erving is the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, Lamarcus Joyner has been named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week and Telvin Smith as been named the ACC co-Linebacker of the Week:

    Courtesy of the Palm Beach Sports Commission:

     College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the "Stars of the Week."

    While Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's name is gaining momentum on the "Heisman watch," another freshman, kicker Roberto Aguayo, is making a strong bid to become the third Seminole to win the Lou Groza Award. The Mascotte, Fla. native kicked three field goals and six extra points in FSU's 51-14 blowout of Clemson in a key ACC matchup in Death Valley Saturday night. Aguayo, who inherited the job from two-time Groza finalist Dustin Hopkins, has yet to miss a kick of any kind to start his career. He is 10-for-10 on field goals, the most in the nation among those kickers who have yet to miss, and has made all 41 extra point tries. His 71 points are third in the nation in kick-scoring and lead all Seminole players.

    The honor for the most productive performance of the week by a kicker belongs to University of Missouri sophomore Andrew Baggett who scored 18 points on five field goals and three PATs in the Tigers' 36-17 defeat of the University of Florida on Saturday in the Gators' first ever trip to Columbia. The Lee's Summit, Mo. native scored from 43, 39, 33, 28, and 19 yards to tie the school record for field goals in a game, last accomplished in 1992. The 18 points are the most by a kicker in Missouri history and raised his season total to 70 points, which is fourth in the nation among kickers and leads all Tiger players.

    University of Tennessee senior Michael Palardy kicked the first game-winning field goal of his career as time expired Saturday and gave the Vols a 23-21 upset of #11 South Carolina in SEC action in Knoxville. The 19 yarder enabled the Vols to snap a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents. Not only was it Palardy's first game-winner, the kick was Tennessee's first since 2004. The Coral Springs, Fla. native also connected from 37 and 33 yards and made both his extra point attempts. He has not missed in 27 PAT tries this season. In addition to serving as the team's punter, Palardy leads the Vols in scoring with 51 points.

    The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 12th. The three finalists will be honored at the 22nd Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 10th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information on the Lou Groza Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and to vote for your favorite Star of the Week, visit www.LouGrozaAward.com.

    National College Football Awards Association
    The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award 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, www.ncfaa.org.

    About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
    The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.

    @theACCDN videos from #FSUvsCLEM

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    FSU vs. Clemson: Game of the Week

    Best of Jameis Winston:

    Game Highlights:

    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's best #FSUvsCLEM radio calls

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    Click below to listen to all of Gene Deckerhoff's best radio calls from the Seminoles' 51-14 victory over the Tigers. Audio is courtesy of IMG Sports Network.

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    Videos: #FSUvsCLEM ESPN post-game

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    Video: Winston to Shaw part 2

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    Video: Winston to Greene

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    Video: Joyner sacks, Edwards Jr. scores

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    Video: Winston finds Benjamin

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    Photo: FSU fans set to converge on Clemson, S.C.

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    Winston-Boyd is Davey O'Brien Marquee Matchup

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    FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 2013 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Match-up for week eight highlights Davey O'Brien Watch List candidate Tajh Boyd and two-time Quarterback of the Week Jameis Winston in a contest between two Top 5 ACC teams.

    Throughout the season, the Davey O'Brien will highlight the best weekly quarterback match-up as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4.

    Marquee Match-up: No. 5* Florida State at No. 3* Clemson

    Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on ABC

    Clemson needed some fourth quarter heroics from quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Tiger defense to record a 24-14 win over upset-minded Boston College on Saturday. Boyd finished the game with 334 yards through the air to become the school's all-time passing yardage leader.

    Winston earned his second Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week nod two weeks ago when he led the Seminoles to a 63-0 win over Maryland. Florida State was idle this past weekend. Winston enters this weekend's game ranked second in the country in pass efficiency.

    Other Notable Games (based on start times)
    UCF (Blake Bortles) at No. 8 Louisville (Teddy Bridgewater)

    Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPN

    No. 9 UCLA (Brett Hundley) at No. 13 Stanford (Kevin Hogan)

    Saturday, October 19 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC/ESPN2

    No. 20 Washington (Keith Price) at Arizona State (Taylor Kelly)

    Saturday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Pac-12 Network

    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 nearly $900,000 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

    Video: 2013 FSU football home-game intro

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    O'Leary named to Mackey Award Midseason Watch List

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    Junior tight end Nick O'Leary was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List on Tuesday. The award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. 

    O'Leary has five touchdown receptions this season which is tied for the nation's lead among tight ends. The Palm Beach, Fla., native is one score away from tying the Florida State record for touchdown catches by a tight end (10), held by Melvin Pearsall (1994-97) and Lonnie Johnson (1990-93). 

    The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2013 John Mackey Award recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013 at The

    Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Semi-finalists on November 18, 2013 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com and on our official twitter account: @JohnMackeyAward.


    Video: #FSUvsCLEM ESPN promo

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    Video: Winston's top 10 moments

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    FSU Spirit Drum to make first away appearance

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    One of Florida State's most prominent athletic traditions will take to the road for the first time as FSU student veterans bring the Seminole Spirit Drum to the FSU-Clemson game. 

    The nearly 8-foot tall drum, which Florida State fans play for hours by prior to each home game, will be located in the tailgating area Clemson University sets aside for fans of visiting schools.

    "It's a huge responsibility for student veterans caravanning to the game to both transport the drum and defend its honor, if you will, at this big away game," said Ryan Taylor, president of the FSU Collegiate Veterans Association.

    Florida State fans attending the game will assist student veterans in keeping the Spirit Drum beat going for several hours prior to kickoff.

    "FSU fans just need to listen for that familiar rhythm and join us in heightening our Seminole pride and spirit until kickoff," said Taylor.

    FSU moves to No. 5 in AP Poll

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    1
    Alabama (55)
    Record: 6-0
    PV Rank
    1
    Points
    1,495
    2
    Oregon (5)
    Record: 6-0
    2
    1,438
    3
    Record: 6-0
    3
    1,352
    4
    Record: 6-0
    4
    1,330
    5
    Record: 5-0
    6
    1,242
    6
    Record: 6-1
    10
    1,137
    7
    Record: 5-1
    9
    1,105
    8
    Record: 6-0
    8
    1,077
    9
    Record: 5-0
    11
    1,017
    10
    Record: 5-0
    13
    912
    11
    Record: 5-1
    14
    896
    12
    Record: 5-0
    15
    849
    13
    Record: 5-1
    5
    824
    14
    Record: 6-0
    25
    749
    15
    Record: 4-2
    7
    615
    16
    Record: 6-0
    20
    590
    17
    Record: 5-0
    21
    383
    18
    Record: 5-1
    12
    380
    19
    Record: 6-1
    24
    352
    20
    Record: 4-2
    16
    309
    21
    Record: 4-1
    22
    264
    22
    Record: 4-2
    17
    249
    23
    Record: 6-0
    23
    185
    24
    Record: 5-1
    26
    156
    25
    Record: 4-2
    29
    153

    ESPN's 'College Gameday' set for FSU-Clemson

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    Winston named 1 of 8 Manning Award Stars of the Week

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    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 Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.

    VOTE HERE!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153307288850459.1073741844.297090315458&type=1&l=10923bea6b

    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.

    Manning Award Website

    This week's eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:

    Quinn Kaehler, San Diego State

    (23-of-32, 286 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9)

    Kaehler registers career-highs in completions, yards and touchdowns with his biggest completion coming in overtime as he finds Eric Judge for a 13-yard touchdown in a 51-44 Mountain West win over Nevada.


    Jameis Winston, Florida State

    (23-of-32, 393 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)

    Winston tallies his career-high in touchdowns and passing yards while turning in multiple highlight-reel plays as the Seminoles dismantle previously undefeated Maryland, 63-0.


    Zach Mettenberger, LSU

    (25-of-29, 340 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.1)

    LSU trails late in the second quarter, then explodes for a 38-3 run to crush Mississippi State, 59-26, on the road as Mettenberger is nearly flawless with his career-best completion percentage.

     

    Tajh Boyd, Clemson

    (20-of-27, 455 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 94.0)

    Boyd matches his own school-record for touchdown passes in three quarters of action as the Tigers win 49-14, providing an unfriendly welcome to Syracuse in its ACC debut.

     

    Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic

    (23-of-36, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.2)

    Johnson, who also rushes for a career-high 105 yards and a score, leads the Owls to 14 unanswered points to close the game in a 37-23 C-USA road win over UAB.

     

    Marcus Mariota, Oregon

    (16-of-27, 355 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.9)

    Mariota sets a school record with seven touchdowns (he also rushes for two scores) in a 57-16 victory over Colorado on the road.

     

    Keith Wenning, Ball State

    (23-of-41, 346 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.0)

    Wenning, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his sixth straight 300-yard game and his season-high, in a 48-27 upset of Virginia on the road.

     

    David Carr, Fresno State

    (37-of-48, 419 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 97.0)

    Carr tallies 390 of his yards and all of his touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs register their fifth 40-point game of the year in a 61-14 Mountain West blowout over Idaho on the road.

     

    Last week's Manning Award Quarterback of the Week was Oregon State star Sean Mannion, who earned the honor for the second time this season. The Pleasanton, Calif., native, set a school record for passing touchdowns while tallying his third 400-yard game of the year in leading the Beavers to their fourth straight victory, 44-17, over Colorado. He completed 27-of-52 passes for 414 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception and was also selected the Pac-12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

    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.

    Winston named Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week

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    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 leading the Seminoles to a convincing 63-0 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland.

    Winston equaled his season highs in passing yards (393) and touchdowns (5) while completing 23-of-32 passes against the 25th-ranked Terrapins. Florida State ended the day with 614 yards in total offense against a Maryland team that entered the game ranked sixth in the country in total defense.

    "He does as good a job of getting out of pressure and finding guys down the field as he's eluding," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He can transfer from his eyes to what he sees and get the ball out out."

    Winston and the sixth-ranked Seminoles will now have an extra week to prepare before their next game at No. 3 Clemson on October 19.

    Honorable Mention for Week Six

    Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC James Franklin, Missouri, SEC Garrett Gilbert, SMU, AAC Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12 Zach Mettenberger, LSU, SEC Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12 Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12

    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 nearly $900,000 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

    Winston named ACC Rookie of the Week

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    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the third time in his young career, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday. Winston thrashed the Terrapins in FSU's 63-0 win over Maryland, tossing career highs in yards (393) and touchdowns (five).

    Monday's honor is Winston's fourth ACC award in just five weeks. He was the league's offensive back of the week after his performance at Boston College.

    Winston named Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week

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    Courtesy of the Walter Camp Football Foundation:

    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    JAMEIS WINSTON, FLORIDA STATE

    Redshirt Freshman, Quarterback, Bessemer, AL/Hueytown

    Jameis Winston earns Offensive Player of the Week honors after throwing for a season-high 393 yards and five touchdowns in the 8th-ranked Seminoles' 63-0 shutout victory over #25 Maryland.  Winston completed 23-of-32 passes and added 24 yards rushing.  With the victory, Florida State improved to 5-0, 3-0 in the ACC.

    NOTE:  Jameis Winston is the third FSU player, and first offensive honoree, since 2004 to earn Player of the Week honors, joining former Seminoles - linebacker A.J. Nicholson (Sept. 18, 2005) and defensive end Everette Brown (Nov. 23, 2008).

    Full press release

    Vote for Jameis Winston in Davey O'Brien Fan Vote

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    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston can be voted for in the ongoing Davey O'Brien Fan Vote. 

    To vote for the redshirt freshman, click here.

    HOW THE VOTING WORKS
    The 2013 season marks the seventh year that fans have participated in the voting. 

    The Fan Vote counts as 5% during each round of the voting process and is combined with the results from the Selection Committee.

    Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan Vote totals are cleared after each voting round.

    VOTING SCHEDULE:

    Semifinalists/Round 1:
    Vote opens: Sept. 3
    Voting closes: Nov. 3

    Finalists/Round 2:
    Vote opens: Nov. 4
    Voting closes: Nov. 24

    Winner/Round 3:
    Vote opens: Nov. 25
    Voting closes: Dec. 8

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