Quality Wins: Bethune-Cookman
Bad Losses: Princeton, Maine, Fairfield, and Back-to-Back season home-opening losses to St. Joseph's
This Stetson club is young and inexperienced. Head Coach Pete Dunn probably wishes the trip to Tallahassee was a little later in the year, due to the seven new starters Dunn showcases in his lineup.
Stetson had seven players drafted last year. Six of them signed and one returned (Kurt Schluter, RHP).
Stetson is patient at the plate and likes to work counts, similar to the approach of Florida State. They lack middle of the order punch with only two team homeruns, but have some guys in those spots that have been consistently getting on base. They are currently 165th in the country in team hitting.
The Stetson defense has been suspect. They are second to last in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 32 errors on the season. This is a direct reflection of the four new starters on the infield.
Stetson does not match up well with the 'Noles. Their bats have not woken up this season and they face an FSU pitching staff ranked that is currently ranked fifth in the country with an ERA of 1.73.
They have played well in midweek games this season beating Bethune-Cookman and FIU for two of their better victories.
Players to Watch:
2 Kevin Fagan- FR-OF/ IF/RHP - Fagan was a 39th-round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He is a speedy utility guy who plays each position very well. He has a feel for the game beyond his years. The freshman has gotten off to a slow start this season (.200/10 R/12 RBI), but could be primed for a breakout series at Dick Howser. Fagan is seen as a four-tool guy, with his power not far away from making him a serious professional prospect. Possesses gap-to-gap power and can really ignite his club with his speed and aggressiveness on the bases.
17 James Rasmussen- SR- OF - Rasmussen has improved steadily during his time at Stetson and has earned a spot as the cleanup hitter for this young Stetson ball club. Has been very productive for the Hatters this season (.304/13 R/8 RBI), and boasts a strong outfield arm. His father is the Dean of the College of Social Science and Public Policy at Florida State and James attended Chiles High School in Tallahassee.
Patrick Mazeika - FR- 1B - The freshman from Massachusetts has been a key piece to Dunn's lineup (.391/1 HR/11 RBI/15 R). He is a wiry left hander that has great patience at the plate (13 BB ). Mazeika has spent most of the year in the 3-hole for the Hatters.
- Fagan 2B- .200/ 10 R/
12 RBI - Has wheels and sets the table well with aggressive "gamer"
- Blackman CF- .244/ 6
R/ 7 BB- Patient hitter with a smooth stroke; will be aggressive if
challenged but usually tries to give his team a good, productive at-bat
- Mazeika 1B- .391/ 1
HR/ 11 RBI- Sweet swinging lefty reminds me of KC Royals 1B Eric Hosmer at the plate; patient (Top
5 in A-Sun BB); Possesses some of the best power on the team
- Rasmussen LF - .304/
13 R/ 8 RBI - Leads team with 7 doubles; doesn't try and do too much and
stays within himself well; threat to steal on the bases
- Russini C -.274/ 1
HR/ 13 RBI - Left handed hitting catcher always gets a scouts attention; leads
the team in RBI
- Garmendia 3B- .239/
10 R/ 12 RBI- 19th round draft choice in the 2012 MLB Draft has
gotten off to slow start; 18 K; has been productive though in tough spots (12
- Bruce RF- .405/ 7 R/
5 RBI- smooth, flat swing from the left side; productive bottom of the
- Brennan DH- .191/ 4
2B/ 8 RBI
- Smith SS- .180/ 9 R/
2 RBI Shows a lot of range at SS but has a below average arm; hasn't
figured it out at the plate yet after transferring from JUCO
FSU's Keys to the Series:
Florida State has to come ready to play. If they
come out and don't give Stetson the entitlement that they belong on the field
with the 'Noles, then they should take care of business handily. They can't let
the young Hatters get comfortable.
Florida State must put pressure on the suspect Hatters defense, and make their pitchers earn outs.
Must keep Kevin Fagan and K'Shawn Smith off of the base paths
FSU's pitchers should go right at these hitters. They like to see a lot of pitches, so FSU should take advantage by getting ahead in counts.
Expected Participant List
DE Tank Carradine
LB Cory Cox
DT Everett Dawkins
LS Dax Dellenbach
OL Daniel Glauser
K Dustin Hopkins
DE Brandon Jenkins
TE Jonathan Johnson
QB EJ Manuel
DT Anthony McCloud
LB Nick Moody
DB Xavier Pryce
FB Lonnie Pryor
LS/H Chris Revell
CB Xavier Rhodes
RB Debrale Smiley
WR Rodney Smith
DE Toshmon Stevens
LB Sean Tidmus
RB Chris Thompson
OL Menelik Watson
DE Bjoern Werner
LB Vince Williams
OL Alex Barron
CB Avis Commack
DB Jajuan Harley
DL Travis Johnson
CB Greg Reid
TE Beau Reliford
DB Terrance Parks
RB Jermaine Thomas
You coached a lot of players over the years and many of those guys have gained a lot of weight after football, which some believe shortens life spans. Would you comment?
Bowden: Most athletes after they quit playing and performing do gain weight because they are used to eating what they want and they don't burn the calories off like they used to. As linemen, Joe and Henry were big to begin with so it's natural that they would get even larger after they quit playing
Do you think Joe and Henry are good examples for America and for former athletes alike?
Bowden: I hope Joe wins the Biggest Loser. He and his brother Henry have both lost over 100 pounds. They are setting a good example for America and for our former Athletes and that is what people need to see. If Joe and Henry can do it so can you.
They say that former football players die younger than they should because of the weight they carry. Have you seen that?
Bowden: So many of our former athletes do die earlier and its usually because of obesity and its usually because they stop exercising something they did all the time. I see our former players who go off to the NFL coming back 30, 40 50 pounds bigger. America can learn from what Joe and Henry are doing, especially you athletes need to pay attention.
You were diagnosed as a type-two diabetic and dealt with weight loss. What did you do?
Bowden: I lost 20 pounds after I quit coaching because I knew I like to eat and knew I wouldn't be as active as I was when I was coaching. I get out and play golf, hit balls, when I am not out speaking. I like to eat so I am careful of what I eat and I do exercise. I'd like to lose five more.
Former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is set to appear on an episode of FOX Sports South's "The Panel," which is a 30-minute series of shows that features a prominent college football player on the verge of the NFL Draft.
Manuel recently completed taping of his episode with multiple air dates scheduled throughout the month of April. In the episode, Manuel goes in front of a panel of former NFL players Tim Couch, Takeo Spikes, Ovie Mughelli and Dorsey Levens.
Here are the dates and times that Manuel's episode of "The Panel" will air throughout the country:
FOX College Sports Atlantic Mon - 03/18/2013 10:00 PM Eastern Delay
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Mon - 03/18/2013 09:00 PM Central Delay
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Mon - 03/25/2013 08:30 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Sun - 03/31/2013 12:30 PM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Tue - 04/02/2013 04:00 PM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Mon - 04/15/2013 08:00 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Mon - 04/22/2013 08:00 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Mon - 03/18/2013 10:30 PM Central Delay
FOX SPORTS NORTH Tue - 03/19/2013 08:00 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Tue - 03/19/2013 05:30 PM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Tue - 04/23/2013 08:00 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Tue - 04/23/2013 04:00 PM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Wed - 04/24/2013 03:00 PM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO Tue - 03/19/2013 05:30 PM Pacific Delay
FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO Fri - 03/29/2013 06:00 AM Pacific Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Mon - 03/18/2013 12:00 AM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Mon - 03/18/2013 10:00 PM Eastern Delay
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Wed - 03/20/2013 11:00 AM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Sat - 03/23/2013 06:30 PM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Tue - 03/26/2013 10:00 PM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Fri - 03/29/2013 10:00 PM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH Sat - 03/30/2013 09:00 PM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTH (Non-Predators 1) Mon - 03/25/2013 07:00 PM Eastern Repeat
FOX SPORTS WEST Tue - 03/26/2013 10:30 PM Pacific Delay
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Mon - 03/18/2013 12:00 AM Central Delay
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Wed - 03/20/2013 08:30 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Thu - 03/21/2013 04:30 PM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Mon - 03/25/2013 08:30 AM Central Repeat
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Tue - 04/23/2013 08:00 AM Central Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Tue - 03/19/2013 07:00 PM Eastern Delay
SPORTSOUTH Sun - 03/24/2013 08:30 PM Eastern Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Tue - 03/26/2013 11:30 AM Eastern Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Tue - 03/26/2013 06:30 PM Eastern Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Fri - 03/29/2013 11:00 AM Eastern Repeat
SUN SPORTS Mon - 04/01/2013 02:00 PM Eastern Repeat
SUN SPORTS Tue - 04/09/2013 06:00 PM Eastern Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Mon - 04/15/2013 10:30 PM Eastern Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Tue - 04/23/2013 10:00 AM Eastern Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Thur - 04/25/2013 9:30 AM Eastern Repeat
Courtesy of Kidz 1st Fund:
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi presented the second Kidz1stFund check in only 19 months to Dr. John Wagner, M.D. and Dr. Margaret L. MacMillan, M.D. co-directors of the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Clinic at the University of Minnesota Monday evening at a reception at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Kidz1stFund's donations to date toward Fanconi anemia research total $1 million.
"FA is our opponent and we will do everything we can to fight this disease head on," said Jimbo Fisher. "Candi and I knew from the beginning we could make a difference by helping to raise awareness and fund research. Through the generous donors of Kidz1stFund, these million dollars will make a significant difference in the lives of FA patients."
The Fishers created Kidz1stFund after their 7-year old son, Ethan, was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder in 2011. Fanconi anemia is a genetic disease which causes possible birth defects, bone marrow failure and eventually leads to cancer years earlier than the general population. Currently, there is no cure for FA, and yet the Fishers are tirelessly working to help find that cure.
"The world's first successful cord blood transplant was with an FA patient, and now there have been over 23,000 cord blood transplant performed for a variety of diseases to date," said Dr. MacMillan. "FA families like the Fishers continue to push for better treatments for this terrible disease, and we hope to one day be able to find that elusive cure for Ethan and the others with FA."
Kidz1stFund, under the direction of chairwoman, Candi Fisher, made its first pledge of $500,000 in March of 2012 to the University of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital, doubling the university's research budget for Fanconi anemia.
"We chose the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital because it treats more Fanconi anemia patients needing blood and marrow transplantation than all other hospitals in the country combined," said Candi Fisher. "And because, most importantly, their team of doctors gave us hope that a cure would be found."
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.