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    Video: Fisher talks about Winston's two-sport spring

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    Courtesy of the ACC Digital Network:

    Video: Jameis Winston spring game huddle

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    Courtesy of Seminoles.com's Layne Herdt:

    Florida State spring football award winners

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    Hinesman Award
    Jameis Winston
    Jalen Ramsey
    P.J. Williams

    Matt Schmauch Academic Achievement Award
    Rashad Greene

    Most Valuable Offensive Player
    Josue Matias
    Cam Erving

    Most Valuable Defensive Player
    Eddie Goldman

    Service Award
    Wilson Bell
    Roberto Aguayo
    Austin Barron


    New stadium app at Doak tests Saturday

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    FSU to be represented on Brian Vickers' racecar

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    Courtesy of Aaron's:

    ATLANTA, Ga. -- Florida State University's trophy case holds lots of hardware, but none for motorsports. 

    Aaron's and Brian Vickers plan to change that.

    Vickers' No. 55 Aaron's Toyota will carry a special paint scheme honoring FSU's 2013 BCS National Championship football team when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.

    The garnet and gold paint scheme on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota will include the FSU BCS National Championship logo on the hood.

    Vickers will also wear a special FSU driver uniform for the race.

    "Everyone in America knows about Florida State's tradition of success especially in athletics," said Vickers. "Aaron's and I really want to continue that tradition at Daytona in July and give Seminole fans a chance to see their car and colors celebrate in victory lane. I'm excited to be representing my home state on the car for Daytona. We're hoping it will give us a 'home field' advantage we need."

    Fans at FSU's April 12 Spring Game will see the car unveiling and watch a special video message from Vickers on the videoboard. FSU will collect hoods from the race car for display at block parties, road trips and The Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show throughout the 2014 football season.

    Aaron's said it was natural to honor Florida State at the Daytona race.   

    "Aaron's is proud to feature the Florida State football championship paint scheme on the No. 55 Dream Machine at Daytona International Speedway," said Rich Lamprey, Aaron's Director of Sports and Event Marketing. 

    "We have a history of showcasing collegiate championships on our racecars to highlight our brand's involvement in collegiate sports. We hope that NASCAR fans and college sports fans alike will appreciate the FSU paint scheme, and we look forward to Brian bringing the Seminoles to the checkered flag in Daytona," said Lamprey.

    Vickers drove a special paint scheme honoring the University of Louisville's national championship basketball team at Kentucky Speedway last year. Aaron's and MWR have honored Alabama and Auburn national football championships at Talladega Superspeedway four times since 2009.

    IMG College, which represents the multimedia rights and official licensed merchandise program of Florida State University, brought together MWR, Aaron's, and the school for this innovative marketing program. IMG will utilize its assets, including relationships within FSU Athletics, to help promote an exciting race weekend as well as the full collaboration of college sports and stock car racing.  

    ABOUT AARON'S SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS

    Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 2,120 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Aaron's sponsors motorsports teams and event broadcasts at various levels along with select professional and collegiate sports, such as NFL and NBA teams, SEC and ACC college athletic programs, and an IMG collegiate sports national sponsorship package of 37 schools. Aaron's also begin our 15th year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup team sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aaron's has committed to a full-time sponsorship of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 with driver Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which began in the 2014 race season. Our premier title sponsorship continues to be the Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway consisting of the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. For more information, visit www.aarons.com. Aaron's, Inc. includes the Aarons.com and ShopHomeSmart.com brands. For the latest sports updates from Aaron's, follow us on Twitter @AaronsSports.

    Courtesy of the Orlando Predators:

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- 2013 National Champion and current NFL prospect Kenny Shaw will be participating in the ceremonial coin toss on Thursday, April 10 at CFE Arena.

    Shaw, who is expected to hear his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the veteran leader of Florida State's receiving corps this season. The sure-handed receiver helped guide the Florida State Seminoles to their first National Championship since 1999. 

    During the 2013 season, Shaw was tied for second on Seminoles in receptions (54) and was third in receiving yards (933). The receiver also returned punts where he ranked sixth in the ACC with a 9.7 average. The do-it-all receiver ranked 10th in the ACC in receiving yards (66.6 per game) and was second on the team with 1,204 all-purpose yards.

    Shaw was a four-star prospect coming out of Doctor Phillips High School in Orlando according to Rivals, which ranked him as the No. 14 receiver prospect in the country, the No. 6 prospect overall in Florida and the No. 42 player nationally. The receiver is currently training and preparing for the NFL in Orlando, and he could not be more excited to participate in the coin toss this Thursday. "It was an opportunity that I could not pass up no matter how busy my schedule is," said Shaw. "Opportunities like this don't come around often, and I took it as a blessing. This is my first Arena Football game and I am excited to see what the game is all about."

    ABOUT ORLANDO PREDATORS:  The Orlando Predators are heading into their 23rd season as Orlando's most exciting and innovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achieved unprecedented success on the field, reaching the AFL postseason a league-leading 19 times in their history. The Orlando Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 19 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.

    #TBT: Deion Sanders photo gallery

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    Fight for a Cure 5k Run

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    Bobby's Back! Join legendary Coach Bobby Bowden in the Union on April 3rd as he rallies for a cure against Fanconi anemia, the rare genetic disease diagnosed in Coach Jimbo Fisher's young son. 

    The event begins at 9:30am with introductions by Kidz1stFund Chairwoman and wife of FSU head football coach, Candi Fisher.  Admission is FREE.  Autographs and photo session will be available.  

    While you are there, join the Be The Match registry for FREE (just a simple cheek swab!) and you may one day help save the life of a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant!image5k.jpeg

    On Saturday, April 5th, KRunners and FSULAW present the FIGHT FOR A CURE 5K benefitting Jimbo & Candi Fisher's Kidz1stFund.  The race will start at the Unconquered Statue and loop 3.1 miles through scenic FSU campus. From there, the post-race party will kick off with live music, awards, raffle, and a complimentary beverage of choice for each runner, courtesy of Madison Social.  Race MC will be none other than Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award candidate, Florida State University Hall of Fame Inductee, and MVP of the '99 BCS National Championship Game Peter Warrick! Considered one of the best players in FSU history, come help welcome #9 back to Doak!  Register for the race online here  and for more information on Kidz1stFund and the fight against Fanconi anemia, please visit Kidz1stFund.com.

    Click the graphic below to join the Facebook Public Event page to get all of the up-to-date information on the April 3rd Bobby Bowden Rally and April 5th FIGHT FOR A CURE 5Kraceflyer.jpeg

    ACC Basketball Tournament headed to Brooklyn

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    BROOKLYN (March 26, 2014) - Barclays Center announced today a two-year agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and an extension with the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) that secures postseason conference tournaments in Brooklyn's major sports and entertainment venue through 2021.

    The ACC Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and '18. The A-10 will continue to hold its championship at Barclays Center in 2015 and 2016 and then return to the venue for three years in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  The ACC and the A-10 will play inter-conference doubleheaders at Barclays Center in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, the A-10 has secured a spot for its teams to participate in the annual BROOKLYN HOOPS™ events at Barclays Center.

    "It's exciting to bring the elite ACC and its storied men's basketball tournament history to Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "We're looking forward to extending our Atlantic 10 partnership starting in 2019 through 2021 and creating competitive inter-conference doubleheaders with the ACC and the A-10. I want to thank ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade for their commitment to Barclays Center and to Brooklyn. It's clear that our position with both Conferences validates Barclays Center as the leading college basketball venue in the country."

    "We are pleased that the ACC Basketball Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "Barclays Center has quickly emerged as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the world and Brooklyn is a hot spot within the New York marketplace, which is an important part of our league's new footprint. I appreciate the cooperation and ongoing relationship with Bernadette McGlade and I want to thank Brett Yormark for his tireless efforts as this is an outstanding opportunity for our players, coaches, alumni and fans that continue to support the ACC and our 15 member institutions."

    "Playing the A-10 Championship in Barclays Center is fantastic, and securing a three year extension is a great opportunity for the conference.  Working in a collaborative way with Brett Yormark and John Swofford to negotiate a plan that is a win-win for all involved has been a good experience," stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "This agreement that creates a scheduling partnership, the ability to play the A-10 Championship in other areas of our footprint and returning to the NY market is exciting, securing a solid future for the A-10."

    The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum serves as host in 2015 and Washington D.C. will host the tournament in 2016.

    The Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship just completed its second year at Barclays Center following six years at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. It has also been held in Cincinnati, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pa. and Dayton, Ohio.

    The Barclays Center college basketball platform BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Tournament Play is presented by Ticketmaster, with other partners including Applebee's, GEICO, High Point Solutions, McDonald's, Modell's, JetBlue, New York Life, PC Richard & Son, and Honda.

    About the Atlantic Coast Conference

    The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 61st year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity.  For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC and on facebook.com/theACC.

    About the Atlantic 10 Conference

    The Atlantic 10 Conference is a basketball-centric conference founded in 1976 and consists of 13 diverse members across seven states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 Conference is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff.  The membership consists of University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.atlantic10.com.

    About Barclays Center

    Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. One of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, Barclays Center offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,813 for hockey, and up to 18,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express. 

    Barclays Center hosts an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.

    Barclays Center has redefined the arena customer service and culinary experience. Its more than 2,000 employees are trained by Disney Institute, the business advisory arm of The Walt Disney Company, and its BrooklynTaste™ food program features selections from 55 well-known restaurants and vendors in the borough. 

    Barclays Center engages the customer with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the fan experience. As the first arena in the world to utilize Cisco StadiumVision mobile multicast streaming technology, Barclays Center allows fans to watch live video and instant replays from their mobile phones while connected to the arena's free Wi-Fi.

     

    Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines. 

    Greg Reid signed by St. Louis Rams

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    Photo Gallery: Greg Reid's FSU Playing Days

    Photo: FSU championship rings

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    CollegeTown experiencing tremendous success

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    Seminole Boosters investment in the CollegeTown project, combined with the City of Tallahassee's efforts to redevelop Gaines Street, has gained the attention of local, regional and national developers and retailers and the once-blighted warehouse district is quickly being revitalized.

    When conceived, CollegeTown was viewed as a catalyst to help transform a warehouse area into a mixed-use live, study and play district that would contribute to the local economy through new businesses and jobs, enhance the quality of life and have a positive lift on the local tax base.

    On the first anniversary of CollegeTown's groundbreaking, it is time to assess the project, its impact on the Boosters, the University, the City of Tallahassee and to look ahead to where the CollegeTown district is heading.

    Key milestones in year one:

    • CollegeTown Phase One opened in August 2013 with 100 percent of its 71 apartments occupied and 70 percent of retail space leased for fall 2013 outperforming its investment objectives.
    • The CollegeTown District welcomed Urban Outfitters in January 2014
    • Retail space in CollegeTown Phase One is now fully leased and providing better than expected cash flow.
    •  North American Properties cited CollegeTown as a catalyst for investing $67 million in the CollegeTown district bringing more than 400 residential units and 45,000 square feet of retail space for the summer of 2014 including a letter of intent from a national fashion retailer to complement Urban Outfitters.
    • Seminole Boosters signed a lease with CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Woodward and Pensacola which will more than quadruple the Boosters cash flow on that property and adds to the value of the Boosters' real estate holdings.
    •  As a result of investment interest in the CollegeTown area, Seminole Booster real estate holdings have more than doubled.

     

    What's ahead:

    • Local, regional and national retailers have taken notice of the density of the CollegeTown area, with more than 10,000 resident students living in a walkable half-mile radius.
    • Several national retailers have signed leases or letters of intent with a major grocer and a boutique hotel showing serious interest.
    • The haunted house site on the corner of Gaines and Woodward has been acquired by a related party for high end alumni condos as well as a 450-plus car parking garage for CollegeTown for Fall 2015
    • While there's work to do, the creation of an entertainment area close to Florida State football, baseball and basketball venues will continue to enhanced the fan's weekend experience and translate into ticket sales and Booster memberships.
    •  The CollegeTown District is beginning to foster the town-and-gown experiences for faculty, staff, students and alumni originally envisioned.
    • Seminole Boosters will continue to work with the university and local government to plan future development along the Madison Mile and College Town district.

    "We are very happy with this first step of this long term project and with the progress many of our retailers have made in the inaugural year," said Andy Miller, President of Seminole Boosters. "We'll continue to work together with our merchants and with local government to improve the experience as we move into the second year of operation. Financially, CollegeTown has exceeded our investment expectation for the first year. We're pleased with the growth in the area and are moving forward with plans for future growth."

    What others are saying about CollegeTown

    CollegeTown as catalyst for development:

    "When the Seminole Boosters made the investment into CollegeTown with the University's and local government support we saw the energy of the campus moving South to Gaines Street. The City allowed higher density -- four-stories of residential over retail - which was also instrumental in our ability to invest. If not for these factors we wouldn't be here."

    Shawn McIntyre, managing partner North American Properties

     

     "With a redevelopment project, the first thing that draws attention is the presence of restaurants and bars. Entertainment attract beds. The Seminole Boosters introduction of CollegeTown, a mixed-use development, brought bars and restaurants to the area and the apartment developers quickly followed. Now, more than 4,000 beds are either just opened or under construction within a walkable distance of CollegeTown.

    Alan Hooper, founder and president Hooper Construction

     

     "Though the name CollegeTown involves the word "college", the CollegeTown experience is hardly focused on just students. While areas like Midtown have fairly clear demographics, CollegeTown is truly a melting pot of young professionals, professionals and students in one area, even through the weekends."

    Matt Thompson, managing partner Madison Social at CollegeTown

     

    On affect CollegeTown has on tax base:

    "We purchased one piece of property that was paying just $12,000 per year in real estate taxes and the other property had a real estate tax exemption. When we are finished with our properties we will have created $1 million a year in tax base and I would imagine the same is true for many of the other developments in the area."

    Shawn McIntyre, managing partner North American Properties

     

     

    On retail performance:

    "There is a natural selection and maturation process that always occurs when you redevelop an area.  With less than one year into this development, the CollegeTown area is enjoying a very exciting time. We are working with the current merchants, to help them be more successful and at the same time, we are getting calls from local, regional and national reps that recognize the opportunity in and around CollegeTown.  There is huge interest from an array of retailers to enter the market."

    Alan Hooper, founder and president Hooper Construction

     

    Progress made and the future:

    "From the first football game through the last, it is clear that CollegeTown gained steam as a home game weekend destination as well as an away game gathering for watch parties. The Miami game weekend was the peek of the traffic with customers spilling into the streets to partake in the CollegeTown offerings. And baseball season is proving to be as fruitful as the Tallahassee weather provides the backdrop to catch a burger, beer and a baseball game."

    Matt Thompson, managing partner Madison Social at CollegeTown

     

     "Where else are you going to find this kind of density anywhere in Tallahassee and then narrow down the niche to the 18-24 year old demographic?  By fall of 2014 we will have 4,000 new pairs of legs within a tight, walkable four-block area. This is a retailers dream.  If you are selling something to that age group in Tallahassee, CollegeTown is like the bullseye on the target. Urban Outfitters knew exactly what they were doing when they chose CollegeTown over all other markets" 

    Alan Hooper, founder and president Hooper Construction

     

    "When we began programming CollegeTown three years ago one of the first uses identified by students and faculty alike was a pharmacy. We studied our holdings in the district, identified the most appropriate site and approached CVS Pharmacy about developing an urban pharmacy. They eagerly agreed and we are finalizing our plans now for a 2-story, parking in the rear, urban CVS. They will provide basic goods to the district and have fully embraced our architectural guidelines. They will replace the worn convenience store at the NE corner of Woodward and Pensacola with a building that mimics the look and feel of the Florida State campus and will add to the direct connectivity between the heart of campus and CollegeTown."

    Will Butler, founder and president of Real Estate InSync


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    Video: Jameis Winston and some pre-game tomfoolery

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    New 'Super 16' poll announced for '14 football season

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    Courtesy of the FWAA:

    IRVING, Texas (Feb. 25, 2014) - The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that they will jointly conduct a weekly major-college football poll during the 2014 season.

    Officially, the poll will be known as the "FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16" poll, named in honor of the great sportswriter who became an influential leader of the NFF during its early years in the late 1940s. Rice played a key role in the history of both organizations as an FWAA member and NFF president. His name adorns the FWAA national championship trophy that has been presented since 1954, and he helped select the FWAA All-America teams until his death in 1954.

    "We are proud to partner with the FWAA on the launch of the Grantland Rice Super 16 poll," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Objectivity represents a core value for both our organizations, and we hope that by combining the credibility of both our organizations that we'll provide a fun reference point for fans to follow during the college football season."

    The pollsters will consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers and NFF Board Members. The poll aims to draw on the vast knowledge of the nation's top journalists with extensive experience covering college football in combination with some of the greatest legends to have ever played or coached the game as well as the perspectives of several of the gridiron's most respected and influential administrators.

    "We are extremely excited to announce this first poll in conjunction with the National Football Foundation at a time when major college football is ushering in a new era," said 2014 FWAA President Kirk Bohls. "I can't think of a better partner in jointly producing the 'Grantland Rice Super 16' poll of the best teams in the nation.

    "Our poll will include distinguished past presidents of the FWAA as well as outstanding NFF Hall of Famers who have given so much to the game we all love and who hope to bring more insight to college football and enjoyment of this fine game. We feel we can provide a very valuable poll of some of the best-credentialed voters and most knowledgeable, objective college football minds around."

    The decision to conduct the new poll was made in December and January by the boards of both organizations at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Long-time partners since the formation of the two organizations in the 1940s, the FWAA and NFF will pool 36 voters (26 from the FWAA and 10 from the NFF) ranking the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The poll will be announced on Sundays during the 2014 season, culminating with a final release on Dec. 7, the day after the conference championship games.

    The 26 FWAA voters, all current or past writers of national stature, will be selected to ensure balanced-geographical representation. The 10 NFF voters, comprised of Hall of Fame players, coaches and administrators, will also add to the diversity of perspectives, coming from different conferences and regions of the country. The names and affiliations of the voters will be released to the general public in early summer, and their votes will be made public each week during the season.

    The FWAA, which possesses a reputation as one of the foremost objective voices in college football, has conducted a pre-season poll for a number of years and has also had a weekly poll in the past. Both organizations have used panels at the conclusion of the college football season to determine the recipients of their respective national championship trophies. Since 1959, the NFF has presented the MacArthur Bowl, named for the famous Army general who was a guiding father of the NFF in the early years, and since 1954, the FWAA has bestowed the Grantland Rice Trophy to its national champion.

    Video: Jameis Winston's SportsCenter Sunday Conversation

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    Freeman wants to be role model for Liberty City youth

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    Check out this article from CBS Miami on former 'Noles tailback Devonta Freeman: FSU Running Back Aims To Inspire Liberty City Youth.

    In the article, Freeman, who is a likely NFL Draft selection this spring, talks about the challenges he faced growing up and the chase to capture his football dream. 

    Video: Former 'Noles guard Toney Douglas and LeBron James

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    Noted 'Noles fan LeBron James hit a game winner for the Heat last night and the first person to greet him after the shot was former FSU guard Toney Douglas. 

    First thing I'm going to do when I get home tonight is teach my son their handshake seen below (:26 mark). 

    "You ate all your vegetables?!" [handshake]

    Promo: Behind the Scenes of the BCS National Championship

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    Promo Seminole Gametime Behind the Scenes Vizio National Championship from James Garbarino on Vimeo.

    Scheduled air times on Sun Sports for Seminole Gametime: Behind the Scenes of the BCS National Championship:

    • Feb. 15 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Feb. 18 -  6 p.m.
    • Feb. 21 - 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 - 6 p.m.
    • Feb. 26 - 1:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 28 - 7:30 p.m.

    2014 Jimbo Fisher Camps information

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    Excited about National Signing Day yet? If not, watch this

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    FSU spring practice to start March 19

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    March 3-7 - Final Week of 4th Quarter Drills

    March 18 - Florida State Pro Day

    March 19 - Start of Spring Practice

    April 12 - Spring Game at Doak Campbell Stadium at 3 p.m.

    Social story: Your championship celebration photos

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    Social Story: Your championship celebration photos

    Social Story: Your championship celebration photos

    FSU's Dalvin Cook is Florida Mr. Football

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    Video: The best of Jameis Winston

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    Backup QB Jacob Coker transferring to 'Bama

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    Courtesy of RollTide.com:

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that quarterback Jake Coker has signed with the Crimson Tide and projects to be eligible to play this fall. Coker, a native of Mobile, Ala., is expected to enroll at Alabama this summer after he completes his undergraduate degree at Florida State.

    "We think a lot of Jake and we are excited to have him join our team," said Saban. "He is not only an outstanding football player, but he is also a fine young man who we feel will be a great fit with our program at Alabama."

    Coker played in seven games last year at FSU as the back-up to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He saw action in four games as in 2012 and redshirted in 2011. Coker originally signed with FSU after leading St. Paul's Episcopal to the state playoffs and a 10-2 record as a senior. He was also a standout basketball player who earned all-state recognition, averaging 21.9 points per game as a senior.

    "I was very impressed with everything on my visit to Tuscaloosa," said Coker. "I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players, and I'm looking forward to getting started at Alabama and competing. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates at Florida State. I had a great experience there and I'm excited to build on that at Alabama." 

    2014 Florida State Football Coaches Clinic

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    This year's clinic will take place on FSU's campus March 27-28.





    FSU's Senior Bowl weigh-in measurements

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    Jeremy Pruitt leaves FSU for UGA

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    Former Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the same position at Georgia, the school announced Tuesday. Here's the official press release announcing the hiring of Pruitt:

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Jeremy Pruitt, defensive coordinator at Florida State, has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Tuesday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

    As defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at FSU, Pruitt was part of a coaching staff that led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and 2013 BCS National Championship. The FSU defense ended the season ranked first nationally in scoring defense (12.1 ppg), second in team passing efficiency defense (93.77), third in total defense (281.4 ypg), and 18th in rushing defense (124.8 ypg). He was a finalist this year for the Broyles Award which goes annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

    "I'm ecstatic," said Richt.

    "This is an outstanding professional and personal opportunity," said Pruitt. "I'm looking forward to meeting the current players and getting on the road to visit with recruits."

    Pruitt was named Florida State's defensive coordinator in December, 2012, after serving the previous three seasons (2010-12) as Alabama's defensive backfield coach. In each of his three seasons as secondary coach, the Crimson Tide ranked in the top 10 nationally in pass efficiency defense, top 15 in pass defense and top five in both total defense and scoring defense.

    A former Alabama defensive back, Pruitt originally joined the Crimson Tide staff in 2007 as director of player development. He had previously served as an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High from 2004-2006, and as an assistant under his father, Dale Pruitt, at Fort Payne (Ala.) High and Plainview (Ala.) High. He spent one season, 1999, as defensive backs coach at the University of West Alabama.

    Pruitt made an impact in Tuscaloosa his last two seasons. In 2012, Alabama ranked No. 7 in pass defense yielding just 173.64 yards per game and No. 7 nationally in pass efficiency defense (103.72) while also leading the nation in total defense (250.00 ypg), rushing defense (76.36 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.93 points per game). In 2011, Alabama not only led the nation in pass defense (111.46 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.69 ypg), but the Crimson Tide led the nation in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense on its way to winning the BCS National Championship.

    Pruitt's 2011 secondary at Alabama produced three first team All-Americans and NFL draft picks in first rounders safety Mark Barron (No. 7 pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (No. 17 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals). Cornerback DeQuan Menzie was taken in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

    In 2012, Pruitt's secondary overcame the loss of three NFL Draft picks to become one of the best in the nation. Junior cornerback Dee Milliner led the group with 51 tackles, 18 pass breakups and two interceptions en route to earning first-team All-America honors. A finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Milliner ranked third nationally in passed defended with 1.67 per game.

    Coaches Trophy on display for fans this weekend

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    WHAT: The Coaches' Trophy presented by Dr Pepper, which was awarded to Florida State on Monday night as the 2013 national college football champions, will be on display this weekend at two locations in Tallahassee, FL. Fans will be able to have a free on-line photo taken with the actual Waterford® Crystal football trophy won by the Seminoles at the Vizio BCS National Championship.
     
    WHEN / WHERE:
    Friday, January 10
    Winn-Dixie store #86
    111-39 S. Magnolia Drive
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    2 - 6 p.m.
     
    Saturday, January 11
    Walmart store #1408
    4400 West Tennessee
    Tallahassee, FL 32304
    9 a.m. - Noon
     
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    • This is the exact Coaches' Trophy which was awarded on the field to Florida State as the winner of the Vizio BCS National Championship on Jan. 6, 2014 in Pasadena.
    • Dr Pepper is the presenting sponsor of The Coaches' Trophy, and has partnered with Winn-Dixie and Walmart to host free fan photo opportunities in January.
    • The ball that sits atop The Coaches' Trophy is made of Waterford® Crystal. The trophy is valued at $30,000 and takes three months to produce.
    • The Coaches' Trophy is 34 inches tall and weighs 45 pounds. The ball alone weighs approximately eight pounds.
    • Every year, a new trophy is made. Each winning school keeps The Coaches' Trophy for permanent display on campus.
    • Created in 1986, this is the 28th year the American Football Coaches Association has awarded the trophy to the national champion.

     

    Video: In the booth with Gene Deckerhoff

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    Here's video shot by @RyanPensy of Gene Deckerhoff's radio call on the game-winning and championship-winning touchdown Monday night:


    Video: A Seminole's Life

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    Several online ways to watch BCS Championship

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    In addition to the national television broadcast, ESPN's "Megacast" of the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship Monday night includes several online ways to watch No. 1 FSU and No. 2 Auburn square off as listed below. 

    Network

    Title

    Link
    ESPN3

    BCS National Championship: Auburn Radio

    http://es.pn/BCS-AUB-Radio

    ESPN3

    BCS National Championship: Campus Connection

    http://es.pn/BCS-Campus

    ESPN3

    BCS National Championship: Florida State Radio

    http://es.pn/BCS-FSU-Radio

    ESPN3

    BCS National Championship: Spidercam Presentation

    http://es.pn/BCS-Spidercam

    ESPNews/WatchESPN

    National Championship: BCS Film Room

    http://es.pn/BCS-FilmRoom

    ESPNews/WatchESPN

    National Championship: BCS Title Talk

    http://es.pn/BCS-TitleTalk


    Fans can also BCS Title Talk on ESPN2, Sounds of the BCS on ESPN Classic and the BCS Command Center on ESPN Goal Line.

    Video: Trey Fisher as @ACCDN special correspondent

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    Sneak peak: Jimbo Fisher on Monday's Seth Davis Show

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    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will be a guest on Monday's Seth Davis Show and the 'Noles' leader talks about several different topics before Monday's national title game.

    Here are some sneak-peak videos of Fisher's appearance on the show, which airs online Monday (Jan. 6, 2014) at 1:30 p.m. Click here to watch.





    Jimbo Fisher inks new FSU contract

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    Tallahassee, Fla. --  Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced Tuesday that the university and head football coach Jimbo Fisher have signed a new contract that will keep Fisher as the Seminoles' head coach until at least January 2019.

    "We are extremely pleased with the direction of our program and believe that this new contract will assure that Coach Fisher is in place to lead the Seminoles for a long time to come," said Wilcox.  "Coach Fisher enjoys the full support of the leadership of the university and we look forward to the continued success of our football program on the field and in the classroom."

    A copy of the contract will not be available for release until later this week, but will include a raise in annual compensation for Fisher.

    The Seminoles are 13-0 on the season, ranked No. 1 in the BCS poll and left Tallahassee today for the BCS National Championship Game where they will face No. 2 Auburn at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

    Coach Fisher will meet with the media today at 4:00 P.S.T. in California.

    ESPN's FSU BCS National Championship hype video

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    Video: 'One Team, One Heartbeat' Trailer

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    Video: FSU by the numbers

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    Florida State defense hype video

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    Video: The Jimbo Fisher Story

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    The ACC Digital Network went with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher to his family's ranch in Clarksburg, WV for this terrific behind the scenes video. 

    Check it out:

    Telvin Smith accepts Senior Bowl invite

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    'Noles linebacker Telvin Smith will join teammate Terrence Brooks in Mobile, Ala. for the Reese's Senior Bowl, it was announced Monday.

    Video: Jameis Winston on the Dan Patrick Show

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    Video: Jameis Winston on 'The NFL Today'

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    Video: Jameis Winston's Heisman acceptance speech

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    Winston named Sporting News' Player of the Year

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    One night after winning the Walter Camp and Davey O'Brien awards, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston has been named Sporting News' Player of the Year.

    Winston is also a Sporting News First-Team All-American and is joined on that list by 'Noles left tackle Cameron Erving and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.

    To see the full list of Sporting News All-Americans, click here.

    Joyner, Aguayo named Walter Camp first-team All-Americans

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    Jameis Winston named Walter Camp Player of the Year

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    Courtesy of the Walter Camp Football Foundation:

    New Haven, CT - Florida State University redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston (Bessemer, ALhas been selected as the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year. Walter Camp Foundation President James Monico made the presentation tonight during ESPN's 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.

    The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the nation's 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Other finalists for the Walter Camp 2013 Player of the Year award included Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, and Boston College running back Andre Williams.

    Walter Camp 2013 POY Jameis Winston

    The 47th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Winston is the second Florida State player to earn the award, joining former Seminole quarterback Charlie Ward (1993).

    "Jameis Winston has been the orchestrator of the most prolific offense in the nation this season," Monico said.  "His consistency and overall performance have been outstanding and we are pleased to recognize him."

    The 6-foot 4, 228-pound Winston is a Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection after leading the Seminoles to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship (defeated 20th-ranked Duke, 45-7, on December 7) and a berth in next month's BCS National Championship Game.

    The 2013 campaign has been a record-breaking one for Winston and the top-ranked Seminoles. FSU has already set the school record for points (53.0 points per game), yards (529.4 yards per game) and just 28 points shy of setting a new FBS record for most points scored in a season.  Individually, Winston has completed 237-of-349 passes.  His 38 touchdown passes are an ACC season record.

    He is also the FBS freshman record holder and ACC record holder for yards thrown in a season (3,820) and has a 190.06 efficiency rating, which ranks first in the nation.  He has thrown for 300 or more yards seven times, including a season-high 444 in a victory over Clemson on October 19.    In addition, Winston has thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight games this season, including a season-best five in a win over Maryland on October 5 which earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors.

    Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) will play second-ranked Auburn (12-1) in the BCS National Championship Game on January 6.

    Winston is a two-sport athlete and a member of the Seminoles' baseball team as an outfielder and pitcher.  He was selected in the 15th round in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.

    Winston, along with members of the Walter Camp 2013 All-America team, will be honored at the organization's national awards banquet on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

    The Foundation is offering a "Holiday Ticket Promotion" for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before December 31. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.

    Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.  Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.

    The Walter Camp Football Foundation 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. Visit http://www.ncfaa.org.

     


    Walter Camp Player of the Year Recipients

    2013 - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

    2012 - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

    2011 - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    2010 - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

    2009 - Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

    2008 - Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

    2007 - Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

    2006 - Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State

    2005 - Reggie Bush, RB, USC

    2004 - Matt Leinart, QB, USC

    2003 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh

    2002 - Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State

    2001 - Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska

    2000 - Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma

    1999 - Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin

    1998 - Ricky Williams, RB, Texas

    1997 - Charles Woodson, DB, Michigan

    1996 - Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida

    1995 - Eddie George, RB, Ohio State

    1994 - Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado

    1993 - Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State

    1992 - Gino Torretta, QB, Miami

    1991 - Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan

    1990 - Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame

    1989 - Anthony Thompson, RB, Indiana

    1988 - Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State

    1987 - Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame

    1986 - Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami

    1985 - Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn

    1984 - Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College

    1983 - Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska

     

    1982 - Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia

    1981 - Marcus Allen, RB, USC

    1980 - Hugh Green, DE, Pittsburgh

    1979 - Charles White, RB, USC

    1978 - Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma

    1977 - Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame

    1976 - Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh

    1975 - Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State

    1974 - Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State

    1973 - John Cappelletti, RB, Penn State

    1972 - Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska

    1971 - Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn

    1970 - Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford

    1969 - Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma

    1968 - O.J. Simpson, RB, USC

    1967 - O.J. Simpson, RB, USC

    Demonte McAllister accepts Shrine Bowl invite

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    FSU leads nation with 5 USA TODAY Sports All-Americans

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    Courtesy of USA TODAY Sports:

    With the regular season in the books, USA TODAY Sports combed through the Football Bowl Subdivision to selection the nation's first-team and second-team All-Americans. The group includes four Heisman Trophy finalists, including Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

    With 13 selections - five from FSU - the ACC has the most representatives of any FBS conference. Up next are the Pac-12 and SEC with 10 picks apiece.

    Each team consists of 25 players: 11 on offense, 11 on defense, one kicker, one punter and one return specialist.

    First-team All-America:

    QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

    RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona

    RB Andre Williams, Boston College

    WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

    WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

    TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

    BCS BOWLS: The 10 teams who made it

    OL Cameron Erving, Florida State

    OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

    OL David Yankey, Stanford

    OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor

    OL Travis Swanson, Arkansas

    AWARDS FINALISTS: Contenders for top honors

    DL Vic Beasley, Clemson

    DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

    DL Will Sutton, Arizona State

    DL Michael Sam, Missouri

    LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

    LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

    LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

    CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

    CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    S Cody Prewitt, Mississippi

    S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

    K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

    P Tom Hornsey, Memphis

    RET Ty Montgomery, Stanford

    BOWL SCHEDULE: Dates, times for every game

    COACHING CHANGES: New faces on sidelines for 2014

    Second-team All-America:

    QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

    RB Tre Mason, Auburn

    RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

    WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

    WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

    TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

    OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

    OL Taylor Lewan, Michigan

    OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

    OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

    OL Tyler Larsen, Utah State

    DL Marcus Smith, Louisville

    DL Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

    DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

    DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

    LB Trent Murphy, Stanford

    LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

    LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

    CB Jason Verrett, TCU

    CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

    S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

    S Jeremy Cash, Duke

    K Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

    P Pat O'Donnell, Miami (Fla.)

    RET Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

    Winston named Athlon Sports' ACC Player of the Year

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    Courtesy of Athlon Sports (full article here

    ACC 2013 Season Awards

    Coach of the Year: David Cutcliffe, Duke
    Between Cutcliffe, Boston College's Steve Addazio and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, the ACC has a good crop of candidates for coach of the year. Despite the seasons by Fisher and Addazio, it's hard to pick against Cutcliffe for this award. Cutcliffe guided Duke to its first ACC Coastal title and the program's first season of double-digit victories. To illustrate how far along Cutcliffe has improved Duke as a program, from 2000-07 the Blue Devils won just 13 games. Under Cutcliffe's direction (2008-13), the Blue Devils have won 31 contests, including 16 in the last two seasons. And this isn't a one-year wonder: Duke has enough returning talent to be in the Coastal Division mix again in 2014.

    Offensive Player of the Year: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    Boston College running back Andre Williams and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd deserve consideration here, but Winston is the clear frontrunner for this award. The redshirt freshman quickly went from a talented, inexperienced quarterback in September to arguably the best in the nation by December. In the season opener against Pittsburgh, Winston threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns and only got better with each snap. Against Clemson, he threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns and completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 yards and one score against Miami. Winston completed at least 60 percent of his passes in 10 out of 12 games against BCS competition and threw at least one touchdown pass in every contest.

    Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    Donald dominated the line of scrimmage and opposing offensive lines during his four years in Pittsburgh, but he was at his best during his senior year. Donald recorded 54 tackles - no easy feat for a defensive tackle - 10 sacks and 26.5 tackles for a loss. He also recorded 16 quarterback hurries, forced four fumbles and blocked one kick. Donald finished his career in the Steel City with 64 tackles for a loss and 28.5 sacks. He was picked as a finalist for the Bednarik, Outland, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards, and was the ACC media's pick as ACC Defensive Player of the Year. 

    Newcomer of the Year: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    As we mentioned under the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Winston is already one of - if not the best - quarterback in the nation. The redshirt freshman finished the regular season with 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns, while rushing for 193 yards and four scores. Winston completed 67.9 percent of his throws, averaged 293.8 passing yards per game and led the nation with a 190.1 passer rating. The Alabama native set FBS freshmen records with 38 touchdown passes and 3,820 passing yards.  

    Biggest Disappointments of 2013: Virginia and NC State
    No one was necessarily expecting big things from either NC State or Virginia this year, but a combined 0-16 mark in conference play is a big disappointment. The Wolfpack was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division by the ACC media in July, while the Cavaliers were pegged sixth in the Coastal. Neither team was particularly competitive in ACC games, as NC State's closest conference loss was by eight points to North Carolina, while only one of Virginia's defeats were by less than 10 points. Despite the disappointing 2013 season, there is hope for both programs. The Cavaliers have a solid recruiting class on the way, and the Wolfpack will gain the services of transfer quarterback Jacoby Brissett for 2014.

    Biggest Surprises of 2013: Duke and Boston College
    We normally award just one team here, but it's hard to ignore the accomplishments of Duke and Boston College in 2013. We highlighted the Blue Devils under David Cutcliffe's coach of the year selection, and 2013 will be recorded as one of the best seasons in Duke football history. Boston College won only two games last year but finished 7-5 this season behind first-year coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles leaned on a veteran core of players to return to the postseason, including senior running back Andre Williams (2,102 yards) and quarterback Chase Rettig (17 TDs, 6 INTs). Both of these programs have experienced their share of struggles in recent years, but it's clear Duke and Boston College are pointed in the right direction going into 2014.

    Athlon's 2013 All-ACC Team

    First-Team OffenseSecond-Team Offense
    QB Jameis Winston, Florida StateQB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
    RB Duke Johnson, MiamiRB Devonta Freeman, Florida State
    RB Andre Williams, Boston CollegeRB Kevin Parks, Virginia
    WR Rashad Greene, Florida StateWR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
    WR Sammy Watkins, ClemsonWR Allen Hurns, Miami
    TE Eric Ebron, North CarolinaTE Nick O'Leary, Florida State
    C Bryan Stork, Florida StateC Macky MacPherson, Syracuse
    G Tre Jackson, Florida StateG Brandon Linder, Miami
    G Shaq Mason, Georgia TechG Laken Tomlinson, Duke
    T Cameron Erving, FSUT Matt Patchan, Boston College
    T James Hurst, North CarolinaT Brandon Thomas, Clemson
    AP Jamison Crowder, DukeAP Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
    First-Team DefenseSecond-Team Defense
    DE Vic Beasley, ClemsonDE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
    DE Kareem Martin, North CarolinaDE Kasim Edebali, Boston College
    DT Aaron Donald, PittsburghDT Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech
    DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida StateDT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest
    LB Christian Jones, Florida StateLB Kelby Brown, Duke
    LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston CollegeLB Denzel Perryman, Miami
    LB Telvin Smith, Florida StateLB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech
    CB Ross Cockrell, DukeCB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
    CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida StateCB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
    S Jeremy Cash, DukeS Tre Boston, North Carolina
    S Anthony Harris, VirginiaS Terrence Brooks, Florida State
    First-Team SpecialistsSecond-Team Specialists
    K Roberto Aguayo, Florida StateK Nate Freese, Boston College
    P Pat O'Donnell, MiamiP Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina
    KR DeVon Edwards, DukeKR Stacy Coley, Miami
    PR Ryan Switzer, North CarolinaPR Jamison Crowder, Duke
    - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/acc-2013-season-awards-and-all-conference-team#sthash.c6arx7k3.dpuf

    Courtesy of Over the Mountain Touchdown Club:

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club proudly announces its five finalists for the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. 

    David Cutcliffe: Duke University

    Art Briles: Baylor University

    Mark Dantonio: Michigan State University

    Jimbo Fisher: Florida State University

    Gus Malzahn: Auburn University

    Voting for the Bowden Award is done by the Club and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and will conclude immediately after the BCS National Championship game. 

    Presentation of the award will take place in Birmingham, Alabama at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, March 2, 2014.  Bobby Bowden will present the award to this year's winner, along with honoring College Football Hall of Fame member Vince Dooley with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award is given to those who have excelled coaching football, while demonstrating perseverance, attitude, integrity, and determination.

    Previous winners of this award include Nick Saban from the University of Alabama (2009, 2011, and 2012) and Gene Chizik from Auburn University (2010).

    The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club is a nonprofit corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama. 

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    Jimbo Fisher named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

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    Courtesy of the American Football Coaches Association:

    WACO, TEX. -- Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Craig Bohl of North Dakota State highlight today's announcement of the American Football Coaches Association's 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners.

    The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association's five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by Active members of the Association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.

    The 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14.

    In just his fourth year as head coach of Florida State, Fisher has guided the Seminoles to a 13-0 record, a second straight Atlantic Coast Conference title, a No. 1 ranking in the BCS standings and a spot in the BCS National Championship game. Fisher is looking to lead Florida State to its third national championship since 1993. Bohl earned his second Regional Coach of the Year Award by lead- ing North Dakota State to a 12-0 mark and third straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title in 2013. Bohl has the Bison in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and has led NDSU to two straight FCS national titles in 2011 and 2012.

    Football Bowl Subdivision

    2013 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners

    Region 1: Jimbo Fisher, Florida State University 

    Region 2: Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri 

    Region 3: Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota 

    Region 4: Art Briles, Baylor University

    Region 5: David Shaw, Stanford University

    Football Championship Subdivision

    Region 1: Joe Moorhead, Fordham University & Jack Cosgrove, University of Maine (tie)

    Region 2: Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern University 

    Region 3: Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois University*

    Region 4: Craig Bohl, North Dakota State University 

    Region 5: Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana University

    Division II

    Region 1: George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University 

    Region 2: Scott Maxfield, Henderson State University 

    Region 3: Bill Conley, Ohio Dominican University

    Region 4: Josh Lynn, Eastern New Mexico University 

    Region 5: Aaron Keen, Minnesota State University-Mankato*

    Division III

    Region 1: Mike Welch, Ithaca College

    Region 2: Jim Monos, Lebanon Valley College

    Region 3: Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor* 

    Region 4: Tom Arth, John Carroll University

    Region 5: Steve Johnson, Bethel (Minn.) University

    NAIA

    Region 1: Chris Oliver, Lindsey Wilson College 

    Region 2: Mike Woodley, Grand View University 

    Region 3: Larry Wilcox, Benedictine (Kan.) College 

    Region 4: Ross Cimpl, Dakota Wesleyan University 

    Region 5: Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.) College *-2012 winner

    Award History: The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season. The awards were established the same year Eastman Kodak agreed to sponsor the AFCA Coach of the Year award. Prior to 1960, the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain had sponsored the program, which recognized one national Coach of the Year.

    The AFCA first recognized eight district winners in each of two divisions: university and college. In 1972, a ninth district was added in each division.

    In 1983, the award was changed to recognize regional winners instead of district winners, and the number of divisions was increased from two to four, and five regional winners were selected in each division. This resulted in a more equitable selection process and bet- ter represented the make-up of the membership. At the same time, the new system increased the number of honorees from 18 to 20.

    In 2006, the AFCA Division II Award was split into separate Division II and NAIA divisions, giving us the 25 winners we now recognize.

    2013 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners Page 2 of 2 Repeat Winners: Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers, Minnesota State-Mankato's Aaron Keen and Mary Hardin-Baylor's Pete Fredenburg are

    the repeat winners from 2012. Fredenburg added his seventh Regional honor in 2013.

    Multiple Winners: Other multiple winners in the 2013 class are Mike Van Diest (fifth; 2007-08-09-10-13), Jerry Kill (third; 2003-04- 13), George Mihalik (third; 1998-99-2013), Craig Bohl (second; 2011-13), Art Briles (second; 2010-13), Steve Johnson (second; 1996- 13), Chris Oliver (second; 2011-13), Ron Roberts (second; 2011-13), David Shaw (second; 2011-13), Mike Welch (second; 2008-13) and Larry Wilcox (second; 1985-2013).

    First Time Winners: Twelve coaches earned their first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2013: Charleston Southern's Jamey Chadwell, Dakota Wesleyan's Ross Cimpl, Eastern New Mexico's Josh Lynn, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Fordham's Joe Moorhead, Grand View's Mike Woodley, Henderson State's Scott Maxfield, John Carroll's Tom Arth, Lebanon Valley's Jim Monos, Maine's Jack Cosgrove, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Ohio Dominican's Bill Conley.

    Most Awards: Mount Union's Larry Kehres (1986-90-92-93-96-97-99-2000-01-02-06-07-08-09-10-11-12) has the most district/ regional honors in AFCA history, with 17. Penn State's Joe Paterno (District 2: 1967-68-71-72-73-77-78-82; Region 1: 1985; Region 3: 1994-2005) is second with 11 District/Regional Coach of the Year honors. Following Kehres and Paterno is Bloomsburg's Danny Hale with 10 awards (College Division I, Region 1 1986-87-88-94-95; Division II, Region 1, 2000-01-05-06-08). Hale won his first three awards while at West Chester. Eight coaches have won the award seven times: Tubby Raymond, Delaware; Jim Butterfield, Ithaca; Pete Fredenburg, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Bo Schembechler, Miami (Ohio), Michigan; Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, Nebraska; Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State and Carmen Cozza, Yale. Five coaches have won Regional honors six times: Vince Dooley, Georgia; Roy Kidd, Eastern Kentucky; John McKay, USC; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State; and Darrell Royal, Texas.

    Most Winners by School: Mount Union-18 (Ken Wable-1, Larry Kehres-17); Nebraska-15 (Bob Devaney-7, Tom Osborne-7, Frank Solich-1); North Dakota State-12 (Darrell Mudra-1, Ron Erhardt-4, Jim Wacker-1, Don Morton-3, Earle Solomonson-1, Craig Bohl-2); Penn State-12 (Rip Engle-1, Joe Paterno-11); Texas-11 (Darrell Royal-6, Fred Akers-2, David McWilliams-1, Mack Brown-2); USC-10 (John McKay-6, John Robinson-2, Pete Carroll-2); Wittenberg-10 (Bill Edwards-3, Dave Maurer-4, Ron Murphy-1, Joe Fincham-2); Alabama-9 (Bear Bryant-4, Bill Curry-1, Gene Stallings-2, Mike Shula-1, Nick Saban-1); Ithaca-9 (Jim Butterfield-7, Mike Welch-2); Michi- gan-9 (Bump Elliott-2, Bo Schembechler-6, Lloyd Carr-1); Arkansas-8 (Frank Broyles-4, Lou Holtz-1, Ken Hatfield-1, Houston Nutt-2); New Hampshire-8 (Clarence Boston-1, Jim Root-1, Bill Bowes-3, Sean McDonnell-3); Ohio State-8 (Woody Hayes-4, Earle Bruce-1, John Cooper-3); Oklahoma-8 (Chuck Fairbanks-3, Barry Switzer-2, Bob Stoops-3); Texas A&M-Kingsville-8 (Gil Steinke-2, Ron Harms-5, Bo Atterberry-1); Yale-8 (Jordan Olivar-1, Carmen Cozza-7).

    Two Consecutive Years, Two Schools: Kevin Sumlin (Houston, 2011 & Texas A&M, 2012) joined five other coaches who have earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at two schools in consecutive years: Fred Akers (Wyoming, 1976 & Texas 1977), Dick Sheridan (Furman, 1985 & North Carolina State, 1986), Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, 1989 & Texas State, 1990), Joe Tiller (Wyoming, 1996 & Purdue, 1997) and Hal Mumme (Valdosta State, 1996 & Kentucky, 1997).

    Most Schools: South Carolina's Lou Holtz is the only coach to earn AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at four different schools. Holtz has earned the honor at North Carolina State (1972), Arkansas (1979), Notre Dame (1988) and South Carolina (2000). Brian Kelly (Grand Valley State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame) became the seventh coach to win district or regional honors at three differ- ent schools in 2012. He joins Jerry Claiborne (Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky), Darrell Mudra (North Dakota State, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa), Houston Nutt (Mississippi, Arkansas, Murray State), Mike Price (UTEP, Washington State, Weber State), Jim Sweeney (Montana State, Washington State, Fresno State) and Jim Wacker (North Dakota State, Texas State, TCU) on that list.

    Consecutive Years: Mount Union's Larry Kehres is the only coach to win district/regional honors in seven consecutive years, winning in Division III from 2006-12. Northwest Missouri State's Mel Tjeerdsma and Nebraska's Bob Devaney are the only coaches to win district/ regional honors in five consecutive years. Tjeerdsma earned the honor in Division II from 1996-2000. Devaney earned the honor in the AFCA's old University Division (1962-66). Carroll's Mike Van Diest joins Trinity's (Texas) Steve Mohr, North Dakota State's Ron Erhardt and Kehres as the only men to win the award four years in a row. Van Diest earned the honor in NAIA from 2007-10, while Kehres won his four in a row from 1999-2002 in Division III. Erhardt earned district honors in the AFCA's old College Division (1967-68-69-70) while Mohr earned the honor in Division III (1996-97-98-99). Thirteen coaches have earned district or regional honors three years in a row. Ithaca's Jim Butterfield (1978-79-80 and 1984-85-86) earned the award in three consecutive years on two different occasions.

    AFCA National Coach of the Year: The AFCA will announce its five 2013 National Coach of the Year winners at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. All head coaches who were eligible for regional honors are eligible for national honors as well. 

    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 45-7 victory over Duke in the ACC Championship Game.

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    Bryan Stork named Rimington Trophy finalist

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    Courtesy of the Rimington Trophy:

    Finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in college football, are: 

    Reese Dismukes (Auburn) 

    Hroniss Grasu (Oregon) 

    Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) 

    Tyler Larsen (Utah State) 

    Bryan Stork (Florida State) 

    Travis Swanson (Arkansas) 

    The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, December 12, 2013, immediately preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Both shows will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 

    The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams. 

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

    *Walter Camp Foundation (WCF) 
    *Sporting News (SN) 
    *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) 

    Because the selectors of these three 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. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All- America 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 the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. 

    The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 11, 2014. 

    Students can win bowl tickets Tuesday in the Student Union

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    Photo Gallery: 2013 ACC Night of Legends

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    Click here to see photos of Jameis Winston and Cam Erving at the 2013 ACC Night of Legends

    Duke coach complimentary of FSU athletics director

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    Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had some very nice things to say about FSU Athletics Director Stan Wilcox today at his ACC Championship Game press conference. Wilcox, who was hired by FSU President Eric J. Barron earlier this year, was formerly the Blue Devils Senior Deputy Director of Athletics.

    Here is a transcript of Cutcilffe's Wilcox-related comments:

    Opening statement - "Good afternoon. I first have to say our good friend Stan Wilcox, I think magic follows him wherever he goes apparently as the Director of Athletics at Florida State. Stan, it's great to see you. He's been very close to our program the previous five years, and we're very proud of contributions that Stan has made to Duke football, and I know that the Florida State family is very fortunate to have him there. 

    Also very honored to play a Florida State team that truly is the No. 1 team in the country. I've had the good fortune through the years to play some No. 1 teams in this profession, some of them looked like No. 1 teams, some of them don't. Florida State certainly is. So a huge challenge."

    Q: Getting back to Stan, he said he got to see the second half of your game against NC State. Did you guys make an appointment for tomorrow? And what's the irony of a guy that helped you build this now is now trying to tear it down? -

    "You know, we did talk about that there's some destiny involved in this back when. I knew they were holding up their end of it. That was easy. I wasn't so sure that we would be able to. You know, there's a lot of irony in there, but when you work with special people, and Stan is special, you're not going to break the bond of the friendship we've formed. And I would say that even as the Director of Athletics at Florida State, Stan has to feel some form of a sense of pride with these young men at Duke that he has relationships with and he's happy for them. We all know who he's for in the ballgame, including me, I'm not kidding myself. But I think it's a special circumstance, and that's why I opened with that, because our players are very, very fond of Stan Wilcox."

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #FSUvsUF radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 37-7 victory in The Swamp:

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    Courtesy of the Orange Bowl Committee:

    Miami Lakes, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) - The Orange Bowl will induct Peter Boulware, Terry Kinard and Mike Tranghese into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by Deloitte. The induction will take place at the AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon presented by Deloitte at Jungle Island in Miami on January 2, 2014. Boulware is the seventh player from Florida State to be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. Kinard will be the fourth Tiger to receive the honor, including his former head coach Danny Ford. Tranghese is the third commissioner to make into the Hall.

    Peter Boulware is arguably the greatest pass-rusher to ever play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He cemented himself with that recognition in the 1996 season when he led the nation and set an FSU single season record with 19 quarterback sacks. The ACC rewarded him with the Defensive Player of the Year Award. That same year, Boulware and the Seminoles staged a fourth quarter comeback against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. An outstanding student, he graduated early from Florida State and chose to enter the NFL draft. He finished his three - year college career with 34 sacks, which was only 1.5 sacks short of FSU's school record. The Baltimore Ravens selected him fourth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. The young linebacker did not disappoint as he collected an impressive 11.5 sacks and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He played his entire nine-year professional career with the Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and led the team in sacks in three seasons. He ranks among the top in career sacks with the Baltimore (70). In 2000, he along with the Ravens' tenacious defense won their first Super Bowl. 

    Terry Kinard is one of the most decorated players in Clemson football history. The star safety led the Tigers' defense that helped capture the school's first and only national championship in the 1982 Orange Bowl.  He was the first Clemson player to be a unanimous All-America pick, first two-time Clemson All-American defensive back and a first-team AP All-American two years in a row. He was also named the CBS National Defensive Player of the Year for the 1982 season. Kinard was the all-time Clemson leader in interceptions with 17, a mark that tied the 20-year-old ACC record. He also holds Clemson's record for tackles by a defensive back with 294 in his career. Kinard was drafted by the New York Giants tenth overall in 1983. He was instrumental in helping the Giants win their first Super Bowl in 1986. He played with the team from 1983-89 and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988. He then completed his NFL career with the Houston Oilers in 1990, finishing with 31 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Kinard was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in December 2001.

    Mike Tranghese has worked as an administrator in collegiate athletics for more than 40 years. Tranghese was the first full-time employee in the Big East Conference and was named the league's second commissioner - a post he served from 1990 until 2009, making him the longest tenured commissioner Big East history. During his reign as commissioner, he led the launch of Big East football which included the addition of football powerhouses Miami, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. He also recruited Notre Dame as a member of the conference for basketball and other sports. Tranghese was one of the founding commissioners of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) which started in 1998 - 99. Beginning with that year, under his leadership, the Big East Champion or the ACC Champion became the host team of the Orange Bowl.  For two years Tranghese was a lead administrator for the BCS. He also lent his talents to another sport when served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee from 1996-2001. In October of 2013, Tranghese was selected as one of the thirteen inaugural members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. 

    The 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, which will be played on January 3, at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida, is part of the Bowl Championship Series and pits the ACC Champion (or another high-ranking team in the event that the ACC Champion is selected to play in the BCS National Championship) against a BCS at-large team. The Orange Bowl is currently accepting online applications for media credentials for the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Accredited media can access the application by logging on to www.orangebowl.org/pressbox. For additional information about the Orange Bowl Committee or 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, photos or logos, please visit www.orangebowl.org or e-mail media@orangebowl.org. 

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    About the Orange Bowl

    The Orange Bowl is a 351-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2014. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2013-14 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to www.orangebowl.org.

    Winston, Benjamin earn weekly ACC honors

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three quarterbacks - Duke's Anthony Boone, Florida State's Jameis Winston and Maryland's C.J. Brown - were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Backs of the Week in the final 2013 ACC Football Players of the Week announced on Monday. 

    The trio of quarterback evenly split the votes among the ACC's media panel after leading their teams to road wins in last Saturday's regular-season finales.  Boone threw for 274 yards and a pair of scores as Duke clinched the Coastal Division title with a win at North Carolina. Winston keyed Florida State's victory at rival Florida by throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Brown passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more while accumulating 138 rushing yards in Maryland's win at NC State.

    Winston also shared ACC Rookie of the Week honors with Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley. Other ACC honorees include Virginia Tech's Andrew Miller as Offensive Lineman of the Week, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin as Receiver of the Week, Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu as Defensive Lineman of the Week, Maryland's Matt Robinson as Linebacker of the Week, Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller as Defensive Back of the Week, and Miami's Pat O'Donnell as Specialist of the Week. 

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - Anthony Boone, Duke, Jr.-R, QB, 6-0, 230, Weddington, N.C.

    Boone completed 23-of-34 passes (.677) for 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 20th-ranked Blue Devils' 27-25 Coastal Division-clinching win over North Carolina. Boone engineered Duke's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter - an 11-play, 66-yard march that resulted in Ross Martin's 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left. On the afternoon, Boone directed a Duke offense that committed no turnovers and allowed no sacks while rolling up 27 first downs and 461 total yards (187 rushing and 274 passing). Duke entered the week converting an ACC-low 25.3 percent on third down, but Boone led the Blue Devils to an 8-of-15 conversion rate (.533) versus UNC.

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK/CO-ROOKIE - Jameis Winston, Florida State, Fr.-R, QB, 6-4, 225, Bessemer, Ala.

    Winston threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in leading Florida State to a 37-7 win at Florida on Saturday. Winston became the first opposing quarterback to pass for 300 yards in over three years - a 42-game stretch - against the Gators. Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in passing defense, allowing 157.7 yards per game, and had given up a nation-low five passing touchdowns all season. By halftime, Winston had already totaled 208 yards passing - his eighth 200-yard first half of the season - and two scores. On the day, Winston set a new FSU single-season record for passing touchdowns (35), breaking the old mark of 33 set in 2000 by Chris Weinke, and recorded his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season as FSU's 30-point victory was the largest by the Seminoles ever versus Florida in Gainesville.

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - C.J. Brown, Maryland, Jr.-R, QB, 6-3, 210, Cranberry Twp., Pa.

    Brown accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing) for the second time this season in a 41-21 win over NC State. Brown rushed for a season-high 138 yards, which is the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in school history, and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. His three touchdowns on the ground are the most by a Terrapin in a single game since 2010. He also passed for 259 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike for Maryland's first touchdown. It marked the third time this season Brown has passed for over 250 yards and rushed for over 100 yards.

    OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, LB, 6-4, 293, Bassett, Va.

    Playing in his final game against Virginia Tech's in-state rival, Miller had perhaps the finest game of his career in Saturday's 16-6 win at Virginia.  Miller played all 75 offensive snaps, grading out at 92 percent with a career-high 20 knockdown blocks as the Tech offensive line paved the way for nearly 150 yards on the ground by the running backs. He finished the regular season with an 86 percent grade and a team-high 115 knockdowns, 56 more than his closest teammate.

    RECEIVER - Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State,-So. -R., WR, 6-5, 238, Belle Glade, Fla.

    Benjamin became the first Seminole in 10 years to tally 200 yards receiving in a game and single handedly outgained the Gators' entire offense in Saturday's 37-7 win at Florida. Benjamin's 212 receiving yards are the most in a game in the ACC in 2013, and the three touchdown receptions tied the ACC high for the season. Benjamin's first touchdown put FSU ahead 10-0 in the second quarter when he broke three tackles en route to a 45-yard score. The Gators entered the game with the nation's No. 3 pass defense, allowing just 157.7 per game, and had given up only five passing touchdowns all season, but were unable to slow down Benjamin, who had 108 yards and two scores before halftime. 

    DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Sr. DE, 6-3, 242, Washington, D.C..

    Attaochu recorded a career-high 4.0 sacks - the third-most single-game sacks in Georgia Tech history - in a double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday. Attaochu, who also had eight tackles and a pass break-up, tied the Yellow Jacket all-time career sack record of 31.0, which ranks fifth in ACC history.

    LINEBACKER - Matt Robinson, Maryland, Jr, LB, 6-4, 230, Columbia, Md.

    Robinson finished with a career-high 17 tackles, the second-highest total for a Terp this season, including a personal-best 3.5 tackles for loss in Saturday's 41-21 road win at NC State. He also registered a half-sack and one pass break-up.

    DEFENSIVE BACK -Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Fr., CB, 5-11, 180, Baltimore, Md.

    Fuller was a lockdown corner all day for the Hokies in shutting down the Virginia offense in Virginia Tech's 16-6 win. He had a career-high eight tackles and four pass break-ups to go along with a half-sack and his team-leading and Tech freshman record sixth interception of the year.

    SPECIALIST- Pat O'Donnell, Miami, Gr., 6-5, 220, P, Lake Worth, Fla.

    O'Donnell booted four punts for a 44.2-yard average, including three kicks inside Pitt's 20-yard line, in Miami's 41-31 road win at Pitt. However, O'Donnell's biggest play occurred on the opening kickoff ,when the graduate punter forced a Pitt fumble which was recovered by Miami's Garrett Kidd. O'Donnell's first career forced fumble resulted in the first of three Stacy Coley touchdowns in the Miami win.

     CO-ROOKIE - Stacy Coley, Miami, Fr., WR, 6-1, 180, Pompano Beach, Fla.

    Coley accumulated 171 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Miami's 41-31 road win at Pitt. Coley hauled in two receiving touchdowns and later posted a rushing score  to his total. Coley now has touchdowns in three straight games. He finished with three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, while rushing for a 73-yard TD in the second quarter. With his 73-yard touchdown run, Coley became the only FBS player in 2013 to record a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. He is the third Miami freshman in the past 20 years to record 10-plus touchdowns in his rookie campaign, joining Clinton Portis (1999) and Duke Johnson (2012).

     

    FSU's Winston named Manning Award finalist

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    Courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl:

    NEW ORLEANS - The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its 10 finalists for this year's award on Tuesday. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates' bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.

    The finalists for this year's Manning Award are:

    Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson

    Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville

    Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State

    Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois

    Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M

    Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon

    AJ McCarron, Sr., Alabama

    Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia

    Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor

    Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State

    While the statistics for the group are exemplary, one stat stands out above the rest - they have combined to win nearly 90 percent of their games with an overall record of 96-12; six of the quarterbacks have already led their teams to double-figures in wins. The finalists average over 3,000 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns while averaging less than six interceptions each. Showing the increasing number of dual-threat quarterbacks, three of the finalists have rushed for over 500 yards this year, while the full group has totaled 64 rushing touchdowns. 

    "This has been another great year for quarterbacks; and it's getting more interesting as the games get bigger," Archie Manning said. "We really appreciate our selection committee's work in choosing this outstanding group of finalists. I'm looking forward to seeing how they all do over the next couple of weeks and through their bowl games as we prepare to honor our 10th winner in January."

    This year's group includes six returning finalists from last year (Boyd, Lynch, Manziel, Mariota, McCarron and Murray). There are five seniors on the list, as well as two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The finalists come from seven different conferences, including the Southeastern Conference with three honorees, the Atlantic Coast Conference with two, and the American Athletic, the Big 12, the Mid-American, the Mountain West and the Pac-12 with one each.

    The winner is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

    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, then 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.

    Florida State assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt is one of five finalist's for Football Scoop's annual defensive coordinator of the year award. For the full announcement click here.

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    Terrence Brooks accepts Senior-Bowl invite

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    Greatest ACC QB ever? Charlie Ward

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #IDAHOvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' record-breaking victory over Idaho last weekend:

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #CUSEvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 59-3 victory over Syracuse this past weekend:

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    Video: Jimbo and Candi Fisher on 'Fox & Friends'

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    2016 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament is in D.C.

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will be held at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced today.

    "We are excited to bring the ACC Tournament back to the nation's capital in 2016," Swofford said. "Verizon Center is a tremendous showcase for our event, and the Washington, D.C. area is an appealing tourist destination for our member institutions, as well as the alumni and fans of our teams. We received a lot of positive feedback after our 2005 Tournament in Washington, and we look forward to duplicating that success in 2016."

    The 20,000-seat Verizon Center previously hosted the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Washington metropolitan area also welcomed the ACC in 1976, 1981 and 1987, when the tournament was held at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.  The 14-game 2016 tournament will open Wednesday, March 9 and continue through Sunday, March 13.

    "Verizon Center is thrilled to once again host the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C.," said David Touhey, Verizon Center SVP & General Manager.  "The nation's capital serves as the perfect site for the championship tournament of such a prestigious conference.  We thank the ACC for selecting us and look forward to hosting another successful tournament in March 2016."

    Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., Verizon Center serves as home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the NCAA's Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team.

    The arena has hosted a multitude of high-profile events in its history, ranging from the 1998 Stanley Cup Final to the NBA (2001) and WNBA (2002, 2007) All-Star games to the 2003 World Figure Skating Championship, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament (1998, 2002, 2008) as well as the second and third rounds (2011), the Washington Regional Round (2006, 2013) and the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four men's hockey championship.

    Verizon Center also hosts a variety of concerts and family shows ranging from all-time greats to current-day

    chart-topping artists. In the 15 year history of the arena some of the artists who have mastered the stage include: U2, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Coldplay, The Three Tenors, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Prince, Beyonce, the Dalai Lama, Tina Turner, Keith Urban, Disney on Ice and WWE.

    Amenities within the arena include 106 luxury suites, a high-definition center-hung scoreboard, an indoor basketball practice facility and 10 dressing rooms. The arena offers a variety of concession stands and restaurants, including kosher, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

    The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum is set to serve as host in 2014 and 2015.

    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #FSUvsWAKE radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 59-3 win at Wake Forest this past weekend:

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    Video: Atlantic Division Trophy presentation

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    Kermit Whitfield named ACC Specialist of the Week

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    SPECIALIST - Kermit Whitfield, Florida State, Fr., KR, 5-7, 178, Orlando, Fla.

    Whitfield returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in Florida State's 59-3 win over Wake Forest. Whitfield's touchdown return was the first Seminoles' kickoff return for a score since 2008 and tied for the fourth-longest kickoff return ever for FSU. Whitfield is averaging 34.4 yards on nine kick returns this season, which would lead the conference and be an FSU single-season record if he had the minimum 10 returns to qualify.


    Coverage map: #FSUvsWAKE

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    If you live in the part of the country that will have Kansas State vs. Texas Tech instead of FSU's game at Wake Forest, click here to watch the 'Noles on WatchESPN.

    Video: #MIAvsFSU Hot Ticket

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    Jameis Winston named Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist

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    Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien FORT WORTH, Texas - Narrowed down from the starting quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.  

    The 2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: SEC (5), Pac-12 (3), AAC (2), ACC (2), Big Ten (1), Big 12 (1), Mid-American (1) and Mountain West (1).

    The list features 2012 winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State), and 2012 semifinalists Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).

       

    2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists

    Blake Bortles, UCF, AAC

    Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC

    Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC

    Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC

    Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12

    Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC

    Sean Mannion, Oregon State, Pac-12

    Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC

    Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12

    A.J. McCarron, Alabama, SEC

    Zach Mettenberger, LSU, SEC

    Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten

    Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC

    Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12

    Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC

    Jameis Winston, Florida State, ACC

      

    Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 24.

    The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday,  Dec. 12 on ESPN. The 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb.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.  

    The Davey O'Brien 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.

    Roberto Aguayo named Lou Groza Award semifinalist

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    Courtesy of the Palm Beach Sports Commission:

    West Palm Beach, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has released the 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. These twenty kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.

    While last year's winner Cairo Santos makes the list, the senior from Tulane is one of only five returning semifinalists, joined by Northwestern senior Jeff Budzien, Arkansas State senior Brian Davis, Oklahoma senior Michael Hunnicutt, and Texas senior Anthony Fera, who was a semifinalist in 2011 while at Penn State.

    Among the new semifinalists are four players who can each claim the top spot on one of the nation's kicking leaderboards. Texas Tech junior Ryan Bustin not only leads the nation in kick-scoring with 98 points, but his 19 field goals are also the most in FBS and have already set a new single-season Red Raider record. In terms of distance, everyone is chasing South Florida junior Marvin Kloss, whose 9 kicks from 40 yards or more lead the nation, as does his spectacular 4-for-4 showing on kicks from at least 50 yards out. Georgia sophomore Marshall Morgan missed the first two games of the season but has still kicked 13 field goals, helping him to the national lead in field goals per game. On a per-game basis, Arizona State freshman Zane Gonzalez tops all FBS kickers in scoring at 11.6 points per contest.

    Gonzalez isn't the only freshman on the semifinalist list. He's joined by Jake Elliott at Memphis, Andy Phillips at Utah, and Florida State's Roberto Aguayo, who has yet to miss on any of his 12 field goal attempts or 53 point-after tries. Aguayo's 12 field goals are the most in the nation by a kicker yet to miss, as are his 65 total kicks. He's not the only perfect kicker on the semifinalist list: Arkansas State's Davis has gone 10-for-10 on field goals, while Central Florida junior Shawn Moffitt has yet to miss on either his 9 field goals or 28 extra points.

    Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.

    The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. 

    Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 16 finalists, including 10 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls. That list includes current NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, Garrett Hartley, Dustin Hopkins, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Caleb Sturgis, and Blair Walsh.

    For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit LouGrozaAward.com, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or kpursell@palmbeachsports.com.

    For the full PDF version of this release, including semifinalist headshots and stats, please click here.

    Lee Corso picks FSU, reveals actual 1950s 'Noles jersey

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    Video: Jameis Winston 'GameDay' feature

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    Social Story: Behind the 'GameDay' scenes with ESPN PR

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    ESPN Senior Director of Public Relations @MsPotts_ESPN is on FSU's campus for Saturday's ESPN College GameDay broadcast and while here she is tweeting behind-the-scene photos. Follow along below:

    Screenshot: FSU football on SI.com

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

    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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    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

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