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Florida State spring wrap

May, 8, 2012
2011 overall record: 9-4
2011 conference record: 5-3 (t-3rd)
Returning starters: Offense: 6; defense: 8; kicker/punter: 1

Top returners:
QB EJ Manuel, CB Greg Reid, LB Telvin Smith, DE Brandon Jenkins, DE Bjoern Werner, WR Rashad Greene

Key losses:
T Zebrie Sanders, WR Bert Reed, LB Nigel Bradham

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Devonta Freeman* (579 yards)
Passing: EJ Manuel* (2,666 yards)
Receiving: Rashad Greene* (596 yards)
Tackles: Nigel Bradham (86)
Sacks: Brandon Jenkins* (8)
Interceptions: Lamarcus Joyner* (4)

Spring answers

1. Erving steps in: The Seminoles have to replace both starting offensive tackles, but coach Jimbo Fisher believes he has found a future NFL starter in converted defensive tackle Cameron Erving. The 6-foot-5, 304-pound sophomore from Colquitt, Ga., has good feet and long arms. He stepped in at left tackle, and sophomore Bobby Hart and junior Bryan Stork are battling to start at right tackle entering preseason camp.

2. Deep receiving corps: With big-play wideouts such as Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw and Christian Green coming back, the Seminoles were already loaded on the perimeter. Throw Willie Haulstead and redshirt freshman Kelvin Benjamin into the mix, and it might be the deepest receiving corps in the country. Haulstead missed all of last season with a concussion, and Benjamin was redshirted. Fisher said the pair might be his team’s best wideouts, which is saying a lot.

3. Defensive line is stocked: Defensive end Bjoern Woerner and tackles Timmy Jernigan and Jacobbi McDaniel missed the spring because of injuries, but their replacements showed FSU will be pretty deep in its defensive front. End Cornellius “Tank” Carradine and nose tackle Anthony McCloud had nice springs.

Fall questions

1. The running game: Florida State struggled to run the ball last season, finishing next-to-last in the ACC at 112.2 yards per game. Injuries were a big part of the problem. The Seminoles didn’t find many answers in the spring. Top returning rushers Devonta Freeman and Chris Thompson missed spring practice because of injuries, and promising sophomore James Wilder Jr. miss a big chunk after he was arrested for resisting arrest in February.

2. Punter: The Seminoles are really going to miss departed punter Shawn Powell, who averaged 47.1 yards per punt and helped FSU’s defense by putting opponents in bad field position. Freshman Cason Beatty, a former high school quarterback, enrolled in classes at FSU in January and participated in spring practice. He struggled with consistency, but FSU coaches like his strong leg and hang time.

3. Backup quarterback: Senior EJ Manuel needs to stay healthy for the Seminoles to reach their potential, but there are a couple good backups behind him. Clint Trickett has added weight and threw the ball well in the spring. He’s still battling redshirt freshman Jacob Coker for the No. 2 job. FSU will also hold its breath to see if highly regarded quarterback recruit Jameis Winston of Hueytown, Ala., enrolls in school or signs a professional baseball contract this summer.
As mentioned in lunch links, Clemson announced the signings of undrafted lineman Landon Walker (Cincinnati Bengals) and punter Dawson Zimmerman (Atlanta Falcons). And a couple of generous readers have passed along a few more signings from ACC schools.

Virginia Tech guard Blake DeChristopher signed with the Cardinals, and Hokies defensive back Cris Hill signed with the Bills.

Big thanks to Matt from Alexandria, Va., Ben in Blacksburg, Va., and Lynn in Blacksburg, Va., for the head's up.

The updated, working list is below. Feel free to pass along any oversights.

CB Donnie Fletcher: New York Jets

DE Kourtnei Brown: San Francisco 49ers
FB Chad Diehl: Baltimore Ravens
OL Antoine McClain: Baltimore Ravens
DT Rennie Moore: Houston Texans
OT Landon Walker: Cincinnati Bengals
P Dawson Zimmerman: Atlanta Falcons

S Matt Daniels: St. Louis Rams

WR Bert Reed: Cleveland Browns
S Terrence Parks: Kansas City Chiefs
P Shawn Powell: Buffalo Bills

CB Cameron Chism: Indianapolis Colts
RB Davin Meggett: Houston Texans

WR LaRon Byrd: Arizona Cardinals
OL Joel Figueroa: Miami Dolphins (rookie camp tryout)
TE Chase Ford: Philadelphia Eagles
DL Marcus Forston: New England Patriots
LB Jordan Futch: Tampa Bay Bucaneers
G Harland Gunn: Dallas Cowboys
QB Jacory Harris: Miami Dolphins (rookie camp tryout)
C Tyler Horn: Atlanta Falcons
S JoJo Nicolas: New York Giants
DL Adewale Ojomo: New York Giants
DT Micanor Regis: Atlanta Falcons

CB Charles Brown: Baltimore Ravens
C Cam Holland: Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwight Jones: Houston Texans
S Matt Merletti: Indianapolis Colts
DT Tydreke Powell: Minnesota Vikings

TE George Bryan: Dallas Cowboys
FB Taylor Gentry: Kansas City Chiefs

CB Chase Minnifield: Washington Redskins
OG Austin Pasztor: Minnesota Vikings
S Rodney McLeod: St. Louis Rams
DT Matt Conrath: St. Louis Rams

WR Jarrett Boykin: Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Jaymes Brooks: Green Bay Packers
G Blake DeChristopher: Arizona Cardinals
CB Cris Hill: Buffalo Bills
S Eddie Whitley: Dallas Cowboys

TE Cameron Ford: Green Bay Packers
S Cyhl Quarles: Baltimore Ravens
Thirty-one players from ACC schools were drafted this past weekend, but many more signed free-agent deals with NFL teams in the aftermath of the draft.

The following is a list of ACC players, by school, who have signed undrafted free agent deals with NFL teams. It was compiled largely from, along with official releases from NFL teams and ACC schools. Georgia Tech is the only ACC school currently without an undrafted free-agent signing.

By all means, feel free to let me know if I have overlooked anyone.

CB Donnie Fletcher - New York Jets

DE Kourtnel Brown - San Francisco 49ers
FB Chad Diehl - Baltimore Ravens
OL Antoine McClain - Baltimore Ravens
DT Rennie Moore - Houston Texans

S Matt Daniels - St. Louis Rams

WR Bert Reed - Cleveland Browns
S Terrence Parks - Kansas City Chiefs
P Shawn Powell - Buffalo Bills

CB Cameron Chism - Indianapolis Colts
RB Davin Meggett - Houston Texans

WR LaRon Byrd - Arizona Cardinals
TE Chase Ford - Philadelphia Eagles
DL Marcus Forston - New England Patriots
LB Jordan Futch - Tampa Bay Bucaneers
G Harland Gunn - Dallas Cowboys
C Tyler Horn - Atlanta Falcons
S JoJo Nicolas - New York Giants
DL Adewale Ojomo - New York Giants
DT Micanor Regis - Atlanta Falcons

CB Charles Brown - Baltimore Ravens
C Cam Holland - Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwight Jones - Houston Texans
S Matt Merletti - Indianapolis Colts
DT Tydreke Powell - Minnesota Vikings

TE George Bryan - Dallas Cowboys
FB Taylor Gentry - Kansas City Chiefs

CB Chase MinnifieldWashington Redskins
OG Austin Pasztor - Minnesota Vikings
S Rodney McLeod – St. Louis Rams
DT Matt Conrath – St. Louis Rams

WR Jarrett Boykin - Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Jaymes Brooks - Green Bay Packers
S Eddie Whitley - Dallas Cowboys

TE Cameron Ford - Green Bay Packers
S Chyl Quarles - Baltimore Ravens

The Hurricanes also announced that quarterback Jacory Harris and offensive lineman Joel Figueroa have both been invited to rookie camp tryouts with the Miami Dolphins.

Pro day notes from this week

March, 16, 2012
Nigel Bradham did not need to participate in timed speed drills Wednesday to leave the biggest impression at Florida State's pro day.

With a strong Senior Bowl and impressive combine numbers -- a 4.65 40-yard dash, 24 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, a 37-inch vertical -- Bradham's draft stock has risen since his final game in a Seminole uniform, and he did not drop any balls thrown his way in position-specific drills performed in front of scouts from 27 NFL teams and one CFL team.

"From what I was just told, I've helped my stock a lot," Bradham said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "It's pretty much just showing what I can do. Getting out of breaks and showing my quickness and speed."

Bert Reed led a group of four former FSU players who ran a sub 4.65 40 Wednesday, timing in unofficially at 4.46. Antwane Greenlee's 21 reps on the bench press led all former Seminoles, and Mike Harris' 36 inches were the best on the vertical jump.

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson told reporters Thursday that he ran his 40 in the 4.35-4.40 range, an improvement from his 4.49 40 at the combine. The Hokies did not release numbers from their pro day.

Eleven players worked out in front of scouts from 11 different teams at Maryland's pro day Wednesday, while Virginia hosted 17 former players and scouts from all 32 NFL teams and one CFL team for its pro day Thursday. Times for players from either school were unavailable.

Instant analysis: FSU 18, Notre Dame 14

December, 29, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida State scored 15 points in the final frame to storm back and beat Notre Dame 18-14 to win the Champs Sports Bowl. Here's how it went down:

Turning point: In a less-than-two-minute span to start the fourth quarter, Florida State made up for the first three. EJ Manuel hit Bert Reed for an 18-yard score, Nigel Bradham picked off Andrew Hendrix on the ensuing drive and Manuel then hit Rashad Greene for a 15-yard score to make it 15-14 with 13:18 left. Twelve quick points after just three through the first 45 minutes were enough for the Seminoles.

Stat of the game: Pick your poison: Ten combined penalties or four combined turnovers? This game was sloppy on both ends for three quarters, and Florida State was able to capitalize on the miscues at the end and come out victorious.

Player of the game: Greene proved a tough man to stop in the second half. He finished the game with five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, including an outstanding 42-yard grab that he bobbled and hung onto near the sideline on a third-and-6 in the fourth quarter. (It was challenged and upheld.)

Second guessing: Tommy Rees threw two interceptions in the end zone and might have had a third if not for a spectacular touchdown grab by Michael Floyd. In a game that was dominated by both defenses, Notre Dame simply could not afford to give away its precious few opportunities.

What it means: Florida State got its ninth victory and will likely finish the season ranked. Notre Dame falls to 8-5, its same record as last season, and questions will continue to mount about the quarterback position, which has nearly as many questions to end the season as it did to begin.

Record performance: Jamoris Slaughter's two sacks were two more than he had his entire career and were a Champs Sports Bowl record. The 68,305 in attendance made up the bowl's biggest crowd since it moved to Orlando.

Less than two minutes later, FSU leads

December, 29, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida State entered the fourth quarter trailing 14-3. Naturally, it has scored two touchdowns in the first 1:42 of the final frame, giving the Seminoles a 15-14 lead with 13:18 left.

E.J. Manuel hit Bert Reed for an 18-yard strike on the quarter's first play, Nigel Bradham picked off Andrew Hendrix four plays later and, just like that, Manuel hit Rashad Greene with a 15-yard touchdown pass on the drive's second play.

For a game lacking in offense most of the way, we have ourselves a thriller here with just more than 13 minutes left.

FSU bowl injury report

December, 28, 2011
Here is Florida State's injury report for the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame:


WR Bert Reed (hamstring)


OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)

WR Jarred Haggins (quadriceps)


OT Andrew Datko (shoulder)

DT Darious Cummings (hand)

WR Willie Haulstead (head)

DT Moses McCray (knee)

DT Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)

OL Henry Orelus (head)

LB Terrance Smith (foot)

OL Jacob Stanley (knee)

RB Chris Thompson (back)

S Karlos Williams (wrist)

ACC's lunchtime links

December, 22, 2011
"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary." -- George Bailey

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 18, 2011
North Carolina has to be kicking itself today. Onside.

FSU aims to rebound from ugly start

October, 13, 2011
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Joshua S. Kelly/US PRESSWIRECoach Jimbo Fisher and Florida State are looking to avoid their first 0-3 ACC start ever Saturday.

Around 7 p.m. last Sunday, Florida State had a players-only meeting to discuss the Seminoles’ 2-3 start following an upset loss to Wake Forest.

“What we said there is pretty much private, but there were a lot of things we did get off our chests,” receiver Bert Reed said. “We definitely came out of there feeling good and feeling like brothers. As far as the hype we came in with and the expectations we came into the season with, we’re probably not as far as we wanted, but we know we still have a lot to accomplish.”

It starts this weekend at Duke.

Florida State is trying to avoid its first 0-3 ACC start in 20 years of conference membership. Duke, meanwhile, is on a three-game winning streak and looking to win four straight for the first time since 1994. Florida State has never lost to Duke, but little has gone as planned this season for the Seminoles. What began as a season filled with promise and title talk has turned into survival mode for Florida State. The Seminoles entered the season with hopes of winning a national championship and as the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC title in coach Jimbo Fisher’s second season.

Now, they’re just hoping to beat Duke.

Those within the program say the team hasn’t been deterred by its disappointing start.

“We’re all competitors, so trying to keep our heads up is really not a tough deal,” said Reed, one of numerous players on the roster who have been sidelined with an injury this season. “We’re going to go out there every week and give every team our best shot. It’s disappointing more than anything because we’re a couple plays away from being 5-0 or 4-1 and that’s tough on us, but knowing we’ve got a game to play with the players on this team, we’re going to come out and compete. There hasn’t been any pity for ourselves.”

A rash of injuries to key players, including starting quarterback EJ Manuel, hasn’t helped matters, nor has a lack of continuity from last season on the offensive line. Florida State’s running game is No. 112 in the country. While that has been one of the most glaring problems, it’s hardly the only one. FSU is No. 114 in turnover margin and No. 100 in sacks allowed. One of the most troublesome has been the untimely penalties: No team in the country has incurred more per game (9.4) than Florida State.

In last week’s 35-30 loss to Wake Forest, Florida State had 13 penalties for 109 yards and five turnovers.

Still, Fisher said he liked the attitude in the locker room after the defeat.

“I think that guys are emerging as leaders that were quiet before,” Fisher said. “And that brings out some guys have great leadership and helping us progress to where we want to go as a program. You have to go through trials to get there sometimes. From what I’ve seen – I see guys going in the right direction rather than the wrong direction – they’re stepping up and leading. I have not seeing any hanging of their heads. It’s time to move on.”

The Seminoles’ three losses have come by a total of 20 points against teams that are a combined 15-1 on the year (Oklahoma, Clemson and Wake Forest). The conference losses, though, came against Atlantic Division opponents, dramatically decreasing Florida State’s chances of repeating as division winner.

“As head coach you take responsibility for it all,” Fisher said. “I’ve been disappointed before and as a team I’ve never looked at things as me, it’s always us. You’re disappointed. There’s no doubt. That’s part of athletics that goes with it. There’s doubt, there’s questions – that goes with athletics. That’s part of business that what you have to fix and if you’re tough enough and smart enough you fix them and you’ll survive.”

Pregame notes from Death Valley

September, 24, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - A few quick lineup changes for you:

For Florida State, freshman Nick O'Leary will start in place of senior Beau Reliford at tight end, noseguard Anthony McCloud got the start of Jacobbi McDaniel, and Mike Harris will start at corner instead of Greg Reid. I am told receivers Kenny Shaw and Bert Reed are still game-time decisions. I expect an announcement here in the press box shortly before kickoff. Both are out on the field right now, dressed and running practice routes.

Truth? It would be stunning to me if Shaw -- after the viscious double helmet-to-helmet hit he took last week from Oklahoma -- played in this game and starting quarterback EJ Manuel didn't, but hey, I'm not a doctor and FSU has already confirmed that backup quarterback Clint Trickett will start. Manuel didn't even warm up. His receivers at least look like they're ready.

For Clemson, Brandon Thomas will start at left guard instead of Mason Cloy, and running back Andre Ellington (hamstring) is cleared and back in the starting lineup.

As early as three hours before the game, traffic into Death Valley was slower than a crawl, and the tailgating scene was in full force long before then. There have been a few sightings of Florida State fans, but this is Clemson's home and the Garnet and Gold is hard to find. Most of the fans are still outside the stadium at this point, but the Hill is starting to fill up.

This is one of the toughest venues in the ACC. We'll find out soon enough if Trickett is ready for it.

ACC injury reports: Week 4

September, 23, 2011
Here are your updated injury reports from the schools that filed them this week:


The Eagles have opted not to release an injury report this week because they are playing a nonconference opponent, but running back Montel Harris is listed as probable. Coach Frank Spaziani said he plans to play him "for limited reps" if everything went well in Thursday's practice.


Joe Gore, DE, Knee

D.J. Howard, RB, hamstring (suffered in practice Tuesday)

Andre Ellington, RB, hamstring
Mason Cloy, OG, shoulder
David Smith, OG, shoulder


CB Tony Foster (foot) – Probable
CB Ross Cockrell (leg) – Questionable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Questionable
WR Tyree Watkins (leg) – Questionable
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
LB Britton Grier (illness) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – OUT
RB Josh Snead (foot) – OUT
TE Jack Farrell (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON


WR Willie Haulstead (head)
OL Henry Orelus (head)
WR Jarred Haggins (hand)
WR Josh Gehres (knee)

QB EJ Manuel (shoulder)
WR Bert Reed (ankle)
WR Kenny Shaw (head)
CB Greg Reid (knee)


Jeff Greene, Fr., WR
Preston Lyons, Sr., RB

Morgan Bailey, So., OL
B.J. Bostic, So., AB

Out for year
Fred Holton, So., S
Jimmie Kitchen, r-Fr., DL


Malcolm Bunche-Lower Extremity
Seantrel Henderson-Lower Extremity
Shayon Green-Lower Extremity

Curtis Porter-Upper extremity
Luther Robinson-Lower Extremity

Surgeries/Out for the Season
Blake Ayles-Upper Extremity
Cory White -Lower Extremity


Casey Barth, PK, thigh
Devon Ramsay, FB, knee

Josh Adams, WR, illness
Matt Kolojejchick, RB, thigh
Jabari Price, CB, finger

Erik Highsmith, WR, ankle
TJ Leifheit, OT, ankle
Terry Shankle, CB, knee


Out for Season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

Jarrett Boykin (hamstring)
David Wang (foot)

J.R. Collins (ankle)

ACC injury reports

September, 16, 2011
Here are your weekly injury reports for the schools that have released them:



Joe Gore, DE, Knee
David Smith, OG, shoulder

Will Play

Rashard Hall, FS, knee

S Jordon Byas (foot) – Probable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Questionable
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – OUT
RB Josh Snead (foot) – OUT

  • Senior wide receiver Bert Reed practiced with the team Thursday for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain against Charleston Southern. Coach Jimbo Fisher said he expects the Seminoles' most experienced wideout to be ready for Saturday with two more days of rest.
  • Junior wide receiver Willie Haulstead will not play. Haulstead, who suffered a concussion in FSU’s final preseason scrimmage, has not practiced all week, nor played in either of the first two games.
  • The only other player out for Saturday’s contest is offensive guard Henry Orelus (concussion). Safety Nick Moody (quad contusion) and Reed are listed as questionable on the report filed with the ACC.

Jabari Price, DB Finger
Devon Ramsay, RB Knee

Joshua Adams, WR Illness

TJ Leifheit, OT Ankle
Terry Shankle, CB Knee

PJ Clyburn, LB Foot
Norkeithus Otis, LB Concussion


Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Henry Coley (lower extremity)
Tim Cwalina (lower extremity)
Stephen Lawe (lower extremity)
Darius Lee (upper extremity)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)

Colter Phillips (lower extremity)

Aaron Taliaferro (upper extremity)

Corey Mosley (lower extremity)
Kevin Parks (lower extremity)
LaRoy Reynolds (lower extremity)


Out for Season
Kwamaine Battle (ACL)

David Wang (foot)

Eric Martin (shoulder)
Florida State wide receiver and outfielder Taiwan Easterling has signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs and will not return to school, the university announced Thursday night.

“Taiwan and I talked and he’s decided to pursue his career in baseball,” coach Jimbo Fisher said in a prepared statement. “I totally support him 100 percent. He did an outstanding job for us.

“I would have loved to have him back, but I totally understand him pursuing his future endeavors. Baseball is the way for him to go and we wish him nothing but the best.”

The good news: Florida State is still very talented at wide receiver and there's a lot of young stars waiting in the wings.

The bad news: It's one less veteran receiver for first-year starting quarterback EJ Manuel to work with.

Bert Reed (58 catches) and Willie Haulstead (38 catches, six touchdowns), will now likely be the go-to receivers. The Noles are also excited about sophomore Jared Haggins, redshirt freshman Christian Green, and sophomore Greg Dent, who played mostly on special teams as a true freshman last year. Rodney Smith (31 catches, three touchdowns) and Kenny Shaw should also see some time. There are plenty of helping hands available, but there's no doubt FSU will miss Easterling's experience.

ACC's top 10 receivers

June, 23, 2011
Earlier this morning we looked at how each team in the ACC stacked up at the wide receiver position. Now we’ll take a closer look at the top 10 players in the league at that position. This was a tough list to narrow, as there are easily more to choose from. Several programs have more than one all-conference candidate on their roster, but here’s the final verdict, based on past production and future potential:

1. Dwight Jones, North Carolina: He’s 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and has big-play capabilities. Last year was a breakout season for him, as he had 62 catches after having just five in his career prior to 2010. He had 50 catches in his final eight games, and four 100-yard receiving games, including eight catches for 233 yards against Florida State.

2. Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech: The senior has averaged 17.26 yards per catch in his career, the third best among returning ACC receivers. He needs just four catches to become the program’s all-time leading receiver.

3. Conner Vernon, Duke: The junior led the ACC in pass receptions last year (73) and finished third in pass reception yardage (973). He has 128 career catches.

4. Donovan Varner, Duke: He finished fourth in the ACC with five receptions per game and is the league’s active career leader in receptions with 146. He has had seven 100-yard receiving games.

5. Danny Coale, Virginia Tech: He averaged 18.8 yards per catch last year with 39 for 732 yards and three touchdowns.

6. Kris Burd, Virginia: He ranked fifth in the ACC in receptions (58) and seventh in yardage (815). He has 96 career receptions for 1,277 yards.

7. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson: As a true freshman last year, Hopkins finished ninth in the ACC in receptions with 52, the most by a first-year player in school history. He averaged 12.3 yards per catch with four touchdowns.

8. Travis Benjamin, Miami: He had 43 catches last year for 743 yards and three touchdowns. His career average of 17.1 yards per catch is third best among active ACC receivers with at least 30 catches.

9. Bert Reed, Florida State: He ranks second among all returning ACC receivers with 141 career receptions. He had 58 catches last year for 614 yards and two touchdowns.

10. Willie Haulstead, Florida State: He had 38 catches for 587 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards per catch.