With a Heisman winner at quarterback, an elite receiver and tight end and a senior-laden offensive line, it was a little curious to hear Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher place a premium on freshmen development.
about 20 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- NC State is third in the ACC in scoring offense, and Florida State doesn't own either of the spots ahead of the Wolfpack. That doesn't mean anyone is taking NC State's offense over Florida State's, but the Seminoles will need to score more points than previously thought before the season started.
about 60 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
For all the warts Florida State displayed on Saturday, there is something to be said that the top-ranked Seminoles still managed to win. The opener against a tougher-than-advertised opponent at a neutral site is in the rearview mirror, and now the Seminoles essentially have three weeks -- sorry to The Citadel -- to shore up any lapses in the armor before division rival Clemson visits Sept.
about 83 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When Jimbo Fisher is asked about his 2014 class -- and he's been asked a lot -- he smiles and cracks a joke, one that has become part of the fifth-year Florida State coach's preseason vernacular.
about 96 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's the double-edged sword of having a wildly talented team but with nearly a month's worth of practices still standing in the way of the season opener. There are not many question marks in the starting lineup for Florida State, which means the uncertainties at those few positions are squarely under the microscope.
about 108 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Preseason camp begins with five days of heat acclimation, but that doesn't mean there is a nearly week-long grace period for Florida State. Not when the Seminoles are in pursuit of consecutive national championships.
about 110 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
Players reported to Florida State for the beginning of preseason camp on Sunday. On Monday, the Seminoles take the practice field for the first time this season. Whether 2014 is a title defense or a title chase is entirely exclusive from the 2013 season, and the fact remains Florida State enters the fall as the preseason No.
about 112 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
There were practices last year when Florida State's secondary would surrender so many big plays that then-defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt would slump into Jimbo Fisher's office and wonder whether he had a group ready to compete at a championship level.
about 171 days ago | David M. Hale | Florida State Seminoles
Russell A. Griffin in Sea Girt, N.J., sent this note into the mailbag: Hi, Andrea. In 2012, when FSU lost so many to the NFL draft, sports analysts we're saying that 2013 would be the year FSU would step back a bit and that 2014 would be its year.
about 202 days ago | Andrea Adelson and Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles
Three things we learned in the spring about the Florida State Seminoles: 1. Jalen Ramsey is a star in the making. Last season, Ramsey was overshadowed on his own defense with the likes of Timmy Jernigan, Lamarcus Joyner and Telvin Smith demanding the headlines, but Ramsey was only a freshman.
about 208 days ago | Jared Shanker | Florida State Seminoles