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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook entices Vikes to ‘take a swing’

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After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. The Vikings traded up seven spots to the 41st overall pick Friday night and snagged Cook, the Florida State star whose stellar college career came with off-the-field questions. They sent one of their fourth-round selections to Cincinnati to move ahead in the second…

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Day 3 dandies: Jake Butt, Samaje Perine provide late-round draft value

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Four rounds of the NFL draft left and plenty of talented players to go around. Remember, Dak Prescott was selected last season in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. These picks are plenty important and here are some players who could provide some second-day value on Saturday. Jake Butt, TE, 6-foot-5, 246 lbs., Michigan Butt probably would have been picked in the first two days of the draft, but he blew out his knee in the Orange Bowl against…

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Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon leaving early for NBA draft

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Dwayne Bacon said he felt like he wasn’t ready to turn pro last year, which is why he took his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. This time the Florida State guard doesn’t have any doubts. The 6-foot-7 sophomore said Wednesday that he will declare for the draft, which will be held on June 22, and hire an agent. “I had a lot of doubt about me last year. This year I feel like I’m much more mature…

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After NCAA berth, Florida St. top scorers weigh decisions

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Florida State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, but whether the Seminoles (26-9) can return next season will depend on the decisions of their three leading scorers. Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes said after Saturday’s 91-66 loss to Xavier in the second round that they had not reached a decision and had no timetable. All three though are expected to put their names into consideration for the NBA draft. Isaac, a 6-foot-10 freshman…

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Florida State sign pair of running backs in recruiting class

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With Dalvin Cook leaving Florida State early for the NFL draft, coach Jimbo Fisher signed two guys that could be his replacement. Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn are both five-star recruits that both could see playing time next season. Akers, an early enrollee, is regarded as the nation’s top running back prospect and Laborn is more of an all-purpose back. Fisher thinks there will be plenty of room for both. “Backs realize that if there are different roles you can…

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No. 9 Florida State getting big contributions from its bench

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Florida State sophomore Terrance Mann has dubbed the ninth-ranked Seminoles’ bench the “Boom Squad.” So far the nickname has proven to be appropriate considering how productive the reserves have been in conference play. The Seminoles’ reserves are averaging 22.5 points and the team is 16-1 and off to a 4-0 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time in school history. They are one of two ACC teams that have 12 players averaging in double figures in minutes…

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Florida State senior center Michael Ojo off to career-best start

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Florida State center Michael Ojo is making a strong early-season case for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most improved player. The 7-foot-1 senior from Nigeria already has a double-double and two games, including a career-high 13 points against Winthrop on Nov. 18. Coming into the season Ojo’s career high in rebounds was nine and he had scored in double figures just once. Ojo is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Seminoles (6-1), who face George Washington on Sunday in…

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