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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook declares for NFL draft

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has announced he will enter the NFL draft, less than 24 hours after the Seminoles defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Cook, who is expected to be a first-round pick, made the announcement Saturday via video on Instagram. He says he made the decision after much consideration but was doing it after discussions with his family. The Miami native wrapped up his collegiate career by being named Orange Bowl MVP after rushing for 145…

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Memories of Bobby Bowden: Much more than winning football games

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I recently was invited to a screening of “The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football.” That’s the upcoming movie about the life and career of legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. The film will debut Jan. 8 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg as part of a celebration for the national college football championship game the following night in Tampa. If you like football, or you went to FSU, or you think Bobby Bowden is…

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Dalvin Cook emerges as receiving threat for No. 3 Seminoles

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Defensive coordinators game-planning for Florida State are going to have to expand their strategy on containing Dalvin Cook now that the running back has added another element to his game that will add to their headaches. The junior now is a receiving threat out of the backfield. Cook is the first Seminoles running back in nearly 10 years to be coming off a 100-yard receiving game. Lorenzo Booker had 117 yards in the 2006 Emerald Bowl against UCLA. “If that’s…

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Freshman QBs could get the call to kick off college season

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Freshmen quarterbacks have shown they can play significant roles on national championship teams and there will be at least one under center — and maybe more — when the college football season kicks off this week. Florida State’s Jameis Winston stepped into the spotlight in 2013. He became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy as he led the Seminoles to a 14-0 season and the school’s third title. The following year, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett went 11-1 as…

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Grand Opening: College football begins with marquee games

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Now this is the way to start the college football season. The usual steady stream of games from Thursday through Monday night this year includes four matchups of ranked teams and six more ranked teams facing Power Five opposition, four of those away from home. In some cases, regardless of the quality of the competition, the names alone scream big-time college football game. Alabama vs. USC. Texas vs. Notre Dame. Since the NFL moved the start of its season to…

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Florida St. O-line has experience but wants consistency

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Offensive line coach Rick Trickett has a bounty of linemen to work with as Florida State goes through preseason practices. Finding the right combination for the Sept. 5 opener in Orlando against Mississippi might be a tougher task. “It is going to be the five guys that work the best together. It won’t always be the five most talented,” Trickett said. “They’re all good guys. I don’t have a problem with any of them. Just are they ready yet?” Besides…

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Florida State secondary a confident unit that will be “fine”

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Things are quieter without Jalen Ramsey patrolling the Florida State secondary. That doesn’t mean the unit doesn’t still have plenty of confidence without last season’s boisterous leader. Even with the loss of Ramsey, who is expected to be a top 10 pick in next month’s NFL draft, most of the secondary returns. Last season Florida State was 21st in the nation against the pass, allowing just 191.6 yards per game. “He was one of those guys who let you know…

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