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Florida State, Lamar Jackson earn ACC preseason honors

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Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year. The ACC announced voting results Monday following a poll of 167 media members who attended last week’s media days in Charlotte.

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Senate President denies ‘moving goal posts’ regarding USF’s drive for pre-eminence

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Florida Senate President Joe Negron is firing back at University of South Florida supporters who claim the Legislature “moved the goal posts” when they reverted language in an education conforming bill. The bill, they say, would prevent USF from reaching the 11th of 12 pre-assigned benchmarks which would qualify them for “pre-eminence,” a status that would have qualified them for millions of dollars in state funding. “This allegation is incorrect and entirely unsupported by the facts,” Negron says in a statement released Monday morning.…

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Deceased FSU player’s brother says bill provides closure

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Devard Darling said his family can finally feel closure after the Florida Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday to compensate his parents $1.8 million for the death of his twin brother, Devaughn Darling, a Florida State football player who died during team drills. The bill’s passage comes more than 16 years after Devaughn Darling’s death. It’s been nearly 13 years since Florida State agreed to the cash settlement, but Florida law prohibits the university from paying more than $200,000 without…

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Several FSU players have highlights in Seminoles’ spring game

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It left you wanting more. In a good way. More points. More speed. More Cam Akers. More Derwin James. More Brian Burns. The FSU Seminoles’ spring practice Saturday was largely a tease, a hint of the big plays to come. The Gold team beat the Garnet, 17-7, in a game that that looked very much like a highlight film. For instance: There was Akers, the five-star recruit who stepped in like he had been on campus all along. He had…

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Can the FSU offensive line protect Deondre Francois in Spring Game?

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Five things to ponder while watching the FSU spring game. 1. The kids are all right: A lot of eyes will be on freshman running back Cam Akers as he tries to relieve much of the loss of all-everything Dalvin Cook. Akers is one of several Seminoles who have enrolled early, giving a chance for immediate help. Can Akers, a high school quarterback, be an instant success? Isn’t that the best kind? 2. The James Gang rides again: Safety Derwin…

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FSU quarterback Deondre Francois hopes to play well in spring game

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A year ago, he was the new kid in the huddle. This year, he’s the leader of it. FSU quarterback Deondre Francois is the proven commodity to the Seminoles’ offense after a year in which he threw for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns. But three of his receivers have graduated, and Dalvin Cook is no longer in the backfield. That means Francois will need help. “The year he had, this guy is a big-time player,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook hopes his Pro Day will help him be drafted higher

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Former FSU running back Dalvin Cook, for once, has been going in the wrong direction. He’d like to reverse his field, if you don’t mind. If you believe the consensus, Cook has been dropping in draft expectations since having a poor Combine last month. He hopes that his Pro Day will help establish himself as “today’s” back. Cook, who is widely considered a first-round prospect, ran the 40-yard dash and performed numerous position drills and simulations during Florida State’s pro day…

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